Sept. 19, 2019 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that the results are in: Georgia’s high school graduation rate reached an all-time high of 82 percent during the 2018-19 school year. The rate has increased 12 percent since 2012 when the federal government changed the requirements for reporting graduation rates.
Sept. 19, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, the first time I was ever completely alone with my now-grown daughter was in the hospital where she was born. When she began to cry, the thing that popped immediately into my head was a hope that some responsible adult would show up and take care of things. That was followed, of course, by the realization that I was the designated responsible grownup.
Sept. 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS is revamping its uniforms for the first time in decades. The uniforms worn by 125,000 drivers, known as “browns,” are getting what the company calls the first major redesign since the early 1920s. The company said its drivers are “often referred to as industrial athletes,” and the new uniforms will be made of performance fabrics that stretch.
Sept. 19, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Coca-Cola HBC, which bottles Coca-Cola products in Europe, has agreed to buy Lurisia, an Italian mineral water maker in a deal worth $97 million, Reuters reports. The acquisition will allow Coke to add premium Italian brands to its portfolio.
Sept. 19, 2019 Georgia Historical Society
Patricia Meagher reports that the Georgia Historical Society announced today that Robert L. Brown, Jr., President and CEO of R.L. Brown & Associates, Inc., renowned architect and civic leader; and Robert S. Jepson, Jr., Founder and CEO of Jepson Associates, Inc., philanthropist and visionary entrepreneur, will be inducted as the newest Georgia Trustees by Governor Brian Kemp on February 15, 2020, at the Trustees Gala in Savannah. It is the highest honor the State of Georgia can confer.
Sept. 19, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune News
James Swift reports that a Adairsville City Council heard the first reading of a rezoning proposal that would bring a 67.4-acre aluminum forging facility to north Bartow at Thursday evening’s public meeting. Los Angeles-based AL8, LLC submit an application to rezone the property from general-industrial to heavy-industrial earlier this year. According to an AL8, LLC representative, the end-user of the facility would be Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co., a Japanese-based manufacturer that posted the equivalent of $4.5 billion in net sales last year, per the company’s 2019 annual report.
Sept. 19, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Nick Wooten reports that the merger between Columbus-based electronic payments company TSYS and Atlanta-based Global Payments is complete, officials for the new venture announced Wednesday. “We are delighted to announce the completion of this landmark transaction, creating significant opportunities for our customers, partners, employees and shareholders worldwide,” Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Global Payments, said in a statement.
Sept. 19, 2019 University of Georgia
Sam Fahmy reports, for the sixth consecutive year, the University of Georgia’s far-reaching commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion has been recognized with a national award. The INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Sept. 19, 2019 GPB
Josephine Bennett reports that, stacked alongside papers from the Colonial era and political memorabilia are the archives from the now shuttered Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The items include Nudie suits, guitars and gold records. In 1996, the Hall of Fame opened in Macon.
Sept. 19, 2019 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that the chances of keeping the lights on at various state Sea Grant programs took a step forward Wednesday as the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that would reauthorize funding through 2025. The White House budget this year, as with other Trump administration budgets, advocated for the elimination of federal funding for Sea Grant.
Sept. 19, 2019 Georgia Recorder
Stanley Dunlap reports that a north Georgia school superintendent lamented at an August gathering of lawmakers in Jasper that some of his 3,600 students often arrive for classes with mental health needs that outstrip the capacity of the part-time counselor’s ability to help. “It’s a struggle,” Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs said by phone recently. “It’s not something that’s brand new to communities, but there’s a higher percentage of kids struggling now with mental health issues than I’ve seen in my 25-year career.”
Sept. 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
James Salzer reports that when lawmakers learned that thousands of DNA samples taken from women who told police they had been raped had never been processed, they put extra money into the state budget to hire scientists and lab technicians to clear the backlog. When then-Gov. Nathan Deal wanted to change Georgia’s overcrowded criminal justice system, he poured millions into accountability courts in hopes of keeping relatively low-level offenders out of prison.