Russell Grantham

Business reporter

Reporter Russell Grantham has been covering business news for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2000.

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Coca-Cola takes a chance on Coke Zero remake
 As it grapples with consumers’ declining thirst for sugary drinks, Coca-Cola has decided to change the name, recipe and look of one of its most successful sodas, Coke Zero. The new version will be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with the added word intended to underline its lack of an ingredient spurned by many. It’s also supposed...

Posted: a day ago

As it grapples with consumers’ declining thirst for sugary drinks, Coca-Cola has decided to change the name, recipe and look of one of its most successful sodas, Coke Zero. The new version will be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with the added word intended to underline its lack of an ingredient spurned by many. It’s also supposed...
Coke: A new version of Coca-Cola Zero hits U.S. shelves next month
 Coca-Cola said it is rolling out a new recipe, name and look in North America to replace one of its most successful products — Coca-Cola Zero. The Atlanta beverage giant announced the new version during its second-quarter earnings report. It will be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The new cans and bottles, to roll out in August, will also...

Posted: a day ago

Coca-Cola said it is rolling out a new recipe, name and look in North America to replace one of its most successful products — Coca-Cola Zero. The Atlanta beverage giant announced the new version during its second-quarter earnings report. It will be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The new cans and bottles, to roll out in August, will also...
Smoking at the MARTA station.

Posted: 2 days ago

This is the first in an occasional series of short videos documenting common challenges riders on MARTA may experience. Smokers often ignore the “no smoking” signs at stations. Even MARTA employees have been spotted smoking near this sign at MARTA’s Kensington station. This video was shot earlier this month at that station...
Ukrainian conspirator in Atlanta hack sentenced
 A Ukrainian involved in a scheme that netted millions after hacking into an Atlanta payment processor was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison. Evgeny Tarasovich Levitskyy, 31, acted as one of the “cashers” who withdrew more than $9 million from 2,100 ATMs around the globe in less than 12 hours, according to the FBI. He is...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Ukrainian involved in a scheme that netted millions after hacking into an Atlanta payment processor was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison. Evgeny Tarasovich Levitskyy, 31, acted as one of the “cashers” who withdrew more than $9 million from 2,100 ATMs around the globe in less than 12 hours, according to the FBI. He is...
Sierra Club: Georgia Power’s coal ash plan illegal
 The Sierra Club said Georgia Power’s plans to close its toxic coal ash ponds will dump heavy metal-laden wastewater into the state’s rivers and lakes and violate the federal clean water law. Georgia Power is planning to shut down 29 ponds that hold coal ash, a waste product of burning coal that can contain toxic metals such as...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Sierra Club said Georgia Power’s plans to close its toxic coal ash ponds will dump heavy metal-laden wastewater into the state’s rivers and lakes and violate the federal clean water law. Georgia Power is planning to shut down 29 ponds that hold coal ash, a waste product of burning coal that can contain toxic metals such as...
Sierra Club plans lawsuit over Georgia Power plants’ wastewater
 The Sierra Club said Georgia Power’s plans to close its toxic coal ash ponds will dump heavy metal-laden wastewater into the state’s rivers and lakes and violate the federal clean water law. Georgia Power is planning to shut down 29 ponds that hold coal ash, a waste product of burning coal that can contain toxic metals such as...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Sierra Club said Georgia Power’s plans to close its toxic coal ash ponds will dump heavy metal-laden wastewater into the state’s rivers and lakes and violate the federal clean water law. Georgia Power is planning to shut down 29 ponds that hold coal ash, a waste product of burning coal that can contain toxic metals such as...
Ga. banks less stressed, but lending slowdown a worry
 Judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession...

Posted: 3 days ago

Judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession...
‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits
 SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches...

Posted: 6 days ago

SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches...
‘We’re back,’ says SunTrust executive after stronger profits
 SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches at a...

Posted: 6 days ago

SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches at a...
Study: Atlanta and Georgia pensions get mixed grades
 Despite the booming stock market in recent years, most state and local government pension plans fell further behind their retirement obligations in 2016, according to a new study released Thursday. That included some local pensions, such as Georgia's largest public pension plan, the $65.7 billion Teachers Retirement System of Georgia. The...

Posted: 7 days ago

Despite the booming stock market in recent years, most state and local government pension plans fell further behind their retirement obligations in 2016, according to a new study released Thursday. That included some local pensions, such as Georgia's largest public pension plan, the $65.7 billion Teachers Retirement System of Georgia. The...
Ga. banks less stressed, but lending slowdown a worry
 Judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession...

Posted: 7 days ago

Judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession...