Georgia Trend Daily – March 17, 2021

Feb. 17, 2021

Sailfish Boats Manufacturing Headquarters to Expand in Grady County, Create 70 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Sailfish Boats will invest more than $1 million and increase their workforce by more than 30% as they expand their manufacturing headquarters in Grady County. This investment at Sailfish Boats and in Grady County will create 70 jobs in southwest Georgia and results from a sharp increase in customer demand for fishing and recreational boats.


Healthcare Collaboration between a black woman and white woman looking at dental xray

Feb. 17, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Learning in the Technological Age

Julia Roberts reports that technology is a true wonder – allowing us to communicate with each other from across the country, to send documents at the touch of a button, and to provide access and opportunity for employers, workers, educators and learners to create an experience that works for them. Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a nonprofit higher education institution dedicated to equipping and empowering learners to excel in healthcare careers, realized nearly a decade ago that technology could make education – and through it, new career opportunities – more accessible to adult learners.


March 17, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta offers miles for donations toward Lyft rides to vaccine sites

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is offering 250 miles to frequent fliers who donate money toward a Lyft ride to a vaccination site for someone in need. Lyft launched a “Fund a Ride” program in which people can donate to cover rides coordinated by a nonprofit with the goal of helping low-income, uninsured and at-risk people.


March 17, 2021 Savannah Morning News

First container vessel calls at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal

DeAnn Komanecky reports, thanks to an expansion of Ocean Terminal at the Georgia Port, allowing for container traffic, that fresh citrus fruit you crave might be just a bit fresher still. Seaboard Marine has begun importing chilled produce to Savannah through the expanded Ocean Terminal at the Savannah port, according to GPA officials.


March 17, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb native promoted to GBI legal director

Staff reports that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the promotion of Jaret Usher, a native Cobb Countian, to director of GBI’s legal division Tuesday. The GBI’s legal division, established last July, employs lawyers who serve as special assistant U.S. attorneys, district attorneys or solicitors general at the request of different agencies.


March 17, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.-Fla. News

Outgoing Ga. chief justice reflects on pandemic-impacted court system

Riley Bunch reports that in his final address before retirement, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton reflected on how the pandemic has upended the court system. Melton’s announcement he would retire came last month, after 30 years of working in state government and 16 years serving on Georgia’s highest court.


March 17, 2021 Brunswick News

VB 10,000 takes another chunk out of the Golden Ray

Larry Hobbs reports that the gargantuan VB 10,000 crane vessel held a 6,350-metric-ton steel chunk of shipwreck aloft in its rafters at midmorning Tuesday, hanging like a victorious trophy on display for about 100 folks watching from across the water at the St. Simons Island Pier. Hoisted from out of the water of the St. Simons Sound on its side overnight, the 135-foot-wide and 85-foot-long Section 2 of the shipwrecked Golden Ray fairly filled the space within the broad rising arch above the twin hulls of the crane vessel.


March 17, 2021 GPB

Kemp Adds Judges, Court Staff To List Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccination

Ellen Eldridge reports that as of Wednesday, the state of Georgia will have nine mass vaccination sites, the governor said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Five new mass vaccination sites are expected to open Wednesday in Chatham, Ware, Washington, Bartow and Muscogee counties, GEMA Director James Stallings said.


March 17, 2021 Macon Telegraph

New $18 million sports complex to open in Warner Robins this Spring

Tamari Perrineau reports that the North Houston Sports Complex (900 North Houston Road) will officially open in early April. The 65-acre facility features four baseball/softball fields, four basketball courts that can be converted into eight volleyball courts, 12 pickleball courts, and an indoor track along with fitness and meeting areas.


March 17, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Debate over voting bills heats up as no-excuse absentee proposal fades

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan said Monday that it’s unlikely he has enough support from top Republican leaders to repeal the state’s no-excuse absentee voting law. It is one component of his expansive voting bill that the state’s top GOP leaders have publicly opposed.


March 17, 2021 Gainesville Times

How gun bill from Andrew Clyde would change time requirements for background checks

Robbie Sequiera reports that Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, hopes his new gun legislation can make federal background checks easier. The measure would speed up the waiting period for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check on gun sales from three business days to three calendar days.


March 17, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Pay for college athletes in Georgia pitched in General Assembly bill

Beau Evans reports that legislation before the General Assembly would pave the way for college student athletes in Georgia to receive financial compensation when institutions profit from their playing abilities. The bill, sponsored by House Higher Education Committee Chairman Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, would allow Georgia athletes to earn compensation for the use of their “name, image or likeness” by the public, private or technical colleges they attend.


March 17, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Warnock, in first floor speech, will champion federal voting laws to blunt GA’s proposed restrictions

Tia Mitchell reports that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock will focus on voting rights in his maiden floor speech, making the case for a new federal law that could offset election restrictions proposed in Georgia and other states. “Some politicians did not approve of the choice made by the majority of voters in a hard-fought election in which each side got the chance to make its case to the voters,” he will say, according to his prepared remarks.


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