Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 14, 2021

Jan. 14, 2021

E-commerce Company Bluestem Brands More Than Doubles Georgia Presence in Putnam County, Creates 130+ Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday that Bluestem Brands, a business operating multiple national e-commerce retail brands, will expand their distribution center in Putnam County, more than doubling their presence in the state and delivering over 130 full-time jobs to Eatonton.


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Jan. 14, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Jekyll Island beckons with fun diversions

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Jekyll Island’s annual Island Treasures hide-and-seek-style game is a welcome antidote to the mid-winter blues. During January and February, visitors are invited to explore the island and join in the hunt for clear globes hidden throughout.


Jan. 14, 2021

Correct Craft to Open Supreme Boats Manufacturing Facility in Valdosta, Create 90 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday that Correct Craft, a leader in building tournament inboard, freshwater fishing, utility and recreational boats, will invest more than $1.7 million in opening a manufacturing facility in Valdosta, delivering 90 jobs to Lowndes County. Correct Craft’s Valdosta facility will produce wakeboarding and wake surfing boats under its Supreme Boats brand.


Jan. 14, 2021 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus plant with over 300 employees announces it will close. Here’s what we know

Joshua Mixon reports that Campbell Soup Company is closing its manufacturing facility in Columbus. The company announced Wednesday plans to close its Columbus operation, known formerly as Tom’s Foods, by spring 2022. The plant currently employs 326 individuals in the production of candy, crackers, cookies, nuts and bars.


Jan. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power pushing some customers into new rates; groups concerned

Matt Kempner reports, for thousands of Georgia Power customers, it could get more difficult this year to predict how much they’ll have to pay monthly. And their electric bills could rise. At least that’s the warning from several consumer and environmental groups that are concerned about a recently introduced default rate plan for some new customers.


Jan. 14, 2021 University of Georgia

UGA citrus trials support growing industry in Georgia

Maria M. Lameiras reports that ongoing citrus rootstock trials being conducted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Lowndes County hold promise for increased yields, improved fruit quality and greater disease resistance. Jake Price, UGA Extension agent and Lowndes County Extension coordinator, has produced six local citrus rootstock/variety trials with varying objectives.


Jan. 14, 2021 Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University Partners with Propel Center, a New Global HBCU Headquarters for Innovation

Staff reports that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is proud to announce its partnership with Propel Center, a new global campus headquartered in Atlanta that will support innovative learning and development for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide. Clark Atlanta University will collaborate with Propel Center and the entire HBCU community to bring leadership and career development programming to its students. Propel Center was imagined and designed by Ed Farm, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing education through technology — with Apple and Southern Company supporting the project as founding partners.


Jan. 14, 2021

Refugee Internship Program Brings Skilled Workers to Local Companies

Leigh Villegas reports, interns are generally stereotyped as students seeking to explore a new field and build their resumes. But what if they were trained professionals already armed with bona fide experience in the relevant industry who just need a break?


Jan. 14, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Kemp teases budget plans with COVID economic damage in spotlight

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says the budget he plans to unveil Thursday will include new funding aimed at rebuilding the state’s tourism industry, which has been sidelined during a public health crisis where travel and gatherings are discouraged. The Republican governor said Wednesday that his budget proposals will include a $1 million to promote tourism in Georgia, as well as “substantial investments” to connect communities to high-speed internet after the pandemic brought new attention to the spotty service in rural Georgia.


Jan. 14, 2021 11 Alive

Gov. Brian Kemp to deliver 2021 State of the State Address Thursday

Donesha Aldridge reports that. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to deliver the annual State of the State Address on Thursday. It will be held at 11 a.m. before the Georgia Assembly  on Jan. 14.


Jan. 14, 2021 Milledgeville Union-Recorder, CNHI

Advocates hope lawmakers step-up to fill mental health need amplified by pandemic

Riley Bunch reports that lawmakers and advocates agree: the mental health system in Georgia has long been inadequate. But in waiting to address the needs of Georgians who struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorders, those needs have become amplified throughout the pandemic.


Jan. 14, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Election issues, COVID-19 pandemic top of mind for Georgia lawmakers

Beau Evans reports that rural broadband, pandemic recovery and election battles to come in Georgia’s legislative session highlighted the annual “Eggs and Issues” program held Wednesday by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston each promised to focus on boosting broadband internet access in rural parts of the state and shoring up Georgia’s economy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Jan. 14, 2021 The Current

Corporate donors re-evaluate support for Carter, other objectors

Margaret Coker reports that top Georgia companies as well as U.S. pharmaceutical and medical firms that count among Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter’s leading campaign donors are re-evaluating their association with politicians like the Pooler Republican in the wake of last week’s upheaval on Capitol Hill. Carter, who has represented Coastal Georgia since 2015, is the third-richest lawmaker in the lower chamber.


Jan. 14, 2021 GPB

Hear What Georgia’s Representatives Said About Impeachment

Emily Jones reports that U.S. representatives from Georgia spoke on both sides of Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings, the Democrats in favor and the Republicans against. U.S. representatives from Georgia voted along party lines in Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” — six for impeachment and eight against.


Jan. 14, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Greene plans to lead impeachment of President-elect Biden

Staff reports that on Wednesday afternoon, Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Just a few hours later, Greene announced on Twitter that on Jan. 21 she will introduce articles of impeachment to remove President-elect Joe Biden from office for “abuse of power.”


Jan. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Election deniers in state Senate stripped of chairmanships

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein, Tia Mitchell and Patricia Murphy report, it’s payback time. The Republican rift in the state Senate came to a head Tuesday when Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan demoted three Republican senators who have backed attempts to overturn the presidential vote in Georgia over baseless allegations of irregularities.

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