It was a good week for …
The city of Conyers. Lexicon Technologies said Tuesday it will expand its Conyers campus where it repairs smartphones, tablets and other electronics and create up to 150 jobs. The company said in a news release the expansion will include about 40,000 square feet of floor space and will open later this month.
400 metro area teachers. As the result of a $340,000 donation from Google, the local educators received funding Tuesday for supplies including a playground, pencils and magnetic tiles. The gift on Teacher Appreciation Day fulfilled requests of every teacher in the region who had sought resources from the online charity DonorsChoose.org, where they can find donors to support their classrooms.
Southern Airways Express. The public charter service said it will resume flights five times a week out of DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on nine-seat turboprop aircraft to Memphis and Destin on May 30. Southern Airways started flying last year and has a fleet of three Cessna Caravan turboprops. It operated flights last September from DeKalb-Peachtree — a general aviation airport known as PDK — to Memphis, Birmingham, Destin and Panama City.
It was a bad week for …
Biota Pharmaceutical. The federal government killed its contract to help the Alpharetta-based company develop a treatment to battle potential flu pandemics, the company reported Thursday. The hit sent Biota’s stock price plummeting, following on steep drops last week after the government said it was temporarily halting the contract. Much of the company’s focus recently had been around its flu treatment.
Michael Lee Graue. The former chief executive officer of the southern region of Tenet Healthcare was arrested last week in Alabama on Internet child sex solicitation charges. Authorities said he tried to arrange to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was fired on Monday.
Deborah Lum. The former head of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency is out of a job, abruptly departing two days after The AJC revealed that the agency had squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars on meager or worthless training. Another factor: AWDA is under a federal investigation for its spending. A spokesman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gave no reason for Lum’s sudden retirement.
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