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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.

Ga. Supreme Court rejects bid to force election to replace outgoing justice

By: - May 15, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp’s future appointee to the Georgia Supreme Court can serve without running for election until 2022, following a 6-2 decision from the high court issued Thursday.  The ruling went against former U.S. Rep. John Barrow and former state Rep. Beth Beskin, who tried to force an election to replace Justice Keith Blackwell before […]

Ga. business restrictions eased but crush of new jobless claims continues

By: - May 15, 2020

Nearly 40% of Georgia’s workforce filed an unemployment claim since COVID-19 cases spiked in the state the first half of March and businesses shut down to contain the spread of the disease. Another 241,000 more filed initial claims last week, bringing the total handled by the Georgia Department of Labor to more than 1.8 million […]

Economists eye May jobless numbers after state business restrictions ease

By: - May 14, 2020

Thursdays since mid-March brought grim tidings of job losses, as the state Department of Labor announced more than 1.3 million Georgians lost jobs and income as businesses shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19. Last Thursday, the department reported nearly 227,000 filed initial unemployment claims the last week of April. That was an improvement over […]

Stuck at home, Georgians played lottery as state online take spikes

By: - May 13, 2020

Georgians stayed away from shuttered movie theaters, restaurants and sporting arenas last month, but they kept looking to the state lottery to test their luck. “While most other forms of entertainment were limited, April sales rebounded extremely well,” Georgia Lottery Vice President of Government Relations Brad Bohannon said during an online meeting Tuesday. “April 2020 […]

Contact tracing, nursing home tests next front in state COVID-19 reponse

By: - May 13, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health plans to quadruple the people performing contact tracing in the state, from 250 to 1,000 by June 23, Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday. The governor also announced at a Capitol press conference Tuesday he will extend restrictions on bars and nightclubs, will renew an effort to safeguard residents in […]

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 […]