Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 10, 2021

Nov. 10, 2021 New York Times

Max Cleland, Vietnam Veteran and Former Senator, Dies at 79

Katharine Q. Seelye reports that Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm during the Vietnam War and later became a senator from Georgia, only to lose his seat after Republicans impugned his patriotism, died on Tuesday at his home in Atlanta. He was 79.

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Nov. 10, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs an In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports, longtime State Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) has been selected by President Joe Biden to serve as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Smyre, 74, an early Biden supporter, was first elected to the Georgia House in 1974 and is the longest-serving representative in the Statehouse.

Nov. 10, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Infrastructure bill means $8 million to Savannah port, White House says

Michael E. Kanell reports that passage of the massive federal infrastructure bill last week will mean an $8 million check to the Georgia Ports Authority, the White House announced Tuesday. The money is part of billions of dollars in aid allotted to the nation’s ports in the $1.2 trillion, 10-year package.

Nov. 10, 2021

Gov. Kemp: American Peanut Growers Group to Open New Processing Facility, Expand Shelling Plant

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced Georgia-based American Peanut Growers Group (APGG) will invest $85 million in expanding operations in the state, creating 90 jobs. In addition to expanding its current Donalsonville shelling plant, APGG will open a new food processing facility on its 45-acre campus in Seminole County.

Nov. 10, 2021

Cloud Communications Provider Ringover to Open in ‘La French Tech’ Hub Atlanta

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), yesterday announced that Ringover, a leader in cloud communications, will open its first U.S. office in Atlanta as the company continues to solidify its presence within the U.S. market. Located in Sandy Springs, Ringover plans to leverage its U.S. expansion to create more than 50 jobs in the region, which will support the local economy while attracting high-end talent from the area.

Nov. 10, 2021 Gainesville Times

Here’s how a $1.4 million grant UNG received will help Gainesville City Schools

Ben Anderson reports that the University of North Georgia will partner with Gainesville City Schools in launching a program, called Talent Search, aimed at increasing the number of disadvantaged students who enroll in college and complete their degrees, following a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Nov. 10, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd County scrambling after legislation filed to revamp elections board

Olivia Morley reports that a Dec. 1 deadline set in legislation filed this week to dissolve the current Floyd County Elections Board and institute a new one has Floyd County officials scrambling. The legislation comes as the elections board is in the process of hiring a new chief elections clerk and preparing to move to the health department building on East 12th Street.

Nov. 10, 2021 GPB

Would legislation curb violence against health care workers? Lawmakers are skeptical

Riley Bunch reports that lawmakers on Monday mulled that new legislation may not be the best solution to protect health care workers. A Senate panel tasked with addressing the pervasive problem of violent outbursts by patients against medical staff reviewed committee recommendations compiled after hearing testimony from hospital executives and their staff on the issue.

Nov.10, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Federal infrastructure deal to provide $225 million for repairing bridges across Georgia

Abraham Kenmore reports that hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending will be distributed across the country after Congress on Friday passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill. It is often hard to quantify what that level of spending looks like — but some of it will be as tangible as blacktop and concrete under your tires, with $225 million of it going to repairing bridges across Georgia.


Nov. 10, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia Senate approves new legislative district map

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia Senate approved a new legislative map for state Senate districts Tuesday despite strong opposition from Democrats and loads of criticism. The Senate voted, 34-21, to approve the proposed map.

Nov. 10, 2021 Georgia Recorder, Albany Herald

Medicaid workaround proposal would sidestep state Republican leaders

Jill Nolin reports that a Medicaid workaround proposal has made it into the Biden administration’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill, potentially providing health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians. But there’s a catch. Georgia lawmakers object to a provision that would cut funding for hospitals in states that continue to pass up Medicaid expansion.

Nov. 10, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp’s allies rally to his corner as Perdue threat looms

Greg Bluestein reports that the endorsements came in rapid-fire as Gov. Brian Kemp stood at his campaign office flanked by some of the state’s top law enforcement officials. Some 108 sheriffs, included about a dozen on hand for the event, joined the chorus of support.


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