Georgia Trend Daily – July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

Coca-Cola to Spearhead Talks on U.S. Global Leadership in the South

Trevor Williams reports that Coca-Cola Co. over the next year is set spearhead a series of discussions around the South with policy makers, business leaders and other key stakeholders on U.S. competitiveness, international aid and the role of sustainability efforts in American leadership around the world. The Atlanta-based beverage giant was named the lead of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition‘s South Initiative through 2023 at the organization’s June 13 Impact Forum in Washington.

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Mary Ann Demuth reports, agriculture is Georgia’s No. 1 industry, generating more than $70 billion a year, and its reach is felt throughout the state. For decades, Georgia has famously laid claim to the title of the nation’s “poultry capital,” where three out of four of the 159 counties have poultry or egg operations.


July 1, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta to pay $10.5 million to settle probe into mail delivery times

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it has reached a settlement for Delta Air Lines to pay $10.5 million to resolve an investigation into alleged false reporting of international mail delivery times that were reported to the U.S. Postal Service. Atlanta-based Delta collected mail in the U.S. and at Defense Department and State Department locations abroad for delivery to international and domestic destinations under a contract with USPS.

July 1, 2022 Capitol Beat News

New census data shows how Georgia changed from 2020 to 2021

Rebecca Grapevine reports that Georgia’s population increased between July 2020 and July 2021, according to annual data from the Census Bureau. The state’s 2021 population was roughly 10.8 million, an increase of almost 74,000 residents, or about 0.7%, over 2020. New population estimates out today include information on age, race, and ethnicity in American counties and cities for the period up to July 2021.

July 1, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Nearly 3 times the size of The Landings, Richmond Hill housing development will double population

Latrice Williams reports that eight years ago, Bill Cunningham, vice president of real estate for Raydient Places and Properties, learned Bryan County was one of the fastest growing areas in the country. That, coupled with his love for the outdoors, prompted him to build a neighborhood where residents can connect with nature in their own backyard.

July 1, 2022 WABE

‘Scheduling more flying than we can handle responsibly’: Thousands of Delta Air Lines pilots picket nationwide

Jim Burress and Lily Oppenheimer report that Captain Jason Ambrosi has been a Delta Air Lines pilot for 22 years. He tells WABE he loves his job. But he’s exhausted from flying a record number of overtime hours to help the airline recover from the pandemic.


July 1, 2022 State Affairs

‘In God’s Hands’: Georgia Renters Outside Atlanta, Savannah Wait Months for Help

Beau Evans reports, in living room of the two-bedroom house where Barbara Brown lives on Cummings Street, a poor spread of homes streaked in Spanish moss on the south side of Valdosta, has little furniture except a sofa in the corner, and an air mattress on the floor. Brown lives with her niece, Alexis Burkes, a 34-year-old woman with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who has a habit of leaving the house to wander the streets alone.

July 1, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Water pollutant lawsuits continue forward, judge declines chemical manufacturer request for appeal

John Bailey reports that a recent ruling in U.S. District Court rejected one chemical manufacturer’s bid to seek a higher court’s opinion on whether it, and other companies, could be held liable for the release of toxic chemicals into many of Northwest Georgia’s rivers. Daikin America Inc. sought to have the Georgia Supreme Court or 11th Circuit Court of Appeals weigh questions concerning whether or not a chemical manufacturer is responsible for damages caused by the negligent disposal of its product.

July 1, 2022 Dalton Daily Citizen

Carpenter named co-chair of the Joint Georgia Music Heritage Study Committee

Staff reports that State Rep. Kasey Carpenter, R-Dalton, chairman of the House Creative Arts & Entertainment Committee, was recently appointed by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to serve as the House co-chair of the Joint Georgia Music Heritage Study Committee. Established by Senate Resolution 477 during the 2022 legislative session, the Joint Georgia Music Heritage Study Committee will examine the economic impact of the state’s music industry and ways to measure, expand and promote the music economy statewide.

July 1, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia teacher raises, anti-CRT law, needs-based college aid take effect in July

Ross Williams reports that the calendar for 2022 is officially halfway complete, but for state officials, a new year is just beginning. July 1 starts a new fiscal year for the state of Georgia, bringing in a new budget and the effective date of laws passed earlier in the year, including many that will affect how Georgia public school students learn.

July 1, 2022 Saporta Report

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff: Building high-speed rail in Georgia can be ‘transformative’

Maria Saporta reports, during his talk to the Rotary Club of Atlanta on June 27, U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff made a plea for Georgia to revisit the development of high-speed rail to connect Atlanta with cities across the Southeast. Ossoff said he was able to appropriate $8 million to conduct a “Stage One” Environmental Impact Study “for high-speed rail connecting Atlanta to Savannah by way of Macon.”

July 1, 2022 The Center Square

Poll says Georgia gubernatorial race is too close to call

T.A. DeFeo reports, it’s been a hot start to Georgia’s summer and the Peach State’s gubernatorial race is a dead heat. A new Quinnipiac University Poll found that 48% of voters support incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, while an equal number of voters support Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.

July 1, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Abrams’ big plans would use surplus that Kemp may give back to taxpayers

James Salzer reports, while talk of a recession in 2023 has ramped up, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is proposing $800 million a year in new spending on pay raises, health care expansion and other programs. Abrams says Georgia needs the new spending to meet its obligations to, for instance, make sure schoolchildren have top teachers in the classroom.


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