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Coke sees smooth transition with new CEO, James Quincey

James Quincey, tapped Friday to become Coca-Cola’s next chief executive, is described as a veteran company executive who will bring a smooth change in leadership and keep re-tooling the beverage giant as it grapples with changing consumer tastes. Quincey is the “absolute ideal” choice for the top job, said outgoing CEO Muhtar Kent, who will step down May 1. “The board and I...
Peanuts still on the snack list at Delta

Peanuts still on the snack list at Delta

Peanuts will survive on Delta Air Lines flights, though only in honey-roasted form. The Atlanta airline said this week that starting Dec. 14 its free snack lineup will be yogurt bars, honey-roasted peanuts, brand-name pretzels and Biscoff cookies. Gone from the lineup: plain old peanuts and generic pretzels. The Atlanta-based airline said the new offerings have “larger portions and more variety...
Here's what millennials in Georgia need to do to retire with $1 million

Here's what millennials in Georgia need to do to retire with $1 million

Millennials may be sweating about finding their first job after college or how to pay off their student loans, but are these young adults giving retirement a great deal of thought yet? According to a  In fact, while it requires commitment, accumulating $1 million is a reasonable goal for many millennials, according to  She offered the following tips for millennials who want to retire with...
4 Georgia businesses where you'll be excited to work

4 Georgia businesses where you'll be excited to work

Why dread slogging along at a boring job every day when you could join a company whose employees actually get excited about going to work? Thanks to  Known for its funny duck mascot, Yodle specializes in creating marketing and advertising solutions for large and small businesses. Known for valuing its company culture above all, Yodle strives to focus on individual growth as well as making the...
What Georgia retirees should know about choosing health insurance

What Georgia retirees should know about choosing health insurance

Retirees who are looking for health insurance this enrollment season have several options, which largely depend on their age, income and circumstances. The following is what you need to know about the choices that may be available to you: Retirees who are 65 or older can qualify for Medicare. With Medicare, the key is to look at covered expenses, according to  If you need help understanding...
Cox Enterprises adds Parry-Okeden to board

Cox Enterprises adds Parry-Okeden to board

Cox Enterprises has named Henry Parry-Okeden, a Colorado entrepreneur and descendant of the company’s founder, to its board of directors. Parry-Okeden leads growth strategy at InvitedHome, a Boulder-based vacation rental firm he co-founded. Prior to InvitedHome, he was a founder of the Oakview Group and a sales and marketing manager at Shanghai Vision. He also was an associate at startup accelerator...
Can Cuba boost Georgia’s economy?

Can Cuba boost Georgia’s economy?

HAVANA, Cuba — This is alluring, unexplored territory for many travelers — and for Georgia businesses that have been eyeing potential opportunities in the nation of 11 million people. They range from Coca-Cola and UPS to credit card processors and chicken farmers. The recent start of scheduled U.S.-Cuba airline flights will make it easier for such companies to scout out prospects and take...
Why the stock market hangs on Trump's every tweet

Why the stock market hangs on Trump's every tweet

The president of the United States has always been able to move the markets. Usually by things he has done or said. And attention must be paid by traders and other investors. But now, the Wall Street money folks anxious to make a buck on the POTUS might be well-advised to set up Twitter alerts: because this next president has already proved able to move stocks – up or down, and sometimes both...
Kempner: Confessions of a mall Santa

Kempner: Confessions of a mall Santa

Mall Santa has secrets. I tugged on his beard to get them out of him. Nobody said the Santa business is all peppermints and twinkling eyes. (This became especially clear when I learned the truth about the little towel hidden nearby. But more on that in a minute.) “You never, ever do what?” asked the Santa I met in a sort of chalet built for him inside North Point Mall in Alpharetta. &ldquo...
Delta pilots union elects new leader

Delta pilots union elects new leader

Federal SBA backs record $1.4 billion loans to Georgia businesses

Federal SBA backs record $1.4 billion loans to Georgia businesses

Small businesses in Georgia took out a record $1.4 billion in government-backed loans under the federal Small Business Administration’s program in 2016, according to the agency. The loan volume in Georgia increased almost 15 percent in dollar terms over the previous year, according to the agency. The SBA guaranteed 2023 loans during its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 12 percent more than the...
5 things self-employed workers should know about choosing health insurance in Georgia

5 things self-employed workers should know about choosing health insurance in Georgia

Being self-employed can have a lot of pluses, including a more flexible schedule and the ability to work from home. But when it comes to benefits, not having an employer's health care plan can leave you anxious about what your options are and how you'll be able to afford it. And with the Here's what else he said you need to know if you're self-employed and are looking for health insurance: Your situation...
This is the best time of year to job hunt, according to Atlanta hiring managers

