Georgia Trend - May 2008

The Do-Nothing Legislature

Georgia’s GOP-dominated legislature left the 2008 session under a hail of criticism for doing nothing. Here’s a sample of what newspapers across the state had to say: “Lipstick this pig any way you wish. It [the legislative session] was a…

Hallowed Grounds

There’s only one place in the state where you can have a wedding ceremony conducted in the presence of Georgia golfing legend Bobby Jones and Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell – Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. A cemetery wedding may…

Working Moms

When my daughter was 4, I traded a freelance career – flexible schedule, no dress code, easy commute to the back bedroom where I worked – for a “real” job that required dressing like a grownup and driving across town…

A New Age On Ag Hill

Beverly Sparks grew up the daughter of a bug man in the heart of south Georgia’s agricultural swath. Her father, an entomologist for the United States Depart-ment of Agriculture (USDA) in Tifton, made a habit of taking his work home…

Chuck Eaton: Power Source

Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton, an Atlanta Republican elected in 2006, is serving a yearlong term as chairman of the body that regulates public utilities in Georgia. He will preside over hearings later this year after Georgia Power Company, which…

Fannin County: A Brand New Economy

The shifting fortunes of North Georgia’s Fannin County are reflected in the narrow main street that cuts through the thriving town of Blue Ridge. Cars line both sides of the thoroughfare, with many bearing out of county and out-of-state license…

Covering His Bases

Some years ago, attorney and part-time writer Abe Schear came to an unsurprising realization. “I figured out that my clients and friends would rather read about baseball than leases,” he says. Schear, 56, a partner in the Atlanta law firm…