Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 9, 2022
Sept. 9, 2022 The Center Square
Georgia’s general fund revenues grew by 5.5% in last quarter despite gas tax holiday
T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia continues to see increasing revenues, new numbers show. The state’s total general fund receipts in August exceeded $2.3 billion. That represents an increase of 8.5%, or $180.4 million, over last August when net tax collections topped $2.1 billion.
Sept. 9, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens
Susan Percy reports on a new University System of Georgia regent, new state GOP executive director, appointments to the Healthcare Workforce Commission, Georgia’s “heartbeat” law takes effect and more.
Sept. 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rivian partners with Mercedes-Benz for EV van production in Europe
Zachary Hansen reports that Rivian, the upstart electric vehicle company that plans to build a $5 billion factory an hour east of Atlanta, is partnering with Mercedes-Benz to ramp up electric van production in Europe. The automakers announced a deal Thursday to produce two electric van models, one for each company’s fleet.
Sept. 9, 2022 Georgia.org
Georgia-based Troy Acoustics Expanding, Investing $40M in Thomas County
Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Georgia-based Troy Acoustics Corporation (TAC) will invest almost $40 million in a new manufacturing facility in Thomas County. In addition to the 88 new jobs that will be created, the company will also retain the 17 positions it currently supports.
Sept. 9, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal
Georgia Highlands College opens new Marietta campus
Andrew Cicco reports that Georgia Highlands College, a multi-campus community college based in Rome, cut the ribbon on its new and expanded Marietta campus this week. University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue and newly-appointed Georgia Highlands College President Mike Hobbs were joined by Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, R-east Cobb, campus dean Ken Reaves and other school executives to celebrate the new location.
Sept. 9, 2022 Rome News-Tribune
Floods: Potential good news on Summerville water plant. Chattooga schools closed today.
John Druckenmiller reports, from Chattooga County Schools Superintendent Jared Hosmer: “After discussing the water situation with city and county officials, it is with regret that we will have to cancel school for the remainder of the week (Thursday and Friday). We will continue to stay in touch with the city and county officials and pass along any updates that we are given.
Sept. 9, 2022 Capitol Beat News
University system waiving standardized test scores for admission to most campuses
Dave Williams reports that the University System of Georgia will waive SAT and ACT test requirements at most of the system’s 26 institutions for another year, system Chancellor Sonny Perdue announced Thursday. The university system didn’t include the tests as an admissions requirement for the fall semester this year at all schools except the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia College & State University.
Sept. 9, 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Emory sets expansion plan for Johns Creek hospital amid suburban population boom
Tyler Wilkins reports that Emory Johns Creek Hospital now has a 20-year plan in place for future expansions of its campus. At full-build out, it could more than double its hospital and medical office footprint.
Sept. 9, 2022 The Brunswick News
Lawsuit filed in federal court near 3-year anniversary of shipwreck disaster
Larry Hobbs reports that three years after the vessel Golden Ray capsized in the St. Simons Sound with a cargo of more than 4,000 vehicles, lifelong shrimper Johnny Ray Bennett says the shrimp harvest is not as bountiful as before. However, the trawl nets of the Dora F have been finding one commodity all too plentiful: car parts.
Sept. 9, 2022 WABE
Initial data from new 988 hotline may point to progress in reaching at-risk Georgians
Jess Mador reports that Georgia’s 988 mental health crisis hotline took in almost 38,000 calls, text and chat messages in its first 45 days of operation. And while the line’s demographics data are preliminary, state health officials say the numbers are promising.
Sept. 9, 2022 Savannah Morning News
PolitiFact: Raphael Warnock exaggerates success rate for reaching child tax credit recipients
Louis Jacobson reports that after he hit the road on a campaign bus tour, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., touted some legislative achievements of President Joe Biden’s administration. “This legislation has helped 97% of the families with children who are living in poverty,” Warnock said Aug. 29 in Albany, Georgia.
Sept. 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Jolt: Kemp rushes to shore up Grady as Wellstar closure looms
Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, in the wake of last week’s surprise announcement that the Atlanta Medical Center will close its doors, state and local officials are now discussing a new package of aid to Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s only other high-level trauma facility.