Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 10, 2023

Jan. 10, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Bulldog bludgeoning: UGA football first CFP back-to-back national champions with rout of TCU

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.

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Jan. 10, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: The Ups, Downs, and In-betweens

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

Solar panel maker Qcells expected to announce huge Georgia expansion

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

Delta Deepens Latin America Reach From Atlanta With More Flights to Brazil, Peru and Chile 

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

Oil and beer: How innovation and international expansion became a local success story

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

Augusta University Health, Wellstar letter of intent made public

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

New MARTA deputy general manager leaves in surprise move

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

What’s on the agenda in Georgia General Assembly? Here are Savannah lawmakers’ priorities

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

Mass transit could be expanding in Georgia, but critics say costs aren’t justified

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

Georgia lawmakers face thorny health issues during new legislative session

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

Legislation on abortion, school funding, could see daylight in Statehouse this session

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

Georgia lawmakers kick off 2023 session with new House speaker, UGA football on their minds

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

Proposed rule would shield Georgia senators from disclosing legislative work

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.

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