Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 21, 2021
Oct. 21, 2021 Georgia.gov
Gov. Kemp Attends Groundbreaking of $220M+ Solar Facility in Lee County
Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony that Silicon Ranch Corporation, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of the nation’s largest independent producers of solar power, has committed to invest more than $220 million in Lee County, Georgia to construct the 250-megawatt (MWAC) DeSoto Solar Farm. Governor Kemp and the project partners were joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by state and local officials, as well as the leadership of several of Georgia’s EMCs from across the state.
Oct. 21, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Spooky Sips and Bites
Sucheta Rawal reports, ‘tis the season! With pumpkins, turkeys and candy on our minds, the last quarter of the year is all about celebrations over food. Restaurants and bars across the state are getting creative with food and drink items to get customers into the celebratory spirit.
Oct. 21, 2021 CNN
Spanx, the shapewear brand, valued at $1.2 billion in Blackstone deal
Rob McLean and Jill Disis report that Spanx, one of America’s most prominent shapewear companies, is now worth $1.2 billion after inking a deal with Blackstone. The private equity firm will take a majority stake in the brand, the two companies announced Wednesday.
Oct. 21, 2021 GPB
The Port of Savannah is experiencing a backlog of shipping containers
Tiffany Griffith reports that the Port of Savannah is so backlogged with shipping containers, that if you lined them up from end-to-end, they could stretch from Atlanta to Windsor, Canada. There are currently 80,000 containers at the port right now. Griff Lynch, the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said the port has been been dealing with this crisis since commerce picked up again in September 2020.
Oct. 21, 2021 Law.com|Daily Report Online
AG Carr Names New Solicitor General
Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has named Stephen Petrany, an associate in the Jones Day Washington, D.C., office, to become solicitor general handling the state’s appellate work. Petrany will fill the vacancy created when Gov. Brian Kemp appointed now Judge Andrew Pinson to the Georgia Court of Appeals and begins his new role on Nov. 16.
Oct. 21, 2021 Saporta Report
T.D. Jakes expects his development plan for Fort Mac to be accepted within 24 hours
Maria Saporta reports that Bishop T.D. Jakes, speaking virtually from Dallas at the HOPE Global Summit in Atlanta Wednesday, described his vision to develop 95 acres of land at the former Fort McPherson in southwest Atlanta. “We’re at the final stages of closing [on buying the land],” Jakes said during a conversation with Operation HOPE founder John Hope Bryant.
Oct. 21, 2021 The Current
Quarter million loggerhead sea turtle eggs laid on Ga. beaches
Mary Landers reports that Georgia’s loggerhead sea turtles didn’t set any records this nesting season. But they did just what Georgia Sea Turtle Coordinator Mark Dodd expected. His models predicted a total of about 2,400 nests. The final count? 2,484.
Oct. 20, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Georgia Grown Magazine
Staff reports that the Georgia Agriculture Department’s annual Georgia Grown Magazine is now available. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the magazine is dedicated to our state’s number one industry.
Oct. 21, 2021 University of Georgia
Former chief justice assumes Sanders Chair at law school
Heidi Murphy reports that Harold D. Melton, who previously served as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, has been named the holder of the Carl E. Sanders Chair in Political Leadership at the University of Georgia School of Law. In this role, he will teach a seminar during the spring 2022 semester titled “Representing the State.”
Oct. 21, 2021 The Center Square
Georgia judges, prosecutors call for judicial reforms
Nyamekye Daniel reports that a group of judges told the Senate Committee on Public Safety the state should provide data and technology upgrades, more pretrial supervision and better pay in the criminal justice system to combat crime. Reports show an increase in crime across the state this year. Crime in Atlanta doubled in the spring, according to reports.
Oct. 21, 2021 Capitol Beat News
Hours after deadly shooting, Georgia senators hold crime meeting
Tim Darnell reports that only hours after another deadly shooting in Atlanta, several law enforcement officials told members of the Georgia Senate Public Safety Committee Wednesday what they need to lower crime rates and reduce stress on their judicial systems. “If you want crime to come down, you need to invest in those patrol officers working the street,” said Pete Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia.
Oct. 21, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Abrams’ group launches campaign pushing Medicaid expansion
Greg Bluestein reports that the state’s healthcare system regroups after the latest surge in coronavirus cases, the advocacy group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams is launching a new seven-figure ad campaign that urges Gov. Brian Kemp to give struggling Georgians a shot in the arm by supporting an expansion of Medicaid.