Georgia Trend - September 2008

Organizations: 500 For Life

“Somebody dies every 2.4 hours as result of a fire, and a firefighter dies every 76 hours as result of a fire, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” says Frank Buonanotte. “A cure exists.” That cure, says Buonanotte,…

GreenRoom: September 2008

• Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources plans to buy 1,564 acres linking two state-owned natural areas, Zahnd Natural Area and Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wild-life Management Area, near Look-out Mountain in Walker County. The state’s Land Conservation Pro-gram helped pay the $8.3…

Political RoundUp: September 2008

Golden opportunity: You can add the name of state Sen. Tim Golden (D-Valdosta) to the list of possible Democratic candidates for governor. Golden got the word out that he’s giving serious consideration to the race, although he might not announce…

Can The Speaker Survive?

Glenn Richardson, speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives, is being challenged for his leadership post by House member David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge. The challenge from within the GOP majority will be decided after the November elections and…

Trend Radar: September 2008

Putting the Cart Before the Horsepower: A flood of new developments and products has electrified Georgia’s transportation industry. Last summer when Augusta golf cart manufacturer Club Car rolled out its first street-legal electric vehicle, the event seemed to symbolize the…

The "Unfairest" Tax

In the early 1990s I wrote a column for Georgia Trend titled, “The Unfairest Tax of All.” Today it’s much worse. The unfairness is so evident that you would think the talk show hosts and their callers, the chattering classes…

Holding Out Hope

Though Kristin Connor, executive director of CURE Childhood Cancer, interacts with families facing the dreaded disease on a daily basis, it’s difficult for her to view her life as anything but blessed. “I think I’m the luckiest person in the…

Still In The Swim

Who would you say is the most successful coach in America? If you said Bobby Cox, Vince Dooley, Joe Paterno or “Coach K,” you’d be wrong. How about Robert Nash (Pete) Higgins, who’s beginning his 48th year as swimming coach…