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Coca-Cola aims to recycle all of its packages by 2030

Coca-Cola has embarked on a global initiative to collect and recycle every bottle or can it sells by 2030. The company also aims to modify its packaging to constitute 50% of recyclable material by 2030. The announcement by the soft-drink company is part of a campaign dubbed “World Without Waste” that aims to recycle all plastic, aluminium and glass packages the company makes. The campaign...


Kempner: Amazon, thanks for sort of picking Atlanta, but …

Kempner: Amazon, thanks for sort of picking Atlanta, but …

Amazon, it’s not that we’re ungrateful for Atlanta being one of your Top 20 choices for your second headquarters and 50,000 delicious jobs. We’ll hold off celebrating or feeling like we’ve gotten some kind of affirmation until we figure out if you just like us a good bit or really love us. Yes, we do think we are all that. With 20 communities still in the running, this...
Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Georgia and metro Atlanta leaders hailed the news, while noting much work remains to hone the pitch for the project known as HQ2...
Georgia ends 2017 with modest job growth, slowest of past five years

Georgia ends 2017 with modest job growth, slowest of past five years

Georgia’s economy added 5,600 jobs last month, providing an upbeat but unspectacular ending to year of modest growth across most employment sectors. In 2017, the state finished the year with 83,200 more jobs than the year before, according to a report Thursday from Georgia’s Labor Department . “As we look back at the year, it was impressive,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler...
9 best-, worst-paying jobs at Amazon 

9 best-, worst-paying jobs at Amazon 

Amazon is the talk of the town for metro areas across North America, since the company just announced it has whittled the list of cities that could be home to its second headquarters down to 20. »RELATED: 5 things to know about Amazon The cities, which include New York, Nashville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, are vying for the massive $5 billion project, known as HQ2, that could...
Here are the cities Atlanta has to beat for Amazon’s second headquarters 

Here are the cities Atlanta has to beat for Amazon’s second headquarters 

Amazon on Thursday unveiled the top 20 finalists for its much-anticipated second headquarters. Major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas made the cut, along with smaller cities such as Columbus, Ohio, and the Maryland suburb of Montgomery County. » RELATED: Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2 The second hub, Amazon HQ2, is expected to support...
Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2

Atlanta named to Amazon’s shortlist for HQ2

Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada, the company said Thursday. The shortlist also includes Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Toronto and Washington, D.C. and its suburbs. Amazon’s finalists will vie for the massive project, known...
Georgia a possible contender for Apple expansion?

Georgia a possible contender for Apple expansion?

In September, Amazon set off one of the biggest bidding wars among states in memory for its second headquarters project, and Apple appears to be gearing up for a sequel, with Georgia a possible contender. Apple said Wednesday that it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment the tech company said it will...
Storm hurts some workers and businesses, but economy will bounce back

Storm hurts some workers and businesses, but economy will bounce back

The storm that closed government offices and schools throughout metro Atlanta on Wednesday also temporarily shuttered many businesses. So, what’s the expected impact on the region’s roughly $365 billion economy? Zilch, say economists. That’s even if the icy conditions stick around for several days. People who postponed a purchase will just make it later. And most companies that...
Kempner: Gwinnett Place’s first manager staggered by mall’s decline

Kempner: Gwinnett Place’s first manager staggered by mall’s decline

Bill Gullion told me he helped throw a party for 3,000 people the night before the opening of Gwinnett Place mall, where he was the first general manager. Doormen wore tuxedos and white gloves, according to a news story at the time. The governor and Miss Georgia attended the ribbon cutting the next day, but there wasn’t enough parking to handle the crowds, including 6,000 people who waited on...
How to win an argument at work - or stop one before it starts

How to win an argument at work - or stop one before it starts

No one expects to navigate the work world without the occasional argument. And it's nice to "win" when you're in the right. »RELATED: Does birth order affect you in the workplace? But what really matters more than besting your manager or co-workers in an argument is how you handle the conflicts that are an inevitable part of work, according to a Forbes piece co-written by Travis...
Ex-city official gets 27 months in Atlanta bribery probe

Ex-city official gets 27 months in Atlanta bribery probe

Adam Smith, the city of Atlanta’s former top purchasing officer, knew federal authorities were closing in, but he was not yet cooperating with the government, when he started secretly recording conversations, U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak said Tuesday. Recordings Smith made — both before and after he started working with the feds about a year ago — are now key evidence...
8 easy, money-making side gigs for teens 

8 easy, money-making side gigs for teens 

Whether it's the teen who'd like extra money for things like clothes or gas or a parent who'd like to see their high school or college-aged child get off the couch when school’s out, a part-time job can be a wonderful thing. »RELATED: Apple hiring for work from home positions Of course, child labor laws dictate how young is too young to work and what hours (and under what conditions)...
Family of Marietta woman killed in Florida airport shooting sues Delta

