Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 11, 2021

Nov. 11, 2021

Gov. Kemp: Aurubis to Open State-of-the-Art Recycling and Copper Smelting Facility in Augusta

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Aurubis, one of the leading recyclers of copper, precious metals, and non-ferrous materials worldwide, will invest $340 million (€300 million) in a state-of-the-art recycling and secondary smelting facility for multi-metal recycling in Augusta. This new facility will be the very first of its kind in the U.S. and will create 125 jobs in the Augusta area.


Susan Percy

Nov. 11, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

State of Mind: Let’s Do Better – Please

Susan Percy writes, it’s a good thing for the morally bankrupt and intellectually compromised individuals who disrupted a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic in north Georgia last summer and forced its closure that they did not have to explain themselves to a good Georgia mother like mine. Same for those anti-science hooligans elsewhere in the state who threatened to “track down” or otherwise harm public health workers attempting to do their jobs.


Nov. 11, 2021 Georgia Southern University

Lt. Gen. Smith named Carter Chair of Leadership at Georgia Southern

Staff reports that Lt. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, a distinguished Georgia Southern University alumnus, will serve as the W.E. Carter Chair of Leadership in the University’s Parker College of Business after finishing a 38-year Army career. Smith recently completed his tenure as the 66th Inspector General of the Army.


Nov. 11, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Backlogged Savannah Port to see immediate relief funds from bipartisan infrastructure bill

Zoe Nicholson reports that the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will soon become law, clearing the way for billions of dollars to provide much-needed relief for the nation’s ports, which have been inundated under a pandemic-wrought buying spree and supply chain clog. Funds from the bipartisan bill will be used to set up “pop-up container yards” to alleviate congestion at the Savannah Port, which has seen months of record-breaking volume come through its terminals.


Nov. 11, 2021 GPB

18 cargo ships wait to dock in the Savannah port. Now the federal government is stepping in

Riley Bunch reports that the backlog of ships and cargo in the Port of Savannah remains high due to a shortage of truck drivers, equipment and warehouse workers. Lee Beckman, manager of governmental affairs for the Georgia Ports Authority, painted a dim picture of the situation at the major U.S. port in coastal Georgia for lawmakers on Tuesday.


Nov. 11, 2021 Macon Telegraph

City of Warner Robins owes almost $800,000 in penalties dating back to 2015, IRS says

Tamari Perrineau reports that the city of Warner Robins owes the federal government almost $800,000 in penalties from filing issues dating back to 2015, according to the IRS. Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms addressed the IRS’ tax lien against the city, filed in Houston County Superior Court, in a press conference Wednesday morning.


Nov. 11, 2021 Georgia Health News

Patient safety ratings for Georgia hospitals show decline since spring

Andy Miller reports that about 20 percent of Georgia hospitals got an “A’’ group in the Leapfrog Group’s autumn patient safety ratings, released Wednesday. That’s a lower percentage than in the spring, when 31.6 percent earned the top grade.


Nov. 11, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Move to expand Gwinnett County Commission comes under partisan fire

Tim Darnell reports that a move to expand the size of the Gwinnett County Commission came under heavy partisan fire Wednesday in the Georgia Senate. Senate Bill 6EX is sponsored by state Sens. Clint Dixon, R-Buford, and Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown.


Nov. 11, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Local Georgia officials eye clean energy climate solutions in Build Back Better Act

Stanley Dunlap reports that Brookhaven and Doraville mayors joined conservationists Wednesday to call on Congress to support milestone legislation they say will reduce pollution, create high-paying jobs, and address systemic environmental injustice. As early as next week, the House of Representatives could take up a vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act that provides a $555 billion investment in clean energy and attacking climate change.


Nov. 11, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd County Elections Board postpones chief election clerk interviews after legislation filed

John Bailey reports that the Floyd County Elections Board has postponed interviews set for Friday for the chief elections clerk position after legislation was filed this week to dissolve the current board and set up a new one. “The board of elections has determined that in light of the pending legislation we cannot in good faith move forward with the scheduled interviews for chief clerk on Friday,” Board Chair Melanie Conrad said.


Nov. 11, 2021 Brunswick News

State Rep. Hogan will not seek reelection

Gordon Jackson reports that State Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island, announced today he will not seek reelection to the Georgia House of Representatives. Hogan, who has represented District 179 since 2017, did not give a reason for his decision in a written announcement.


Nov. 11, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s uninsured could get coverage under Biden proposal

Phil Galewitz and Andy Miller report that at least 2.2 million low-income adults — nearly all in Texas and the Southeast — would be eligible for government-funded health insurance under the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social spending and climate change plan. That’s the number of people who are eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act but have been left uninsured because they live in one of the dozen states that have not expanded coverage under the 2010 law.


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