A winter storm watch has been issued for most of Georgia from Rome to Gainesville south. Meteorologist George Wetzel with the National Weather Service says wet weather from the Gulf will meet up with arctic air coming down from the north starting Tuesday and running into Wednesday morning. He says an oval running across the state in middle Georgia will see the most snow. “That is going to be north of a line from LaGrange to Macon, to the east of there toward Dublin, and south of the Atlanta metro. So that’s about 3 to 4 inches there.” In southern Georgia, the oval will start as sleet and freezing rain, and the coast will also see sleet and flurries.
The weather may be chilly in Georgia right now, but the state’s economic forecast is heating up. Even though the state is still climbing out of the recession of 2008, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for the economy. That’s the message given to a room full of business leaders in Middle Georgia on Thursday.
Even though the state is still climbing out of the recession of 2008, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for the economy. That was the message given to a room full of business leaders at the Middle Georgia Economic Outlook event in Warner Robins on Thursday. Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow predicted Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation's in 2014. Tutterow says while Macon and Warner Robbins have not experienced a lot of payroll growth, the economy of Middle Georgia remains fundamentally healthy.
A major commuter rail project that would involve a quarter of the state’s transportation districts—is on life support. The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin-to-middle Georgia line might not go before voters next year. The state’s 12 region roundtables had until midnight Monday to pare-down their project lists to fit within projected revenues from a proposed regional penny sales tax. While the two regions south of Atlanta ok’d the projects (Middle Georgia and Three Rivers) needed to link the passenger line together, Atlanta’s did not.
Governor Nathan Deal has asked the federal government to declare 22 counties disaster areas because of drought conditions. Deal made the request in a letter sent last week to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Deal said the drought, beginning in December, has caused extensive damage to crops.