Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 21, 2020

Sept. 21, 2020

Sports Beverage Company BANG ENERGY to Open First Southeastern Manufacturing and Distribution Facility in Lithia Springs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Friday that energy and sports beverage company BANG ENERGY will invest $145 million in opening its first Southeastern manufacturing and distribution facility in Douglasville, delivering 600 new jobs to the community, which includes Lithia Springs.


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Sept. 21, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia communities receive block grants

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, from the city of Ambrose in South Georgia’s Coffee County to Warrenton in the eastern part of the state, 58 Georgia communities are receiving nearly $41 million in federal assistance to help boost their economies. The funding comes from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) through its Community Development Block Grant program.


Sept. 21, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS offers buyouts to management employees to trim workforce

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS is offering buyouts to some of its management employees to trim its workforce. The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant called the voluntary severance offers “part of its transformation” to become “a stronger, more agile UPS.”


Sept. 21, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Business giant near Okefenokee Refuge fights back against planned mining

Mary Landers reports that you can’t mine on land without the owner’s permission. This basic property right appears to be a stumbling block for Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals, which has proposed plans to mine for titanium and zircon on 898 acres in Charlton County near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.


Sept. 21, 2020 GPB

New Unemployment Benefit Arrives, But Some Film Workers Left Out

Ross Williams reports that over a half million Georgians have received their first federal unemployment insurance supplement in more than a month this week as the state Department of Labor disburses $463 million under the Lost Wages Assistance program. The program’s up-to $300 weekly payments replace the now-defunct enhanced unemployment payment through the CARES Act, which offered an extra $600 until it expired at the end of July.


Sept. 21, 2020 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Pratt & Whitney’s parent company to layoff 15,000 workers. What does that mean for Columbus?

Nick Wooten reports that Pratt & Whitney’s parent company announced 15,000 jobs would be cut this year at the American aerospace manufacturer and its other subsidiaries, but declined to provide details on how it may affect its Columbus plant.


Sept. 21, 2020 Georgia Health News

Hospitals in Georgia, U.S. charging insurers more than twice Medicare rates, study finds

Andy Miller reports that hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released Friday. In Georgia, hospitals charge private insurers even higher rates, at nearly three times Medicare reimbursements, the RAND Corp. study found.


Sept. 21, 2020 Albany Herald

Businesses in Georgia getting involved in election process

Staff reports that businesses across the state of Georgia are rallying together to lend a hand for a smooth, safe, accessible election experience in 2020. In an election year that is facing a record number of voters, COVID-19 challenges, and the implementation of new voting machines in Georgia, election officials welcome the support from the business community.


Sept. 21, 2020 The Center Square

Glynn County police referendum puts spotlight on Georgia’s home rule powers

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a recent ruling by a Georgia judge has pushed conflict over constitutional power in the state to the forefront. Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose declared last week a Georgia Legislature voter referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department was unconstitutional after the county commission argued the ballot measure usurped the local government’s authority under Georgia’s home rule provision. Rose agreed.


Sept. 21, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Doug Collins demands FBI director’s head over antifa remarks

Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Tia Mitchell reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins called on FBI Director Chris Wray, a fellow Georgian, to resign after he split with President Donald Trump by testifying before a House committee that he believes racial extremists pose the greatest domestic terror threat and describing antifa as an ideology, not an organization.

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