Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 16, 2020

Dec. 16, 2020 Albany Herald

Window company to bring 100 new jobs to Emanuel County

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that Wincore Window Company LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of premium vinyl windows and fiberglass entry door systems, is expanding its Swainsboro operations, which will create an additional 100 jobs in Emanuel County. “Our highly skilled work force, in addition to our support for our advanced manufacturing industries during this unprecedented year, have both been critical to attracting new jobs and investment opportunities in every corner of the state,” Kemp said in a news release.


Dec. 16, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

South Fulton County: Southern Exposure

Haisten Willis reports, these are different times across the world, in the state of Georgia and in each of the eight South Fulton County cities. The famous Chick-fil-A Dwarf House, which celebrates the history of the College Park-based restaurant chain, features a statue of founder Truett Cathy outside the front entrance. On recent mornings the statue could be seen sporting a face mask.


Dec. 16, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta launches COVID-testing trial for flights to Amsterdam

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines on Tuesday started a program for COVID testing of passengers flying from Atlanta to Amsterdam, a move that could help international travelers avoid quarantine requirements in certain countries. Delta’s senior vice president of international Perry Cantarutti said he hopes the program can be a blueprint for the reopening of more international travel.


Dec. 16, 2020 Georgia Health News, Rome News-Tribune

Local, Georgia hospitals do better in latest Leapfrog safety ratings

Andy Miller reports that about one-third of Georgia hospitals received an “A’’ grade in the Leapfrog Group’s autumn patient safety ratings, released Monday. That’s a higher percentage than in the spring, when one in four hospitals in the state got a top grade.


Dec. 16, 2020 WABE 90.1

Public Broadcasting Atlanta Taps Former Turner Exec Jennifer Dorian To Serve As CEO

Grace Walker reports that on Tuesday, the Public Broadcasting Atlanta Board of Directors announced long-time cable executive and veteran Atlanta business community leader Jennifer Dorian will become the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Dorian arrives at PBA after holding various roles at Turner Broadcasting and Warner Media over a 20-year span.


Dec. 16, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

Pilgrim’s gives $790,000 to Athens to help during pandemic

Wayne Ford reports that Athens will receive $790,000 as its share of $3.5 million that Pilgrim’s is providing to several cities in Georgia as an investment “in the future” and to help battle the coronavirus pandemic, the company recently announced. Other cities in Georgia that will receive a share of the money are Canton, Carrollton, Douglas, Elberton, Ellijay and Gainesville.


Dec. 16, 2020 Saporta Report

MacKenzie Scott gives $15 million to Clark Atlanta, $5 million to ACE

Maria Saporta reports, novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott made a big splash in Atlanta on Tuesday. First, Clark Atlanta University announced that Scott had made a $15 million unrestricted gift – the largest individual gift in the University’s history.


Dec. 16, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Piedmont Healthcare plans $13 million expansion at Rockdale hospital

David Allison reports that Piedmont Healthcare is planning a $13 million expansion at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital. The health system wants to add 23 acute-care inpatient beds to the Conyers, Ga., hospital’s existing 138, bringing its total to 161, Piedmont says in a Dec. 11 letter of intent filed with the Georgia Department of Community Health.


Dec. 16, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia PSC adopts two-tiered rates for broadband utility pole attachments

Dave Williams reports that Georgia utility regulators Tuesday approved an offer by electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) to provide steep discounts to telecom providers that expand broadband service into rural areas of the state unserved by broadband. But a resolution the state Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted unanimously also will increase fees the EMCs are allowed to charge providers for attaching broadband technology to utility poles in areas already served by broadband.


Dec. 16, 2020 Augusta Chronicle, Savannah Morning News

Raffensperger blasts senators for list demand

Susan McCord reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger chided the state’s two U.S. senators for demanding an updated list of registered voters, saying the National Republican Committee obtains copies of the updated list daily. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue complained that the state should have finalized and produced a list of all voters who registered by the Dec. 7 deadline.


Dec. 16, 2020 Fox 5 Atlanta

Insider Advantage Poll shows candidates in Georgia Senate runoffs in ‘statistical dead heat’

Deidra Dukes reports, with early voting underway in Georgia and the Senate runoff election just three weeks out, Matt Towery, who is the founder of Insider Advantage and a retired FOX 5 political analyst, said recent polling shows the candidates in both races are running neck and neck. Towery told FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes, “It is a statistical dead heat in Georgia.”


Dec. 15, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Opinion: Calvin Smyre and the room where it finally happened

Jim Galloway writes, Monday was an extraordinary day at the state Capitol. For Georgia Democrats, history had finally happened. To witness members of the electoral college cast their votes for president and vice-president is usually the political equivalent of watching paint dry.


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