Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 24, 2021

Sept. 24, 2021

Gov. Kemp Swears In Leda Chong to Georgia Ports Authority Board

Staff reports that on Wednesday, Governor Brian P. Kemp swore in Leda Chong and reappointed two officials to the Georgia Ports Authority Board of Directors. Leda Chong is Senior Vice President, Government Programs & Sales at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. where she is responsible for worldwide government and special mission sales and marketing, international relations and business development, government contracts and trade and regulatory compliance.


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Supporting tomorrow’s workforce

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Cobb EMC, a not-for-profit member-owned electric cooperative, is taking a novel approach to filling tomorrow’s workforce gaps. The company’s Youth Leadership Program is seeking area high school juniors to apply for scholarships and the chance to develop leadership and networking skills as they learn more about the EMC.


Sept. 24, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hiring in metro Atlanta slowed in August as pandemic dragged on

Michael E. Kanell reports that for more than a year, metro Atlanta has steadily added back jobs as the region rebounds from a pandemic-induced double-digit unemployment rate. But August was a reminder that the economic recovery has been anything but even.


Sept. 24, 2021 Savannah Morning News

St. Joseph’s/Candler announces plans for new regional medical facility near Bryan County megasite

Zoe Nicholson reports that St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System announced Thursday that it plans to build a medical complex on six acres it has purchased near the Bryan County Mega-site at the I-16/Highway 280 interchange. The medical facility eventually will encompass 40,000 square feet of space at full build-out and will include office space for the Development Authority of Bryan County.


Sept. 24, 2021 Albany Herald

Georgia environmental leaders tour southwest Georgia

David Dixon reports that about 30 environmental leaders from across the state are in southwest Georgia as part of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2021. These leaders come from all parts of the state and various fields of environmental involvement, including law, government, nonprofit, agriculture, industry, scientist, municipal and many others.


Sept. 24, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Coker announces candidacy for 2022 Georgia State House election

Staff reports that Lee Coker has formally announced his candidacy for Georgia State Representative District 6. Coker, a Republican, is a lifelong resident of Whitfield County.


Sept. 24, 2021 The Christian Index, Rome News-Tribune

State’s largest religious group standing against push to bring casinos to Georgia

Roger Alford reports, news that a coalition of casino companies will be making a major push to expand gambling in Georgia has Aaron McCollough concerned. McCollough, leader of the Troup Baptist Association, is marshalling opponents in western Georgia because those companies are reportedly eying two potential locations in the LaGrange area for a casino.


Sept. 24, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Advocates see Democrat gains as Kemp calls special redistricting session Nov. 3

Ross Williams reports that an unbiased redrawing of Georgia’s congressional and legislative maps would likely put more state House and Senate seats in Democratic hands, but not enough to give them a majority in the state, according to an analysis by Fair Districts Georgia and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.


Sept. 24, 2021 GPB

Former Lawmakers Provide Insight Into Georgia Redistricting Process

Stephen Fowler and David Armstrong report that three things are certain in life: death, taxes and the party in charge of redistricting going to great lengths to keep power. In Georgia, this was true during the last two cycles to varying degrees, with Democrats carving out highly favorable districts in 2001 before Republicans did so to a lesser extent in 2011.


Sept. 24, 2021 The Center Square

Law enforcement leaders call for mandatory minimum sentences in Georgia

Nyamekye Daniel reports that law enforcement officials in Georgia are calling for mandatory minimum sentences for offenders to reduce rising crime in the state. Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Terry Norris told the Senate Public Safety Committee that a solid justice system with harsher sentencing for violent crimes could deter criminals.


Sept. 24, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Ossoff, GOP’s Grassley team on bipartisan rural opioid epidemic relief

Tim Darnell reports, in a nation’s capital seemingly more hopelessly split by violent partisan rhetoric than ever, Georgia Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa have introduced a bill designed to help rural communities fight the opioid epidemic.


Sept. 24, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Witnesses describe inhumane conditions in Georgia prisons, call for change

Joshua Sharpe reports that state representatives on Thursday heard grim testimony about the conditions in which people are living and increasingly dying inside Georgia prisons. A mother said prison staff didn’t bother to notify her that her son was stabbed to death.


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