Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 10, 2021

Dec. 10, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Port of Savannah sets 16th consecutive monthly cargo record

Dave Williams reports that supply chain issues aren’t affecting the Port of Savannah’s ability to move containerized cargo. The port’s Garden City Terminal handled 495,750 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) last month, a 6.7% increase over November of last year and a new monthly record for the Georgia Ports Authority.

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New College and Career Academies for 3 Counties

Kenna Simmons writes, three new college and career academies are coming to Mitchell, Candler and Lumpkin counties. In December, the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) state board approved $9 million in bond funds to establish the new academies, which offer high school students access to college-level courses and technical certificate programs along with hands-on learning in high-demand industries.

Dec. 10, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia truckers face long road catching up to rising demand for goods

Christopher Quinn reports that Chad Roberts cranks his 550-horsepower diesel Freightliner truck in the pre-dawn darkness to hopefully pick up and and deliver a 7,700-pound forklift. Roberts and the equipment that he intends to transport are hot commodities in a stretched supply chain.

Dec. 10, 2021

Georgia Department of Economic Development Announces 2021 GEAR Award Winners

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced the five companies that earned 2021 GEAR Awards. These awards are designed to recognize forward movement in the state’s automotive and mobility industries through innovation and emerging technologies.

Dec. 10, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Uncertainties cloud Augusta’s 2022 economic outlook

Joe Hotchkiss reports that the Augusta area’s economic outlook for 2022 will be at the mercy of a sluggish overall job market and difficult-to-predict factors such as inflation and COVID-19. “We’ve got to get people into work,” said Simon Medcalfe, an economics professor at Augusta University’s Hull College of Business.

Dec. 10, 2021 Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown

Shepherd Center reveals expansion plans

Amy Wenk reports that Shepherd Center said it has filed plans for a major expansion that will add housing for its patients and their families. The project at 1860 Peachtree Road will add about 160 housing units, more than doubling the current housing provided by the rehabilitation hospital.

Dec. 10, 2021 Capitol Beat News

State to expand personal finance education for high school students

Dave Williams reports that Georgia high school students soon will be receiving more instruction in how to handle their personal finances. The state Board of Education Thursday approved revisions to the high school economics course that significantly expand the personal finances portion of the curriculum.

Dec. 10, 2021 Georgia Recorder

State agency drops plan to limit at-home care for dozens of people with disabilities

Jill Nolin reports that state agency officials have abandoned a controversial plan that would have limited at-home nursing care for about 200 people with disabilities, potentially upending life as they know it. Under the proposed change, dozens of people who are receiving up to 24-hour care in their own or family home would have seen their aid limited to 16 hours.

Dec. 10, 2021 WABE 90.1

Georgia Republican says repealing state income tax would create major hole in budget

Rahul Bali reports, looking ahead to the 2022 election season, a number of Georgia Republican candidates for statewide offices are running on a platform of repealing the state income tax. However, other lawmakers believe that this could potentially create a massive hole in the state’s finances.

Dec. 10, 2021 GPB

Georgia lawmakers recommend raising minimum dropout age for students

Shawn Wilson reports that the Senate Study Committee on the Age of Mandatory Education is recommending that Georgia raise the minimum age a child can drop out of school from 16 to 17 while improving wraparound services to encourage kids to graduate. “We’ve all come to a conclusion that something needs to be done at an earlier age to influence these young lives and not give up on them so fast,” said the committee chair, Sen. Chuck Payne, a Republican from Dalton, at the committee’s meeting at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Dec. 10, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.Fla.News

Raffensperger dispels election myths

Asia Ashley reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger shot down 2020 election conspiracy theories during a town hall call Thursday for District 8 residents in South Georgia. Despite claims of election fraud, falsely suggesting the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, Raffensperger assured callers all votes were counted and recounted several times in the 2020 election — and the four people who cast ballots for dead people will be prosecuted.

Dec. 10, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

‘The cavalry has arrived’ Pro-Atlanta forces race to stave off Buckhead split

Greg Bluestein reports, the movement to stave off Buckhead cityhood burst into the forefront with a high-dollar fundraiser that brought business, civic and political leaders together to prevent a divorce that could leave Atlanta without its wealthiest neighborhood. The Committee for a United Atlanta’s fundraiser drew hundreds of attendees, including many of the city’s most storied names, to rally against the Republican-led legislation that would allow Buckhead residents to vote in 2022 to split from the city.


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