Republican wins runoff for south Georgia House seat
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican James Burchett has won a special election runoff against a fellow Republican for a south Georgia House seat.
Burchett beat out Franklin Patten on Tuesday in the...
‘Religious liberties’ bill renews a recurring Georgia debate
ATLANTA (AP) — A 'religious liberties' bill that aims to add greater protections for personal beliefs has renewed a recurring debate in Georgia about discrimination and religious...
2 Republicans head to runoff for south Georgia House seat
ATLANTA (AP) — Two Republicans are headed to a March 12 runoff in a special election to fill a south Georgia House seat.
Franklin Patten and James Burchett easily beat two Democratic opponents Tuesday in the district covering parts of Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes and Ware Counties.
The seat became available in November when Rep. Jason Shaw was appointed to the Georgia Public Service Commission by former Gov. Nathan Deal.
State legislature to consider Gov. Kemp’s budget proposals
ATLANTA (AP) — The coming days in the Georgia legislature are all about one, all-encompassing proposal: the state budget.
While the state House and Senate will not hold floor sessions, many lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Tuesday — after a the long holiday weekend in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — for joint budget hearings. That's where they'll hash out the amended budget for fiscal year 2019 and general budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.
Health care IT company plans to relocate HQ to Georgia
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A California health care IT company plans to relocate its headquarters to Georgia in a move that may create or move 500 jobs to the metro Atlanta area.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Thursday that BioIQ will invest $5 million as part of its expansion in Cobb County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the new jobs will include positions in operations, sales and technology.
Outgoing governor to teach at UGA, other schools
ATLANTA (AP) — The outgoing governor of Georgia will soon have another title: Professor.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the state's Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as a Regents Professor. Deal will hold occasional lectures at the University of Georgia and other schools in the University System of Georgia, effective March 1 for at least three years.
Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd creating 350 jobs near Atlanta
PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a shipping company will expand its operations near Atlanta with $5.5 million and more than 350 new jobs.
News outlets report Hapag-Lloyd is consolidating at its offices in Peachtree Corners, and plans to invest the money over the next two years and create 363 positions.
Governor: Norfolk Southern moving headquarters to Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Railroad company Norfolk Southern Corp. is moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta, bringing with it 850 jobs and more than $500 million in economic investment, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.
The company plans to build a new headquarters campus with 750,000 square feet (69,600 square meters) of office space in the city's Midtown area, according to records from Atlanta's economic development authority.
Weather to delay start for schools, government, businesses
ATLANTA (AP) — Schools, government offices and some businesses are delaying their openings Tuesday because of potential slippery conditions.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced that state government wouldn't open until 10 a.m. Tuesday. He said the delay was based on a National Weather Service update that warned that overnight temperatures below freezing could leave black ice on the roads in several dozen Georgia counties.
Poultry producer expanding into Georgia’s smallest county
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia-based poultry producer is expanding with a new facility planned for the state's smallest county.
Harrison Poultry Inc. recently began construction on a $70 million feed mill and hatchery in Taliaferro (TOL-eh-vur) County. Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced the expansion, which the company says will create 102 jobs.
Gov.-elect Kemp names floor leaders for 2019 legislature
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov.-elect Brian Kemp has chosen six Georgia lawmakers to shepherd his agenda during the 2019 legislative session.
Kemps' transition office announced his legislative floor leaders in a news release. Republican state Reps. Jodi Lott of Evans, Terry Rogers of Clarkesville, Bert Reeves of Marietta and Dominic LaRiccia of Douglas will sponsor bills to carry out the new GOP governor's agenda in the House.
Online retailer planning 1,000 jobs in coastal Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An online retailer of furniture and home decor says it plans to bring 1,000 jobs to coastal Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Wayfair Inc. plans to build a new facility exceeding 1 million square feet (90,000 sq. meters) in Savannah. About $45 million is expected to be invested in the project within the next five years.
The Boston-based company said new jobs will include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions.
South Korean company to make batteries in Georgia
JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — A South Korean company plans to create more than 2,000 jobs as it builds a battery plant in Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal said in a news release Tuesday that SK Innovation plans to spend up to $1.7 billion on a plant to make lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles at the plant in Jackson County. The governor's statement said it's the largest single investment and job creation project in Georgia's history.
The Latest: Legislature OKs $4OM tax break for airlines
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the special session of the Georgia legislature (all times local):
Georgia lawmakers' five-day special session has ended with the Senate giving final approval to a tax break that will save airlines $40 million before the perk expires next summer.
$470M in hurricane aid passes Georgia legislature
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers have given final approval to $470 million in emergency aid and tax credits for communities devastated by Hurricane Michael.
The state Senate voted unanimously Saturday on bills that cleared the House earlier this week. The spending measures now go to Gov. Nathan Deal to sign into law.
Georgia lawmakers preparing to end special session Saturday
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are preparing to finalize $470 million in emergency aid and tax credits for victims of Hurricane Michael as well as a $40 million tax break for airlines in a final round of votes Saturday.