Family of Marietta woman killed in Florida airport shooting sues Delta

The family of a Marietta woman killed in a 2017 shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s airport is suing Delta Air Lines, the airport and its security contractors. Olga and Ralph Woltering, retirees in Marietta, had flown from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 6, 2017 for a family cruise scheduled when Ralph celebrated his 90th birthday. Olga Woltering, age 84, was in a wheelchair at baggage...
Lawsuit accuses Delta of discrimination in restroom run bumping

Lawsuit accuses Delta of discrimination in restroom run bumping

A lawsuit is moving forward in which a Delta Air Lines passenger, who was booted from a plane last year after an urgent restroom run before takeoff, accuses the airline of racial discrimination. The passenger, Kima Hamilton, gained widespread attention after a video posted online showed him being asked to exit the plane. An attorney seated nearby had recorded the April 18 incident on video...
Diet Coke rebrands with ‘real (new) thing’ to attract millenials

Diet Coke rebrands with ‘real (new) thing’ to attract millenials

Coca-Cola has introduced new packaging and four new fruit-flavored drinks to its Diet-Coke brand, to attract a new generation of drinkers. In a statement, the company said the re-brand will target consumers interested in trying new things, besides retaining the loyal diet coke consumer. “We’re contemporizing the Diet Coke brand and portfolio with sleek packaging and new flavors that are...
Atlanta home prices up in December, but listings are scarce

Atlanta home prices up in December, but listings are scarce

Atlanta home prices continued to rise, while the number of homes sold kept declining in December, according to a report issued Friday. The median sale price of a home sold in metro Atlanta last month was $250,000, a climb of 5.5 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the monthly report by the Atlanta Realtors Association. The key factor – as it has been for many months –...
Wes Moss: Georgia taxpayers must do math before picking deduction path

Wes Moss: Georgia taxpayers must do math before picking deduction path

My firm and I have been on the very front edge talking about tax reform, keeping you updated on the progress and content of the bill as it made its way through Congress, and then, after its passage, helping you understand how the reform will affect your wallet. It’s important to give credit where credit is due. Remember, I’m a Certified Financial Planner. I’m not a CPA or tax policy...
8 ways to stop wasting money at work 

8 ways to stop wasting money at work 

Certainly, it's ironic that it costs money to work to make money to pay your bills. But if you haven't considered how much you spend on the expenses of working, from commutes to coffee, you may be missing significant ways to cut back your personal expenses. These tactics are even more important if you're considering cutting back on your work hours in the near future, or another upcoming event in your...
Delta says December outage, storm took $60 million toll

Delta says December outage, storm took $60 million toll

Delta Air Lines racked up $60 million in losses from the combined impact of the massive Atlanta airport power outage and the winter storm that brought snow to the area in early December. With its largest hub in Atlanta, Delta’s finances took substantial hits last month when winter storm Benji hit the Southeast, costing the airline $20 million. Then, just more than a week later, a major...
Cold weather a mixed blessing in Georgia agriculture

Cold weather a mixed blessing in Georgia agriculture

All that is cold is not bitter. And the chill that gripped Georgia during much of the past six weeks has actually been a blessing to some parts of the state’s agriculture. While the freeze killed some kinds of plants and boosted fuel costs, it also was a salve to some crops in need – especially those under siege by insects. How it all shakes out – and whether the economy overall...
Kempner: Close counts in horseshoes and, maybe, UGA football

Kempner: Close counts in horseshoes and, maybe, UGA football

Maybe the university affiliated with the Georgia Bulldogs won something after all from the college football championship game, no matter what the stupid scoreboard said. Some economics professors say winning lots of games in a big college sport and landing on a national stage can goose up university admissions applications, improve the quality of admitted students and boost financial donations. I...
In wake of outage, Hartsfield-Jackson aims to boost backup power

In wake of outage, Hartsfield-Jackson aims to boost backup power

In the wake of the massive Atlanta airport power outage in December, Hartsfield-Jackson’s general manager said he wants to set up a system of emergency generators powerful enough to keep the airport’s concourses in operation. Roosevelt Council told the Atlanta city council transportation committee on Wednesday that he plans to meet with Georgia Power early next week to determine the...
Gov. Deal announces $25 million more for small airports around Georgia

Gov. Deal announces $25 million more for small airports around Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal announced $25 million in increased funding for small airports around the state, most of them in rural Georgia. The funding is for improvements and expansions at 11 airports, including airports in Newnan and Coweta counties in metro Atlanta as well as nine airports in rural parts of the state. The governor said the airport improvements will also “relieve pressure” on ...
Economic impact of college football national title mixed for Atlanta

