Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 22, 2023

Feb. 22, 2023

Gov. Kemp: Sewon America Announces 740 New Jobs in Effingham County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp announced that Sewon America, a subsidiary of Korean-based Sewon Precision Industry Co., will create 740 new jobs in Rincon and invest more than $300 million in a new Effingham County manufacturing facility. This project is the largest known private investment in the City of Rincon, to-date.

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Feb. 22, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Catching Up With … Teya Ryan

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, since Teya Ryan took the helm at GPB in 2009, the station has moved successfully in surprising directions – thanks to allies in the state legislature, advocates in the classroom and award-winning programming.

Feb. 22, 2023 Atlanta Journal Constitution

Home Depot gives $1 billion in raises to front-line workers

Michael E. Kanell reports that Home Depot, the largest company based in Georgia, saw sales decelerate at the end of last year and has projected little growth for this year, officials said Tuesday. However, in an effort to keep turnover costs low, the company is giving $1 billion in raises to “front-line” employees, raises that have already begun.

Feb. 22, 2023 The Center Square

Inflation continues to worry Georgians, groups say

T.A. DeFeo reports that inflation will likely stick around for the foreseeable future, and the elevated inflation continues to worry Georgia businesses, groups said. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased by 6.4% over the past 12 months, higher than anticipated.

Feb. 22, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Wide range of Georgians speak against proposed mine near Okefenokee Swamp   

Rebecca Grapevine reports that Georgians ranging from expert scientists to a high-school student testified against a proposed mining site on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp Tuesday night during a virtual public hearing. The diverse group outlined the potential environmental and cultural damage the proposed titanium oxide mine could inflict on the largest blackwater swamp in North America.

Feb. 22, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

International business to reap state awards

Staff reports, owners of businesses that export internationally can apply for the 2023 GLOBE Awards by March 31 at 6 p.m. The Department of Economic Development International Trade Team recognizes exporting excellence among Georgia-based businesses. Established in 2014, the GLOBE Awards acknowledge local businesses contributing to Georgia’s economic growth through global trade and export development.

Feb. 22, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

GNR Public Health offering free Narcan kits at Lawrenceville, Norcross health centers

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County residents can now get an overdose-reversing kit for free from local health officials in case they are worried that they, or someone they care about, might be in danger from opioid use. GNR Public Health announced on Friday that it is making the Narcan kits available to anyone over 18 in its three-county footprint.

Feb. 22, 2023 GPB

Jimmy Carter helped save his hometown medical clinic. Its only doctor celebrates his legacy

Sofi Gratas reports, as the town of Plains, Ga., celebrates the life of former President Jimmy Carter, one local health care clinic wouldn’t be here without him. The primary care clinic is on Main Street in Carter’s hometown.

Feb. 22, 2023 WABE

Georgia teachers discuss handling topics involving race under the state’s ‘divisive concepts’ law

Martha Dalton reports that the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis at the hands of police officers and recent protests around a proposed police training center in Atlanta have grabbed national headlines recently, raising questions about race and power. Georgia teachers, who want to discuss current events like these with their students, have to do so within the confines of a new law. The so-called “Divisive Concepts” law bans teachers from discussing nine topics related to race.

Feb. 22, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Proposed Georgia House mental health reforms aim to increase access to beds, caregivers

Jill Nolin reports that a bipartisan group of lawmakers intends to build on last year’s major behavioral health bill with another wide-ranging measure that advocates celebrated as proof of sustained energy behind efforts to improve access to care in Georgia. The 51-page bill – HB 520 – was filed Tuesday and boosted by House Speaker Jon Burns at a press conference.


Feb. 22, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate panel approves ‘transformative’ reform of CON law

Dave Williams reports that a state Senate committee narrowly approved legislation late Tuesday that would replace Georgia’s certificate of need (CON) law governing hospitals with a less restrictive “special health-care service” license. The original version of Senate Bill 162 introduced last week called for a complete repeal of CON, a move legislative Republicans and conservative public policy organizations have advocated for years but that has been opposed by hospital groups.

Feb. 22, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite cold shoulder from leaders, culture wars back at Legislature

Maya T. Prabhu reports, every year after statewide elections Republican leaders at the Capitol say there are no plans to engage in the partisan culture wars that have become more and more popular in the nation’s polarized political system. Instead, they say, they plan to focus on “kitchen table issues” such as tax cuts, economic development and crime reduction.


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