This is the best time of year to job hunt, according to Atlanta hiring managers

Should the calendar play a part in your The new year still ranks high as a good time to look for work, according to Chan Cheatham, talent acquisition services manager for Corporate Payroll Services. She also favors early September to early November job searches in the Atlanta area, because most college grads from the year before have landed jobs and won't be competing as heavily. Kathy...
FAA suspends Atlanta Technical College’s aviation maintenance technician school certificate

FAA suspends Atlanta Technical College’s aviation maintenance technician school certificate

Kroger warns shoppers of fake '$60 off' coupon

Kroger warns shoppers of fake '$60 off' coupon

Excited about the "$60 off" Kroger coupon that has been making the rounds on social media? Well, don't go on a shopping spree just yet.
Ikea expands paid parental leave to 4 months for US employees

Ikea expands paid parental leave to 4 months for US employees

Ikea announced on Tuesday This includes salaried and hourly workers, both mothers and fathers, and adoptive and foster parents. The company said the expanded policy was introduced to ensure employees have the opportunity to bond with their children and connect as a new family.  “At Ikea, we believe time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy...
So many Atlantans leaving town! What’s going on?

So many Atlantans leaving town! What’s going on?

For realtors, developers and chambers of commerce, it is enough to trigger cardiac arrest. When it comes to the share of a metro population that is up and leaving, One in fourteen. That grim little data point comes from the folks at So they crunched the numbers from And lo! Look at all those thousands of folks leaving metro Atlanta every year. Keep up that pace a few years and this’ll be...
Critics: Vogtle deal sticks customers with overrun bill

Critics: Vogtle deal sticks customers with overrun bill

Ratepayers will be saddled with billions of dollars of cost overruns from the delayed Vogtle nuclear expansion under a proposed deal between state regulators and Georgia Power, critics asserted Tuesday at a hearing on the proposed agreement. Some also said the Georgia Public Service Commission is doing a rush job on the issue. The commission was expected to hold one day of hearings and then decide...
Honeywell picks Midtown building for software hub and division HQ

Honeywell picks Midtown building for software hub and division HQ

Honeywell on Tuesday confirmed its pick of a mid-rise office building in Midtown Atlanta for a new software hub and the headquarters of its home and building technologies business. Morris Plains, N.J.-based Honeywell said in a news release that it has leased 62,000 square feet or two floors of 715 Peachtree Street, a building near the Fox Theatre that’s undergoing a significant overhaul by an...
Home prices stay flat this month, but sales are way up from a year ago

Home prices stay flat this month, but sales are way up from a year ago

Home prices were pretty much flat in metro Atlanta last month, according to a report released today by RE/MAX. The price of a home sold inched up just 1 percent from October to November, but the price of a sale was 6 percent higher than a year ago – and the number of sales jumped significantly,  Some of the year-over-year boost came because buyers were worried about what the election would...
Gwinnett firm’s Air Force One project lost in jet wash of Trump tweet

Gwinnett firm’s Air Force One project lost in jet wash of Trump tweet

Talk about awkward timing. On Tuesday, Peachtree Corners-based architecture and engineering firm Pond & Co. trumpeted a new contract with a joint venture partner to design a new $250 million hangar complex for the future Air Force One outside of Washington, D.C. On any normal day, the newly announced contract, a point of pride for Pond and partner Frankfurt Short Bruza, would generate some good...
Ponce City Market named to National Register of Historic Places

Ponce City Market named to National Register of Historic Places

Atlanta’s ultra-popular Ponce City Market has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the project’s developer announced Monday. The landmark redevelopment was built in 1926 as a Sears, Roebuck & Co. store and warehouse on the site of a former amusement park. The store closed in the late 1970s and by the late 1980s it no longer operated as a regional hub. In 1991, the...
Council votes to abandon streets to complete Underground Atlanta deal

Council votes to abandon streets to complete Underground Atlanta deal

The Atlanta City Council approved a plan that will essentially privatize parts of several downtown streets that Mayor Kasim Reed said were vital to keep alive a deal to sell Underground Atlanta to a private developer. The measure by the city to “abandon” the streets is controversial, with downtown residents objecting to the city ceding control of public roads, including a two-block section...
High-rises battle lofts in Atlanta office market

High-rises battle lofts in Atlanta office market

OFFICE SPACE When Bruce Johnson sought a new home for his growing tech company, he wanted the kind of place where employees would want to hang out. The co-founder and chief operating officer of FullStory, which helps merchants improve customer experiences online, scouted the gleaming high-rises of downtown and Midtown as well as the trendy lofts popping up in older buildings across the city. Many...
Judge blocks data breach suit against The Home Depot

Judge blocks data breach suit against The Home Depot

A federal judge has dismissed a suit against  U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash, sitting in Atlanta, said company’s top management, as well as its board of directors did try to address the weaknesses in its online and data security, “even if the steps they took in hindsight proved to be inadequate,” the Daily Report said. Company officials were unavailable late today. ...
How much would you save in Atlanta if you buy cheaper gas?

