Closer Look: Farmers Market Operations Round Table; Fulton and DeKalb Animal Services at Capacity; And More

From L-R: Gail Zorn is the market manager for Monroe Farmers Market, which takes place on Saturdays; Aja Embry, market manager for Truly Living Well, runs the College Town Farmers Market on Fridays; Shonna Kirkpatrick is the executive director of the Rockmart Farmers Market, which takes place on Thursdays; and J. Olu Baiyewu, founder and director of Organix Matters, runs the West End Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Fresh MARTA Market at West End MARTA Station on Tuesdays.
Credit Emilia Brock

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a new brief about new charges for conspiracy to commit bribery filed against Katrina Taylor-Parks, who served as deputy chief of staff to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. WABE’s Emma Hurt will have more later today during All Things Considered with Martha Dalton.
  • In other news, Georgia Power’s parent, the Southern Company, announced today that it will bear additional cost for the nuclear expansion project, to the amount of $1.1 billion. The biggest expense of that is $700 million for additional subcontractor costs. This means that Georgia Power customers won’t have to worry about seeing an increase in the line item designated for Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4.
  • And, Georgia’s Democratic party says Brian Kemp should step down as Secretary of State because he’s running for governor. Kemp responded to calls for him to step down from his post, saying he’d be criticized either way. But the Democratic party says that staying in the job could risk “the integrity of the election” and they argue that Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Max Cleland both resigned the Secretary of State post when they ran for higher office.
  • 3:59: Both DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services have reached maximum capacity this summer. Shelters around the city have had to turn away incoming animals, and are transporting many to nearby states. Lifeline Animal Project, which runs the DeKalb and Fulton shelters, says the number of animals this summer is twice that of this time last year. Rebecca Guinn, CEO of the Lifeline Animal Project, joins us in studio to tell us more.
  • 19:13: The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is one the leading organizations researching marine life on the state coast. In recent years, they’ve tackled many issues, including how a changing ecosystem is affecting Georgia’s shrimping business. We learn more from Clark Alexander, director of the Skidaway Institute, and Marc Frischer, professor at the Skidaway Institute. We also hear from Bryan Fluech, associate marine extension director for the Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, a program working to revitalize ocean life on the state coast.
  • 39:32: We continue our series on farmers markets with a roundtable of folks who are behind the operations: farmers market managers and directors. We hear about the skills, business, and networking needed to run the operations of a farmers market. We’re joined by Aja Embry, market manager of Truly Living Well; Gail Zorn, market manager of Monroe Farmers Market; J. Olu Baiyewu, founder and director of Organix Matters; and Shonna Kirkpatrick, executive director of Rockmart Farmers Market.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.