Georgia Trend Daily – May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021

Gov. Kemp Announces Domtar Corporation to Expand Wayne County Manufacturing Facility, Creating 75 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Domtar Corporation will invest more than $60 million to expand their Engineered Absorbent Materials (EAM) manufacturing operations in Jesup, delivering 75 additional jobs to Wayne County. “I thank Georgia-based EAM Corporation for continuing to create jobs and opportunities for the hardworking Georgians of Wayne County,” said Governor Kemp.


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May 18, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2021 Top Doctors

Karen Kirkpatrick, Christy Simo and Mary Ann DeMuth report that as the coronavirus has upended the state – especially the health of Georgia residents – the expertise of our doctors has been more important than ever. This year, Georgia Trend is proud to offer the second annual listing of the state’s top physicians.


May 18, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lines snake through Hartsfield-Jackson as travel ramps up

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International is no longer the world’s busiest airport, according to a ranking released last month, but it sure looked that way Monday. Lines at the Atlanta airport stretched through the domestic terminal atrium and down hallways as a travel industry decimated by COVID-19 continues to rebound.


May 18, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Heritage First to merge with First National Community Bank in second quarter

Staff reports that Heritage First Bank announced late Monday its planned merger with First National Community Bank is expected in the mid-second quarter of the year. The combination of the two banking company’s resources will lead to a larger bank branch footprint in northwest Georgia.


May 18, 2021 Capitol Beat News

New grant to fund Georgia farm-ownership program

Dave Williams reports that a new public-private partnership created to lead efforts to make Georgia the technology capital of the East Coast is getting involved in the farming business. The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation announced the awarding of a $250,000 grant Monday to a program run by The Conservation Fund that supports next-generation farmers.


May 18, 2021 Brunswick News

Concerns raised about missing information in spaceport application

Gordon Jackson reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has failed to provide the information needed to evaluate and certify that a proposed spaceport in Camden County is consistent with Georgia’s Coastal Zone Management Program. That’s the conclusion reached by the Southern Environmental Law Center in its 32-page response to the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Coastal Resources Division about the proposed spaceport.


May 18, 2021 WABE 90.1

Warnock Urges FAA Not To ‘Cut Corners’ On Spaceport Review

Emma Hurt reports that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia is pushing back on the nearly completed environmental review of the proposed spaceport in Camden County. “This is not the time to cut corners on environmental review or cut out public participation in the evaluation of this project,” Warnock wrote to two top Federal Aviation Administration officials Monday.


May 18, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Geoff Duncan will not seek reelection

Riley Bunch reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022. Duncan, who was elected to Georgia’s number two position in 2018, became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump following the 2022 election and condemned Georgia Republicans who perpetuated Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen.


May 18, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brian Kemp is gearing up his 2022 campaign for a second term

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is revving up his campaign machinery to prepare for an expected rematch against Democrat Stacey Abrams – and ward off the threat of a formidable GOP primary challenger. The Republican announced a network of grassroots supporters in all Georgia’s 159 counties and announced an initial campaign team of four staffers, part of a display of organizational might ahead of a tough reelection campaign.


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