How much would you save in Atlanta if you buy cheaper gas?

Pay attention, pump gas, save money. Yes, gasoline prices are rising and the main reason is the increase in the price of global crude oil – An For example, in San Francisco, the costlier stations average $1.43 more than those in the cheaper tier. That is per gallon, yes. So if you had a 15-gallon fill-up, it would cost you $21.45 more. That’s enough to get your husband a decent polo...
Coca-Cola unit has a new bottling plant in Cambodia

Coca-Cola unit has a new bottling plant in Cambodia

Coca-Cola’s bottling unit in Cambodia has opened a new bottling plant in Phnom Penh as part of its plans to invest $100 million in the southeast Asian country by 2018. The Atlanta soft drink company said the new “green field” factory was inaugurated by Cambodia’s prime minister in a Monday ceremony. “The new factory re-affirms our strong belief in this country, and helps...
UPDATE: Council OKs plan to abandon streets to finish Underground sale

UPDATE: Council OKs plan to abandon streets to finish Underground sale

UPDATED: The Atlanta City Council approved a resolution that will essentially lead to the privatization of sections of several downtown streets that Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday was needed to help pave the way for a sale of Underground Atlanta. The council, by a 10-4 vote, approved the measure to “abandon” segments of several streets, including a two-block segment of busy Pryor Street...
Atlanta, how do we rank for singles? Better than Birmingham!

Atlanta, how do we rank for singles? Better than Birmingham!

Not again. First it was Sigh. But once again, the list-happy folks at WalletHub, Alternately, the lowest price for a movie ticket is in Corpus Christi, where you can score one for your date with just $8.47. By comparison, movie tickets are more than $15 each in Vancouver, Wash. And if you are looking for singles, would you be interested to know that Detroit has the highest share of single persons...
Delta, Coke, Home Depot get perfect scores for gay inclusion

Delta, Coke, Home Depot get perfect scores for gay inclusion

Several of Georgia’s top Fortune 500 companies and law firms received perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual equality index. Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, Alston & Bird and InterContinental Hotels Group, whose North American headquarters is in Dunwoody, have been lauded by the LGBTQ civil rights organization for inclusive corporate policies and practices...
Atlanta cabbies want compensation over Uber rules

Atlanta cabbies want compensation over Uber rules

Atlanta taxi drivers are trying a funky tactic to survive damage from innovative ride-sharing rivals like Uber and Lyft. They want the state of Georgia to compensate cabbies. They claim they’ve been burned by shifting government regulations that they spent lots of money to abide by. State legislation passed in 2015 to regulate ride-sharing services took away a somewhat exclusive right that taxicab...
Casino near Washington, D.C., is MGM’s model for Atlanta resort

Casino near Washington, D.C., is MGM’s model for Atlanta resort

The 23-story hotel at MGM National Harbor towers over the Capital Beltway, the first thing hundreds of thousands of motorists see as they stream across the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge into Maryland. MGM Resorts International has pitched the $1.4 billion complex as a model for what it could build in the Atlanta area, if Georgia legalizes Las Vegas-style gambling. And that is no small order, requiring...
Trump pick for Commerce has Atlanta connection

Trump pick for Commerce has Atlanta connection

Wilbur L. Ross, the billionaire President-elect Donald Trump has named as his choice for commerce secretary, runs a private equity firm owned by Atlanta money manager Invesco Ltd. “Wilbur Ross is a champion of American manufacturing and knows how to help companies succeed,” Trump said in a statement announcing his choice as head of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The agency runs a wide...
Delta makes historic but subdued arrival in Cuba

Delta makes historic but subdued arrival in Cuba

HAVANA, CUBA — The baggage handling was slow, the welcoming celebration was subdued and the typically-festive streets of Havana were quiet — but for Delta Air Lines, just pulling off a smooth launch of its first scheduled flights to Cuba in 55 years was a feat. It was never going to be easy to start service to Cuba, a place where few American companies can operate and where regular airline...
Philips deal could be first test for Atlanta mayoral candidates