The Latest: Lawmakers poised to end special session Saturday
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the special session of the Georgia legislature (all times local):
The Georgia legislature is poised to finalize $470 million in emergency aid and tax credits for victims of Hurricane Michael as well as a $40 million tax exemption on jet fuel in a final round of votes Saturday.
The state Senate will meet Saturday morning for floor votes on the proposals, which have already passed the House.
- Rome News-TribuneWheale takes over as new Juvenile Court JudgeMarch 12, 2019
- Rome News-TribuneBoyce: Transit vote likely to be pushed to 2022February 23, 2019
- Rome News-TribuneSen. Jeff Mullis: Legislative session week 6: Halfway to Sine DieFebruary 23, 2019
- Rome News-TribuneLarge voter turnout seen in Dougherty County todayNovember 6, 2018
- Rome News-TribuneCoomer to be sworn in Oct. 31October 13, 2018
Georgia House gives 2nd chance to $40M jet fuel tax break
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House voted Thursday to give a second chance to a $40 million tax exemption on jet fuel that lawmakers defeated months earlier in a spat over gun rights with Delta Air Lines.
The tax break for airlines passed the House 141-18 on the third day of a special legislative otherwise focused on aid to the large swath of southern Georgia devastated by Hurricane Michael.
Georgia House approves $470M to fund hurricane relief
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House overwhelmingly approved $470 million in emergency aid and tax credits Thursday to help communities devastated by Hurricane Michael, citing a dire need for help with ruined cotton fields and shattered timberland across a broad swath of the state.
The Latest: House gives jet fuel tax break another chance
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia legislature (all times local):
A $40 million tax break on jet fuel is getting a second chance in the Georgia legislature, having easily passed the state House.
$470M in hurricane relief heading to vote in Georgia House
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House is expected to vote Thursday on proposals for $470 million in relief for damage from Hurricane Michael as lawmakers work rapidly to resolve a special session called by Gov. Nathan Deal.
House committees Wednesday approved $270 million in storm-related funding that includes emergency aid and debris cleanup while also advancing $200 million in tax incentives to encourage timber and pecan growers to replant vast acreage destroyed in southern Georgia.
Delta tax break facing ‘tough climb’ with Georgia lawmakers
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House speaker questioned the need for renewing a $38 million tax break for Delta Air Lines and other carriers as state lawmakers reconvened Tuesday for a special legislative session called by the governor.
Gov. Nathan Deal ordered legislators back to the Capitol primarily to approve $270 million in funding for cleanup and recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Michael's devastating march across southwest Georgia last month.
The Latest: Speaker says Delta tax break faces ‘tough climb’
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the special session of the Georgia legislature (all times local):
The speaker of the Georgia House is predicting a "tough climb" ahead for a proposed tax break on jet fuel that's once again before lawmakers.
Georgia Democrat searching for votes days after election
ATLANTA (AP) — In a frantic search by phone and on foot, volunteers have been trying to find ballots that could help Democrat Stacey Abrams close the gap against Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia's unresolved race for governor.
Volunteers track down Georgia voters by phone and on foot
ATLANTA (AP) — Volunteers spread out Friday trying to find any ballots that could help Democrat Stacey Abrams close the gap against Republican Brian Kemp in their unsettled, too-close-to-call race for Georgia governor.
Georgia’s Kemp says he’s governor-elect, Abrams fights on
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, removing himself from the ongoing count of the governor's election he says he's already won.
Kemp made his announcement in the governor's office of the Georgia Capitol, standing beside the man he plans to replace in January. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal called Kemp "the governor-elect" and both said they would begin transition work together.
- BusinessWireBAE Systems to Open New Innovation Hub at the Georgia Cyber CenterJanuary 10, 2019
- BusinessWireAccenture Opens Innovation Hub in Atlanta’s Technology SquareDecember 12, 2018
- Globe NewswireGeorgia Cancer Center opens $62.5 million research building expansionDecember 3, 2018
- BusinessWireLab1886 in Atlanta - New Location for Daimler AG's Innovation HubJuly 16, 2018
Libertarian could trigger runoff in Georgia governor’s race
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Ted Metz may not get many votes in the Georgia governor's race, but the Libertarian candidate is on the ballot, raising the possibility that no one else will get to declare victory on Election Day either.
Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are in the home stretch of a closely watched race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Nathan Deal, and polls have consistently shown the rivals running neck and neck.
BlackRock to open new 1,000-job innovation center in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a technology solutions provider that's the world's largest asset management firm will open a new innovation center in Atlanta and create roughly 1,000 jobs.
Georgia’s governor calls special session for hurricane costs
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has called a special session of the state legislature to grapple with the recovery costs from Hurricane Michael.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the governor's office expects the state's portion of cleanup costs to be approximately $100 million.
Voter registration extended in 4 hurricane-hit GA counties
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued an executive order extending the voter registration deadline in four southwest Georgia counties hit by Hurricane Michael.
Deal announced on Monday that the deadline for registering to participate in the Nov. 6 midterm election would be extended to Oct. 16 for residents of Clay, Grady, Randolph, and Turner counties.
