Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 24, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020 Georgia Health News

County offers clean drinking water to residents near Scherer

Andy Miller reports that over the past month, people in the Georgia town of Juliette have expressed fears that nearby Plant Scherer, America’s largest coal-fired plant, has caused their water to be contaminated with coal ash. Their outcry, along with a flood of statewide media coverage, has led local officials to offer free water to any local residents who need it.


Feb. 24, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the University of Georgia (UGA) received a $7.46-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to purchase 13 electric buses to add to its fleet. The new buses will join the 20 UGA purchased last spring with a grant from the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority.


Feb. 24, 2020 Saporta Report

Invest Atlanta grants nearly $5 million from TAD funds

Maggie Lee reports, as Atlanta reconsiders whether it wants to continue a pause on big incentives for glitzy developments, the Invest Atlanta board has spent its time this year mainly on projects to boost small business and affordable housing. Like the $750,000 loan fund for small developers to build or renovate affordable workforce housing or neighborhood-scale commercial property in areas along Campbellton Road.


Feb. 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Laid-off cotton mill workers face tough choices

Christopher Quinn reports that Wilma Rider started at the bottom when she went to work for Mount Vernon Mills. She quit high school at 17 to take a job running looms at the cotton mill in tiny Alto, north of Gainesville.


Feb. 24, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

200 Georgians will lose jobs with government contractor in March

Grace Donnally reports that two hundred Georgia employees of a large Virginia-based government contractor are losing their jobs. Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE) notified the state of Georgia on Feb. 10 that it plans to lay off 200 employees in Albany, Ga. next month, according to a Georgia Department of Labor filing.


Feb. 24, 2020 GPB

Macon Businesses Get A Chance To Pay Past Due Taxes And Skip Penalties

Liz Fabian reports that businesses that are in arrears have a one-time chance to skip late fees and penalties. Macon-Bibb County commissioners approved a safe haven period until June 30 to pay up past due occupation taxes, commonly referred to as business licenses.


Feb. 24, 2020 University of Georgia

Preservation students help county plan for agritourism

Aaron Cox reports that creating an agritourism trail and promoting the novelty of farming to outsiders are among suggestions University of Georgia students offered Hart County after touring farms, meeting with local residents and learning about the county’s assets, including its poultry industry.


Feb. 24, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett could see expansion of county commission, school board based on census data

Curt Yeomans and Taylor Denman report that the census count conducted this spring could be just the beginning of big changes to two government bodies in Gwinnett County. Proposals to add seats on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett County Board of Education have been floating around for the last few years.


Feb. 24, 2020 Gainesville Times

How deportations can lead to the ‘dead docket’ and crimes going unprosecuted

Nick Watson reports that the Pascual-Britos share a similar story to seven other defendants who had their cases moved to the “dead docket” after being deported or taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s custody last year, meaning prosecution will be postponed indefinitely but may be reactivated at a later date.


Feb. 24, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Foster care, dependency case tweaks pass Senate

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that foster children and their foster families would receive free admission to all Georgia State Parks, historic sites and recreation areas under a bill that passed the Georgia State Senate Thursday. The free admission is one of many changes that Senate Bill 335 makes to Georgia’s foster care system, all aimed at improving the system for children and foster families.


Feb. 24, 2020 The Center Square

Proposed amendment seeks to reverse Georgia governments immunity from being sued

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia Senate had its first look Friday at a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the public leeway to sue local and state governments. House Resolution 1023 would allow voters to decided whether they should have the liberty to take legal action against the General Assembly, county government or city government for laws they deem unconstitutional.


Feb. 24, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Marietta lawmaker pitches tighter standards for senior living facilities

Beau Evans reports that legislation has been filed to bolster regulations for assisted senior-living facilities, personal care homes and memory centers in Georgia. Introduced on Friday, House Bill 987 aims to improve the quality of care for thousands of elderly persons in Georgia who are no longer able to live on their own.


Feb. 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Georgia Republicans ante up a debate over legalized gambling

Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell reports that over the first few weeks of the session, the pro-gambling forces in the Legislature seemed relatively quiet. Too quiet. Not anymore. State Sen. Burt Jones, one of the more influential Republican senators, introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize online sports betting.



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