Philips deal could be first test for Atlanta mayoral candidates

Philips Arena deal While Atlanta won’t choose a new mayor until next November, the plan to spend millions in taxpayer dollars to renovate Philips Arena is revealing early differences among those looking to succeed Kasim Reed. The dust-up over Philips Arena is a sign the mayor’s race is finally capturing political oxygen in the wake of last month’s the presidential election. Taxpayer...
Atlanta, gotta think we’re a great sports town

Atlanta, gotta think we’re a great sports town

Atlanta, the With We’ve got And, lo!! Along come the list-obsessed folks at They used an intricate and revealing series of metrics – a virtual all-star collection of measures And let’s have a look at … uh-oh. Not even in the top ten??? This calculation is clearly rigged – that’s the word, isn’t it? New York at the top, followed by Boston and Pittsburgh...
Is a casino like this in Atlanta’s future?

Is a casino like this in Atlanta’s future?

‘A Tremendous Addition’ OXON HILL, MD. — At night, the 23-story hotel tower of the MGM National Harbor casino resort rises above the Beltway like a glowing glass shard. A few miles west across the Potomac River, sit the wealthy enclaves of Northern Virginia, while the marble monuments of the nation’s capital city beckon to the north. Inside, workers scurry to assemble a Christmas...
You think your rent is high? (…compare it to Poncey-Highlands)

You think your rent is high? (…compare it to Poncey-Highlands)

So you think Or maybe not. But one way or another, The The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Atlanta is $1,660, according to according to a monthly report released today by But within the city, there is wide variation. At the top is Poncey-Highland, in the southeast corner of the city, with a median, two-bedroom rent of $2,620 a month. The least expensive areas to rent are West End and...
Delta pilots approve new contract with 30% raises

Delta pilots approve new contract with 30% raises

Delta Air Lines pilots have voted to approve a new labor contract that includes raises of 30.2 percent over four years. Of pilots eligible to vote, 82 percent voted in favor in online voting this month that wrapped up Thursday. The 13,000 pilots at Atlanta-based Delta will get immediate pay raises of 18 percent when the contract takes effect, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016. They’ll get an additional...
Debt and death — are they partners?

Debt and death — are they partners?

It is Like many jokes, there’s an element of truth there. Which is why it may not seem like a brave and piercing insight say that higher financial stress and mortality – in short, debt and death – may sometimes go together. But like much of what passes for common sense, it might be a good idea to fact-check it, ‘cuz it ain’t always true. (Think about what Columbus, say...
Kempner: That’s not a candy cane Georgia Power’s handing us

Kempner: That’s not a candy cane Georgia Power’s handing us

Find Matt on Facebook ( State politicians are likely to deliver Georgia consumers a lump of uranium instead of coal this Christmas season. They’ll try to convince you it’s a candy cane. Officially, elected members of the Georgia Public Service Commission haven’t decided anything yet. Unofficially, it looks like some have (based on emails I requested under open records law): You&rsquo...
Trump names a billionaire investor with Atlanta ties to his cabinet

Trump names a billionaire investor with Atlanta ties to his cabinet

Wilbur L. Ross, the billionaire that President-elect Donald Trump named Wednesday as his choice for commerce secretary, runs a private equity firm that is owned by Atlanta money manager Invesco Ltd. “Wilbur Ross is a champion of American manufacturing and knows how to help companies succeed,” said Trump in a statement announcing his choice as head of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The...
Chamber to oppose bills that ‘discriminate against any person’

Chamber to oppose bills that ‘discriminate against any person’

Top brass at the Metro Atlanta Chamber say avoiding more controversy over “religious liberty” or “religious exemption” legislation is a top priority when the state Legislature reconvenes in January. SunTrust Banks Executive Vice President Jenner Wood, outgoing chairman of the chamber’s board, said Wednesday that the conversation alone over the legislation, which critics...
Metro Atlanta Chamber to oppose ‘religious liberty’ bills in 2017

Metro Atlanta Chamber to oppose ‘religious liberty’ bills in 2017

Top brass at the Metro Atlanta Chamber said Wednesday they will make avoiding another firestorm of controversy over “religious liberty” legislation a top priority when the state Legislature reconvenes in January. SunTrust Banks Executive Vice President Jenner Wood, the outgoing chairman of the chamber’s board, said the conversation alone over the legislation, which critics deride...
Higher rates? Slower Atlanta home sales, forecast says

Higher rates? Slower Atlanta home sales, forecast says

http://research.realtor.com/ For metro Atlanta’s housing market, 2017 will be a year of growing modestly, according to a forecast released today by Atlanta prices on average will rise 5.93 percent while sales will increase just 2.67 percent, making it the 60th hottest market out of the largest 100 metro areas, The forecast for decelerating growth is less upbeat than before the election because...
Georgia banks’ profits rise even as their footprint shrinks