Georgia begins damage tally after Michael’s hit
Georgia governor warns of serious damage
Georgia braces for Hurricane Michael’s inland track
ATLANTA (AP) — Emergency officials in Georgia are monitoring Hurricane Michael, expected to come ashore on the Florida Panhandle before moving into southern Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for 92 of the state's 159 counties.
A hurricane warning is effect in southwestern Georgia. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire Georgia coast, as well as much of the inland areas.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declares emergency ahead of Michael
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued an emergency declaration for much of the state as Hurricane Michael barrels closer to a likely landfall in Florida.
Deal's declaration on Tuesday covers 92 Georgia counties and makes all state resources available to local governments.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday that wind gusts as high as 60 mph (97 kph) will be possible across parts of central Georgia, with the strongest winds south of Columbus and Macon.
Georgia governor’s race draws huge sums of money
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's hotly contested governor's race is attracting vast amounts of campaign cash.
Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday raising $11.6 million during 2018's third quarter, outpacing Democrat Stacey Abrams' $10.2 million.
For the entire campaign, Kemp leads $16.9 million to $16.25 million.
New Georgia Supreme Court justice sworn in
ATLANTA (AP) — A new justice has been sworn in to sit on the Georgia Supreme Court.
A news release from the high court says Charlie Bethel was sworn in Tuesday morning by Gov. Nathan Deal in the House chamber of the state Capitol. Bethel was elevated to the high court from a seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals, the state's intermediate appellate court.
Army contract for cyber training to bring 50 jobs to Georgia
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A cyber consulting company is expected to bring 50 jobs to Georgia as part of a contract to provide training to the Army.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office said in a news release that BurningCastle LLC has been awarded an Army contract to provide information technology and logistics training at Fort Gordon in Augusta. The Army post was recently designated the new home of the Army's Cyber Command.
Georgia’s top 2 courts see diluted diversity for blacks
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has expanded the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals by adding five jurists in a series of moves that reduced the representation of blacks on the two courts and the representation of women on the high court.
Cost caps sought for Georgia nuclear project to move forward
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's only major nuclear power plant under construction appears to still be alive as the three owners seek to hash out conditions that one of them set on the project, now years over schedule and billions of dollars over budget.
Oglethorpe Power on Monday said it's only willing to move forward with the construction of the two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant near Waynesboro, Georgia, if cost caps are implemented.
Rivals for Georgia governor clash on ‘religious freedom’ law
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The rivals campaigning to become Georgia's next governor clashed Friday over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief — an issue the outgoing Republican governor shot down amid an outcry from business leaders who joined gay rights groups in arguing it would legalize discrimination.
Speaker wants Georgia judicial complex named for Gov. Deal
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A powerful Georgia lawmaker wants a new state judicial complex named for outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal.
House Speaker David Ralston said Thursday he plans to introduce a resolution next year asking lawmakers to name the $110 million Atlanta complex in honor of Deal, who is finishing his second term and will leave office in January.
Georgia gov appoints new justice to state’s highest court
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has appointed a state appeals court judge to fill a vacancy on the state's highest court.
In a news release Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of state Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel to the Georgia Supreme Court. Bethel is to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice P. Harris Hines.
Pence to return to Georgia for Kemp in governor’s race
ATLANTA (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is set to make a return trip to Georgia in support of Republican Brian Kemp's bid for governor.
The White House confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Pence is scheduled to headline a Sept. 13 event in Atlanta.
An email invitation from the Georgia Republican Party said the event was slated as a "Victory Dinner." Other prominent Republican invitees include Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson.
Restaurant company building new corporate HQ in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — The corporate parent of restaurant franchises including Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings is building a new headquarters in Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Atlanta-based Inspire Brands plans to invest $32 million in a new corporate hub in Sandy Springs. The governor's office says the move will bring more than 1,100 jobs to Sandy Springs, which like Atlanta is located in Fulton County.
New rail port boosts business interest in northern Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A new inland port terminal that moves cargo by train from northern Georgia to the busy coastal seaport in Savannah is generating new economic interest in an area better known for nature tourism than industry.
New rail port connects north Georgia with ships on the coast
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A new inland port terminal is allowing shippers to move cargo between northern Georgia and the Port of Savannah by train rather than sending trucks through the jammed highways of Atlanta.
Gov. Nathan Deal attended the official opening Wednesday of the Appalachian Regional Port. The Georgia Ports Authority and state taxpayers spent $26.5 million building the rail terminal in Murray County.
New justice appointed for Georgia’s highest court
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has appointed a new justice to the state's highest court.
In a news release Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Sarah Hawkins Warren to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court. Her appointment will take effect when she's sworn in.
Warren is to fill the vacancy left when Judge Britt Grant was recently confirmed to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
Bid to create new city in Georgia triggers a federal lawsuit
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers for the city of Stockbridge, Georgia, claim in a federal lawsuit that a plan to carve off parts of the city to form a new, wealthier, whiter city impairs its citizens' right to vote and harms the city's ability to pay municipal bond obligations.