Economic impact of college football national title mixed for Atlanta

The economic benefits of hosting this year’s college football national championship was supposed to be a boon for Atlanta, but for some it was also a little bit of a letdown. The problem: Big majorities of Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide fans were within easy driving distance of the city, eliminating the need for long hotel stays, cab rides and eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner...
Kempner: Body unnoticed in Atlanta area mall for weeks? A mall fades

Kempner: Body unnoticed in Atlanta area mall for weeks? A mall fades

The body of a deceased 19-year-old Lawrenceville woman may have been decomposing unnoticed for two weeks in a back room beside the food court of a Gwinnett mall during the height of what should have been the Christmas shopping rush. The news is a personal tragedy. It’s also might seem shocking, just feet from public space in what’s supposed to be a major shopping center. But ...
Sage Woodfire Tavern opens two locations in metro Atlanta

Sage Woodfire Tavern opens two locations in metro Atlanta

Sage Woodfire Tavern, a locally owned fine-dining business is set to open a new restaurant in Buckhead mid next month, contributing 300 new jobs to the Atlanta area. Restaurant owner James Liakakos says the grand opening of the two-storey 11,500 square foot restaurant with a seating capacity of 300 follows last year’s opening of another 7,800 square foot location in Marietta. Liakakos said the...
TSA continues test of ID scan with no boarding pass required

TSA continues test of ID scan with no boarding pass required

The Transportation Security Administration is continuing into 2018 a test of technology to scan IDs for passengers’ flight status, with no boarding pass required in certain PreCheck lanes. The test of credential authentication technology started last summer in PreCheck lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and several other airports, including Washington Reagan, Chicago O&rsquo...
6 signs it's time to break up with your workplace friend

6 signs it's time to break up with your workplace friend

Since you spend so much time at work, of course you want to have friends there! But whether you're enjoying the nonphysical, non-romantic friendship of a "work spouse" or have numerous buddies at the office, some friendships do more harm than good. »RELATED: 5 of the most toxic co-workers and how to deal with them According to workplace and psychology experts, these are six signs you...
Canadian firm to purchase former Vogtle lead contractor Westinghouse

Canadian firm to purchase former Vogtle lead contractor Westinghouse

Canadian investment firm Brookfield Business Partners has entered into an agreement with Toshiba Corporation to purchase Westinghouse Electric Company for $4.6 billion. The firm, a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., will fund the purchase through $1 billion in equity and $3 billion in long term-debt financing. In a statement, the company said the remaining balance would be covered through...
NCR opens first of two towers at Midtown Atlanta HQ

NCR opens first of two towers at Midtown Atlanta HQ

Financial technology giant NCR opened the first of two towers in its new headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta on Monday. NCR’s move from Duluth to Atlanta has been among the more high-profile corporate relocations within the region, as the company spurned the suburbs to locate near transit and Georgia Tech, in the heart of Midtown’s growing technology hub. NCR said it will ultimately...
Kempner: These Georgians found a way to profit from championship game

Kempner: These Georgians found a way to profit from championship game

Who will make money on the national college football championship game? Certainly, a bunch of out-of-town companies that work closely with playoff organizers and then often farm out business to subcontractors and subcontractors of subcontractors. But some Georgia entrepreneurs have snagged financial nuggets from the game, too. Like the owner of a Gwinnett events company who set up official portable...
Atlanta architect John Portman remembered for imprint on world

Atlanta architect John Portman remembered for imprint on world

Family and friends of famed Atlanta architect and developer John C. Portman Jr. on Friday remembered him for his determination and vision, which changed not only the face of his beloved hometown but skylines across the globe. At a memorial in downtown Atlanta, loved ones remembered Portman rising from a childhood of poverty to become one of Atlanta most influential businessmen. He built an empire...
Kempner: Some green is missing from the Georgia-Alabama championship

Kempner: Some green is missing from the Georgia-Alabama championship

It looks like the neighborhood college football championship game between Georgia and Alabama won’t be nearly as juicy for the state’s economy as it could have been. Too bad Monday’s national championship doesn’t involve two out-of-town teams we absolutely don’t care about. Of course, that wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful for our psyches (Go you Hairy Dawgs!)...
Lawsuit alleges anti-Jewish discrimination by Delta

Lawsuit alleges anti-Jewish discrimination by Delta

A lawsuit filed this week by flight attendants alleges Delta Air Lines discriminates against Jewish, Israeli or Hebrew-speaking employees and passengers traveling to Israel. Brian Mildenberg, a Philadelphia attorney representing the plaintiffs, urged Delta “to review and reform all relevant practices on their flights to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and to remedy all complaints immediately...
Metro Atlanta pay hikes slow despite low jobless rate

Metro Atlanta pay hikes slow despite low jobless rate

Eight years of solid job growth, unemployment rate dropping to pre-recession levels, and yet the growth in metro Atlanta pay has decelerated — and it wasn’t that strong to begin with, according to a report this week. The median wage in the area ticked up just 1 percent in the past year, compared to a 3 percent increase the year before, said Glassdoor, a California-based job and recruitment...
Moody’s says credit outlook ‘negative’ for Georgia Power’s Vogtle

