Georgia Trend Daily – April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020 New York Times, Reuters

SK Innovation to Start Building Second EV Battery Plant in United States

Staff reports that South Korea’s SK Innovation Co Ltd, a supplier for Volkswagen and Ford Motors, will spend $727 million to build its second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States, the company said on Tuesday. Construction of the plant with annual capacity of 11.7 gigawatt-hours of batteries will begin in July in the southern state of Georgia with production aimed for 2023, the firm, already building its first factory there, said in a statement.

 

April 29, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Elachee Nature Science Center

Candice Dyer reports, “Our mission is to promote environmental conservation through education,” says President and CEO Andrea Timpone. The organization, with a historical museum and animal exhibits, serves 15,000 students a year in on-site field trips and also travels to schools from northeast Georgia to south Atlanta, teaching an additional 15,000 kids to appreciate wildlife.

 

April 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lenox, other malls plan to reopen Friday

Andy Peters reports that Lenox Square and at least eight other malls and shopping centers in the Atlanta region plan to reopen Friday, the latest sign of businesses reviving after the coronavirus shutdown. Lenox Square will open on a reduced schedule, General Manager Robin Suggs said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

April 29, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta company that makes ‘Liberator Bedroom Adventure Gear’ gets $1M PPP loan

David Allison reports that an Atlanta company whose products include “Liberator Bedroom Adventure Gear” has snagged a $1 million PPP loan. Luvu Brands Inc. reported Tuesday that it received a loan for $1,096,200 through Ameris Bank under the Paycheck Protection Program of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

April 29, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News

Georgia schools lock in grant money for remote learning amid COVID-19

Beau Evans reports that nearly 200 public schools in Georgia are set to receive money for purchasing laptops and software aimed at boosting access to online courses as in-person classes remain suspended due to coronavirus. On Tuesday, the state Board of Education voted unanimously to distribute roughly $21.5 million in federal grant funds among 55 local school districts that are seeking the money to buy Chromebooks, portable internet hotspots, remote-learning software and more.

 

April 29, 2020 University of North Georgia

Four alumni and one senior selected as Fulbright finalists

J.K. Devine reports, University of North Georgia (UNG) alumna Madelyn Beacham wants to attend graduate school in Turkey. UNG senior Candace Seabolt wants to step out of her comfort zone and into a foreign country.

 

April 29, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

‘Sissie’ Morris, wife of Chronicle publisher, dies

Mary Sue “Sissie” Ellis Morris, beloved wife of William S. “Billy” Morris III, entered into rest Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Born in Columbus, Ga., she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Tyler Ellis.

 

April 29, 2020 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Arts Organizations Predicted To Lose More Than $10 Million During COVID-19 Shutdown

Summer Evans reports that a new survey reveals that Atlanta arts organizations collectively will lose more than $10 million during this shutdown. Lara Smith, managing director of Dad’s Garage Theatre, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom to discuss the findings and why she led the effort.

 

April 29, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive! 

Creative Writers

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it’s a virtual world, with businesses of all kinds being conducted online – when business is conducted at all. Authors aren’t immune to the impact of COVID-19 on business and are looking for ways to stay in front of readers. For one Georgia author, New York Times bestseller Mary Kay Andrews, it means a virtual brunch as she launches her latest book, Hello, Summer.

 

April 29, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

State officials pivot messaging, plead Georgians to get tested

Riley Bunch reports that when the COVID-19 outbreak first hit Georgia, it seemed nearly impossible to get tested. Now, as total deaths top 1,000, state officials are begging Georgians to schedule appointments at testing locations.

 

April 29, 2020 Brunswick News

Sales tax revenue plummets for city of Brunswick

Gordon Jackson reports that there was no way Brunswick Finance Director Kathy Mills could sugarcoat the city’s latest tax revenue report at Tuesday’s finance committee meeting. Sales tax revenue for March is down $45,000 from a year ago, and down $34,000 from the previous month.

 

April 29, 2020 Georgia Health News

New survey of nurses finds lingering supply problems and stress

Andy Miller reports that a new survey of Georgia nurses has found that four in 10 don’t feel safe or equipped to perform their duties amid the pandemic. The percentage of nurses feeling unsafe is lower than the roughly 70 percent who felt that way in a previous Georgia Nurses Association survey, taken in March.

 

April 29, 2020 Capitol Beat News

COVID-19 ban on vacation rentals in Georgia set to end Friday

Beau Evans reports that vacation rentals in Georgia will be allowed to reopen Friday following weeks of coronavirus-prompted closures. Gov. Brian Kemp gave the green light for bed-and-breakfast establishments and online bookings like Airbnb late Monday on the heels of allowing many other types of businesses to reopen in recent days, including dine-in restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and barbershops.

 

April 29, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Atlanta Press Club candidate debates set ahead of June primary

John McCosh reports that after years of originating its Georgia candidate debate series at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Atlanta, the Atlanta Press Club is taking its signature election event online for the upcoming primary election. The virtual event is set to include candidates for U.S. Senate and the hotly contested race to replace outgoing Republican Congressman Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 7th District.

 

April 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New changes to state’s virus data confuse experts, residents alike

Willoughby Mariano reports that on April 27, at 8:25 p.m., Georgia passed a tragic milestone: 1,000 deaths during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Or maybe it didn’t. Within hours, the state Department of Public Health said on its website that the death toll was actually 995. /

 

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