Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 23, 2022

Sept. 23, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia officials report unemployment rates on the rise in the Peach State

T.A. DeFeo reports that unemployment is on the rise in Georgia. Peach State labor officials said all Regional Commissions saw an increase in unemployment rates in August. The state’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.1% in August, up from 2.9% in July and down from 3.9% in August 2021.

Georgia Trend September 2022 Organizations Refcode

No Ordinary Course: Refcode graduate Sintayehu, right, helps a student learn to code
Photo: Brenton Strine

Sept. 23, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Refcode

Candice Dyer reports that computer coders can write their ticket to the American dream of prosperity and success. Refcode, a Clarkston-based nonprofit, specializes in helping refugees and immigrants learn the ins and outs of coding and software engineering tools as a path to financial stability.

Sept. 23, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta adds 10,500 jobs, weaker than typical August

Michael E. Kanell reports that metro Atlanta economy added 10,500 jobs last month, growth that was good but fell short of the typical back-to-school burst of hiring, raising questions about whether the rising interest rates are finally starting to bite. The region last month saw hiring across a range of sectors, especially in government, education and office support staff, according to the state Department of Labor.

Sept. 23, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

Downtown Augusta small-biz incubator on fast track with $2.35 million in federal funding

Joe Hotchkiss reports that the timetable to establish a proposed center to nurture new downtown Augusta businesses has shrunk from years to months after the plan won $2.35 million in federal funding to be released in early 2023. Small-business creation surged nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sept. 23, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Local museum receives national attention

Staff reports that the William Root House Museum & Garden has been recognized by the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums. CFM monitors cultural, technological, political and economic trends in the museum field.

Sept. 23, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County donates 250 acres to expand Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Staff reports that Macon-Bibb County recently donated 250 acres to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. The 2019 John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (Public Law 116-9) nearly quadrupled the park’s authorized boundary, then at 701 acres.

Sept. 23, 2022 The Brunswick News

Cumberland Island plans yearlong birthday celebration

Gordon Jackson reports that Cumberland Island National Seashore is preparing to commemorate its 50th anniversary with a year-long series of events beginning Oct. 1 at the St. Marys Seafood Festival. The kickoff event, in partnership with the city of St. Marys and Kiwanis Club, begins with a parade with a Cumberland Island theme starting at 10 a.m. at the seafood festival.

Sept. 23, 2022 WSB-Radio

Medical marijuana ready for production and sale in Georgia

Tom Regan reports that low-potency THC medical marijuana oil will soon be available for sale in dispensaries in Georgia. This week, state regulators awarded licenses to two companies to grow, market and distribute medical marijuana, which has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of illnesses, including chronic pain and seizures. Advocates applauded the move.

Sept. 23, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Brantley County residents still hope to lay waste to landfill OK’d by state EPD

Jill Nolin reports that by the time the residents of rural Brantley County realized a promising new project was a 100-acre landfill, it may have already been too late. Local officials say they were led to believe the project was a waste-to-energy plant.

Sept. 23, 2022 The Brunswick News

Supreme Court set to hear spaceport appeal

Gordon Jackson reports that the Georgia Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Camden County seeking to invalidate the results of a referendum blocking the purchase of land intended as the launch site for a spaceport. The Oct. 6 hearing will be held at the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.

Sept. 23, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Senate committee considers how to help veterans homes in Georgia

Rebecca Grapevine reports that a state Senate study committee focusing on veterans nursing homes in Georgia met Thursday to hear about problems Georgia veterans face and what the state can do to help. Though most veterans health-care services are spearheaded by the federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), states also have an important role to play in helping veterans apply for and manage their benefits.

Sept. 23, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Candidates for state’s top lawyer disagree on AG’s role on abortion

Maya T. Prabhu reports that when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade’s abortion protections, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr submitted a letter to a federal appeals court asking the judges to allow a 2019 law restricting access to the procedure to take effect.  Soon after, state Sen. Jen Jordan, the Democrat who faces Carr in the November general election, said she would not spend taxpayer money to defend Georgia’s restrictive abortion law, which the court allowed to take effect in July.

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