Moody’s says credit outlook ‘negative’ for Georgia Power’s Vogtle

STORY UPDATE: Moody’s has revised the credit outlook for Vogtle co-owners, Oglethorpe Power Corporation and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), from negative to stable.  In a press release Friday, the credit agency attributed the revisions to the payment of the full Toshiba guaranty and the approval of Southern Nuclear and Bechtel as new management and contractors...
Radio tower to return to roof of Atlanta’s Hotel Clermont

Radio tower to return to roof of Atlanta’s Hotel Clermont

The group redeveloping Atlanta’s Hotel Clermont plans to return the old radio tower to the roof of the Poncey-Highland landmark on Friday. The developers said in a Thursday news release that crews plan to hoist the restored tower to its perch above the 1920s hotel about 10 a.m. Friday. The tower restoration will be among the more public spectacles to take place prior to the hotel’s planned...
Will new tax credits, Hollywood changes boost Georgia film spending?

Will new tax credits, Hollywood changes boost Georgia film spending?

Georgia’s lucrative and controversial tax incentives for television and movies helped make the state a star among Hollywood producers. Now industry watchers say they hope an expansion of the state’s tax credits and the hunger by consumers for more original programming will stimulate further growth. Total film and television spending in Georgia hit a record of $2.7 billion in the fiscal...
Delta 747s’ final destination? An airplane boneyard in Arizona

Delta 747s’ final destination? An airplane boneyard in Arizona

Seen from the sky above Marana, Ariz., an unlikely sight appears amid the arid desert landscape dotted with cactus. There in the gravelly sand sit roughly a hundred airplanes parked in rows — some in a state of disrepair with parts missing, others fully intact and painted in the colors of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and other major carriers. This is the airplane boneyard at Pinal Airpark,...
7 ways introverts can succeed on their strengths in the workplace

7 ways introverts can succeed on their strengths in the workplace

Extroverts are the ones who sell the goods, make the big deals, network around the clock and get energized by being around people; no wonder it seems like introverts would be out of place in the bustling business world. But the surprising reality is that not only do introverts fill a valuable role in the workplace, in certain areas they have strengths that help them outperform their extroverted co-workers...
Tax cuts: How much will they mean to metro Atlanta hiring?

Tax cuts: How much will they mean to metro Atlanta hiring?

If the new tax cuts are going to spur the kind of rapid growth that its sponsors promised, it will depend on tens of thousands of businesses following the path of James Stephenson. The chairman and chief executive of Yancey Bros., an Austell-based company whose main business is selling and servicing Caterpillar equipment, sees the cuts as a chance to hire workers and drop a $500 bonus on all...
Once, twice, Delta flight to London heads back to Atlanta

Once, twice, Delta flight to London heads back to Atlanta

The first time Alex Brown’s Atlanta-to London flight turned back to Atlanta Tuesday night, he didn’t think much of it. “Baywatch” was on his screen, and Brown didn’t hear the noise that caused his Delta pilot to reevaluate crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The second time, though, was a different story. Brown picked up “Baywatch” where he left off, but the boom...
Kempner: Christmas ‘cookies’ Georgia Power will be eating for decades

Kempner: Christmas ‘cookies’ Georgia Power will be eating for decades

Some people think about cutting weight at this time of the year. Not Georgia Power. The most influential company in Georgia just got a fresh batch of its own special recipe for Christmas cookies. With your help, it expects to be chewing on them for decades to come. Georgia Power ordered the sweets from its favorite present givers, the elected members of the Georgia Public Service Commission...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this January

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this January

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a new job, you'll find several metro Atlanta companies and other employers that are making big hires this month. » RELATED: This Georgia city was ranked one of the worst places to find a job in 2018 Check out the following openings, which range from special education teachers to baristas: Special education teachers who are already certified...
Why employers aren't looking at your resume (and never will)

Why employers aren't looking at your resume (and never will)

You've been online job hunting for some time now −  for six months or even a year − but you've had no callbacks. No follow-ups. No feedback that you're the right candidate for the thousands of open positions that relate to your skill set. Well, your resume may be contributing to your not landing a job in the here and now. »RELATED: VIDEO: 9 résumé-killers you should...
8 next steps to take if you’ve been sexually harassed at work

8 next steps to take if you’ve been sexually harassed at work

With high-profile allegations in the entertainment industry and political scene making headlines, victims are getting positive reinforcement for coming forward to report sexual harassment. »RELATED: Sexual harassment in the workplace: What is it, how to report it and more you should know But it's still a harsh and hard situation for women (and some men) in those industries, along with...
Wes Moss: Your 2018 taxes — up, down or flat?

Wes Moss: Your 2018 taxes — up, down or flat?