Georgia banks’ profits rise even as their footprint shrinks

Georgia’s banks reported almost $2.3 billion in profits in the first nine months of 2016 — a 6 percent increase over the previous year — from higher interest income and growing loan portfolios. Georgia banks’ performance Reflecting an improving economy and slowly rising interest rates, banks have been doing better as businesses and consumers have borrowed more and paid higher...
S&P: Atlanta home prices close in on peak

S&P: Atlanta home prices close in on peak

HOME PRICE GAINS Atlanta’s home prices rose 5.3 percent during the past year, slightly better than the gain in most large metro areas, according to Atlanta beat the 5.1 percent average increase for the top 20 metropolitan areas, according to For the most recent month, metro Atlanta prices were up 0.2 percent, compared to However, when adjusted for seasonal patterns, Atlanta looked a lot stronger...
Old power plant to become luxury hotel in Savannah

Old power plant to become luxury hotel in Savannah

A Savannah hotel developer plans to break ground next month to convert a century-old power plant into a pair of luxury hotels and an entertainment district along the city’s Riverwalk. The Plant Riverside District is expected to include more than 400 hotel rooms, 13 restaurants and bars, a gallery and spa. Kessler Collection, the developer and operator of boutique hotels and resorts including...
What you should know Atlanta about the Case-Shiller home price report

What you should know Atlanta about the Case-Shiller home price report

Atlanta’s home prices were up an average of 5.3 percent during the past year, slightly better than the gain in most large metro areas, according to Atlanta’s price hike beat the 5.1 percent average increase for the top 20 metropolitan areas, according to For the most recent month, metro Atlanta prices were up 0.2 percent, compared to However, when adjusted for seasonal patterns, Atlanta...
Strike of some fast food workers promised Tuesday

Strike of some fast food workers promised Tuesday

Fast-food workers in Atlanta Tuesday will be part of a national attempt to raise wages, according to advocates and worker organizations. The scope of the effort – likely center around the McDonalds chain – remains to be seen. However, In the wake of the election, the group has also taken stands against deportation and the elimination of the Affordable Care Act. “We will take our...
Decatur’s ‘solarize’ campaign inspired by powerful start in Portland

Decatur’s ‘solarize’ campaign inspired by powerful start in Portland

A grassroots campaign to sign up homeowners and small businesses to bulk-buy solar energy installations for their rooftops in Decatur and DeKalb County is about a month away from a self-imposed deadline.
Atlanta businessman: Fidel Castro was ‘quite a personality’

Atlanta businessman: Fidel Castro was ‘quite a personality’

An Atlanta businessman who met the late Fidel Castro multiple times in Cuba remembered him as “an amazing person” who was personable and knowledgeable. Jim Sumner, president of the Stone Mountain-based USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, has traveled to Cuba with poultry-industry leaders and said he remembers meeting with Fidel Castro three times — in 2001, 2005 and 2009. Sumner...
Firefighters’ dollars offset tourist spending smoked out by wildfires

Firefighters’ dollars offset tourist spending smoked out by wildfires

CLAYTON — On a recent crystal morning here, the only signs of the threat overhanging this small north Georgia town were the pale plume of smoke high over nearby Black Rock Mountain, and the thin stream of shoppers on Main Street’s sidewalks. Dozens of wildfires have been burning up and down southern Appalachia’s spine for a month now, sometimes smoking up the region’s cities...
Six points for sounding smart about today’s Atlanta job report

Six points for sounding smart about today’s Atlanta job report

The metro Atlanta unemployment rate edged down to 4.9 percent in October, from 5.0 percent in September, the It was a pretty good month for the job market: More people came into the market looking for work and got jobs, more people got hired and the number of unemployed dropped, A year ago, the jobless rate was 5.3 percent. Improvement in the rate has been slow since then That meant the rate fell...
Delta pilots voting on deal with 30% raises

Delta pilots voting on deal with 30% raises

Delta Air Lines pilots will soon finish voting on a new labor contract aimed at reversing the effects of the carrier’s financial struggles and pay cuts a decade ago. The deal includes raises of 30.2 percent of four years and by many measures would make Delta pilots the highest-paid in the U.S. industry. It comes as Atlanta-based Delta reports billions of dollars of profits. “We looked...
Discounts offered to help ‘solarize’ DeKalb

Discounts offered to help ‘solarize’ DeKalb

A grassroots campaign to boost solar energy in DeKalb County through the power of bulk purchasing has drawn interest from more than 500 families and businesses. The Solarize Decatur-DeKalb program, the third effort that the organizers have put together in Georgia since 2015, promises bigger discounts as more people and firms sign up for solar energy. At the upper end, they can save more than 25 percent...
Kempner: Can Georgia-grown coffee take root in Helen?

