Georgia Trend Daily – June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022 Clayton News-Daily

Georgia secures AAA bond rating for 2022

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that Georgia has again secured AAA ratings with a stable outlook from each of the three main credit rating agencies: FitchRatings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings. Of the states that issue general obligation bonds, only nine currently meet this standard.

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June 14, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on economic developments around the state, including that Michigan-based East Jordan Plastics, one of the largest horticultural container manufacturers in North America, is investing more than $44 million in a new logistics and distribution facility in Toombs County, creating 80 new jobs.

June 14, 2022 Covington News

80 Acres Farms to employ 150 in Covington

Tom Spigolon reports that a nationally-known vertical farming company will create 150 new jobs after it opens in northeast Covington and begins distributing to retailers by early 2023. The company, called 80 Acres Farms, will invest $120 million in its Covington plant that seeks to meet “consumer demand for locally grown fresh produce to address food insecurity and achieve a healthier, more sustainable food supply,” a city government news release stated.

June 14, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jack and Coke in a can: Coca-Cola teams up for ready-to-drink cocktail

Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and the maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey are teaming up for a canned, ready-to-drink version of the classic cocktail enjoyed at tailgates, college bars and living rooms across America. Coke and Brown-Forman Corp. said Monday the pre-mixed cocktail will be made available worldwide after an initial launch planned for Mexico later this year.

June 14, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Power retiring some coal units this year but backing off on battery storage

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power would retire two coal-burning units and two gas-fired turbines at two power plants by the beginning of August under an agreement filed with the state Public Service Commission (PSC) Monday. But the Atlanta-based utility also would put the brakes on a proposal to develop 1,000 megawatts of energy generating capacity through battery storage by 2030.

June 14, 2022 Georgia Health News, The Current

Long wait for justice: People in jail face delays for mental health care before they can stand trial

Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine report that Beau Hampton’s long wait for psychiatric treatment began last year, after he was accused of attacking his foster father and charged with a misdemeanor. The 18-year-old Hampton, who has a long history of mental illness, sat in jail east of Atlanta for four months waiting for an expert to evaluate whether he was mentally fit to stand trial.

June 14, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Teachers, students, parents rally against bills limiting race curriculum

Asia Ashley reports that teachers, students and parents across the U.S. joined in a pledge to “teach truth” campaign, opposing new laws in various states restricting school curricula on race. Rallies held June 11-12 were symbolic, marking the two-year anniversary since the spark of racial justice protests and marches across the nation, following the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minneapolis.

June 14, 2022 Georgia Recorder

PSC challenger fights to stay on the ballot after being drawn out of the race

Jill Nolin reports that the fate of Patty Durand’s campaign to serve on a state board that regulates Georgia’s utilities rests in the hands of a judge, but that uncertainty isn’t slowing down the first-time candidate who was drawn out of a district she hopes to represent. On a recent afternoon, Durand sat in front of a computer inside the Conyers home she moved into a few months ago and called on donors who have given to her campaign in the past, just as she does every afternoon.

June 14, 2022 GPB

Georgia’s Pak testifies about false claims of fraud to Jan. 6 congressional committee

Stephen Fowler reports that the former Atlanta-based federal prosecutor who found no evidence to support false claims of voter fraud in Georgia and resigned under pressure from former President Donald Trump testified Monday in front of a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Former U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak said claims made by the former president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani were “false” and that his replacement also found no evidence to support numerous claims seeking to undermine Georgia’s election results.

June 14, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia secretary of state’s office begins defense in voting suit

Shannon McCaffrey reports that a lawyer for Georgia’s secretary of state office on Monday began pushing back against claims in a federal lawsuit that the state had illegally obstructed voters from casting ballots in recent elections. Josh Belinfante launched the state’s defense by questioning Chris Harvey, the state’s former elections division chief.

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