Closer Look: Labor Dept Proposes New Rule for Overtime Pay; “Open for Business:” Atlantic Fine Woods; Health Professionals Talk “Veganism 101”

Dr. Jennifer Rooke, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Alissa Palladino, a registered dietician with Good Measure Meals, discuss veganism and plant-based diets from a health and wellness perspective.
Dr. Jennifer Rooke, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Alissa Palladino, a registered dietician with Good Measure Meals, discuss veganism and plant-based diets from a health and wellness perspective.
Credit Grace Walker

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on Former Fulton County Commission chair, John Eaves, who is reportedly expected to officially announce his candidacy for the Georgia 7th congressional race soon. Current Republican Rep. Rob Woodall is not seeking another term. Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, who lost to Woodall in a very close race for the House this past midterm election, is in the race, as well as attorney Marqus Cole and progressive Nabilah Islam.
  • 4:57: The United States Department of Labor announced a proposal last week that would extend overtime pay to about one million workers, according to a Reuters report. A similar measure had previously been proposed by the Obama administration but was struck down by a federal judge. Joining us in studio to discuss the effects this proposal could have on American workers and employers is James Swartz, an Atlanta-based labor and employment attorney.
  • 17:04: On a recent Friday afternoon, the Closer Look team headed to Decatur to learn more about Atlantic Fine Woods for the next installment of the Closer Look Open for Business series, which profiles businesses with a unique story around the metro area. The urban sawmill is run by a brother and sister, Joe and Laura Sissoko, who specialize in finding urban harvested wood. Today, we’ll hear about Joe and Laura’s business, their mission to promote sustainability and what it takes to source rare, specialty wood.
Brother and sister team Joe and Laura Sissoko started their urban sawmill, Atlantic Fine Woods, in 2012. Photo credit: Candace Wheeler
  • 40:48: A 2018 Gallup poll found that fewer than three percent of Americans are vegan. However, while only a small percentage of the country identifies as vegan, the survey also found the dietary choice seems to be growing more popular, particularly among those aged 18 to 49. But what should you know before trying veganism or before following a plant-based diet? We’ll ask medical professionals Dr. Jennifer Rooke, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Alissa Palladino, a registered dietician with Good Measure Meals.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.