Kempner: Can Georgia-grown coffee take root in Helen?

Find Matt on Facebook ( At first it might not seem as ridiculous as it really is. Scott Augustine wants to sell you some Georgia-grown coffee. Which, if you pause mid-sip, you’ll realize can’t be. Because coffee grows in places like the tropics. Not Georgia, right? And, yet, he showed me the coffee plants he acquired. (There were fewer than he initially estimated to me and most were shorter...
Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

It’s time for the holiday rush at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which handled a record 101.5 million passengers last year. There are a lot of changes happening at the world’s busiest airport and knowing what to expect can help to lessen the stress of traveling and reduce the chance of mishaps. Here are the latest developments for travelers at the Atlanta airport, so you can...
Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

It’s time for the holiday rush at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which handled a record 101.5 million passengers last year. There are a lot of changes happening at the world’s busiest airport and knowing what to expect can help to lessen the stress of traveling and reduce the chance of mishaps. Here are the latest developments for travelers at the Atlanta airport, so you can...
More than one-tenth of Georgians don’t use banks, study says

More than one-tenth of Georgians don’t use banks, study says

When it comes to the share of people who are unbanked, Georgia is among the top ten states – and that is not a good thing, according to More than one in ten households – 10.9 percent of them – have no involvement with traditional banks, no accounts for checking or savings, according to the FDIC. That is significantly higher than the national average of 7 percent. An additional 26...
Gas prices ease the stress of holiday trips

Gas prices ease the stress of holiday trips

Whatever the traffic jams, sibling hostility and arguments over where to stop, Americans hitting the road this week can at least look forward to lower gas prices. Prices in Georgia will still be higher than last year, but drivers can find gas for less than $2 a gallon at one of every six stations in the state, according to AAA. “Gas prices should push even lower through the holiday weekend,...
Gas under $2 a gallon? Good timing for Thanksgiving!

Gas under $2 a gallon? Good timing for Thanksgiving!

Whatever the traffic jams, sibling hostility and arguments over where to stop, Americans hitting the road this week can at least look forward to lower gas prices. While prices in Georgia will still be higher than last year’s, drivers can find gas prices below $2 a gallon at one of every six gas stations in the state, “Motorists are beginning to find gas prices under $2 a gallon again...
Georgia fires fanned by winds, some progress

Georgia fires fanned by winds, some progress

While the fight continues against ultra-dry conditions and a fire-stoking wind, on at least one front, the battle against the Georgia forest blazes may have turned. The Rough Ridge fire – covering 27,870 acres as of mid-day today – was 50 percent contained at mid-day today, according to Brian Grant, an information officer for “It is a mixed message,” Grant said. “We...
Atlanta home sales down, prices up, Gwinnett leads pack

Atlanta home sales down, prices up, Gwinnett leads pack

Gwinnett led the pack in October as home sales dropped – the way they typically do in late fall – while the price of houses sold continued to rise, according to a report issued Friday by Atlanta Realtors, the local group’s association. The market continued to show an imbalance between supply and demand. Friday’s numbers continued to tell the story of a market that is somewhat...
Wes Moss: how a Trump presidency might affect your wallet

Wes Moss: how a Trump presidency might affect your wallet

DISCLOSURE Love him or hate him, Donald Trump will be our next president. In that capacity, he will have broad influence over many aspects of American life, including the economy. While I don’t believe any president has the ability to single-handedly control the direction of the economy, Trump is certainly in a position to exert a great deal of influence over our financial lives. His agenda...
City of Atlanta prevails in baggage system contract dispute

City of Atlanta prevails in baggage system contract dispute

UPS to get big incentives for Atlanta hub, mostly part-time jobs

UPS to get big incentives for Atlanta hub, mostly part-time jobs

Shipping giant UPS could receive an incentive package totaling more than $27 million for a new regional distribution hub near Fulton County Airport that will create mostly part-time jobs, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Sandy Springs-based company made a splash last week when it announced the $400 million project, which will become its third-largest distribution hub...
Sounding smart about jobs: A magnificent seven things to know today

