Georgia Trend Daily – July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times

S.Ga. counties under state of emergency; Elsa now a hurricane

Amanda M. Usher reports that several South Georgia counties are under a state of emergency as the region prepares for possible impact from Elsa – which weather officials said reached hurricane status Tuesday evening. Lowndes, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Tift, Lanier, Thomas, Echols and Cook counties are on the state of emergency list that totals 92 counties, according to a statement from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.


July 7, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on announcements in Jesup, Perry, Valdosta and beyond. Korean auto parts maker Duckyang is investing $10 million to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Jackson County.


July 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson’s new manager Bheodari to get $310,000 salary

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Atlanta City Council voted Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Balram Bheodari as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s new general manager. Bheodari will be paid a salary of $310,000 — more than his recent predecessors, but less than top managers at some other major U.S. airports including Dallas and Washington D.C.


July 7, 2021 GPB

Solar Industry Reps Urge Georgia PSC To Expand Popular Rooftop Solar Program

Jill Nolin reports that a program that has made rooftop solar more affordable for homeowners in Georgia will soon hit a cap, which has solar industry representatives urging state officials to expand capacity. Georgia Power, which is the state’s largest electricity provider, agreed in 2019 to let 5,000 customers participate in a pilot program as part of the lengthy rate-setting process through the state Public Service Commission scheduled to take place every three years.


July 7, 2021 Brunswick News

Section 3 now aboard dry dock, shipwreck’s presence decreases

Larrry Hobbs reports that the VB 10,000 crane vessel lowered a hulking chunk of the shipwrecked Golden Ray onto a dry dock barge late Saturday afternoon, setting the stage for the removal of yet one more section of the lumbering eyesore from the St. Simons Sound.


July 7, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia long-term care facilities face financial hardship from pandemic

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a financial toll on Georgia’s long-term care facilities, officials said. Devon Barill, communications director for the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GHCA/GCAL), said the facilities have faced increased expenses and revenue losses from caring for the state’s most vulnerable population.


July 7, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Jackson EMC Foundation awards $72K to agencies serving Gwinnett County residents

Staff reports that the Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $119,500 in grants during its June meeting, including $72,000 to organizations serving Gwinnett County. The grants are made possible by the 201,890 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program.


July 7, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Kemp interviews justice candidates in Georgia Supreme Court makeover

Stanley Dunlap reports that the reshaping of the Georgia Supreme Court under Gov. Brian Kemp continues, as new Chief Justice David Nahmias takes the reins and six finalists vie to fill the court’s third vacancy since 2020. The Republican governor has started the process of interviewing six finalists as potential replacements for the seat left vacant after last week’s retirement of Chief Justice Harold Melton, a 16-year veteran of the state Supreme Court.


July 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: The ‘Not Herschel’ candidates raising cash, endorsements in Warnock challenge

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the storyline surrounding the Republican side of the race for U.S. Senate next year has revolved around Herschel Walker — for good reason. But don’t count out the band of lesser-known candidates making a run at Raphael Warnock.


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