Author: Jerry Grillo

100 Most Influential Georgians

This 16th edition of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians includes, as always, some new names and some old ones, as leadership changes and recent achievements combine with resignations, retirements, course corrections and shifts in power to shake the list…

Hall Of Fame: Lasting Influence

John Lewis U.S. Congressman Civil Rights Leader Atlanta Age: 73 John Lewis left the cotton fields of Alabama and became the conscience of a nation at war with itself. The scars still visible on his head are tangible reminders of…

Gun Solutions

I’ve never seen the man before, don’t know his name, but he’s definitely local, or he wouldn’t be embedded at a North Georgia sports shop, where he presents an air of native permanence. I’ve only lived in this rural community…

Against All Odds

The results came in for Sammye E. Coan Middle School, and they were very good, which is why school principal Betsy Bockman was so worried. “I thought, ‘Oh, great, now they’re going to investigate us,’ because our positive growth was…

Cell Mates

  Nick Boulis has the audacity to believe, out loud, that discoveries and therapies designed to improve the human condition – world-changing breakthroughs that have been happening and are happening right now in Georgia – are just as important as…

Class Act

  Barbara Grimm couldn’t imagine sending her son Will to their Savannah neighborhood’s middle school, where the academic expectations were low and discipline was almost nonexistent – not the combination she was looking for. Grimm, a teacher who left the…

Unintended Consequences

  The United States healthcare system is messed up. It’s a mangled wreck at the bottom of a smoking crater. We spend more, by far, on healthcare than any other country, more than $2.5 trillion annually, about 18 percent of…