Over the past year on “Money Matters” (9-11 a.m. Sundays on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB) we have spent a great deal of time discussing the prospect of tax reform. Would it pass? What would it mean for individuals and families in America? Since the recent passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we have answered hundreds of calls and emails, all essentially asking the same thing: Will my taxes...
John Portman, noted architect and developer, dies at 93

John Portman, noted architect and developer, dies at 93

John Portman, the architect and developer whose post-modernist, and sometimes controversial, style won him acclaim while altering the skylines of Atlanta and cities around the world died Friday. He was 93. No single architect shaped Atlanta’s skyline like Portman, who gave the city the Hyatt Regency, Peachtree Center, AmericasMart and the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. He also left his stamp...
6 big name retailers who filed for bankruptcy in 2017

6 big name retailers who filed for bankruptcy in 2017

Retail sales across the U.S. may have broken records this holiday season, but it was already too late for many major companies. As consumer tastes and shopping habits have changed, many big name retailers have struggled to keep up with the market. Although the economy improved in 2017, this didn't translate into profits for every company. Part of the reason may be linked to an increasing number...
Study names Delta as No. 1 airline for healthy in-flight food options

Study names Delta as No. 1 airline for healthy in-flight food options

An annual study ranking airlines based on their healthy in-flight food options put Delta Air Lines in the No. 1 spot. The report by Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center director Charles Platkin, who is also founder of DietDetective.com, called Delta the leader among major carriers. Overall calories in Delta’s in-flight food options are down from 527 to 480, according to the study...
6 common first-time homebuyer mistakes that could cost you big time

6 common first-time homebuyer mistakes that could cost you big time

Buying a home can be a daunting task − whether it is your first or fifth time heading to the closing table.  For most of us, it will be the largest investment of our lives. However, there are factors predicted for the upcoming year that will make purchasing a home even more stressful.  »RELATED: House hunters, here are 5 secrets to getting the best home loan According to ...
Aflac to spend $250 million in investments in the wake of new tax law

Aflac to spend $250 million in investments in the wake of new tax law

Aflac will invest $250 million in the next three to five years to expand its employees’ benefits and community engagement programs following the new corporate tax rate signed into law. The Columbus-based insurance company said in a press release Thursday that the investment, to begin next year, will also strengthen the company’s commitment to supporting childhood cancer care initiatives...
Pepsi, Papa Johns and other brands that had major fails in 2017

Pepsi, Papa Johns and other brands that had major fails in 2017

These companies probably wish they could have a do-over for 2017. Some brands commissioned advertisements that sparked fury and ire — while others faced PR nightmares which shook their company’s foundations. Here are some of the year’s biggest brand fails, offering a guide for other companies on what not to do. Pepsi hard arguably one of the worst ads of the year, which faced international...
Bounce back: 5 ways to move forward after suddenly losing your job

Bounce back: 5 ways to move forward after suddenly losing your job

Oh, it happens −you just hope it never happens to you. All kinds of people lose their jobs without notice, whether it's the unexpected company takeover, the "how can you be so harsh" before a holiday layoff or a downsizing that even the gossip girls didn't have a hint about. If you've become one of the suddenly unemployed, your first inclination might be to huddle under the covers...
Gas prices for metro Atlanta up for the holidays, volatile in 2018

Gas prices for metro Atlanta up for the holidays, volatile in 2018

It’s New Year’s resolution time, with all that demands of us: More kale, less keeping up with the Kardashians. And, of course, controlling one’s spending. On that last point at least, it appears lower gas prices will be the gift that keeps on giving. The trend toward declining gas prices nationwide and in Georgia should continue in early 2018, experts agree. That’s in keeping...
Library of Congress is about to stop archiving every public tweet

Library of Congress is about to stop archiving every public tweet

For the past six years, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single tweet that's been published on Twitter. Celebrity feuds, political campaigns and mundane "here's what I had for lunch" tweets have all been scrupulously archived. But now, the Library of Congress says it'll stop trying to cover the entire platform. The LOC simply said that it isn't prepared to collect every...
UPS expects record level of return shipments

UPS expects record level of return shipments

UPS said it expects a record number of return shipments in the post-holiday season, with Jan. 3 expected to be the peak day for return packages. Sandy Spring-based UPS said consumers are already shipping more than 1 million return packages a day in December. On Jan. 3, UPS expects 1.4 million return packages, up 8 percent year-over-year. The continuing growth of online shopping has also led to...
7 top careers that keep you fit and paid

7 top careers that keep you fit and paid

Cubicle careers can often lead to lack of sunlight, stained eyes and sedentary habits that contribute to obesity.  For job seekers who yearn for fresh air and staying physically fit, these conventional careers come with an athletic component that helps keep you in tiptop shape while working the job all year long.                       ...
Georgia program takes man from prison to welding job

