Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 20, 2020

Oct. 20, 2020 Georgia.org

BandD Foods to Open Eastern U.S. Headquarters in Americus, Create 100+ Jobs

Staff reports, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) on Monday announced that BandD Foods, a supplier of steak, beef, pork and chicken products, will invest $15 million in opening a food processing and packaging facility in Sumter County, bringing more than 100 jobs to Americus, Georgia. This facility will serve as the company’s eastern U.S. headquarters and marks the company’s first location outside of Idaho.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

North Fulton County: Golden Corridor

Haisten Willis reports, head north on Georgia 400 from Atlanta, cross the I-285 perimeter and you’ll reach one of the most affluent, highest-income parts of not only Georgia, not only the Southeast, but the entire United States. Led by an especially well-educated populace and major employers in the technology, healthcare and finance industries, the North Fulton cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell feature great places to live, work and play, and a growing list of amenities for locals and visitors alike.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nonprofit to award Atlanta schools pandemic grants

Vanessa McCray reports that an Atlanta nonprofit is offering financial help to schools and educational organizations serving students during the pandemic. RedefinED Atlanta will award grants of up to $15,000 through its recently launched Innovation Fund for Pandemic Education and Restart.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Brunswick News

Cumberland tourism strong, with restrictions

Gordon Jackson reports that  the month of October hasn’t been kind to Mardja Gray’s business in recent years. Gray, owner of Goodbread House, a bed and breakfast inn in downtown St. Marys, said tropical storms and hurricanes have led to bad Octobers the past four or five years, but not this year.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Fox 5 Atlanta

‘We’re the victims here.’ Rival battery firm explains why it’s suing Korean company that promises 2600 GA jobs

Randy Travis reports, a major decision in Washington, D.C., is expected next week that could impact the fortunes of Jackson County and the state of Georgia. The US International Trade Commission is scheduled to decide whether a Korean battery manufacturer stole trade secrets from a rival company and used them to open a new plant in Commerce.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Saporta Report

Blank Foundation makes $20 million grant to fund stuttering program in Texas

Maria Saporta reports that throughout his life, Arthur Blank has struggled with being a stutterer. Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of the Home Depot, did not let his stuttering get in the way of his achievements. But Blank has always known it’s a hard affliction for many to live with and overcome.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Law.com|Daily Report

‘This Is Going to Be Complicated’: Georgia Federal Court Ponders Jury Trials Amid COVID-19

Jonathan Ringel reports that Federal judges for the Northern District of Georgia met off-site recently to hear from medical and court experts about how to bring jury trials back safely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Georgia Health News

Race and COVID: Stark disparities in rural Georgia

Andy Miller reports, a USA Today analysis shows that of the 10 counties in the nation with the highest death rates from COVID-19, five are in Georgia. Hancock County is No. 1 on the list. The Middle Georgia county, with a death rate from COVID-19 of 45.7 per 10,000 residents, became a virus hot spot after outbreaks in two nursing homes, where at least 27 residents have died.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 The Center Square

GDOL’s Butler: Democrats’ call for federal review of unemployment process a political attack

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Democrats’ demand for a federal review of the state’s unemployment payment process is a political attack, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Monday. Members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus Subcommittee on COVID-19 announced Friday they sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Georgia, calling for an investigation into the department’s process.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 GPB

With Two Weeks To Go, One In Five Georgians Have Already Voted

Stephen Fowler reports that more than 20% of Georgia’s 7.1 million active voters have already cast their ballot in the November general election with just over two weeks to go before Election Day, leaving state elections officials optimistic about an expected record turnout of more than 5 million.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Mao, QAnon namechecked in insult-filled debate for U.S. Senate seat

Ross Williams reports that the top-polling Republican candidates in Georgia’s U.S. Senate special election traded barbs over their conservative bona fides Monday afternoon in an sometimes fierce online debate that featured Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins sniping more at each other than at Democratic front-runner Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Big home-stretch fundraising in Loeffler, Collins, Warnock U.S. Senate race

Beau Evans reports that candidates vying for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat from Georgia hauled in big fundraising dollars down the home stretch ahead of the Nov. 3 special election. Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic frontrunner who is the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, continued his impressive fundraising run with nearly $13 million between July and September, leaving his campaign with roughly $6.5 million on hand for the race’s final weeks.

 

Oct. 20, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia election chief says tech issues resolved as turnout soars

Mark Niesse reports that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that problems with a sluggish voter check-in system have been resolved and wait times have fallen as early voting turnout surges in Georgia. Voters should expect a smooth early voting process after technical changes were made last week to the state computer system that looks up voter registration and check-in information at polling places, he said.

 

 

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