More than 4,000 people paid tribute to Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy at his funeral Wednesday in Jonesboro. Cathy died Monday at the age of 93. Faith played a major role in his life including his decision to close Chick–fil–a on Sundays.
News headlines from around the state of Georgia:
Eddie Shirey of Conyers, Ga., speaks with GPB's Sarah McCammon about his forthcoming e-book, “Atlanta to Savannah: a Cyclist’s Guidebook,” scheduled for release in October.
Georgia peanut farmers are about three weeks away from harvesting their crops, and many hoping for more rain and cooler temperatures. Georgia grows about half of the nation's peanuts.
Savannah’s lush squares and beautiful coastline make it a popular destination for weddings. This weekend, vendors will meet there for the first-ever LGBT Wedding Expo. Some couples will take part in a mass commitment ceremony to celebrate their love. Same-sex weddings aren’t legally recognized in Georgia – but that could change, if a lawsuit against the state’s gay marriage ban is successful. And that could mean a new market for wedding vendors.
The new General Manager of Atlanta's airport wants to lure more international visitors to the city. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest, serving around 95 million passengers every year. But only 10 million or so arrive from foreign destinations.
Georgia’s wine industry took a step forward last week, when the federal government recognized the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA. There are over 200 such areas in the US (California’s Napa Valley is probably the best known).
How do you create an Atlanta icon? For the owner of one of the city’s most venerable indie food businesses, it started with getting laid off. Steven Carse lost his job at an insurance company in 2009, and began working on his Plan B: an artisanal ice pop company called King of Pops. In four years, he’s gone from hawking pops from a single refrigerated cart to churning out as many as 15,000 pops on peak summer weekends.
This weekend is the state’s sales tax holiday. On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, sales tax won’t be charged on clothing, school supplies and some computers. Small businesses are hoping it will provide the boost they need. Kyle Jackson, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business says 13 percent of small business owners surveyed this month say poor sales is their greatest concern.