Georgia program takes man from prison to welding job

Russell “Rusty” Hawthorne got a couple sentences into his graduation speech before he choked up. Not that emotion during such ceremonies is unusual. Minutes before, the 49 grads had marched in to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” wearing caps and gowns while friends, family members and various officials looked on with satisfaction. Also not unusual. But the scene was a...
Kempner: Goodbye, signatures? Credit card firms make big change

Kempner: Goodbye, signatures? Credit card firms make big change

UPDATED Don’t take this too hard: your autograph isn’t worth what it once was. American Express, Mastercard and Discover have each announced that, starting in April, they will no longer require signatures on any North American credit card purchases. (Actually, American Express is making the change for all its transactions worldwide.) UPDATE: And now Visa has announced it...
Next year looking good for growth and jobs

Next year looking good for growth and jobs

The current expansion may be the third-oldest on record so far, but that doesn’t mean it will die of old age. In fact, experts cheerfully say, when it goes, it’s going to be murder. That is, a recovery must be croaked by something, whether the culprit is a spike in energy prices, a climbing interest rate, a huge overhang of debt, a credit freeze. And, at least for the moment, there doesn&rsquo...
Delta’s 747 retirement marks end of era

Delta’s 747 retirement marks end of era

For 47 years, the hump-backed Boeing 747 jumbo jet has captivated skyward gazes, wowed passengers with its spacious cabin and luxurious upper deck — and changed the way the world travels. Yet for U.S. passenger airlines, the massive plane known as The Whale no longer fits the mission and is being retired from the fleet. Delta Air Lines is operating its final 747 flights as 2017 draws to...
Delta’s history with 747 waxes and wanes

Delta’s history with 747 waxes and wanes

It started with a group of workers that people called The Incredibles. The Boeing Co. took an ambitious bet on the 747 and the technological leap the massive jet represented, and its team of engineers, construction workers and others managed in less than 16 months to build a jet that airlines all over the world would fly. But Delta’s history with the 747 has been spotty over the years....
Georgia businesses hail tax bill, but whether growth comes isn’t clear

Georgia businesses hail tax bill, but whether growth comes isn’t clear

Georgia’s corporate interests and conservative lawmakers hailed this week’s passage of the Republican rewrite of the nation’s tax code. But whether the divisive bill will be the jobs and investment bonanza that its backers say it will be must be taken with a grain of salt, some experts say. Within hours of Congress sending the overhaul to President Donald Trump’s desk...
Home Depot buying 106-year-old Wisconsin retailer

Home Depot buying 106-year-old Wisconsin retailer

Atlanta-based Home Depot has purchased The Company Store, a 106-year-old retailer based in Wisconsin. The company sells textiles and home décor products, a natural accompaniment to the kinds of home products sold by Home Depot. Although The Company Store has five locations, the acquisition is not about bricks and mortar retail, according to Stephen Holmes, spokesman for ...
5 critical steps you must take before you quit a job

5 critical steps you must take before you quit a job

While the temptation is to play that Johnny Paycheck song or give a simple, "Bye, Felicia" on the way out the door, there are far more productive steps to take before you quit your job. If you skip them, you risk lost income and a problem employment record. And on an emotional level, you really want to skip hurt feelings or any behavior you might regret, even if you're steaming...
Kempner: Georgia underdogs confront power, get smacked 

Kempner: Georgia underdogs confront power, get smacked 

Steven Prenovitz, who once successfully nagged me into digging through more than 1,000 pages of state records, can be irritating when he’s pursuing what he considers a grand cause. But he’s been called worse. “You are an abomination to this process,” Stan Wise, the chairman of an elected body of Georgia regulators, sputtered during a recent hearing. Wise berated Prenovitz,...
Georgia Power's Vogtle gets approval to continue with new conditions 

Georgia Power's Vogtle gets approval to continue with new conditions 

Georgia’s Public Service Commission has voted unanimously to allow continued construction of two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s embattled Plant Vogtle, which is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. The commissioners agreed to all of Georgia Powers proposals of conditions to move forward with construction at Vogtle. The commissioners found the company’s...
Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A says it breaks its no-Sunday rule for a cause

Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A says it breaks its no-Sunday rule for a cause

With the world’s largest airport in a chaotic and unprecedented blackout, Chick-fil-A broke its Never On Sundays policy, not for the first time and probably not the last. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain, committed since its founding to a six-day work week, made, delivered and donated 5,302 sandwiches to stranded travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson on Sunday. At the time, the electricity was off...
Economy healed, but Atlanta’s scars from recession remain

Economy healed, but Atlanta’s scars from recession remain

Ten years ago this month was the start of a vicious recession, and some scars remain even if the economy has healed. The Great Recession, the most painful downturn since the Great Depression, destroyed more than 248,000 jobs in metro Atlanta – about one of every 10 – and led to a quarter-million foreclosures. Since then, job growth has been solid, the unemployment rate has dropped to 4...
Public Service Commission scheduled to decide Plant Vogtle’s fate

