Georgia Trend Daily – March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

GE Appliances unveils ‘home run’ facility in Murray County

Ryan Anderson reports that GE Appliances unveiled a $32 million Southern Logistics Center here on Monday, a facility projected to create 100 jobs. The center allows GE Appliances, a Haier company, to “dramatically reduce processing time” at the Port of Savannah and has “virtually eliminated port backlogs,” according to Kevin Nolan, chief executive officer of GE Appliances.


March 10, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Georgia set a record in 2019, when more than 165,000 new businesses were formed – the first time new business formation surpassed 150,000 in a calendar year. The state was also recently ranked No. 1 for workforce development in the South Atlantic Region by Site Selection magazine.


March 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coronavirus test run: Coca-Cola HQ employees work remotely

Matt Kempner reports that Coca-Cola Company is launching a major test of its preparedness, asking all employees at its worldwide headquarters in Atlanta to work remotely Tuesday as the nation’s concerns about the new coronavirus continue to grow.


March 10, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Second-largest Georgia bank adds corporate attorney to executive team

Eric Mandel reports that the second-largest Georgia-based financial institution filled a hole on its executive team. United Community Banks Inc. said Monday it hired Melinda Davis Lux as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.


March 10, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

Leadership changing for Athens newspaper, website

Staff reports that and the Athens Banner-Herald recently announced general manager Kevin Clark will depart the company on April 3. Caitlyn Stroh-Page is assuming leadership of the newspaper and its digital assets with Clark’s departure.


March 10, 2020 GPB

People Get Answers To What’s In Their Water As Clock Ticks On Coal Ash Bills

Grant Blankenship reports, it was late on a rainy night when Fletcher Sams of the Altamaha Riverkeeper guided his truck down a long muddy road to Ken and Dorothy Krakow’s home on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. With him in a notebook were the results of their well testing.


March 10, 2020 Savannah Morning News, Capitol Beat News

Georgia House to consider income tax cut

Dave Williams reports that Republican leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives doubled down Monday on the promised second phase of a state tax cut launched two years ago. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bret Harrell introduced legislation to reduce Georgia’s personal income tax rate from the current 5.75% to 5.375%.


March 10, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate declares lying is forbidden

Beau Evans reports that liars got a gut punch from Georgia state senators, who unanimously agreed Monday they are fed up with falsehoods in their chamber and in legislative committees. Under a resolution by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jeff Mullis, members of the public who testify at Georgia Senate meetings would be bound to tell only the truth or face a temporary ban.


March 10, 2020 WABE 90.1

Nikki Haley Throws Her Support Behind Kelly Loeffler In Georgia Senate Race

Emma Hurt reports that supporters of U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler say her candidacy brings a new perspective to Washington, and a new dimension to a Georgia Republican party looking for votes in Atlanta’s suburbs. That was a theme of her Monday rally with former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.


March 10, 2020 Albany Herald, Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announces ‘self-quarantine’ after learning he had contact with CPAC attendee who has COVID-19

Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., announced on Monday that he will go into a self-imposed quarantine after officials found a photo of him at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference with an attendee who has tested positive for the coronavirus known as COVID-19.


March 10, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Camden Chairman keeps Spaceport faith despite lengthy failure to launch

Maggie Lee reports that two months after Camden County suddenly scaled back its yearslong quest to become a licensed spaceport capable of launching larger rockets. And critics say the recast license application is just the most recent sign that the county might as well have launched $8 million straight into the sun.


March 10, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia House proposes teacher pay raise that’s half of Kemp’s request

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia House Appropriations Committee on Monday pulled back one of Gov. Brian Kemp’s top priorities for the upcoming fiscal year – a $2,000 teacher pay raise. The committee has proposed a $1,000 teacher pay raise instead, and has approved about 20 percent of Kemp’s state staffing cuts.


March 10, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Legislature gives final OK to ballot measure protecting dedicated funds

Dave Williams reports that Georgia voters will decide this fall whether to require that dedicated state funds be spent on their intended purpose. The state Senate voted unanimously Monday to put the proposed constitutional amendment on the statewide November ballot, giving final passage to a measure that originated in the Georgia House of Representatives.


March 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Senate approves bill aiming to remove speech zones at public colleges

Maya T. Prabhu reports that the Georgia Senate approved legislation that aims to prohibit specific locations for students and others to speak on the state’s public colleges and universities. Senate Bill 318 is the latest attempt by Republicans in recent years to combat what they say has been harsh or unconstitutional treatment by campus officials and some students of speakers, particularly those with conservative viewpoints or representing faith-based organizations.



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