Georgia Trend Daily – March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta National Golf Club to donate $2 million to assist Augusta area in COVID-19 fight

Wynston Wilcox reports that Augusta National Golf Club is stepping in to assist the Augusta area during the coronavirus pandemic. The club announced in a press release Monday morning that it will be partnering with the Community Foundation of the CSRA by donating $2 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

March 31, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Spring Takes Flight

Krista Reese reports that the best part of spring: Feeling young, whether you actually are or not. But time does go by more quickly as you pile on the years. And especially in the restaurant world, a few years is a long time.

 

March 31, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Big Atlanta companies withdraw billions from bank credit lines

Andy Peters reports that some of metro Atlanta’s largest employers are scrambling to shore up their finances by tapping huge credit lines from banks. NCR, Macy’s, Home Depot and others have drawn down billions of dollars in recent days from existing lines of credit.

 

March 31, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NCR’s top execs, some salaried employees, take pay cuts due to COVID-19

David Allison reports that financial technology giant NCR Corp. reported Tuesday that its top executives and some other salaried employees will take pay cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael D. Hayford, NCR’s (NYSE: NCR) president and CEO, and Frank R. Martire, executive chairman, each announced voluntary and temporary base salary reductions of 100%.

 

March 31, 2020 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Dan, Kathelen Amos give $1M to help fund Columbus hospital renovations for coronavirus treatment

Nick Wooten reports that Aflac’s Chairman and CEO Dan Amos and his wife Kathelen have donated $1 million to Piedmont Columbus Regional to help the hospital treat COVID-19 patients in an isolated environment. The $1 million gift will be used to renovate the 5th floor of the old Doctor’s Hospital building, which is not currently in use, located on Piedmont’s Midtown campus.

 

March 31, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Atlanta nation’s fourth fastest-growing metro area

Dave Williams reports that the Metro Atlanta was the nation’s fourth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the last decade, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. The population of Atlanta, including Sandy Springs and Alpharetta, was just more than 6 million as of last July 1, up from just less than 5.3 million on April 1, 2010.

 

March 31, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

GNTC donates ventilators and other medical supplies to Georgia Emergency Management Agency

Staff reports, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise there has also been an increased demand for medical supplies such as ventilators, hospital masks and gloves. Georgia Northwestern Technical College this past weekend gathered its supply of ventilators used in its Respiratory Care program to donate to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

 

March 31, 2020 Gainesville Times

Kubota suspends production at all KMA, KIE facilities

Nick Watson reports that Kubota suspended production Monday, March 30 and all shifts Tuesday, March 31, at its Kubota Manufacturing of America and Kubota Industrial Equipment facilities, according to the company website. Kubota Manufacturing of America closed its Gainesville buildings early Friday, March 27, after an employee informed them of a positive COVID-19 test result.

 

March 31, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald, Ashville Citizen-Times

Earth Fare under new ownership, to reopen Athens location

John Boyle and McKenzie Lunford report that a group of Asheville investors, including Earth Fare’s founder, plan to revive a handful of the bankrupt chain’s stores, including the Westgate location in West Asheville. The group tried to secure Earth Fare’s former South Asheville location, but a health food behemoth, the Amazon-owned Whole Foods, outbid them.

 

March 31, 2020 GPB

Georgia Paper Supply Company Pivots To Respirator Mask Sales

Ellen Eldridge reports that a Marietta paper supply company is pivoting its business in order to provide respirator masks for those who need them. By the time people most at risk for serious side effects from COVID-19 knew about the disease, protective masks were sold out everywhere.

 

March 31, 2020 Milledgeville Union Recorder, CNHI

State enforces coronavirus guidelines in parks, lakes

Riley Bunch reports that on March 23, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order banning gatherings of 10 or more people and called on Georgia residents to report any businesses or groups that don’t comply. Meanwhile, many Georgians are taking to outdoor activities to avoid isolation in their homes, but with crowds at parks in both urban and rural areas, officials are grappling with how to enforce a six-foot-distance rule.

 

March 31, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia officials, hospitals ask feds to ease health-program requirements

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia officials have asked President Donald Trump’s administration to relax federal health-care program requirements that can create barriers to care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Brian Kemp and the Department of Community Health asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily amend certain restrictions on Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids.

 

March 31, 2020 WABE 90.1

Saying Elections ‘Truly Need To Be Free,’ Abrams Calls For Postage To Be Paid For Mail-In Votes

Emil Moffat reports that Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says emergency funding from the federal or state government should be set aside to cover the cost of postage for mail-in ballots. Georgians are being encouraged to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

March 31, 2020 Capitol Beat News

House Speaker urges primary delay in Georgia as secretary of state holds firm

Beau Evans reports that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has doubled down on his request to delay the state’s primary elections by about a month due to concerns over coronavirus, after the state’s elections chief balked at that request last week.

 

March 31, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia mayors up the pressure on Kemp for stricter coronavirus measures

Greg Bluestein reports, with Gov. Brian Kemp balking at more stringent restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, the leaders of Georgia’s most influential cities are set to intensify the pressure on him to take more drastic action. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said a consensus emerged from about 50 mayors during a Monday call that a “statewide stay-at-home order and other policies were needed to remedy the inconsistent, confusing patchwork of policies now in place.”

 

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