Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 7, 2022

Dec. 7, 2022 The Current

Warnock prevails over Walker for full US Senate term from Georgia

Crain Nelson reports that Raphael Warnock is returning to the U.S. Senate. Propelled by a large turnout that sustained his lead from early voting, Warnock defeated football legend Herschel Walker by 51.28% to 48.72%, or just under 100,000 votes as of 12:25 a.m., capping the most expensive contest of this year’s midterm elections and one of the costliest in Georgia’s history.

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Four Ways Supporting Homeownership Can Help Break the Cycle of Poverty

Jason Bearden reports, for many people, the American dream of home ownership represents a significant milestone in their lives. A March 2022 survey published by, a leading financial services company, revealed that 74% of Americans ranked homeownership as the number one measure of prosperity – higher than a career (60%) and a college education (35%).

Dec. 7, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City council passes modest updates to Atlanta’s tree ordinance

Drew Kann reports, after a pair of recent multi-year efforts to rewrite Atlanta’s tree ordinance sputtered, City Council on Monday passed several revisions to the city’s dated rules, the first new measures approved in years. The updates establish new rules for planting trees in parking lots and along streets surrounding new residential and commercial developments, among other regulations.

Dec. 7, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times

Day of Infamy: Feeling the ripple effects of Pearl Harbor

Dean Poling writes, at five minutes to eight o’clock, on a Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, in Hawaii, Japanese planes attacked the United States military base at Pearl Harbor. An hour later, a second wave of Japanese planes continued the attack.

Dec. 7, 2022 GPB

Georgia’s public health system gets nearly $100 million for workforce and upgrades

Sofi Gratas reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding states over $4 billion in funding to support public health nationwide. The Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce and Data Systems grant will last five years, with $3.2 billion given to state public health districts in the first year. Georgia’s Department of Public Health will receive close to $100 million dollars over a five-year period from the CDC grant.

Dec. 7, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Savannah, Effingham reach agreement to protect Abercorn Creek water source from development

Zoe Nicholson reports that the City of Savannah has withdrawn its threat of legal action against Effingham County over an approved warehouse park that could threaten its neighboring property, Savannah’s drinking water intake plant on Abercorn Creek. The decision came after Effingham County took several steps to protect the water source, which is a tributary of the Savannah River.


Dec. 7, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Price tag of Smyrna’s brewery-adjacent downtown park grows to $1.5 million

Jake Busch reports that the City Council voted 4-2 to allocate an additional $500,000 for the building of a downtown park slated to open in spring 2023. Village Green Park will be located just south of the StillFire Brewing brewery being built in downtown Smyrna.

Dec. 7, 2022 The Center Square

Critics say Georgia’s gas tax moratorium helps, but isn’t good long-term policy

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia hasn’t collected its gas tax since March, as Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a series of legislation and executive orders to place a moratorium on collections. “Those prices have a huge impact on the economy as a whole,” National Federation of Independent Business Region Director Nathan Humphrey told The Center Square.

Dec. 7, 2022 GPB

Sheree Ralston qualifies to fill district seat held by her late husband

Donna Lowry reports that Sheree Ralston, the widow of the late Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, became the first to qualify for his 7th District House seat. “I look forward to a great campaign,” Ralston said to reporters as she walked out of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Dec. 7, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Kemp to lawmakers: ‘We cannot rest on our laurels’

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp challenged members of the General Assembly Tuesday to build on the successes that played a major role in the Republican governor’s reelection last month. Echoing many of the themes of this year’s campaign, Kemp touted Georgia’s achievements during the last two years in economic development, education, and public safety.

Dec. 7, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Analysis: How Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker

Greg Bluestein reports, it was one of the most unusual political events in recent Georgia history. After vilifying Gov. Brian Kemp for much of the past decade, the Democratic Party of Georgia held a suburban event featuring voters who sang the Republican’s praises while also vouching for U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock.

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