Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 8, 2020

Sept. 8, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Labor Day nothing to celebrate for Georgia workers still displaced by pandemic

Ross Williams reports, when her job at a Macon daycare cut her hours from 40 to 10 in March, Kalie Mitchum put off applying for unemployment in the hopes that things would soon turn around. Nearly half a year has passed. On this Labor Day, Mitchum, like workers around the state, is still struggling to make ends meet in an economy ravaged by COVID-19.


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Sept. 8, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Gwinnett Chamber names Moxie Award winners

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Gwinnett Chamber recently honored more than 80 finalists and seven winners of its 2020 Moxie Awards. The awards program, which was sponsored by Northside Hospital, honors women who are bold in business and organizations that support the advancement of women or are women-led.


Sept. 8, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Airlines turn to testing to stem virus spread, encourage travel

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, six months into the pandemic, Delta Air Lines has lost billions of dollars. The company has parked hundreds of planes and cut thousands of workers as air travel has plunged an unprecedented 70%.


Sept. 8, 2020 WABE 90.1

2020 Has Been Another Good Year For Sea Turtle Nesting In Georgia

Molly Samuel reports, on summer nights, giant female loggerhead turtles haul themselves out of the ocean and up to the soft sand of Georgia’s beaches to lay their eggs. A few weeks later, their nests erupt as the tiny hatchlings break out of their shells and dig up through the sand, to skitter down the beach to the ocean.


Sept. 8, 2020 Albany Herald

Columbus-based Fall Line Entertainment plans films

Staff reports that Fall Line Entertainment, a Georgia-based film distribution company, announced recently it is moving forward with plans to produce and distribute films for theatrical release in 2021. Long time industry vet Crystal Trawick, most recently chief operations officer for Fun Academy Studios, will serve as CEO/president, and the company will provide partnership opportunities for production, distribution and in-theater marketing.


Sept. 8, 2020 Brunswick News

Okefenokee Swamp Park expands operations

Gordon Jackson reports that the Okefenokee Swamp Park has expanded its reach into the 440,000-acre national wildlife refuge. The conservation education organization, in operation at the north entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for nearly 75 years, has signed a 10-year agreement to be the concession manager at the east entrance to the swamp, located 7 miles south of Folkston.


Sept. 8, 2020 The Center Square

Atlanta Police Department sees significant increase in resignations after protests

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the number of police officers who have resigned from the Atlanta Police Department has doubled in the past three months, department records show. According to numbers obtained by The Center Square, 42 officers resigned between June 1 and Aug. 21, which is twice the number of officers who left the department in the first three months of the year.


Sept. 8, 2020 Georgia Health News

Top nurses upset at sudden exit of popular Georgia board chief

Andy Miller reports that the departure of the state Board of Nursing’s executive director has stunned nurse leaders in Georgia, who told GHN that he did “a great job’’ in that position. Jim Cleghorn served in the role for 10 years. He was also president of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.


Sept. 8, 2020 GPB

Nearly 800,000 Georgians Have Already Requested Absentee Ballots For November

Stephen Fowler reports, nearly 800,000 Georgians, or about one in nine active voters, have already requested an absentee ballot, as state officials encourage the use of early voting to minimize lines at the polls for the November election. According to data provided by the secretary of state’s office as of Wednesday morning, at least 582,000 are on a “rollover” list of voters who checked a box to receive an absentee ballot for every election in a given cycle.


Sept. 8, 2020 11 Alive

Candidate known for her ‘Donna Trump’ character vies for Georgia House seat

Doug Richards reports that an election contest in Atlanta’s suburbs includes a Democrat who has prowled the halls of the Georgia State Capitol dressed as President Donald Trump. That candidate is trying to unseat a prominent Republican in the Georgia House.


Sept. 8, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Former Republican senators backing David Perdue’s reelection bid

Dave Williams reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., picked up endorsements Friday from three former Georgia Republican senators, including the lawmaker he succeeded in Congress. Supporting Perdue are former Sens. Johnny Isakson, who retired from Congress at the end of last year; Saxby Chambliss, who left Washington in 2014 to be succeeded by Perdue; and Mack Mattingly, elected in 1980 as Georgia’s first Republican U.S. senator since Reconstruction.


Sept. 8, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loeffler wins support of state Labor commish in Senate bid

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler picked up the endorsement of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler for her November special election bid. Butler, a three-term Republican, said Tuesday that Loeffler had the “proven experience to help Georgia get back to work and shake up the status quo in Washington.”


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