Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 13, 2023

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Governor declares State of Emergency after powerful storms move through North Georgia

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency as violent storms that likely included tornadoes moved through North Georgia. The Griffin area and parts of Troup County appear to be one of the hardest hit areas from the storms as they moved through North Georgia Thursday afternoon.

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Jan. 13, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around The State

Christy Simo reports on investments in Bryan, Turner, Macon-Bibb, Lowndes and Coweta counties and beyond. Millwork manufacturer Steves & Sons Inc. is investing more than $100 million to build a 310,000-square-foot facility in Jackson County, creating 170 jobs.

Jan. 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

In bid for big battery plant, Georgia anted up $358M in incentives

Zachary Hansen reports that a Norwegian battery upstart could receive more than $358 million in grants, tax breaks and other inducements from state and local governments to build its planned Coweta County factory where it will build giant energy storage systems for utilities and other clients. The state and local incentives offered to Freyr Battery are detailed in documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the Georgia Open Records Act.

Jan. 13, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Feds invest in Pooler. Here’s how city will spend $8 million in infrastructure funding.

Nancy Guan reports that the City of Pooler is getting $8 million in federal funds that will go towards major infrastructure improvement projects at the top of the ever-growing suburban community’s list. Over the last decade, nearly 10,000 new residents flocked to Pooler.

Jan. 13, 2023 State Affairs

MLK’s legacy still shines in his hometown

Tammy Joyner reports, as America prepares to celebrate King’s birthday this weekend (he would have been 94 on Sunday),  schools, civic and religious organizations, scholars and others will reflect on one of Georgia’s most famous native sons and his impact on the American civil rights movement.

Jan. 1, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Macon earns spot on New York Times travel list as one of the ’52 Places to Go in 2023’

Joe Kovac Jr. reports that the Travel section of the New York Times has selected Macon, which this year marks the 200th anniversary since its founding, as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2023.” Macon was joined on the list by such destinations as Madrid, London, Istanbul, Taipai and Auckland, New Zealand.

Jan. 13, 2023 The Gainesville Times

This school is getting a $9 million expansion to prepare students for careers in welding, marine tech

Ben Anderson reports that the Hall County school board on Tuesday unanimously approved nearly $9 million in additional funding for two career technology labs at Lanier College and Career Academy, where high schoolers throughout the district can come to earn technical college credits and get job training in high-demand fields.

Jan. 13, 2023 The Brunswick News

Camden lawsuits over spaceport costly

Gordon Jackson reports that newly elected Camden County Commissioner Jim Goodman made a motion during his first meeting earlier this month to stop spending money on legal fees related to a spaceport. The vote failed, but Goodman said he plans to make the same motion at every meeting until he gets the three votes necessary for the county to stop all spending related to the spaceport, including paying lawyers, and to turn over records requested related to a risk analysis of rocket launches from the site.

Jan. 13, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Kemp pledges more school spending, tough-on-crime policies as he’s sworn in for second term as Georgia governor

Ross Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp officially got four more years Thursday to call the Georgia governor’s mansion home. He was sworn in for his second term by state Supreme Court Justice Carla Wong McMillian after defeating Democratic rival Stacey Abrams in November’s election.

Jan. 13, 2023 The Current, GPB

New bill will increase tax on cigarettes to cover health costs

Ellen Eldridge reports that Georgia’s tobacco tax is the second-lowest in the nation, behind only Missouri. A previous study by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute showed that raising the tax per pack of cigarettes to match the national average would help cover the increased costs of health care from the effects of tobacco use.

Jan. 13, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Newly elected Lt. Gov. Burt Jones names Senate committee chairmen

Dave Williams reports that Lt. Gov. Burt Jones appointed a roster of state Senate chairmen Thursday including naming Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, R-Marietta, to head the new Senate Children and Families Committee. “This critical committee will be tasked with taking the lead on mental health, child protection, foster care, and adoption initiatives,” said Jones, who will preside over the Senate.

Jan. 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Elections might move faster with new Georgia registration system

Mark Niesse reports that an upgraded Georgia voter registration system is finally ready to launch, an improvement that officials say will speed up elections, make it easier for voters to change their addresses and ultimately reduce lines. Nicknamed GaRVIS for the Georgia Registered Voter Information System, it will store registration records for Georgia’s 7.9 million voters, verify voter information at precincts and process absentee ballot information after counties start using it Feb. 6.

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