Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 11, 2022

Feb. 11, 2022

Governor, First Lady Announce Recipients of Arts & Humanities Awards

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp announced the recipients of the 10th annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities to honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia through their work in these fields. The awards are presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

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Feb. 11, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development around the State

Christy Simo reports on news around the state, including Steves & Sons Inc., a family- owned door manufacturing company, which is opening an advanced distribution facility in Turner County. The $16 million investment will create 200 jobs.

Feb. 11, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola: Drinkers venturing out again, but inflation dampens outlook

Michael E. Kanell reports, when it comes to the highs and lows of global consumer sentiment, Coca-Cola is a pretty good barometer. With operations in about 200 countries, the 135-year-old beverage giant takes continual readings through customers’ purchases of its wide array of soft drinks, sports drinks, water, coffee, tea and juice.

Feb. 11, 2022 Brunswick News

Spaceport injunction granted to prevent sale until referendum occurs

Gordon Jackson reports that an injunction was issued Thursday prohibiting Camden County from purchasing an industrial site to establish a spaceport until voters decide the fate pf the project in a special election on March 8. The judge also waived the county’s $20 million bond request against James Goodman and Paul Harris, the two men who filed a civil lawsuit asking the court to prohibit Camden County officials from closing on a deal to purchase attract owned by Union Carbide.

Feb. 11, 2022 Savannah Morning News

New legislation extends authorization of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

Laura Nwogu reports that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock introduced the National Heritage Act on Thursday, which would extend the authorization of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor lands to 2036, a few days before the current authorization is set to expire on Feb. 18. The legislation also includes Georgia’s two other National Heritage Areas: the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.

Feb. 11, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Southwest Georgia legislator calls for extending Interstate 185

Dave Williams reports that lawmakers from Southwest Georgia are hoping a better highway system would give one of the state’s most economically depressed regions a boost. The Georgia House Transportation Committee approved a resolution Thursday asking the state Department of Transportation to study the potential costs and benefits of extending Interstate 185 south from Columbus to the Florida line and widening Georgia 300 through Albany into four or more lanes.


Feb. 11, 2022 Georgia Recorder

State lawmakers take aim at ‘obscene’ public school books and lessons on race

Stanley Dunlap and Ross Williams report that a Georgia Republican lawmaker who authored a bill that forbids K-12 schools from teaching concepts about race that some people consider divisive defended his measure Wednesday against claims that it is intended to whitewash history and intimidate educators. Two hearings were held on Rep. Will Wade’s House Bill 1084, which he says will not allow students to be taught about race through a lens that makes them feel guilty or pits one student against another because of their ethnicity.

Feb. 11, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia House committee advances amended plan that mirrors Kemp’s spending increase

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia House Committee on Appropriations approved its proposal Thursday to spend $2.6 billion more in fiscal year 2022 than previously planned. The spending amount matches Gov. Brian Kemp’s directive for additional spending through June 30.

Feb. 11, 2022 WSB-TV

Bill to create city of East Cobb is one step closer to becoming a reality

Richard Elliot reports that a bill to allow voters to decide if they want to create the city of East Cobb passed the Georgia Senate Thursday, making it the first of four proposed Cobb County cities to pass one of the two chambers. Opponents took to the floor of the Senate, not in opposition to the city of East Cobb, but to ask lawmakers to slow down the process for all four proposed cities: East Cobb, Lost Mountain, Vinings and Mableton.

Feb. 11, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.Fla. News

Transgender sports ban clears Georgia Senate committee

Asia Ashley reports that Georgia’s Senate Education and Youth Committee gave the thumbs up Wednesday for Georgia to join the movement of more than 10 states that have enacted restrictive transgender sports laws. “Transgender athletes have never been a threat to me, but maybe that’s because I’m good at what I do,” said Camden Hughes, a female rugby player, prior to the committee’s 6-4 vote.

Feb. 11, 2022 Fox 5 Atlanta

Police records complicate Herschel Walker’s recovery story

Brian Slodysko reports, one warm fall evening in 2001, police in Irving, Texas, received an alarming call from Herschel Walker’s therapist. The football legend and current Republican Senate candidate in Georgia was “volatile,” armed and scaring his estranged wife at the suburban Dallas home they no longer shared.

Feb. 11, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

4th GOP candidate to challenge Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Staff reports that the entrance of a Bartow County man makes it four candidates who are challenging U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, in the May 24 Republican primary. James Haygood of Rydal, who bills himself as a conservative blue-collar railroad worker from Northwest Georgia, announced Thursday he is joining the field.

Feb. 11, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GOP lawmakers explain efforts to control classroom discussions on race

Ty Tagami reports that Georgia Republicans explained this week why they want to control how race is discussed in classrooms, as Democrats pushed for evidence that schools are mishandling the subject. Rep. Will Wade, R-Dawsonville, said House Bill 1084 was a preventative measure and would provide a formal complaint process for parents to vet concerns about race and politics reaching classrooms.


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