Georgia Trend Daily – March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

Kemp Closes K-12 Public Schools Through April 24

Staff reports that yesterday, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020.


March 27, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

40 Under 40 nominations are open

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2019, we want to hear about them.


March 27, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

These Atlanta companies are making big hires this April

Mary Caldwell reports that the coronavirus has had a huge effect on the economy, with weekly unemployment claims increasing as many workers are laid off. Some businesses, however, are busier than ever, and they’re adding workers to help deal with the demand.


March 27, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta children’s clothing maker borrows $750 million due to coronavirus disruptions

Grace Donnally reports that children’s clothing maker Carter’s Inc. (NYSE: CRI) has borrowed nearly $750 million from lenders as of March 26, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, essentially drawing down the entirety of the company’s lines of credit.


March 27, 2020 GPB

Georgia Unemployment Claims Double Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns

Emily Jones reports that new claims for unemployment in Georgia have more than doubled as businesses shut down amid coronavirus fears, the Georgia Departnment of Labor reported Thursday. More than 12,000 people filed for unemployment benefits between March 15 and March 21, up from 5,445 the week before.


March 27, 2020 Saporta Report

Emergency fund set up to help Georgia’s urban and rural farmers

Maria Saporta reports that local food organizations have created a coalition to help Georgia’s urban and rural farmers weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations, – which include the Food Well Alliance and Georgia Organics, Community Farmers Markets, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Global Growers Network, the Common Market Southeast and Atlanta Farmers Coalition – have created the Farmer Fund COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign.


March 27, 2020 Albany Herald

Albany brewery takes on role as hand sanitizer distributer

Carlton Fletcher reports, with employees from throughout the Pretoria Fields Collective — including brewers, nurses, farm workers and med student volunteers — working around the clock, the downtown Albany Pretoria Fields Brewery has become ground zero for hand sanitizer production and distribution in the region.


March 27, 2020 Georgia Health News

How publicity killed Juliette water testing plan

Max Blau reports that the same February morning when Juliette residents marched into Gov. Brian Kemp’s office demanding he support legislation to remove coal ash from their town, Monroe County Manager Jim Hedges sent an email to nationally known scientist Avner Vengosh, asking for help. Hedges wanted to know if Vengosh, of Duke University, would come to Georgia and test drinking water wells near Plant Scherer, the nation’s largest coal-fired plant.


March 27, 2020 WABE 90.1

Citing Pandemic, House Speaker Ralston Wants To Push Back Georgia’s Primaries Again

Emil Moffat reports that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is calling for the state’s primaries to be pushed back again. The Georgia presidential primary, originally scheduled for March 24, has already been delayed until May 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic.


March 27, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Workers in ‘gig’ economy worry about future as income vanishes

Ross Williams reports that Lawrenceville-based children’s magician Stephen Spanks is the founder, owner and sole employee of his business, Never Grow Up Magic. “It’s just me and the rabbit,” he said, referring to his sidekick, Oreo.


March 27, 2020 Capitol Beat News

‘Up to all of us’: Governor urges social distancing for Georgians to curb coronavirus

Beau Evans reports, with much of Georgia self-quarantining to curb the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp and other officials urged the state’s residents Thursday night to keep practicing social distancing and personal hygiene as medical supplies run low in hospitals and test results remain slow.


March 27, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp urges Georgians to heed virus warnings but balks at drastic steps

Greg Bluestein reports, as the death toll from coronavirus mounted, Gov. Brian Kemp pleaded with Georgians during a Thursday statewide televised event to stay home and practice social distancing even as he stressed more drastic measures weren’t yet needed to stem the disease’s spread.



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