Half of metro Atlanta homeowners are upside-down in their mortgages, according to fourth-quarter data from Zillow.com, but the rest of the state is in better shape. Nearly 22 percent of mortgage-holders are underwater in the Augusta metro area, and experts say rural areas probably have fewer than that.
Georgia already has 10,000 children waiting for a spot in one of its pre-kindergarten programs. In Augusta some educators worry that potential cuts to pre-k could mean the list won’t be shrinking any time soon.
Georgia Power has installed solar panels on top of power poles in Augusta, Columbus, Conley, Macon, Rome, Savannah and Valdosta. Date will be collected for 18 months. Information could help decide best solar locations.
Plans by the state to conduct radiation tests in areas close to a former nuclear weapons plant near Augusta have been put on hold. It’s because the U.S. Department of Energy can’t fund the program until its budget is passed.
No metro area in the state was spared the pain of further job losses from October to November. Nearly all major metro areas had spikes in unemployment percentages of at least a half-percentage point—or more.
A federal committee has approved the design of nuclear reactors destined for Plant Vogtle near Augusta. The decision puts Southern Company a step closer to building the country’s first new reactors in decades.
The Olin chemical company announced last week it will phase out the use of mercury at its Augusta plant. This is troubling to environmentalists who worry about what will happen to the unused mercury once the switch is made.
The Olin chemical company announced last week it will phase out the use of mercury at its Augusta plant. But environmentalists worry about what will happen to leftovers of the cancer-causing chemical once the switch is made.