Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 17, 2022

Aug. 17, 2022

Governor Kemp: Building Materials Manufacturer YKK AP America Expands Residential Window Production Capabilities with New Facility in Bibb County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP), a technology-oriented manufacturer of commercial façade systems and residential windows and doors, will invest up to $125 million in an expansion that will include a new manufacturing facility and additional machinery and equipment in Bibb County. The new facility will create 100 new jobs in addition to the 250 jobs YKK AP currently supports in Macon, Georgia.

Brian Robinson

Aug. 17, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The Georgia File: An Extraordinary Win

Brian Robinson writes, it’s rare that a secretary of state is well known by voters in his or her own state. For one to have his or her name recognized across the country, well, that’s almost unheard of.

Aug. 17, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Atlanta to host 2025 college football championship

Rebecca Grapevine reports that Atlanta will host the college football championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in January 2025, the Atlanta Sports Council announced Tuesday. The city hosted the championship game in 2018, when the University of Georgia Bulldogs narrowly lost to rival University of Alabama.

Aug. 17, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

37-story residential tower proposed for Midtown lot near Fox Theatre

Zachary Hansen reports that a developer is pitching plans for a 37-story tower in the heart of Midtown. LV Collective recently submitted plans to build the tower on a 1-acre lot that’s two blocks north of the Fox Theatre. The property, located at 736 Peachtree Street, is currently a parking lot, but the Austin, Texas-based developer envisions a skyscraper that would become one of the tallest in the area.

Aug. 17, 2022 The Brunswick News

Jekyll authority to partner with Mercer University to open island clinic

Taylor Cooper reports that Jekyll Island Authority Executive Director Jones Hooks announced Tuesday that the authority is negotiating with Mercer University School of Medicine to open a clinic in the island’s beach village. The second-floor portion of one of the buildings had been purpose-built for a clinic, Hooks said, as the island has been largely without non-emergency medical services since a drugstore closed years ago.

Aug. 17, 2022 Athens Banner-Herald

No decision made yet for Holiday Inn property in downtown Athens; UGA using as parking

Wayne Ford reports that the site for the former Holiday Inn in downtown Athens remains in an undetermined status as its owners continue to look for the best option for the property, an official said this week. The site is prime real estate in the downtown area, fronting Broad Street and running along South Lumpkin and South Hull streets.

Aug. 17, 2022 Albany Herald

A river flows (cleaner) through it: Albany’s sewage system improvements, future work to reduce Flint pollution

Alan Mauldin reports that when members of the Flint Riverkeeper environmental group approached Albany officials a few years ago to discuss the city’s sewage woes, heavy rainfalls meant frequent discharges of raw sewage into the river and at times overflows into neighborhoods. A lot has changed since then, and with the city now looking to finance the completion of a project to separate stormwater and sewage to prevent future spills, the future smells much better.


Aug. 17, 2022 Dalton Daily Citizen, Ga.Fl.News

New GBI director appointed

Asia Ashley reports that longtime public safety leader Michael “Mike” Register has been appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp as the new director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Register steps in to fill the vacancy made by Vic Reynolds, who was recently sworn in as a Cobb Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge.

Aug. 17, 2022 Clayton Crescent

Koth named GA chief elections investigator

Robin Kemp reports that former Forest Park Police Operations Commander Sara Koth has been named chief investigator for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Elections Division. Koth will supervise a staff of more than 40 investigators, inspectors, and support personnel “overseeing complex case management spanning 43 professional licensing boards, the State Election Board, cemeteries, charities, securities, and corporations,” according to a press release from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.

Aug. 17, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Former Trump attorney worked with Atlanta tech firm to hack Coffee voting system

Stanley Dunlap reports that an attorney connected to former President Donald Trump coordinated with experts from an Atlanta-based computer firm to hack into Coffee County’s voting system in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, according to records obtained in a federal lawsuit challenging the security of Georgia’s voting system.

Aug. 17, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Democrats poised to outspend Republicans heading into campaign’s final stretch

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that political ad spending in Georgia’s marquee races is poised to set staggering new midterm records. And so far, Democrats are setting the pace. An analysis by media guru Rick Dent found that more than $270 million worth of ads have already been booked or reserved in Georgia.



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