Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 8, 2021
Sept. 8, 2021 The Center Square
Report: Atlanta among top U.S. cities to retire
Nyamekye Daniel reports that Atlanta is one of the best places to retire, a new report by personal finance website WalletHub shows. The report, which was released Tuesday, ranked Atlanta the 10th-best retirement city among 180 U.S. cities across the country.
Sept. 8, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
MegaSlab is “Building a Revolution,” and It Could Save the Planet
Julia Roberts reports that construction is booming, and with significant investment in infrastructure by the state and federal governments on the way, that “boom” is about to explode. The impact on our economy could be tremendous, but so will the impact on our environment.
Sept. 8, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kia again halted Georgia vehicle production, blaming chip shortage
Matt Kempner reports that Kia Motors has again temporarily halted work at its sprawling vehicle assembly plant in Georgia, citing a shortage of semiconductor chips. It’s a problem other automakers also have wrestled with, increasing challenges for consumers trying to find and buy new cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.
Sept. 8, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com
Terminus Opens ‘International Headquarters’ in West London
Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta account-based marketing unicorn Terminus has opened its London office, the latest step in its ongoing international expansion strategy. The location the company is calling its headquarters for ex-U.S. business is in Paddington in west London.
Sept. 8, 2021 University of Georgia-CAES
A balancing act: Project travels up estuaries to find tipping points
Kristen Morales reports that the forces at work in a marsh require a delicate balancing act. Now, a new grant will help University of Georgia scientists delve into the dynamics of these wetlands, including how collapsing marshes can affect property values and storm resiliency in coastal communities.
Sept. 8, 2021 Augusta Chronicle
Public suggestions wanted for new names for Fort Gordon, Fort Benning
Abraham Kenmore reports that on Tuesday, the Defense Department Naming Commission tasked with identifying and renaming military assets named for Confederates announced they will be taking public comment. Among the nine military bases being renamed are Forts Gordon and Benning. Both John B. Gordon and Henry L. Benning served in the Confederate military and held politically powerful positions in the state of Georgia.
Sept. 8, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett BOC Chair Nicole Love Hendrickson: No transit referendum in 2022, but short-term projects are being considered
Curt Yeomans reports that there will not be a referendum on transit expansion put before voters in 2022, according to the top elected official in county government. After two referendums on transit expansion were put before voters in 2019 and 2020 — with both of them being rejected — it would be understandable if residents have been wondering if Gwinnett’s leaders plan to put another transit referendum on the 2022 ballot.
Sept. 8, 2021 Rome News-Tribune
‘There is no safe level’: Ga. House study committee examines childhood lead exposure
Diane Wagner reports, children exposed to lead at a young age are at higher risk for physical, mental and behavioral problems as adults, a panel of experts told members of a Georgia House study committee. And some children are more at risk than others. Studies show lead poisoning is more prevalent in kids who live in older homes and rural areas, with lower access to healthcare.
Sept. 8, 2021 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News
Number of child care workers declines in Georgia
Tim Darnell reports, a new study from a Washington, D.C.-based think tank shows a decline in the number of child-care workers in Georgia over the last several years, a decline that has been particularly devastating during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s updated National and State Child Care Data report, there were 14,350 child care workers in Georgia in 2020.
Sept. 8, 2021 GPB
Trump Continues Georgia Focus With Planned ‘Save America’ Rally In Perry
Stephen Fowler reports that former President Donald Trump has a rally scheduled for the Georgia National Fairgrounds on Sept. 25 rally in Perry, where his hand-picked primary challengers for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and U.S. Senate are expected to be featured. According to a calendar booking on the fairgrounds’ website, the “Save America Rally” is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by Trump’s Save America PAC.
Sept. 8, 2021 Georgia Recorder
Will state and business crime crackdown efforts undo Georgia’s new justice reforms?
Stanley Dunlap reports, if Gov. Brian Kemp persists with his tough-on-crime plans during an anticipated special session late this fall, powerful business lobbyists with statewide sway will likely have his back in spite of corporate diversity pushes that followed Georgia’s recent criminal justice reform initiatives. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is rallying behind the proposals by the Republican governor and lawmakers from his party to hire more police officers in communities across Georgia, boost their pay, and give law enforcement more latitude.
Sept. 8, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Judge’s ruling eases path for third-party candidates in Georgia
Mark Niesse reports, a federal judge has reduced the number of signatures needed for Libertarians and other third-party candidates to get on the ballot for the U.S House and other elections in Georgia. The ruling comes after no third-party House candidate in Georgia has ever collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot under a 1943 state law that required a petition signed by at least 5% of registered voters.