Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 12, 2021

Nov. 12, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Advocates call on Chemours to vow never to operate titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp

Zoe Nicholson reports that an environmental-minded investment company has asked the shareholders of one of the nation’s largest chemical companies to vow never to operate or profit from a proposed titanium mine next to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Charlton County, Georgia. GoManagement, a mutual fund aimed at investing in green and clean energy companies, filed a shareholder resolution proposal with Chemours, a former DuPont subsidiary that is the only titanium miner in the country.

Nov. 12, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Honoring our veterans

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, celebrated in the U.S. as a national holiday to honor veterans of all wars as well as those who’ve served our country in peacetime. Throughout Georgia, a number of events are taking place this week to commemorate veterans’ service, including parades and special observances.

Nov. 12, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta topped nation’s metro areas for inflation in October

Michael E. Kanell reports that U.S. inflation last month rose at its fastest annual rate since 1990. It grew even faster in Atlanta — more than in any other major metro area. Propelled by increases in gas prices, apartment rents and the cost for goods, the consumer price index for metro Atlanta climbed 7.9% in October from a year earlier, compared to the national average of 6.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nov. 12, 2021 GPB

Atlanta is the only U.S. city on this global best in travel list

Rickey Bevington reports that Atlanta is the only U.S. city to be featured in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2022.” Atlanta ranks fourth behind Auckland, New Zealand; Taipei, Taiwan and Freiburg, Germany. The list is curated from thousands of submissions that reflect changes in why people travel, where they want to go and who’s traveling at all.

Nov. 12, 2021

Norfolk Southern Opens New Headquarters Primed for Post-Pandemic Work

Trevor Williams reports that rail giant Norfolk Southern opened a gleaming new headquarters in Midtown Wednesday, a consolidation of more than 3,000 jobs that state and city leaders said would reverberate throughout Georgia. Attending the ribbon-cutting at the glass tower on West Peachtree Street, Gov. Brian Kemp said the move is yet more proof of Georgia’s attractive business climate and a logistics network that has made the state globally competitive.

Nov. 12, 2021 Saporta Report

Grady Health System’s HIV, surgery units advance as county funding to be reviewed

David Pendered reports that Grady Health System again faces a precarious future, even as it reached milestones last week with its advanced surgical center and new funding for a center that specializes in HIV/AIDS treatment. Grady’s two-year funding contracts with Fulton and DeKalb counties expire at the end of this year, Tim Jefferson, Grady’s general counsel, told Fulton County commissioners at their Nov. 3 meeting.

Nov. 12, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Senate committee OKs bill for expansion of Gwinnett Board of Commissioners

Curt Yeomans reports that a bill to add five district seats to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners was approved by a Georgia Senate committee on Thursday over objections from local officials and some committee members over the racial make up of proposed districts and the financial cost to Gwinnett taxpayers.

Nov. 12, 2021 GPB

Georgians voice opposition to redistricting changes that affect them

Stephen Fowler, David Armstrong and Liset Cruz report, a GPB News/Georgia News Lab analysis of more than 1,200 written and verbal comments provided to the House and Senate redistricting committees since the summer finds a mixed record for incorporating citizen feedback into the new boundaries drawn by Republicans.

Nov. 12, 2021 State Affairs

Georgia’s governor has nearly $5 billion in pandemic relief to spend. How will he use it?

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon reports, it’s been eight months since the American Rescue Plan (ARP) granted Georgia billions of dollars to spend. Georgia is just one of five states where the governor is left with sole discretion over how to spend the $4.8 billion State Fiscal Recovery Fund, which makes up nearly a quarter of the state’s total ARP allocation of $17.4 billion, according to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.

Nov. 12, 2021 Georgia Recorder

State lawmakers reach across aisle, say 2022 is ‘the year of mental health’

Jill Nolin reports that bipartisan momentum for action on mental health in the wake of the pandemic appears to be building ahead of next year’s legislative session. A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both chambers gathered this week at the state Capitol for a press conference, with several declaring 2022 to be “the year of mental health” in a state that is now near the bottom in a ranking based on mental health access.

Nov. 12, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Inmate population tilts political representation in rural Georgia

Maya T. Prabhu reports that about one-third of rural Wheeler County’s population is incarcerated, and nearly 30% of the people living in Calhoun County are in prison. Despite the fact that those in prisons and detention centers across the state often aren’t from where they’re held, the government counts them as residents of those counties where the correctional facilities are located.



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