Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 15, 2022

Feb. 15, 2022

Gov. Kemp Announces Four Judicial Appointments

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced he will appoint The Honorable Andrew Pinson to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Georgia created by the retirement of The Honorable David E. Nahmias. Judge Pinson and his successor to the Georgia Court of Appeals, The Honorable Ben Land, have both previously undergone the application and review process with the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Feb. 15, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

State of Mind: The Last Word

Susan Percy writes, the first column I ever wrote for Georgia Trend was put together hurriedly in the aftermath of 9/11, a rambling patchwork of observations about shopping for American flags and trying to regain some equilibrium. It ran in the October 2001 issue. I’m sure I was still in shock when I wrote it.

Feb. 15, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

U.S. airlines passenger counts down but slowly returning to 2019 levels

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that for U.S. airlines, 2021 was better than 2020. Still, passenger counts last year fell far short of pre-pandemic levels. The nation’s airlines carried 670.4 million passengers in 2021, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Feb. 15, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Could solar-powered aerial gondolas carry patrons to Macon Mall amphitheater?

Liz Fabian reports, when Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller announced a new amphitheater and development plans for Macon Mall, who could have envisioned the possibility of an aerial transportation network to the property? Georgia Mobility Company and JPODS LLC hope to build a rapid transport network of pods or gondolas to connect downtown to the Macon Mall, similar to amusement park rides likes the Agri-Lift at Georgia National Fairgrounds but with enclosed cars.

Feb. 15, 2022 Brunswick News

State seafood industry to receive grants

Staff reports that the seafood industry in Georgia will share $50 million in USDA grants with 23 other states and one U.S. territory. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grant amount Monday. Funds will go to help support seafood processors, processing facilities and processing vessels through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS).

Feb. 15, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Perspectives: Georgia Southern University

Julia Roberts reports that our Perspectives series this month features Dr. Kyle Marrero, President of Georgia Southern University. In this video, learn how Georgia Southern University can help get soldiers back to active duty and train students for their careers at the same time. You will hear about this special program – which the school is uniquely positioned for because of its campus locations – from Dr. Kyle Marrero, President of Georgia Southern University, in this last, short video in our series of six.

Feb. 15, 2022 WSB-TV

Secretary of State wants to put troopers at every polling place during elections

Richard Elliot reports that Georgia’s Secretary of State wants to see state troopers at every polling place from Cuthbert to Calhoun, and he’s asking the General Assembly and governor’s office to help make that happen. But that request is drawing fire from Georgia Democrats, who say it’s just not practical.

Feb. 15, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia House passes GOP-sponsored Cobb commission, school board maps

Hunter Riggall reports that the Georgia House of Representatives passed Republican-sponsored maps to redraw districts for the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and Cobb Board of Education Monday afternoon. The vote was 95-64 for the commission map, and 94-59 for the school board map.

Feb. 15, 2022 The Center Square

Kemp backs bill to allow parents to opt students out of wearing masks

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is backing a proposal to allow parents to opt their children out of face-covering requirements at Georgia schools. Kemp said Monday the measure, dubbed the Unmask Georgia Students Act, would give parents of public school students the right to choose whether their child must wear a mask while on school grounds.

Feb. 15, 2022 GPB

Lawmakers: Republicans propose more guidelines for teaching history and race on Day 16

Sarah Kallis reports that the Senate Education and Youth Committee heard two bills about curriculum taught in schools on Monday. Senate Bill 377, sponsored by Sen. Bo Hatchett (R- Cornelia), had its second hearing where it met criticism from educators and students. The bill would limit schools’ ability to teach “divisive concepts.”

Feb. 15, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Educators worry parental rights legislation sets stage for grudge complaints

Ross Williams reports that a so-called parental bill of rights passed a state Senate committee Monday, while another controversial bill banning the promotion of “divisive concepts” in public school or university classrooms is set for another hearing. Senate Bill 449, sponsored by Buford Republican Sen. Clint Dixon, a floor leader to Gov. Brian Kemp, spells out rights for Georgia parents of public school children, including the right to review all instructional materials used in a child’s classroom.

Feb. 15, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Teacher tax credit program open for applications

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Education is accepting applications for a new tax credit aimed at recruiting teachers for high-need subjects in underserved public schools. The General Assembly passed legislation last year authorizing a state income-tax credit for teachers in 100 rural and/or low-performing schools.

Feb. 15, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: The question for Sonny Perdue’s chancellor job interview today

Patricia Murphy reports, “How are you qualified for this job?” It’s the starting point for nearly all job interviews. Even former two-term Gov. Sonny Perdue will be no exception later today when he sits down for a formal interview with members of the Board of Regents to be chancellor of the University System of Georgia.


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