Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 28, 2022

Feb. 28, 2022 Gwinnett Daily Post

Progress 2022: Year of the Mega Project in Gwinnett County

Todd Cline reports that several key projects are being developed in Gwinnett County right now. These projects range from the Rowen development in eastern Gwinnett, to the Exchange at Gwinnett near the Mall of Georgia, the OFS site near Norcross, Snellville’s Grove at Towne Center and the redevelopment of the former Olympic Tennis Center site.


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Feb. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Celebrating innovation in Georgia

Kenna Simmons reports, new projects to help ensure clean hands and clean water won recognition from the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, with the inaugural awards going to the Augusta Happy Hands Project and the Georgia Highlands College/Lake Allatoona Association Research Project. The Happy Hands team won the PIN Community Award, given to a team whose makeup consists of a community or city and a researcher from a local college or university.

Feb. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta suspends partnership with Russian national airline Aeroflot

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said Friday it is suspending its marketing partnership with Russian national airline Aeroflot effective immediately, as countries around the world move to punish Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine. Atlanta-based Delta said it withdrew from its “code-sharing” agreement by removing its code from Aeroflot flights from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Feb. 28, 2022

At Gwinnett R&D Hub, Siemens Unveils EV Charging Platform as ‘Gas Station of the Future’

Trevor Williams reports, before there was CuriosityLab, the three-mile autonomous vehicle testing ground that has made Peachtree Corners a magnet for international companies running pilots of the latest mobility technologies, there was Siemens. The German industrial giant has operated multiple factories and offices north of Atlanta since at least a decade before the city was incorporated in 2012.

Feb. 28, 2022 Albany Herald

Coca-Cola United celebrates opening of $65 million Tifton facility

Staff reports that Tifton Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a sales and distribution center of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Inc., is celebrating the grand opening of its new $65 million facility at 22 Lamb Loop in Tifton.

Feb. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Lawrenceville hosts BBQ for good

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, with temperatures rising and the hint of spring in the air, the first weekend in March promises heavenly aromas and mouthwatering barbeque in Lawrenceville as the 7th annual Sip & Swine BBQ Festival returns. The free event on March 4-5 raises funds from vendor and BBQ team fees, tastings and raffle tickets to benefit Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, a nonprofit serving homeless children and their young mothers.

Feb. 28, 2022 All On Georgia

State Rep Beth Moore Introduces Legislation to Return Control of Ballot Drop Boxes to County Governments

Staff reports that State Representative Beth Moore (D-Peachtree Corners) recently introduced House Bill 1096, legislation that would allow county governments to oversee the use of ballot drop boxes in certain elections. If passed and signed into law, HB 1096 would override the ballot drop box requirements implemented by Senate Bill 202.

Feb. 28, 2022 Georgia Health News

Prescription Drugs: Another potential legislative change that Medicaid insurers face

Andy Miller reports that one House bill would make Georgia’s Medicaid managed care insurers face stricter requirements on how they spend their government dollars. There’s a second bill that has also captured their attention – an attempt to wrest control of patients’ prescription drugs from those health plans.

Feb. 28, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Federal judge to decide whether to delay qualifying for Georgia PSC seat

Stanley Dunlap reports that a U.S. District Court judge is set to decide over the next week whether candidates qualifying for a Georgia Public Service Commission race must wait until after a summer trial for a lawsuit claiming the process of electing utility regulators has largely kept Black people from winning a seat. Northern District of Georgia Judge Steven Grimberg was asked on Friday to issue a temporary injunction for the March 7-11 qualifying on behalf of four Black Fulton County voters who want elections moved to district-only and for at least one predominantly Black district to be created.

Feb. 28, 2022 The Current

Camden County sues to stop vote on spaceport land as early voting starts

Mary Landers reports that Camden County on Thursday filed a petition in Superior Court to invalidate the results of the upcoming referendum on Spaceport Camden, calling it a “straw poll.” The filing came just two days before early voting on the referendum is scheduled to begin Saturday for the March 8 special election.

Feb. 28, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

‘This is not who we are’: Former county GOP chair calls on hometown party to rebuke Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Diane Wagner reports that a former chair is calling on Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s hometown party to denounce her appearance at a white nationalist conference in Orlando on Friday. “I spent 10 years building our Republican Party here in Rome — three of those years as county chair,” Andy Garner said in a statement Sunday. “I care deeply about our party and my community. This is not who we are. It’s time to stand up to Mrs. Greene.”

Feb. 28, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia lawmakers eyeing bill to jump-start stalled medical marijuana program

Dave Williams reports, in 2019, the General Assembly created a commission to launch a medical marijuana program in Georgia by awarding licenses to companies to grow the leaf crop and convert it into low-THC cannabis oil. Three years later, not a single patient has received a single dose.

Feb. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Trump candidates in Georgia split from pro-Putin rhetoric

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that Georgia’s slate of Donald Trump-backed candidates were quick to criticize President Joe Biden’s foreign policy strategy after Russia attacked Ukraine. They were mum, however, on the former president’s glowing praise of Vladimir Putin amid the invasion.


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