Public Service Commission scheduled to decide Plant Vogtle’s fate

Billions of dollars are at stake as Georgia regulators vote Thursday whether or not construction continues at the embattled Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors. The vote on the economics of the project — which is billions of dollars over budget and years behind its original construction schedule — is crucial in determining the outcomes for ratepayers, who have been financing construction at...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Delta CEO to seek repayment from Atlanta airport outage

AJC EXCLUSIVE: Delta CEO to seek repayment from Atlanta airport outage

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he found it “shocking” that it took nearly 12 hours to get the power back on at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and he plans to seek compensation for the airline’s lost revenue. The stern comments from the head of Atlanta’s largest airline signal that the crisis this week sparked discord between some of the Southeast&rsquo...
Airport outage: Delta CEO to seek repayment for lost revenue

Airport outage: Delta CEO to seek repayment for lost revenue

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he found it “shocking” that it took nearly 12 hours to get the power back on at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport -- and he plans to seek compensation for the airline’s lost revenue. “We will certainly be seeking the opportunity to have a conversation, and then seek reimbursement,” Bastian said during an interview...
Amazon: Corporate lobbyist’s work in Georgia not about HQ2

Amazon: Corporate lobbyist’s work in Georgia not about HQ2

An Amazon corporate lobbyist’s registration in Georgia isn’t related to its search for a second headquarters, the company said Tuesday, but it remains unclear what state issues interest the e-commerce giant. Earlier this month, Jacob Oster, an energy expert for Amazon, registered with the state’s ethics agency, setting off speculation about what policies Amazon might try to...
New student high-rise planned for Midtown Atlanta

New student high-rise planned for Midtown Atlanta

Athens-based student housing company Landmark Properties said this week the firm has acquired a Midtown site for a future 28-story tower. Landmark said it acquired the 1.1-acre site at Spring and 10th streets, with plans to open the student housing tower in August 2020. Financing has not been announced. The company said the project, to be called The Mark at Atlanta, will feature more than 780...
UPS pre-orders Tesla electric trucks

UPS pre-orders Tesla electric trucks

Sandy Spring-based UPS has pre-ordered 125 electric Tesla Semi trucks, a move that could signal a major step for electric vehicles in commercial trucking. UPS said the new trucks will join its fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including trucks powered by electricity, natural gas, propane and other fuels. UPS chief information and engineering officer Juan Perez said in a written...
Atlanta home prices up 6.1 percent over a year ago, Re/Max reports

Atlanta home prices up 6.1 percent over a year ago, Re/Max reports

The median sales price of a home sold in metro Atlanta in November was up a solid 6.1 percent from the same month last year, according to a report by Re/Max Georgia. During the month, there were 6,673 homes sold in metro Atlanta. The median price of those sales was $218,000 – both of those figures slightly down from October, which is typical of market in autumn. However, the story...
How soon after President Trump signs the tax bill could you see the effects?

How soon after President Trump signs the tax bill could you see the effects?

There's no shortage of Republican optimism and Democratic pessimism about what is going to happen if, as all signs indicate, Congress sends President Trump a sweeping tax bill this week and he signs it before heading to Florida for Christmas.          Trump's Council of Economic Advisers predicted the corporate tax changes alone would ...
Hartsfield-Jackson airport outage reminder of past transportation woes

Hartsfield-Jackson airport outage reminder of past transportation woes

It’s becoming all too familiar: some vital piece of Atlanta infrastructure comes apart like the Falcons in last season’s Super Bowl. Two-and-a-half inches of winter’s fury left the region snowbound in 2014. Last March, burning spools of cable brought down a section of I-85. Now an electrical fire at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has again put Atlanta in national...
5 things to consider before starting a career in a new city

5 things to consider before starting a career in a new city

Sometimes climbing the corporate ladder means a change of venue. But before packing off to a brand-new city, it's important to do some research and check off a few essential tasks from your to-go list. According to Joyce H. Vasser, a retired government human resources manager, failing to prepare properly before a move can cost you personally and professionally. "Moving to a new city for a new...
5 ways you can stand out from the crowd at a career fair

5 ways you can stand out from the crowd at a career fair

Career fairs are held as a way to attract lots of applicants to help fill open positions, but they can often feel like a cattle call. Though it may seem like you're not getting enough meaningful time with potential employers to make a positive impression, there are ways to rise above the crowd. Don't just wander around asking recruiters what positions they have open. Instead, prepare in advance, ...
Georgia Power suspects equipment failure caused airport fire, outage

