Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 20, 2020

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Aug. 20, 2020

Governor Kemp: Georgia Secures AAA Bond Rating

Staff reports that August 14th, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Georgia again secured the highest ratings of AAA with a stable outlook from each of the three main credit rating agencies: FitchRatings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings. Of the states that issue general obligation bonds, only nine currently meet this standard.


Aug. 20, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Working Together

Kerwin Swint writes, I’m a native Atlantan, born and raised in DeKalb County. And like many natives, I’ve always had a strong emotional connection to the city and its history. Atlanta has long been closely associated with a certain amount of boosterism and civic pride, whether deserved or not.


Aug. 20, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Need to fly somewhere? You may have to connect

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that some travelers have begun flying again, but in the pandemic era they’re more likely to have to take a connecting flight to get to destinations. That’s because as airlines gradually add back flights that were cut during the pandemic, they are concentrating on operating flights to their hubs and connecting passengers through those hubs instead of operating point-to-point nonstop flights between other cities.


Aug. 20, 2020 Saporta Report

Southern gentleman R. Randall Rollins – an Atlanta business leader and philanthropist – dies after short illness

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta has lost one of its true Southern gentlemen with the passing of R. Randall Rollins, the chairman of Rollins Inc. Randall Rollins, 88, died Aug. 17 after a short illness, according to a notice posted by the company that said he was surrounded by family.


Aug. 20, 2020 Georgia Health News

Another rural hospital to close in Georgia, this time in Commerce

Andy Miller reports that a northeast Georgia hospital is closing due to financial losses, becoming the second rural facility in the state to announce in recent weeks that it plans to shut down. Northridge Medical Center, a nonprofit 90-bed hospital in Commerce, will close effective Oct. 31, said an official with its parent company, Ethica Health & Retirement Communities, which is part of Macon-based Community Health Services of Georgia.


Aug. 20, 2020 Metro Atlanta CEO

Metro Atlanta Nonprofits Invited to Compete for $250,000 in Marketing Services to Advance Racial Equality

Staff reports that Ideabar is accepting nominations for the Empowering Equality program now through Sept. 30. One metro Atlanta nonprofit will win $250,000 of in-kind marketing services to advance racial equality and social justice. Ideabar, a Cox Enterprises company, is a world-class marketing and media agency with offices in Atlanta and West Palm Beach, Fla.


Aug. 20, 2020 GPB

Court Hears Arguments In Georgia Absentee Deadline Lawsuit

Stephen Fowler reports that a federal judge heard arguments Wednesday over a motion for preliminary injunction that seeks to count absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day instead of received by that deadline, potentially allowing thousands more votes to be counted in a record-setting election this November.


Aug. 20, 2020 WABE 90.1

Kemp Continues To Push Back On Trump Administration Coronavirus Report

Sam Whitehead reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is pushing back on the latest report from the Trump administration recommending that Georgia take more aggressive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus. He insists the state has made progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, but federal officials and public health experts say those gains could easily disappear.


Aug. 20, 2020 Clayton News Daily, Gwinnett Daily Post

Sen. David Perdue says he’s eager to debate Jon Ossoff, but Democrat claims incumbent is hiding

Curt Yeomans reports, in the ongoing debate between Democrat Jon Ossoff and U.S. Sen. David Perdue over, well, debates, Georgia’s senior senator shot back definitively on Wednesday. The Democratic nominee for the seat has been asserting that the senator was not willing to participate in a debate this fall.


Aug. 20, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Perdue talks federal COVID-19 loan program’s future with Georgia businesses

Beau Evans reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., met with business owners in metro Atlanta Wednesday to field input on the benefits and hurdles of a federal loan program set up to help struggling companies survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The roundtable talk at Vinings Bank, which has lent millions to local businesses in recent months, came amid stalled talks in Congress over another trillion-dollar round of federal COVID-19 relief that would include additional loans via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).


Aug. 20, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrats plan tribute to Rep. John Lewis at national convention

Tia Mitchell reports that the Democratic Party plans to honor civil rights hero and longtime Congressman John Lewis on Thursday, the final night of their national convention. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be part of that tribute.

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