Fifteen years ago this month, tobacco companies agreed to pay states billions of dollars in the largest civil litigation settlement in US history. Georgia has received about $2 billion from the settlement. So, where did that $2 billion in tobacco settlement money go?
As many as 15 rural hospitals in Georgia could close in the coming months, according to an industry spokesman. The facilities are losing millions of dollars in federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, at the same time that Georgia is not expanding Medicaid. Three rural hospitals have shut down this year in the state, and as many as 15 more may be closing their doors.
Movie stars Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson will be shooting the new action/comedy "Barely Lethal" at the Guardian Centers in Perry. This is the first film project to be undertaken at the privately-owned Guardian Centers, which opened for business in 2012.
Everyone has people they just don’t like. Maybe personalities clash or there’s some long history of disagreements. What do you do when that person is in the cubicle across the hall or the office next door? How do you still work with them, despite the interpersonal issues? Workplace consultant Brandon Smith says the key is to look for the value and skills they bring to the work at hand.
The second annual Georgia Gives Day ended at midnight Wednesday, netting $1,448,233, nearly twice last year's total.
Many entrepreneurs hope to strike it rich. But a group of them in a small community outside of Atlanta are working on a smaller scale. They are refugees starting businesses to serve Clarkston's global village. To get their ideas off the ground, many refugees are taking an entrepreneurship course called 'CDF: A Collective Action Initiative', sponsored jointly by the Goizueta Business School and a Clarkston community group. The course uses micro-lending, a concept pioneered not in America, but rather in countries in the developing world – where the refugees come from.
Deer season is underway in Georgia, and hunters looking to donate their kill once again have an easy option. The Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program is back, allowing hunters to drop off their deer with designated processors. The federation discontinued the program two years ago due to lack of funding. Now it’s back, thanks in large measure to a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.
The Augusta Warrior Project is having such great results helping veterans that it’s getting national recognition. The number of homeless vets in Augusta and Aiken, South Carolina has dropped from 195 to six. The Project has also helped 185 vets find jobs. The National Wounded Warrior Project will work to help spread the model across the country.
How many times have you walked in the door and said to your partner, “You’re not going to believe what happened at work today...”? A listener named Susan wonders if employees are breaking the confidentiality your employer expects when they do that, and she wrote to ask workplace expert Brandon Smith about it.
Women make up about half of the nation’s workforce and more than half of all professional and manager-level jobs, according to federal data. But they fill just a small percentage of executive-level jobs and corporate board seats. Former Southern Co. executive Becky Blalock is trying to change that.