Georgia Trend Daily – May 31, 2023

May 31, 2023 WABE

Georgia peach crop decimated by bad weather, warming climate

Sam Gringlas reports that summer is around the corner, and in Georgia, summer means peaches. But horticulturists at the University of Georgia say roughly 90% of the Peach State’s crop has been destroyed by bad weather and a warming climate.

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May 31, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Effingham County: Disciplined Growth

K.K. Snyder reports, with multiple massive economic development announcements over the past year, Effingham County is in overdrive preparing for the influx of new residents, business and industry. Improvements to infrastructure, additional quality-of-life amenities and expanded healthcare services are underway across the county and in its cities of Springfield, Rincon and Guyton.


May 31, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola renews partnership

J. Scott Trubey reports that the PGA Tour and Coca-Cola on Wednesday said the beverage giant has signed a new five-year deal to remain the official soft drink of the tour and extended its support of the Tour Championship tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club. The Tour Championship is the capstone event of the PGA’s FedEx Cup playoff and will return Aug. 23-27 to the historic East Lake course.

May 31, 2023 GPB

‘We are a tourist city’: Savannah increases hotel/motel tax for first time in nearly three decades

Benjamin Payne reports, visitors to the Hostess City of the South can expect to pay more for their lodging later this year, as the Savannah City Council on Thursday approved increasing the city’s hotel/motel tax from its current 6% to 8%, effective Sept. 1. The 6-3 vote marked the first time since 1995 that the tourism-heavy community raised its rate, as years of disagreements between local politicians, business leaders and state lawmakers had kept the tax frozen at its current level.


May 31, 2023 11-Alive

‘It’s not an end-of-life moment’ | Rosalynn Carter’s public announcement of dementia diagnosis another example of her advocacy

Jon Shirek reports, words of comfort and support are pouring in from around the world for former first lady Rosalynn Carter Tuesday. Her family, through The Carter Center in Atlanta, announced her dementia diagnosis.

May 31, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

How these breakthrough drugs to fight Alzheimer’s disease rely on Columbus Memory Center

Brittany McGee reports, when the researchers at Columbus Memory Center first began, they had to ask companies to let them participate in drug trials. Today, they have to turn down pitches. But a pair of trials they did not turn their backs on now has it as a significant partner in running inclusive clinical trials of two breakthrough drugs that are aimed at slowing cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

May 31, 2023 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lab space remains missing ingredient to Atlanta’s emerging life sciences industry

Savannah Sicurella reports, experts have long touted Atlanta as an emerging market for life sciences. But the availability of lab space isn’t catching up.

May 31, 2023

Ethiopian Airlines Flight to Deepen Atlanta’s Connection With Africa

Trevor Williams reports, “From the A to the AA” — that’s how Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens described the itinerary for a new nonstop flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that touched down May 16 with the promise of more conveniently linking the city’s sizable African diaspora to the continent. Mr. Dickens, fresh off a six-day trip aimed at establishing business, educational and cultural ties with the Ethiopian capital ahead of the flight launch, received a hero’s welcome during a boisterous celebration in the arrivals lobby at the airport’s international terminal.

May 31, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Frontline Housing helps families find permanent homes

Clare S. Ritchie reports that Frontline Housing’s Motel to Home Program seeks to move 365 metro Atlanta families to permanent housing in 2023 by providing financial support and well-being workshops. “We are at about 150 families housed so far, a little ahead of pace,” said founder and executive director of Frontline Housing, Mary Grace King.

May 31, 2023 The Center Square

Oliver sees 2024 as an opportunity for Libertarians to break out

T.A. DeFeo reports, last year, Libertarian Chase Oliver forced Georgia’s U.S. Senate race — in which Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker — into a runoff. Now, Oliver, a 37-year-old Atlanta resident vying for the Libertarian presidential nomination, sees the political landscape — one in which many voters don’t want to see a rematch between Donald Trump and Joe Biden — aligning perfectly for his party.

May 31, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kemp deploys political machine for 2024 legislative battle

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, if you were one of the many people we heard from last week who received text message fundraising appeals from Gov. Brian Kemp, the blast wasn’t for any office the just-reelected governor is seeking. Instead, Kemp’s political machine is pushing to protect a handful of vulnerable GOP state legislative districts, while also putting a bullseye on Democratic districts they think are within reach.


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