Georgia Trend Daily – July 2, 2020
July 2, 2020 GPB
Grant Blankenship reports that the shift away from coal to natural gas for electricity production has idled a part of Georgia Power’s largest coal-fired power plant. For decades, one of the four coal-powered dynamos at Plant Scherer near Juliette in Monroe County was owned jointly by the Jacksonville Energy Authority, the city owned utility serving Jacksonville, Florida, and the much larger Florida Power and Light.
July 2, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, Georgia is an agriculture state, and even as we focus on new crops and technologies in this month’s issue, it’s hard to look away from the big picture. The agriculture industry is being affected as much or more than other industries by COVID-19.
July 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that while the Transportation Security Administration prepares to handle millions of passengers traveling for the Fourth of July holiday, some destinations are expanding travel restrictions. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Tuesday added Georgia to the list of states from which visitors are required to self-quarantine for 14 days if they go to the tri-state area.
July 2, 2020 Cherokee Tribune
Staff reports that a manufacturer of satellite broadband antennas has opened a facility in Cherokee County near the regional airport and will hire 50 workers over the next 18 months, officials said this week. NXT Communications Corp. has opened a new 10,000-square-foot factory at 103 Heather Court, Ball Ground, that will produce what company officials call “the first cost-efficient, commercially viable electronically steered antenna to meet worldwide demand for affordable broadband connectivity on the move.”
July 2, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal
United Community Banks Inc., which has locations in Cobb County, has completed its merger, effective July 1, with Three Shores Bancorporation Inc. Also, effective July 1, Three Shores’ bank subsidiary, Seaside National Bank & Trust, merged into United’s bank subsidiary, United Community Bank.
July 2, 2020 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that agriculture accounted for about 60 percent of containers exported from the Port of Savannah in 2019, foreshadowing the sector’s contribution to the resiliency of the ports amid this year’s pandemic, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
July 2, 2020 Dalton Daily Citizen-News
Charles Oliver reports that area libraries have received a big boost in their efforts to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The Northwest Georgia Regional Library System recently received a Georgia Humanities CARES Act emergency operations grant.
July 2, 2020 Georgia.org
Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), in conjunction with the Georgia Facilities Working Group, today released a best practices guide to reopening public assembly facilities in the state, such as live entertainment and sports venues, museums, and retail stores.
July 2, 2020 Capitol Beat News
Dave Williams reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents signed off Wednesday on a fiscal 2021 budget that includes $2.3 billion in state funds. The regents got their marching orders last week when the General Assembly adopted a $25.9 billion state budget that cuts spending across the board by 10%.
July 2, 2020 WABE 90.1
Emil Moffat reports that the Georgia State Election Board has extended emergency rules for ballot drop boxes and earlier processing of absentee ballots. The extension is for six months, meaning the rules will apply to the August runoff and November general election.
July 2, 2020 The Center Square
Nyamekye Daniel reports that a bill that would offer Georgia businesses legal protection from certain coronavirus-related lawsuits is on Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. The measure, dubbed the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act, would prevent health care facilities and providers and other businesses, including those who sell personal protective equipment, from being sued because of potential exposure to or transmission of COVID-19.
July 2, 2020 All On Georgia
Jessica Szilagyl reports that a lobbyist-backed initiative endorsed by the Georgia Farm Bureau that placed rural Georgians in a duel of private property rights against farm protections failed to cross the finish line before the Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year. House Bill 545, donned the ‘Right to Farm’ bill, was revised a number of times before the final day of the 2019-2020 legislative session, but lawmakers could not negotiate the measure to a point of consensus in order to change the law.
July 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
James Salzer reports that the state budget Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law this week that slashed spending didn’t contain furloughs for more than 100,000 state and university staffers, but it did include a pay cut for all 236 Georgia legislators and the lieutenant governor.