Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 15, 2020

Dec. 15, 2020 Savannah Morning News

COVID vaccines arrive in Coastal Georgia

Mary Landers reports that public health facilities in Savannah and Brunswick on Monday received the first shipments of 5,850 doses COVID-19 vaccine for administration in Georgia, a press release from the Georgia Department of Public Health announced. The Pfizer vaccine arrived at the two public health locations with ultra-cold freezers required for proper storage and temperature control of it.


Dec. 15, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Legal Elite 2020

Christy Simo reports, who are some of the top lawyers in the state? We asked the people who know them best – fellow attorneys – and from their answers selected this year’s Legal Elite. It’s the 18th time the magazine has recognized attorneys considered the best in their field.


Dec. 15, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS, Delta gear up to play major role in vaccine distribution

Kelly Yamanouchi and Helen Oliviero report, with the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine leaving a Michigan plant on Sunday, local transportation giants UPS and Delta Air Lines are ramping up for their key roles in the massive endeavor of transporting and distributing 2.9 million doses this week.


Dec. 15, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

VT Industries announces $24 million expansion in Rome

Doug Walker reports that VT Industries, a manufacturer of countertops and commercial doors, revealed plans Monday for a $24 million expansion of its manufacturing operations in Rome. Officials with the company appeared before the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority in October, less than a month after talks about the project first started.


Dec. 15, 2020

Automotive Supplier JinTech America Opens First U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Facility in West Point, Creating 70 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Monday that JinTech America, a supplier of interior automobile parts, will invest nearly $4.5 million in opening their first U.S. advanced manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, creating 70 jobs in Harris County.


Dec. 15, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

Plant Vogtle Crews Test Power Turbine

Joe Hotchkiss reports that crews at Plant Vogtle have tested part of the turbine system that will generate electricity with one of the two new nuclear units under construction. Vogtle 3 and 4 are being built to expand the nuclear power plant in Burke County, south of Augusta.


Dec. 15, 2020 Georgia Health News

Specter of large-scale loss of housing looms large in Georgia amid pandemic

Andy Miller reports that the grim statistics of COVID-19 include more than just the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. A national report says Georgia has the highest percentage in the nation of families with children concerned about losing their housing in the next month due to income loss from the pandemic.


Dec. 15, 2020 Washington Post

Amid a fusillade of baseless claims, Georgia sees a normal start to early voting in Senate runoffs

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reports that Georgia voters streamed to early-voting locations Monday, the first day they could cast ballots in the extraordinary pair of runoffs that will culminate Jan. 5 and determine which party controls the Senate. Voters cast ballots despite — and in some cases because of — the fusillade of baseless claims Trump has directed at Georgia officials in the weeks since he lost the state to President-elect Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 general election.


Dec. 15 2020 Facing South

What Georgia’s Senate runoffs mean for U.S. climate policy

Sue Sturgis reports that the Jan. 5 runoff elections for two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia will determine which party controls the Senate — and that will be a critical factor for whether the Biden administration will be able to advance its ambitious policy goals and cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that gives the international community a chance at staving off even more devastating climate disruption.


Dec. 15, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

Loeffler, Perdue release statement on Braves name

Fletcher Page reports, in the wake of reports the Cleveland Indians will change their team name, Georgia U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler released a statement Monday in opposition of a similar change for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves indicated in July the organization had no intention of changing the name, though there were discussions about potentially ending encouragement of tomahawk chants and motions by fans during games.


Dec. 15, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Democrats, Republicans cast competing sets of Electoral College votes

Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia’s 16 Democratic Party presidential electors did something at the State Capitol in Atlanta on Monday that has not been done in 28 years. They cast all of the state’s Electoral Votes for a Democrat, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.


Dec. 15, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Signature-match audit ordered for Cobb County absentee ballots

Beau Evans reports that Georgia officials will conduct a signature-match audit of absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County to promote faith in the election system ahead of next month’s U.S. Senate runoff elections, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on Monday. The audit comes in response to a “specific allegation” the mail-in signature verification process was not followed properly in Cobb for the Nov. 3 general election, Raffensperger said at a news conference.


Dec. 15, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With victory affirmed, Biden heads to Georgia for Senate runoff rally

Greg Bluestein reports, a day after declaring it was “time to turn the page” on the election, President-elect Joe Biden will shift his focus to the political contests that will shape his administration with a visit Tuesday to stump for Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. The Democrat will headline a drive-in rally in northeast Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.


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