Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 1, 2021

Dec. 1, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia roads rank 14th in U.S., report says

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s highway system ranked 14th in the nation for its cost-effectiveness and condition in Reason Foundation’s 26th Annual Highway Report. The Reason Foundation, a libertarian think-tank, evaluated state-controlled highways’ conditions in 13 categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, structurally deficient bridges, traffic fatalities and spending per mile.

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Kids’ Care Zone

Kenna Simmons reports, in just two years, the number of pediatric hospitals in Georgia doubled, from two to four. In 2019 Atrium Health Navicent’s Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital opened in Macon, and in March 2021 Memorial Health’s Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah opened its doors.

Dec. 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nationally, metro Atlanta ranks in middle of pack in home price increase

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices have ballooned over the past year as strong demand continues to outpace the number of properties for sale. But, as noteworthy as the 21% surge in prices has been, the increase ranks in the middle of the pack among the 20 largest metropolitan areas, according to a report released Tuesday by the much-watched S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index.

Dec. 1, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Health officials: Georgia surpasses 12 million vaccinations

Bryce Ethridge reports that Georgia has administered more than 12.2 million vaccinations – which include at least one dose and fully administered – counting 12,207,489 according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Dec. 1, 2021 WABE 90.1

Live election updates: Andre Dickens to become 61st mayor of Atlanta

Staff reports that City Councilmember Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta’s next mayor, riding a surge of support that powered him past current City Council President Felicia Moore.

Dec. 1, 2021 Brunswick News

Johnson wins mayor’s runoff in landslide

Gordon Jackson reports that Cosby Johnson is the 60th mayor of Brunswick. Johnson got 950 votes, or 75%, in Tuesday’s runoff election to defeat Ivan Figueroa, who got 326 votes, or 25%.

Dec. 1, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Documentary about Dalton selected for three film festivals, wins major award

Ryan Anderson reports that “Dalton: A Story of Survival,” a documentary tracing the city’s history of resilience, gained acceptance into three film festivals and won an award for best long documentary at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. “We thought (our documentary) was good enough to” aim higher than film festivals restricted solely to student work, so STEP (student, team, entertainment, production) Studio applied to more prestigious festivals, and “getting into (three) festivals was a victory for us,” said Jacob Poag, director of STEP Studio, which is comprised of area high school and college students interested in film work.

Dec. 1, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia environmental regulators propose $3 million fine for Golden Ray pollution

Stanley Dunlap reports that the state’s Environmental Protection Division is proposing a $3 million fine against a South Korean logistics company for polluting the sea and salt marshes on the Georgia coast after the Golden Ray car carrier capsized in St. Simons Sound on Sept. 8, 2019.

Dec. 1, 2021 Albany Herald

Dougherty County seeking funds to address backlog of court cases delayed due to COVID-19

Alan Mauldin reports that a fund allocated to Georgia courts could help Dougherty County catch up on court cases delayed due to COVID-19 and free up money previously set aside for that purpose for other uses. The announcement of the $110 million fund came on Oct. 28, and the deadline for applications was Tuesday, so Dougherty County officials were rushing to beat the deadline.

Dec. 1, 2021 Gainesville Times

Republicans should give up on Trump dream, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan tells Gainesville Kiwanis Club

Conner Evans reports, one of Georgia’s most prominent Republican leaders, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, said in Gainesville Tuesday that the party needs to distance itself from former President Donald Trump. “I just don’t personally believe that Donald Trump’s ever going to be the president of the United States again,” Duncan said, addressing Gainesville Kiwanis Club.

Dec. 1, 2021 Capitol Beat News

McCormick enters race in redrawn 6th Congressional District

Dave Williams reports that Dr. Rich McCormick announced his candidacy Tuesday for Georgia’s newly redrawn 6th Congressional District seat. The Republican from Suwanee lost to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Suwanee, last year in the old 7th District.

Dec. 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: The other Georgia mayors’ races up for grabs on Election Day

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that election day in Georgia, with the top spot at City Hall at the top of the ballot for Atlanta voters this morning. Around the state, we’re watching runoffs in Brunswick and Warner Robins, which have mayor’s contests down to the wire, too.


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