Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 6, 2022
Sept. 6, 2022 Rome News-Tribune
Kemp declares flooding emergency in Floyd, Chattooga counties; Summerville issues ‘boil water’ order
Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Sunday in Chattooga and Floyd counties after thunderstorms dropped more than 10 inches of rain on parts of the region. Chattooga County was under a local flash flood emergency by 10 a.m., to include Summerville, Lyerly, Trion and James H. Floyd State Park. A flash flood warning for Floyd County included Rome, Lindale and Armuchee.
Sept. 6, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Betty Darby reports that Georgia Conservancy, which has advocated for conservation of the state’s natural resources for 55 years, teamed up with Georgia Trend last year to initiate the Sustainable Futures Awards. The awards salute communities or business entities that are pioneering practices that result in wise stewardship of land, air and water – a recognition, in short, of those who found the balance where both the environment and the economy flourish.
Sept. 6, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a continued surge of trade through the state’s ports has meant a parallel increase in their impact on the Georgia economy, according to a report to be issued Tuesday. The report, commissioned by the Georgia Ports Authority, concludes that the ports — Savannah and Brunswick — support 561,000 jobs across the state, according up from to an economic impact study by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
Sept. 6, 2022 WABE
Emil Moffat reports that as Donald Chase tells it, his dad – now 85 years old – was actually the one who began pushing the use of more technology. “My dad had gone to a farm convention and he came back all excited, ‘oh we need to get this auto steer’ and I was like, ‘yeah, but how do we pay for that, daddy?’”
Sept. 6, 2022 Savannah Morning News
Latrice Williams reports that more people flock to Bryan County, those who call Richmond Hill home want to know how the city will manage growth. The Hyundai plant will open in just two and a half years, leaving officials with a short amount of time to sort out housing and amenities for current and future residents.
Sept. 6, 2022 Augusta Chronicle
Abraham Kenmore reports that members of the National Nurses United at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta gathered on Thursday to protest conditions they say make it hard to keep nurses or care for veterans. “Nurses are sick of being abused,” they chanted. “We’re fighting back so the vets don’t lose!”
Sept. 6, 2022 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will discontinue its daily print edition and go to a weekend print edition, but it will continue its digital news operation seven days a week, according to interviews with a half dozen people close to the newspaper. The time frame to implement the discontinuation of the daily print edition has not yet been decided, but sources say it likely would happen sometime in 2023 — most likely within a year from now.
Sept. 6, 2022 Capitol Beat News
Dave Williams reports that farmers in Southwest Georgia haven’t been permitted to drill new irrigation wells for a decade due to low stream flows. But a new grant program funded with federal COVID relief aid promises a workaround for that moratorium that will provide a new source of water for irrigation in the region and thereby help stabilize Georgia’s No.-1 industry.
Sept. 6, 2022 Georgia Recorder
Stanley Dunlap reports, in the 2020 presidential election Hispanics demonstrated their power in Georgia despite accounting for just 4% of the votes cast statewide, when the growing ethnic group overwhelmingly supported Democrat Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump in a race decided by fewer than 12,000 votes.
Sept. 6, 2022 GPB
Stephen Fowler reports that absentee ballot drop boxes were a pandemic-era addition to voting in Georgia used primarily in the 2020 presidential race and by voters of both parties. For the first time ever, you can now see where and when more than 550,000 Georgians used nearly 300 boxes across 112 counties.
Sept. 6, 2022 The Center Square
T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia ranks second in the country for its election integrity measures, an analysis found. According to the Election Integrity Scorecard from the Heritage Foundation, the Peach State ranked behind only its neighbor to the north, Tennessee.
Sept. 6, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein and Timothy Pratt report that the last time one of Atlanta’s key safety-net hospitals was on the verge of financial ruin, a public-private partnership rushed to save Grady Memorial Hospital with a new infusion of cash approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and a tide of corporate support. But elected officials expressed doubt about whether a new rescue mission could stave off Atlanta Medical Center’s closure, following Wellstar Health System’s sudden announcement this week that it would shutter the century-old hospital amid a tide of losses.