Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 10, 2023
Jan. 10, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald
Marc Weiszer reports that Georgia football fans waited through thick and thin and plenty of heartache spanning 41 years until their team delivered them a national title in the 2021 season. This time it took the Bulldogs only 364 days to get another and they did it with eye-popping authority.
Jan. 10, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that longtime Speaker of the Georgia House David Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, died in November at age 68. Ralston’s death came just days after announcing he would not seek another term as House leader, due to a health challenge.
Jan. 10, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Drew Kann and Greg Bluestein report that solar panel manufacturer Qcells is expected to announce an expansion in Dalton plus a massive new plant northwest of Atlanta in what could be the largest clean energy manufacturing investment in U.S history, multiple people with knowledge of the company’s plans told the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jan. 10, 2023 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that travelers from Atlanta have further options for nonstop flights to Peru, Chile and Brazil, in part thanks to Delta Air Lines Inc.’s new joint-venture with LATAM Airlines. Delta added new frequencies from Atlanta to the Brazilian hubs of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo on Dec. 17, resuming a seasonal route to Rio and a second weekly flight to São Paulo, the country’s financial hub.
Jan. 10, 2023 Rome News-Tribune
John Bailey reports that Rome-based Hydro Dynamics’ ShockWave Xtractor cavitation technology allows brewers to extract more of the oils in the hops used in brewing beer. The benefit of that technology is that it cuts down on the use of the hops, which is one of the most expensive parts of the brewing process.
Jan. 10, 2023 Augusta Chronicle
Abraham Kenmore reports that the Augusta Chronicle has obtained a copy of the letter of intent between AU Health Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Augusta University, and the Wellstar Health Systems. The letter, dated Dec. 27, 2022, confirms a discussion where Wellstar would take over all of the assets of AU Health, including the medical practices for faculty members of the Medical College of Georgia.
Jan. 10, 2023 Saporta Report
John Ruch reports that MARTA Deputy General Manager Josh Rowan has abruptly left the transit agency without explanation only five months after his high-profile hiring. Rowan, the former commissioner of the Atlanta Department of Transportation, was tasked by MARTA with speeding the delivery of major projects and engaging with communities to determine whether some of those lines should be served by rail or bus.
Jan. 10, 2023 Savannah Morning News
Adam Van Brimmer reports that nine of the 236 Georgia General Assembly members represent Chatham County residents. Over the next three months, those House reps and senators will champion bills, resolutions and other initiatives that are of local interest and lobby for services and capital improvement projects to be included in the state budget.
Jan. 10, 2023 The Center Square
T.A. DeFeo reports that Atlanta once had a robust transportation network, with streetcars rumbling along the city’s streets and interurban lines connecting suburbs like Marietta and Stone Mountain. But 75 years ago, the lines shuttered, replaced by new forms of transportation: Automobiles.
Jan. 10, 2023 WABE
Jess Mador reports that lawmakers are back at the Capitol this week for the new legislative session, and they’re facing a host of big health issues again this year. Last year’s bipartisan Mental Health Parity Act outlined a roadmap for improving Georgia’s mental healthcare system over the next few years.
Jan. 10, 2023 State Affairs
Tammy Joyner and Jill Jordan Sieder report, it’s early yet, but we’ve identified several measures in the making that could be introduced this session, including new abortion restrictions, changes to school funding and hospital regulations, help for the homeless and a bill to clear the way for people with criminal records to move on with their life and advance their careers.
Jan. 10, 2023 Georgia Recorder
Jill Nolin and Stanley Dunlap report that the state Capitol was bustling Monday with first-day-of-school energy as lawmakers returned to Atlanta for this year’s legislative session. The General Assembly got off to a quick start, swiftly electing a new speaker after the death of longtime House Speaker David Ralston in November.
Jan. 10, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maya T. Prabhu reports that Georgia’s Republican senators say they are seeking to clarify the chamber’s position on “legislative immunity,” which shields lawmakers from sharing certain information. The General Assembly long ago exempted itself from the state’s Open Record Act that all other government officials must obey, a statute designed to ensure the public knows what its elected officials are doing.