Georgia Trend Daily – March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021 Saporta Report

Call it alternative energy or Patriot Power, solar energy is widening its reach

Tom Baxter reports, if the subject of solar power makes you think of Birkenstocks and tofu, an advertisement currently going the rounds of conservative email lists will be a surprise. The Patriot Power Generator, sold by a small company in Tennessee, is a solar-powered generator with a continuous output of 1,800 watts, enough to keep the refrigerator running and the lights on for several hours.


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March 23, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Small Ga. businesses still struggling to navigate federal relief loans

Andy Peters reports that Rejoice Jones learned what many other Georgia small business owners have slowly figured out — to get a federal relief loan, it pays to be persistent and to find a knowledgeable source. The Atlanta company Jones founded, Vower, provides an online marketplace for young people to find unpaid internships and volunteer work.


March 23, 2021 Brunswick News

City chooses strongly worded letters opposing metropolitan downgrade

Gordon Jackson reports that city commissioners are joining Mayor Cornell Harvey in opposing plans that would remove Brunswick’s standing as a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Harvey sent a letter to federal officials expressing his opposition to downgrading Brunswick to a Micropolitan Statistical Area as soon as he learned about the proposal.


March 23, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Bryan County Development Authority buys land to sell to future businesses

Steve Scholar reports that the Development Authority of Bryan County bought 185-acres of property in the Belfast Commerce Park on Nov. 6 with an eye toward selling that land to manufacturing and assembly companies that will create good paying jobs in the county. The authority paid $4.6 million to Raydient Places + Properties for the commercial, shovel-ready property located near the new Richmond Hill interchange on Interstate 95 at Belfast Keller roads.


March 23, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

With 75 Years of Business Experience, Carroll Daniel Construction Builds Workforce for the Future

Julia Roberts reports, muddy boots, mental toughness, and a passion for building opportunities have laid the foundation for three generations of Georgia-grown leaders as they have built Carroll Daniel Construction through 75 years of business. Founded in 1946 in Gainesville, Ga., Carroll Daniel Construction is now a nationally recognized and top-ranked general contracting firm.


March 23, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

This Georgia sheriff wants to see new national standards, but he isn’t waiting for them

Jozsef Papp reports that  Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams doesn’t mince words.  “You can be from Georgia — small-town Georgia — attend an 11-week police academy and the day you graduate, you can be handed a badge and gun. You can be 18 years old and no life experiences, no work experiences, yet you have more power than a judge on the bench,” the 50-year-old Black sheriff said.


March 23, 2021 WSB Radio

Georgia lawmakers push for waiting period to buy guns following Asian spa shootings

Audrey Washington reports that there are now calls for stronger gun controls laws in Georgia following last week’s Asian spa shootings. It’s just the latest call for change in the wake of the deadly attacks.


March 23, 2021 WABE 90.1

Trump Endorses Hice In Republican Challenge To Secretary Of State Raffensperger

Emma Hurt reports that former President Donald Trump has endorsed northeast Georgia Congressman Jody Hice’s bid to unseat fellow Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in his 2022 reelection. Raffensperger became a top target of Trump and other Republicans after defending the integrity of the state’s voting system in the 2020 election.


March 23, 2021 Gainesville Times

How two cybersecurity bills in Georgia could mean the public knows less about cyberattacks

Robbie Sequeira reports that two cybersecurity bills making their way through the Georgia legislature have some First Amendment advocates bristling over what they say would be a restriction on the public’s access to information about existing and potential cybersecurity threats.


March 23, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Bill to preempt local bans on natural gas hookups clears Senate

Jill Nolin reports that state Senate has now backed a measure that would block cities and counties from trying to ban natural gas hookups as part of any local plan to reduce their carbon emissions. The 34-to-15 vote Monday in the Senate saw some bipartisan support, but a slight change made to the bill will send it back to the House, where lawmakers approved the concept last month.


March 23, 2021 The Center Square

$27B state budget plan advances in Georgia Senate

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $27.2 billion state spending plan Monday for fiscal year 2022. The proposal for state spending from July 1 to June 30, 2022, reflects a 5.3% increase in expenditures over the current fiscal year’s original spending plan.


March 23, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia election bills ditch no-excuse absentee repeal, Sunday voting ban

Beau Evans reports that Republican state lawmakers hammering out changes to Georgia’s election system have dropped controversial proposals to scrap Sunday polling hours and no-excuse mail-in voting amid pushback from Democratic leaders and voting-rights advocates. With the General Assembly set to adjourn the 2021 session next week, two omnibus bills moving through the House and Senate include dozens of proposed election changes that continue to irk opponents, especially tighter voter ID rules for casting absentee ballots and a ban on giving out water or food to voters waiting in line outside polling places.


March 23, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

All Georgia adults could soon be eligible for coronavirus vaccine

Eric Stirgus, Helen Oliviero and Greg Bluestein report that Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to announce Tuesday that all Georgia adults will soon be eligible to sign up for coronavirus vaccines. The governor’s office has scheduled a 4:15 p.m. press conference to address the plans, though it’s not immediately clear when eligibility will expand.


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