Sounding smart about jobs: A magnificent seven things to know today

Georgia’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.2 percent in October from 5.1 percent in September as hiring couldn’t keep up with the flow of new jobseekers, However, the higher jobless rate was not the result of layoffs – in fact, the state added 6,700 jobs during the month. The rate rose because a flurry of people entered the workforce, more than could be soaked up by the modest hiring...
Kempner: Team owners go wild inside the public money machine

Kempner: Team owners go wild inside the public money machine

Related columns: Imagine the millionaire and billionaire owners of Atlanta’s top pro sports teams standing together in a glass booth, each holding empty pillowcases. A buzzer blares. Cash starts blowing up from gaps in the floor. The owners scramble to stuff as many floating bills as they can in their pillowcases and suit pockets. Metro Atlanta politicians inevitably turn on that kind of public...
Phoenix Air upgrades to super-sized medevac plane, practices Ebola response

Phoenix Air upgrades to super-sized medevac plane, practices Ebola response

A specially-equipped Boeing 747 cargo jet is set to take off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Wednesday evening, embarking on a practice run with a super-sized medevac plane to transport patients with infectious diseases.
Want to get a Tinder date? It helps to have these jobs

Want to get a Tinder date? It helps to have these jobs

Need a hot date? Try telling people you’re an engineer, architect or psychologist. Popular Tinder found women who said they were physical therapists, interior designers, teachers and CEOs/entrepreneurs got the most right swipes. For men, pilots, founders/entrepreneurs, firefighters and doctors did best. Tinder has also crunched the numbers on which universities will have you playing the field...
Weather Company to relocate HQ near Perimeter Mall, add 400 jobs

Weather Company to relocate HQ near Perimeter Mall, add 400 jobs

The Weather Company, the digital business that was formerly part of the Weather Channel, plans to shift its headquarters out of Cobb County near SunTrust Park to a location near Perimeter Mall, where the company said Wednesday it will create 400 new jobs. Weather Company, The Weather Channel will remain in its offices near the junction of I-75 and I-285 in Cobb, a representative for the channel said...
Economic forecast: Atlanta’s growth to slow

Economic forecast: Atlanta’s growth to slow

Job growth in Atlanta will slow next year amid turmoil and uncertainty as the Trump administration struggles with trade policy, according to a highly-watched forecast to be released today. Higher interest rates will also curb consumer enthusiasm for purchase of homes, trucks and cars, concluded Atlanta, which will add about 62,800 jobs this year, will see growth drop to 39,100 jobs next year before...
Georgia Power pays $1.6 million to settle discrimination complaint

Georgia Power pays $1.6 million to settle discrimination complaint

Georgia Power agreed Tuesday to pay almost $1.6 million to settle complaints by 24 former employees or job applicants that the company fired them or denied them jobs because of their disabilities. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the Atlanta utility violated the law because it disregarded physicians’ opinions — and those of its own occupational therapists in some...
New hotels planned for Atlanta airport

New hotels planned for Atlanta airport

Hartsfield-Jackson International unveiled expanded plans for hotel development next to the domestic terminal, additions that will change the face of the world’s busiest airport and add options for travelers. An InterContinental hotel and conference center with a futuristic design will be built just steps away from the domestic terminal, as part of a broader “airport city” development...
Atlanta a weak 47th in millennials after 2005

Atlanta a weak 47th in millennials after 2005

When it comes to Atlanta as a draw for millennials, there may be a lot more talk than millennials. At least, according to The growth of this age group is considered key to the future, since millennials are now the largest portion of the work force as well as leaders in many of the newer, critical tech-centered skills. Moreover, a strong expansion is dependent on a healthy supply of these folks. Only...
Atlanta-based Home Depot says sales and profits up

Atlanta-based Home Depot says sales and profits up

The Home Depot this morning reported sales of $23.2 billion for the third quarter of the current fiscal year, well outperforming expectations – with both bad weather and good weather adding to sales. Those sales represent a 6.1 percent increase from the third quarter a year ago. Comparable stores in the huge, Atlanta-based chain saw sales for the quarter rise 5.5 percent. Comparable Home Depot...
Hartsfield-Jackson unveils plans for expanded hotel development

Hartsfield-Jackson unveils plans for expanded hotel development

Hartsfield-Jackson International unveiled expanded plans for hotel development next to the domestic terminal, additions that will change the face of the world’s busiest airport and add options for travelers.
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway buys Delta stock

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway buys Delta stock

Critics: Fed’s proposed curb on payday loans may weaken Georgia’s ban

Critics: Fed’s proposed curb on payday loans may weaken Georgia’s ban

Consumer advocates fear that a proposed federal rule aimed at curbing costly payday and car title loans might undermine a Georgia law that makes many such loans illegal. The controversial loans have drawn a lot of scrutiny — and outright bans by Georgia and a few other states — because they often come with high fees and interest rates that can add up to more than 300 percent a year, making...
UPS airline mechanics heat up talks with strike authorization

UPS airline mechanics heat up talks with strike authorization

Aircraft mechanics at shipping giant UPS have voted to authorize a strike after three years of contract talks, which does not indicate a strike is imminent but is meant to increase pressure in negotiations. Of the 1,200 airline maintenance workers at UPS, 80 percent cast ballots and 98 percent of those who voted were in favor of authorizing a strike. The workers voted by mail in October and November...
Could fed’s proposed curb on payday loans weaken Georgia’s ban?