Georgia Power suspects equipment failure caused airport fire, outage

Georgia Power said it believes a failure of its equipment may have started a fire that led to a massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport causing more than 1,000 flight cancellations Sunday, disrupting flights for travelers from around the world. “While evaluation of the incident is ongoing, Georgia Power believes that a piece of Georgia Power switchgear located in an...
Atlanta airport outage: Here’s how to check your flight status Monday

Atlanta airport outage: Here’s how to check your flight status Monday

The calamitous power outage Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will continue to affect flights the day after. Delta Air Lines has already canceled 300 flights for Monday. The Atlanta-based carrier, which has its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson, said most of the Monday flight cancellations are early morning flights into Atlanta. That will allow its operation to “more quickly...
Kempner: Atlanta airport power outage has us looking for better backup

Kempner: Atlanta airport power outage has us looking for better backup

Um, really?  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the most important links in the nation’s commercial air system.  It’s the world’s busiest airport and the biggest economic development gem for Atlanta and the entire state of Georgia. Officials are in the midst of trying to woo Amazon to build a second headquarters here with 50,000 jobs, and a...
Malls not too hectic before upcoming holiday weekend

Malls not too hectic before upcoming holiday weekend

Maybe it’s the oft-reported decline of brick-and-mortar retail. Maybe last weekend’s snow days didn’t slow down the pace of shopping. Whatever it is, today appears to be a good time to hit the malls and check off Christmas list items. This morning — on the start of the last full weekend before Christmas Eve — some major suburban malls appear to be no more busy than on...
11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

Whether you're in your first job straight out of college or are a seasoned professional starting with a different company, your first year can set the tone for success or failure.    Early mistakes can be difficult to overcome and can torpedo your career in the longer term. Each office has its own way of doing things, and it's part of your job to learn the culture of the organization you're...
Season growing hectic for Atlanta companies that deliver

Season growing hectic for Atlanta companies that deliver

A 53 foot-long truck backs up to the loading dock at the Alpharetta FedEx center, straight from the airport. Inside are containers weighing up to 5,000 pounds, each loaded with packages headed for homes and businesses on the north side of metro Atlanta. There are probably three more trailers coming later in the day. As the holiday season approaches, Americans go online and click. A few days later...
Vogtle saga puts Georgia Power’s clout in spotlight

Vogtle saga puts Georgia Power’s clout in spotlight

What Georgia Power sold to state legislators wasn’t just a deal. It was the future. Clean, renewable nuclear energy. No climate-changing hydrocarbon emissions. No worries about volatility in the global supply of natural gas. All lawmakers had to do, according to the state’s largest and most influential utility, was approve a new way to finance construction of two new nuclear reactors at...
Wes Moss: Why your one-page financial plan is a good start

Wes Moss: Why your one-page financial plan is a good start

Retirement is often portrayed as a life passage — a quick switch from one lifestyle to a very different way of living. While that’s still the case for many people, more Americans are finding retirement to be more of a transition than an overnight change. For a variety of reasons, it’s less likely that you will attend your retirement party on Friday, and move to a Florida beach condo...
Solid growth for Georgia economy, predicts UGA’s Terry College

Solid growth for Georgia economy, predicts UGA’s Terry College

While the risk of a downturn is creeping up, the odds are good that the coming year will bring solid economic growth in the state’s industries, according to the annual forecast by the University of Georgia’s business school. Fewer jobs will be created than in the past few years, said Benjamin Ayers, dean of UGA’s Terry College. Still, he said, “We are expecting all of Georgia&rsquo...
Toshiba pays Georgia Power $3.2 billion for Plant Vogtle

Toshiba pays Georgia Power $3.2 billion for Plant Vogtle

Toshiba has paid Georgia Power and its partners in Plant Vogtle the remaining $3.2 billion of the parent guarantee it had promised, following the bankruptcy by Westinghouse Electric Company early this year. A statement by Georgia Power said the company honored its parent guarantee Thursday morning. In June, Vogtle owners and Toshiba entered a settlement agreement in which Toshiba acknowledged its...
Kempner: Arby’s eats Buffalo wings? Why the chicken wing war is on

Kempner: Arby’s eats Buffalo wings? Why the chicken wing war is on

It used to be that chicken wings didn’t do much good, even when still attached to chickens. Now, it’s the priciest part of our most important bird in Georgia. That’s kind of crazy if you think about it. A wimpy wing with the bone still in costs more than boneless breast meat? But restaurants and grocers have figured it out, which might partially explain why Sandy Springs-based meat-marketer...
NTSB investigates Delta ‘go-around’ over Hartsfield-Jackson taxiway

NTSB investigates Delta ‘go-around’ over Hartsfield-Jackson taxiway

A Delta Air Lines flight that had to execute a ‘go-around’ over a taxiway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport sparked an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The Nov. 29 incident involved Delta flight 2196 on a Boeing 737-900ER from Indianapolis that was landing in Atlanta. The flight was cleared to land on one of the runways at the Atlanta airport, and lined...
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