Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 3, 2019

Jan 3, 2020 GPB

Kemp Launches Campaign Encouraging Georgians To Participate In 2020 Census

Robert Jimison reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced the state’s official 2020 census campaign on Thursday. The aim of “Every. One. Counts” is to encourage all Georgia residents to respond to the questionnaire. The campaign is lead by the state’s complete count committee, a group of politicians, civic leaders and nonprofit partners from across the state.


Jan. 3, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2020 Hall of Fame: Johnny Isakson

Kenna Simmons reports, even before our national politics turned into the equivalent of a World Wrestling Federation undercard match, Johnny Isakson was old-school. He’s never been flashy – not even as the only senator chairing two committees, Ethics and Veteran’s Affairs – which is probably why he got things done.


Jan. 3, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More Delta employees sue Lands’ End, claiming new uniforms made them sick

Tim Darnell reports that several more Delta Air Lines employees are filing suit against Lands’ End Outfitters, alleging the airline’s much-publicized new uniforms are causing them to get sick. The class-action lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Wisconsin Court.


Jan. 3, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola unveils new ‘main street’ redesign at its Atlanta HQ

Maria Saporta reports that the Coca-Cola Co. has created a city within a city in the redesign of its North Avenue campus. When employees go to work on Jan. 6, they will see the unveiling of the final piece of the redesign – Coca-Cola’s new Central Reception Building – the front door for guests and visitors to the global company.


Jan. 3, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Rome’s Corbin among ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’ for seventh year

Staff reports that Gretchen Corbin of Rome is among the 100 Most Influential Georgians, as named in the January 2020 issue of Georgia Trend magazine. Corbin is president & CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. It’s her seventh consecutive year on the list.


Jan. 3, 2020 AccessWDUN

National Park Service announces funding for Athens Street park in Hall County

Staff reports that after waiting for more than a year on confirmation of federal funding for a new park in Hall County, it appears the National Park Service is coming through with the money. The park service announced in a press statement on Monday that Hall County will receive part of a total distribution on $11.7 million to benefit underserved communities across the country.


Jan. 3, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Special election to fill south Georgia senate seat set for February

Jill Nolin reports that a special election is set for early February for a conservative south Georgia district to replace a state senator who died just days before Christmas. State Sen. Greg Kirk, an Americus Republican who was first elected in 2014, died after a six-month battle with bile duct cancer. His vast district includes a large chunk of south Georgia, from Dooly County to Tift County.


Jan. 3, 2020 Georgia Health News

Report slams Georgia spending against tobacco as inadequate

Andy Miller reports that a recent report ranks Georgia No. 49 among the states and the District of Columbia on preventing kids from using tobacco products. The report, released by several public health organizations, measures states’ spending of tobacco settlement dollars on prevention, in fighting both tobacco use and the rise in e-cigarette use among kids.


Jan. 3, 2020 The Center Square

Lower sales tax on car purchases in effect in Georgia

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgians looking to buy a new vehicle in 2020 will now be able to spend less thanks to a law that went into effect at the start of the year. The car sales tax rate has been reduced from 7 percent to 6.6 percent because of the passing of Senate Bill 65, which became law on Jan. 1.


Jan. 3, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia gives big

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that for the past seven years, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been designated Giving Tuesday and it’s grown into a global movement that inspires people to contribute to causes they believe in. More than $1 billion has been donated to Giving Tuesday campaigns in the U.S. and 150 other countries.


Jan. 3, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Local lawmaker hints of possible state excise tax on vapor products

K.T. McKee reports that there’s a chance Georgia will follow North Carolina’s lead in imposing an excise tax on certain vaping products if at least one local lawmaker has his druthers. Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, said during the Rome City Commission’s annual Hometown Connection Delegation Breakfast that they should expect to see legislation this year for a 5-cent-per-fluid-milliliter excise tax on consumable vapor products containing nicotine.


Jan. 3, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Senator-designate Loeffler visits Georgia Ports Authority, says she’ll vote ‘no’ on impeachment

Will Peebles reports that Georgia Senator-elect Kelly Loeffler paid a visit to Georgia Ports Authority on Thursday, where she spoke highly of the port expansion project and said she would give a ‘no’ vote during President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing. Georgia Senator-designate Kelly Loeffler paid a visit to Georgia Ports Authority on Thursday, where she spoke highly of the port expansion project and said she would give a ‘no’ vote during President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing.


Jan. 3, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Past move to cut taxes may mean rough session for Georgia lawmakers

James Salzer reports that when the Georgia General Assembly returns to work a week from Monday it may find itself haunted by the Ghost of Decisions Past. Two years ago, the state was expecting a financial windfall because of a massive tax bill Congress approved that experts predicted would increase state tax collections by hundreds of millions of dollars.



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