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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’s dependence on travel, hospitality raises recession risk

By: - March 27, 2020

Thousands of Georgians filed for unemployment benefits last week, and many more are likely to join them before the end of what some are already calling the Pandemic Recession. Initial unemployment claims skyrocketed to 12,140, up more than double from 5,445 claims the previous week, as workers around the country stayed home for fear of […]

Workers in ‘gig’ economy worry about future as income vanishes

By: - March 26, 2020

Lawrenceville-based children’s magician Stephen Spanks is the founder, owner and sole employee of his business, Never Grow Up Magic. “It’s just me and the rabbit,” he said, referring to his sidekick, Oreo. A growing number of American workers have, like Spanks, exchanged the relative security of hourly or salaried jobs for the freedom of working […]

Service businesses announce layoffs across Georgia as doors close

By: - March 24, 2020

Workers at hotels and convention centers, bars, restaurants and day care centers are among the latest Georgians to learn they will soon be out of a job, according to the state Department of Labor’s business layoff and closure listing earlier this week. The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to provide the […]

State bracing for projected jobless surge due to COVID-19 closings

By: - March 24, 2020

Mother of two Kaylin Hart of Savannah is one of a growing number of Georgians suddenly thrown out of work in the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis rapidly spreading through the state, and she’s frustrated by her attempts to apply for jobless benefits online. “At first, we did the 50/50, seat every other table […]

Limited COVID-19 testing locations open in Georgia with tight eligibility 

By: - March 18, 2020

Drive-through coronavirus testing is now available in a handful of Georgia communities, according to representatives from local public health departments, and other testing facilities are set to follow in coming days. Columbus and Valdosta are home to the early rollout of testing on a very limited availability. Officials from the Cobb and Douglas Public Health […]

Struggling rural health care system to get tested by COVID-19 outbreak

By: - March 17, 2020

Dr. Brent Waters sees a bit of everything at his medical office in Blackshear near the southeast corner of Georgia. Patients come to his clinic for worries ranging from colds and the flu to chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension as well as bumps, bruises and cuts. But Waters said lately his office, part of […]

Anti-gang legislation clears Georgia House over Democrats’ protests

By: - March 16, 2020

The Georgia Senate is now set to take up a bill that aims to toughen the state’s approach to gangs after the House approved major changes last week over the objections of Democrats. House Bill 994, written by Marietta Republican Rep. Bert Reeves, adds to the list of offenses that fall under the state’s definition […]

Bill advances that aims to deliver justice for adults abused as children

By: - March 16, 2020

After a couple of failed attempts in recent years, Georgia lawmakers are again advancing legislation to allow adults who were victims of sexual abuse more time to sue organizations that employed their abuser. This latest version of the Hidden Predator Act passed the House late last week and its fate is now in the state […]

Clock runs out on business-friendly tort legislation for 2020 session

By: - March 12, 2020

A sweeping tort reform bill failed to survive the General Assembly’s Crossover Day, the final day of the 40-day legislative session for a bill to have a clear path to become law. Senate Bill 415 would have limited jury awards, and affected seat belt law, asbestos claims and more. Its sponsor, Sen. Steve Gooch said […]

Legislative support builds for more disclosure of industrial toxic gas leaks

By: - March 12, 2020

The Georgia House and Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday requiring companies to publicly report leaks of the toxic gas ethylene oxide. The Senate bill’s sponsor is Sen. Brian Strickland, a Henry County Republican and Gov. Brian Kemp’s floor leader. The House bill was sponsored by Marietta Republican Rep. Don Parsons. Under the legislation, companies that […]

Lawmakers, filmmakers still tout tax credit following damning reports

By: - March 12, 2020

Georgia’s film industry came to the Capitol Wednesday to celebrate another big year, months after two scathing reports raised doubts about the state’s return on its generous film tax credit. “Georgia film is booming,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Chief Operating Officer Bert Brantley. “In fiscal year 2019, Georgia saw a new filming record […]

Bill to tamp down civil jury awards flounders on Senate floor

By: - March 10, 2020

A sweeping bill to limit jury awards and punitive damages stalled in the Senate Tuesday as the odds for tort legislation to pass this year grew longer. Sen. Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican, said the aim of his Senate Bill 415 is to rein in out-of-control damages in civil cases which he said drive up […]