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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Georgia high school graduates adapting to new paths to college

By: - May 12, 2020

High schools are still awarding diplomas, signs congratulating graduates are popping up in yards again this year and if you brave a trip to the grocery store you’ll see greeting cards featuring caps and gowns. But Georgia’s in-person high school graduation ceremonies are scuttled in favor of virtual get-togethers as the rite of passage is […]

More than 200,000 Georgians filed for jobless payments at April’s end

By: - May 7, 2020

Nearly 227,000 Georgians filed initial claims for unemployment last week, or about 40,000 workers fewer than the week before. Still, last week’s new jobless number would top the worst week in 2019 by far. While it’s good that the rate of layoffs has slowed, what matters is whether laid-off workers can find new jobs, said […]

Atlanta Fed report says some new hiring is offsetting spring job losses

By: - May 6, 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reports a bit of counterintuitive unemployment news following a month when displaced workers are expected to have filed a record number of jobless claims – for every ten jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic, three more were created. The Fed reported the findings in its latest Survey of Business […]

Jobless ranks grow as unemployment payments lag for many Georgians

By: - May 1, 2020

Nearly 265,000 Georgians filed initial unemployment claims during the last full week in April, joining more than 1 million other workers who lost jobs since mid-March, about the time sports teams suspended seasons and the state’s economy started shutting down so people could avoid interactions that might spread the novel coronavirus. According to the Georgia […]

April cruelest month for Georgia workers who lost jobs, income

By: - April 30, 2020

April was the cruelest month for about 1 million jobless Georgians, tossed out of work since the governor opened it with a stay-home order to contain COVID-19. That emergency response to a public health crisis wreaked havoc on a state economy largely powered by hospitality and travel. More than 290,000 Georgians got unemployment benefits in […]

State Ed board awards schools tech grants to bridge digital divide

By: - April 29, 2020

Some Georgia students and teachers are set to receive laptops, software and access to Wi-Fi hotspots after the Georgia Board of Education awarded over $21.5 million in grants to 55 districts across the state Tuesday. The federal school improvement funds are intended to shore up their distance learning programs in the wake of the COVID-19 […]

Georgians line up for COVID-19 testing as statewide availability grows

By: - April 29, 2020

Last week, Geannine Mauldin of Cartersville came down with the symptoms everyone dreads these days – fever combined with an occasional cough, muscle aches, exhaustion and loss of taste and appetite. Mauldin looked online for a state COVID-19 testing location near her and found the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville. Driving in and getting […]

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Trump chalks COVID-19 disinfectant remarks up to sarcasm

By: - April 24, 2020

A suggestion from President Donald Trump that health officials should look into the ability of disinfectants to combat the novel coronavirus launched a whirlwind of criticism Friday after he made them during a televised COVID-19 briefing Thursday night. “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a […]

Kemp details new rules for reopened restaurants to seat customers

By: - April 24, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp released an executive order Thursday night outlining the 39 guidelines restaurants will need to comply with to reopen their doors. Those include taking the temperature of employees before their shifts and requiring them to wear masks at all times. Starting today, businesses including barbershops, massage parlors and bowling alleys can reopen in […]

Georgia jobless rate slows but claims last five weeks top 1 million

By: - April 23, 2020

The number of jobless Georgians seeking unemployment benefits just surpassed 1 million as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hammer the economy and put people out of work. Another 243,000 workers filed claims during the week ending April 18. Combined, nearly 1.1 million Georgians have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks, according […]

Elective surgeries could start slowly after Georgia’s coronavirus shutdown

By: - April 23, 2020

Dermatologist Rutledge Forney said her five metro Atlanta locations won’t reopen for in-person visits until June despite Gov. Brian Kemp’s green light to open as soon as they can operate safely. “The governor can do anything he wants to do, but we feel that it’s very important to maintain an extensive social distancing,” she said. […]

Georgia mayors say Kemp’s order to lift business restrictions unwelcome

By: - April 22, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp drew wide skepticism this month when he said he held off on a statewide stay-home order because he didn’t know infected people who feel well can transmit the novel coronavirus, and now he’s drawing criticism from mayors in cities stretching from Albany to Rome who say he rushed this week to lift […]