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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.

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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 […]

Kemp lifts some restrictions on businesses, critics say it’s premature

By: - April 21, 2020

Georgia’s hair stylists, tattoo artists and massage therapists are among the people who can go back to work Friday following a new executive order from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp that eases business constraints designed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Gyms, restaurants and other indoor businesses that were closed can open under Kemp’s […]

Georgians four-week jobless claims outstrip worst Great Recession year

By: - April 17, 2020

By the end of the week, it is likely that nearly one in 10 Georgians will have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted daily lives across the state in mid-March, according to Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We’re going to see, before this week is over, probably more claims processed in a four-week […]

Families, school workers learning new ways to keep hungry children fed

By: - April 15, 2020

For some children, school is the only place where they can reliably get something to eat. And that’s been a challenge since Gov. Brian Kemp early this month ordered Georgia’s schools to close for the rest of the academic year to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. Nearly 60% of Georgia’s public school students qualify […]

Bills come due for gig workers as they wait for federal help to kick in

By: - April 14, 2020

Delivering groceries to the tops of Atlanta high-rises was not Jennifer Headley’s preferred way to bring in money Monday afternoon, but she said the eviction notice posted to her door left her without much choice. Headley, who lives in Decatur, stopped driving for Lyft in early March, when the new coronavirus began shutting down large […]

Court keeps open Smyrna medical equipment sterilization plant

By: - April 10, 2020

A Sterigenics facility that uses a carcinogenic gas to sterilize medical equipment will continue operations until a legal dispute with Cobb County is settled, following a federal court ruling this week. “We will continue our safe sterilization operations at the facility in the interest of public health,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We […]

Parents, teachers adapt to online learning for special needs students

By: - April 8, 2020

Brenda Page said she was thankful in mid-March when she learned Cherokee County Schools would shift from classrooms to online instruction. Her 16-year-old son, Christopher Yancy, has a heart murmur, making him more vulnerable to COVID-19. “I was very, very grateful to them, and then I started thinking, ‘Oh God, now I have to do […]

Georgia high school seniors come to grips with lost graduation season

By: - April 7, 2020

Georgia’s high school seniors won’t be turning their tassels or tossing their caps for the foreseeable future. School entrances are locked, classrooms are silent and large gatherings are off limits, all part of the loss the COVID-19 epidemic exacted as it put an end to life as usual for Georgia students. Gov. Brian Kemp announced […]