Could fed’s proposed curb on payday loans weaken Georgia’s ban?

Consumer advocates fear that a proposed federal rule aimed at curbing costly payday and car title loans might undermine a Georgia law that makes many such loans illegal. The controversial loans have drawn a lot of scrutiny — and outright bans by Georgia and a few other states — because they often come with high fees and interest rates that can add up to more than 300 percent a year, making...
New Southside arena for minor league Hawks could cost millions

New Southside arena for minor league Hawks could cost millions

College Park will pay $20 million to $40 million to build an arena for a new NBA minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, according to city manager Terrence Moore. That’s for a city with a population of about 15,000, which is less than the average attendance at Hawks games in downtown Atlanta where the primary team plays. Last week, College Park and team officials When later pressed by...
Atlanta — a better baseball city than Philly?

Atlanta — a better baseball city than Philly?

The air has grown chillier and even colder winds are coming, but as Monday, there are only 140 days left So perhaps there’s some warmth to be had in hearing that Atlanta is a pretty good baseball town – not just pretty good, but the fourth-best in America to be fan. Take This is all courtesy of calculations made by the folks at WalletHub, a personal-finance website that also dabbles...
Kempner: Millennials to get their own sports arena?

Kempner: Millennials to get their own sports arena?

It used to be that the kids would get their own play room. Now, as they’ve gotten older, it looks like they’re going to get their own sports arena. Boosted by Mayor Kasim Reed’s “This will be the first arena designed for a millennial audience,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin told me. Millennials, schmillennials. They’re the golden ones now, not just for a basketball team...
Experts see payoffs and perils in Trumpenomics

Experts see payoffs and perils in Trumpenomics

Donald Trump vowed to dramatically shift America’s economic priorities and performance, claiming his plans will boost wages, jobs and profits while spurring growth from sluggish to rapid. Will they? Trump argued that reshaping trade policy will bring manufacturing jobs back and bolster American wages. Some critics warn that could lead to a trade war, higher prices and a global recession. He...
UPS plans new Atlanta ground hub with 1,250 jobs

UPS plans new Atlanta ground hub with 1,250 jobs

UPS plans a $400 million regional package sorting facility with 1,25 employees — mostly part-time — establishing a Southeast ground hub on the west side of Atlanta. The 1.2 million square foot facility, announced Thursday, is Jobs will include everything from loaders to drivers, engineers and managers. About 250 will be full-time, while 1,000 will be part-time positions, UPS said. The...
Kempner: Trump’s ‘wonderful guy’ in Georgia wrestled with vote

Kempner: Trump’s ‘wonderful guy’ in Georgia wrestled with vote

Frank Argenbright, who Donald Trump To Trump or not to Trump. Argenbright He grew up in a speck of a Florida town, got cruddy grades in school and pursued a job administering polygraph tests, often on potential job hires. Screening people turned out to be a big jumping off point for him. In business, as in presidential politics, everyone worries about whether they’re going to get stuck with...
UPS announces regional package sorting hub in Atlanta

UPS announces regional package sorting hub in Atlanta

Sandy Springs-based UPS is announcing Thursday it will build a $400 million regional package sorting hub with 1,250 employees. The 1.2 million square foot facility will be located on the west side of Atlanta next to Fulton County’s airport Charlie Brown Field. It will be UPS’s third largest such facility in the country. The facility will be up and running by the end of 2018.
Delta pilots begin voting on contract with 30 percent pay raises over four years

Delta pilots begin voting on contract with 30 percent pay raises over four years

Rise of cyber and terrorism threats powers fast growth at Atlanta firm

Rise of cyber and terrorism threats powers fast growth at Atlanta firm

An Atlanta defense contractor that has grown rapidly with the rise of cyber attacks and terrorism is opening a new engineering center in Duluth. Envistacom said the new center will open early next year with about 20 engineering and other technical workers, but is expected to grow to as many as 70 employees by next fall. “A new and dedicated engineering facility is key to furthering our track...