High marks for diversity among employees for NGHS; drought conditions in Georgia little changed

*Newsweek has ranked Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) as one of the country’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity for 2024. The award recognizes organizations that “respect and value individuals from different backgrounds and walks of life,” and NGHS earned the highest possible rating – five out of a possible five stars – on the list of large employers with more than 5,000 employees. Other companies named to the list include Delta, The Home Depot, Southern Company, 3M and GE. America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity 2024 (newsweek.com)

*Drought conditions and coverage area in Georgia remained little changed this week compared to a week ago. The latest report from the U.S Drought Monitor (USDM) shows about 75 percent of the state is still drought-free with drought conditions confined to portions of north and west Georgia, including Hall County. Conditions range from “abnormally dry” to “moderate” to “severe.” Most counties, Hall included, fall into the “abnormally dry” category. Click here to see for yourself: Georgia | U.S. Drought Monitor (unl.edu) . The level of Lake Lanier, meanwhile, is up half-a-foot from a week ago and is at 1068.6, still about three feet below full pool for this time of year, and up two feet since the first of the month.