Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 2, 2020

Jan. 2, 2020 WABE 90.1

2019 was Atlanta’s warmest year on record

Molly Samuel reports that 2019 was Atlanta’s warmest on record. Every month except for November was warmer than average this year, but what really pushed 2019 over the edge, in terms of temperature, was a late summer heatwave, said Bill Murphey, state climatologist for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.


Jan. 2, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2020 Georgian of the Year: Keisha Lance Bottoms

Susan Percy reports, as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, she runs one of the country’s most influential cities, a multiracial hub for business, education and technology – and one she thinks is well on its way to becoming a leader in social justice, as she tackles affordable housing and works for criminal justice improvements, key elements of her One Atlanta agenda.


Jan. 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite headwinds of trade, some niche Georgia factories are humming

Michael E. Kanell reports that in machine after machine at Plethora in Marietta, high-powered sprays shower drills as they pierce, slit and cleave through various kinds of metal, aluminum and resin to make component parts. U.S. trade tensions with China and other countries have hurt factories that make goods for export, but Plethora is growing.


Jan. 2, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norfolk Southern seeking prominent signage on new HQ towers

David Allison reports that Norfolk Southern Corp. is seeking prominent company signs on its new Atlanta headquarters towers. Cousins Properties Inc. (NYSE: CUZ), which is developing the railroad giant’s new campus, and design firm SKY Design have filed with the city of Atlanta to request additional and higher signage for the towers than what’s now allowed by ordinances.


Jan. 2, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald, University of Georgia

UGA’s Flavor of Georgia contest moving to Athens

Madison Thornhill reports, there’s no magic recipe for success, but there is a time-proven secret ingredient: the Flavor of Georgia food product contest. For the past 13 years, local food and beverage businesses have found their way into grocery stores and homes across the state after receiving recognition from the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia food product contest.


Jan. 2, 2020 Brunswick News

LCP public comment period extended, shrimp season closes

Wes Wolfe reports that residents will have several more weeks to examine the $4 million environmental mitigation settlement proposed between the state Department of Natural Resources and Honeywell International. DNR announced Monday that Commissioner Mark Williams extended the public comment period by 30 days, placing the deadline on Feb. 18.


Jan. 2, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Second candidate announces for 14th District race

Staff reports that Clayton Fuller has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, making him the second candidate to declare for the seat currently held by Tom Graves, R-Ranger. A native of the 14th District, Fuller and his wife Kate live in Lookout Mountain with their two young children.


Jan. 2, 2020 Albany Herald

Legislators expect busy session in January

Alan Mauldin reports that after the state budget, among the more important priorities of state government is a House committee looking at improving the lives and economic opportunities for residents in southwest Georgia and other rural areas. The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Jan. 13.


Jan. 2, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Transgender sports, property taxes, red flag laws among Singleton’s legislative priorities

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that State Rep. Philip Singleton, R-Sharpsburg, who was elected to the Georgia House District 71 seat in October, has been working on several pieces of legislation, and has pre-filed one bill. Singleton has also signed on to several existing bills.  The 2020 Georgia General Assembly session begins Jan. 13, but bills can be “pre-filed.”


Jan. 2, 2020 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

A look ahead: 2020 Georgia legislative session

Riley Bunch reports that the countdown for the 2020 legislative session is on, with lawmakers gearing up for a new year. State lawmakers are poised to tackle Georgia issues – the state budget, health care and women’s issues are among the top legislative topics of interest.


Jan. 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smith appointed chairman of powerful Georgia House Rules Committee

Mark Niesse reports that House Speaker David Ralston on Tuesday appointed a new leader for one of the most powerful committees in the Georgia General Assembly, naming state Rep. Richard Smith as chairman of the Rules Committee. Smith, a Republican from Columbus, will lead a committee responsible for deciding which bills reach a vote of the full House or stall.


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