Georgia Trend Daily – June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Three Georgia power plants land on list of nation’s dirtiest

Dave Williams reports that Georgia is home to three of the nation’s 100 dirtiest power plants, the Atlanta-based Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center reported Monday. Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen near Cartersville topped the Georgia list for carbon emissions and is ranked 23rd in the country.

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June 21, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Meet Georgia’s youngest ice cream entrepreneur

Sucheta Rawal reports, while you’d expect an 8-year old to love ice cream, you would rarely find one who dedicates his childhood to building an ice cream enterprise. Not satisfied with his $7 allowance, Beau Shell wanted to make money to buy his own toys, help the family and his school’s missionary.

June 21, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta median home price hits $400,000 as buying continues

Michael E. Kanell reports that a rapid increase in mortgage rates didn’t prevent home sales from rising in metro Atlanta last month as demand pushed the median home price to an all-time high of $400,000, according to reports out this week. Late spring typically spurs the hottest demand for homes, and buyers in a 28-county area centered around Atlanta defied the concerns about higher rates in May, buying 7.9% more homes than during April, according to Re/Max.

June 21, 2022 AccessWDUN

High housing prices due to several factors

Jonathan O’Brien reports, recently a report showed Atlanta as one of the nation’s most “overpriced” housing markets, and a local Hall County broker has seen the prices rise too. “We had an average sales price increase every single year since the recession, and during the pandemic, it really exploded,” said Brad Abernathy, Vice President and Associate Broker with the Norton Agency in Gainesville.

June 21, 2022 Saporta Report

UPS to invest nearly $8.75 million in Atlanta nonprofits

Maria Saporta reports, during its first-ever UPS Impact Summit on June 20, the UPS Foundation announced three major initiatives to positively impact communities are the world. The three announcements were focused on three geographic areas — Atlanta (where UPS is based), Ukraine and developing nations across Africa.

June 21, 2022 Albany Herald

Atlanta physician named board chair of American Medical Association

Staff reports that the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, announced the re-election of Dr. Sandra A. Fryhofer, a board-certified internal medicine physician from Atlanta, to its Board of Trustees. Fryhofer will serve as board chair from 2022-2023.


June 21, 2022 The Center Square

Report gives Georgia low marks for high total unfunded pension liabilities

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia ranks among the worst states nationwide for its total unfunded pension liabilities, a new report shows. The Peach State, however, fares better when looking at the liabilities from a per capita perspective.

June 21, 2022 State Affairs

‘Gas Is Ridiculous’: Georgians Weather Inflation with Few State Solutions

Beau Evan reports that the perfect storm of global supply chain disruptions, heavy public spending on the Covid-19 pandemic, and oil uncertainty from the Russia-Ukraine war have shot up prices from milk and chicken to gasoline and used cars across the U.S., including Georgia. “When the not-so-organic section is the same price or higher as the organic section, we have a major red flag here,” said Ashley Bruce, an Atlanta metro bartender with four young kids

June 21, 2022 Dalton Daily Citizen

Emory professor sounds alarm on voter disenfranchisement

Ryan Anderson reports that false allegations of “voter fraud” that date back decades — even centuries — have been used to disenfranchise Americans, and they’ve returned again in recent years, imperiling the democratic process, according to Carol Anderson, the keynote speaker at Saturday’s Juneteenth gala. “The thing about a lie is, if you say it enough and convincingly, it becomes the truth,” said Anderson, Charles Howard Candler professor and chair of African American Studies at Emory University.

June 21, 2022 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Hunt, West trade barbs over robocalls days before bitter congressional runoff

Nick Wooten reports that Republicans Jeremy Hunt and Chris West are pointing fingers at each other over a flurry of unsourced robocalls days before the pair face off in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District runoff. According to call audio obtained by the Ledger-Enquirer and interviews with two Columbus residents who identified as Hunt voters, the calls are made to appear as if they come from someone affiliated with the Hunt campaign, but the underlying message is meant to drive support from Hunt.

June 21, 2022 Rome News-Tribune,

Rep. Greene: Georgia voters will move to ‘Alabama, Tennessee or Florida’ if Abrams wins

Amy Yurkanin reports that U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican who represents northwestern Georgia, said GOP voters would leave the state if Democrat Stacey Abrams won the governor’s race. In an appearance with U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican who represents the Florida panhandle, she said people have announced plans to move after the election.

June 21, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

U.S. House subcommittee rejects Biden plan to close Savannah military facility

Tia Mitchell reports that a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee said it will not move forward in closing a military facility in Savannah that has been the subject of an intense lobbying effort by Georgia’s congressional delegation. Closure of the Combat Readiness Training Center in Savannah was part of the proposed budget President Joe Biden put forward in March.

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