Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 24, 2021
Nov. 24, 2021 WABE 90.1
Hartsfield-Jackson preps for at least 2.2 million passengers over Thanksgiving
LaShawn Hudson reports that Andrew Gobeil, the director of communications and public affairs for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, says travel has continued to pick up over the past few months as more people get vaccinated. “It’s starting to get more busy here at the airport and we expect to see even busier in the days ahead, explained Gobeil on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look.”
Nov. 24, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Peach Plate: Charm Meets Grandeur
Sucheta Rawal writes, overlooking the colorful downtown, swaying in my rocking chair, sipping a blueberry sour cocktail, I feel I could be in any Southern small town. But this is no ordinary place, building or porch. It is the same spot where global heads of state and accomplished billionaires have wined and dined.
Nov. 24, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Delta resuming more, but not all, international routes
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines will start flying more international routes out of Atlanta now that restrictions on travelers from other countries have loosened. Like other airlines, Delta slashed its flights last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and has since added back much of its service.
Nov. 24, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com
Frontier Airlines Launches Flight to Atlanta’s Jamaican Sister City
Trevor Williams reports that low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines launched nonstop flights from Atlanta to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Cancun, Mexico, in early November, adding new international destinations 31 cities the Denver-based airline serves out of the massive hub.
Nov. 24, 2021 Macon Telegraph
Iraq combat disabled veteran opens pecan processing facility, storefront in Byron
Becky Purser reports, when Tim Williams purchased his home in Kewanee Farms in Byron in the late summer of 2020, starting a pecan processing facility and opening a storefront wasn’t something he’d ever imagined doing. “I didn’t know anything about pecans before I came to Georgia,” Williams said.
Nov. 24, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News
Georgia DOT suspending lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday
Staff reports that to allow for increased holiday traffic, Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures on Georgia interstates and roadways near shopping centers beginning today at 5 a.m. until Sunday at 10 p.m. These statewide lane closure restrictions will help to reduce traffic congestion during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov. 24, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal
Cobb signs on to $26B opioid settlement
Chart Riggall reports that Cobb commissioners have agreed to support joining a settlement with Johnson and Johnson and three drug distributors that’s expected to pay out $26 billion for damages related to the opioid epidemic. The vote onn the settlement carried 4-1, and moves the county closer to receiving significant funds for addiction treatment and drug disposal programs.
Nov. 24, 2021 State Affairs
Big-Dollar Broadband Expansion Ahead for Georgia: Who’s Watching the Money?
Beau Evans reports that nearly half a million homes and businesses in the Peach State – close to 1 in 10 – don’t have access to high-speed internet. But now there’s hundreds of millions of dollars worth of public contracts heading Georgia’s way, creating a “wild West” of spending and bidding and raising serious questions for officials and policy experts about whether that money will be spent effectively.
Nov. 24, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post
State Rep. Gregg Kennard pre-files bill to let first responders get workers compensation for PTSD, other psychological injuries
Curt Yeomans reports that State Rep. Gregg Kennard, D-Lawrenceville, will push legislation in the 2022 legislative session to address mental and behavioral health needs of Georgia’s first responders. Kennard pre-filed a bill last week to ensure first responders, such as police and firefighters, can get workers’ compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological injuries that they suffer from as a result of the stresses from their jobs.
Nov. 24, 2021 Albany Herald
State Reps. Winfred Dukes, Gerald Greene drawn into same district in new legislative maps
Alan Maulding reports that as the current second-longest-serving Georgia House member, redistricting is nothing new to state Rep. Gerald Greene. Elected as a Democrat in 1983, the representative from Cuthbert switched to the Republican Party after winning re-election in 2010.
Nov. 24, 2021 Capitol Beat News
Bourdeaux picks up endorsements from Gwinnett County Democrats
Dave Williams reports that U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux began building her case for reelection Tuesday, one day after passage of a new congressional redistricting map put her on a collision course with fellow Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath. Bourdeaux, D-Suwanee, announced endorsements from 16 elected officials from Gwinnett County – primarily Democrats – to return for a second term representing Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, which lies mostly inside Gwinnett.
Nov. 24, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia schools targeted in battle over library books, online content
Ty Tagami reports that Georgia schools buffeted by controversy over critical race theory may soon face renewed challenges over gender, sex and other hot button topics as a national movement to remove “obscene” materials from libraries gains momentum in the state. Georgia lawmakers previously considered tightening controls over such content.