Georgia Trend Daily – June 9, 2023

June 9, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia PSC reverses course, pulls support for plan to burn tires to produce energy

Stanley Dunlap reports that a controversial proposal to allow biomass plants to burn scrap tires for electricity has been withdrawn by the Georgia Public Service Commission for now anyway. Clean energy advocates applauded the five-member board’s unanimous vote Thursday that reversed its decision in April that granted the biomass industry’s request to use junked tires as a more reliable fuel source that improves the bottom line.

Ben Young


June 9, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Georgia Music on My Mind

Ben Young writes, Georgia has such a rich musical heritage – from Johnny Mercer to CeeLo Green, there is no denying the wellspring of talent that has originated here or its societal influence. Consider titans like Otis Redding, James Brown and Ray Charles, whose music also served to advance civil rights by breaking down barriers as it crossed over to White audiences.

June 9, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta housing market shuts out both young and older buyers

Michael E. Kanell reports that the two largest population cohorts looking to buy homes are increasingly shut out of the metro Atlanta market, according to one of the region’s leading experts on housing. Younger professionals looking to move get out of apartments and older boomers aiming to downsize — both groups typically without children — are finding few homes in the area that are modestly priced and modestly sized, said John Hunt, principal in MarketNsight, which tracks and analyzes housing throughout the Southeast.


June 9, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus-based grill maker W.C. Bradley Co. expands by acquiring competing business

Brittany McGee reports that Columbus-based W.C. Bradley Co. announced Thursday that it has acquired the global consumer goods company Dansons US LLC. The acquisition adds to W.C. Bradley’s portfolio of outdoor consumer products, according to a news release.

June 9, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia uses $83.5 million in COVID relief money for public safety grants

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia is giving out more than $83.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief money as grants to fund 118 public safety projects across the Peach State. Departments can use the funds to augment law enforcement staffing and support violent crime reduction initiatives or intervention programs.

June 9, 2023 11 Alive

‘Hopefully, we can meet in the middle’ | State meets with Atlanta State Farmers Market vendors to help avoid evictions

Paola Suro reports that the Georgia Department of Agriculture is working to address concerns from Atlanta State Farmers Market vendors as they potentially face eviction. It hosted a meeting with the merchants who are worried they could be kicked out in less than 30 days because of new rules to address crime at the market.

June 9, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Wellstar Health System becomes exclusive sports medicine provider for LaGrange College

Staff reports that Wellstar Health System announced it is now the exclusive sports medicine provider for LaGrange College’s athletic program. Wellstar has entered into an exclusive partnership with LaGrange College to provide sports medicine coverage to its 400 student-athletes.

June 9, 2023 The Brunswick News

Residents, visitors asked to protect wildlife during nesting seasons

Lauren McDonald reports, tourists are not the only visitors enjoying the Golden Isles’ spacious beaches and scenic environments this summer. Turtles like loggerheads and diamondback terrapins, and a variety of shorebirds and sea birds are also here for the summer months, sharing the space and needing protection.

June 9, 2023 Albany Herald

Ossoff announces upgrades for communications at Marine base

Staff reports that U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff is delivering upgrades to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany to strengthen national security. Ossoff successfully brought Republicans and Democrats in Congress together to support the design of a new consolidated communication facility.

June 9, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Growth and taxes: Lt. Gov. Burt Jones visits Rome, tours local industries

John Bailey reports that state is positioned well economically with the potential for growth ahead, and Northwest Georgia is a reflection of that, Lt. Gov. Burt Jones told a group of Rome Floyd Chamber members Thursday. However, that growth potential also comes with its share of problems.

June 9, 2023 Morgan County Citizen, Albany Herald          

Georgia Chamber announces 2023 ‘Legislators of the Year’

Carlton Fletcher reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the recipients of its 2023 Legislator of the Year Awards. This year’s recipients are Sen. Steve Gooch (Dahlonega), Rep. Jan Jones (Milton) and Sen. Shawn Still (Johns Creek).

June 9, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia dropping ‘woke’ words from teacher preparation rules

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted unanimously Thursday to delete “woke” words including “equity” and “inclusion” from the state’s teacher preparation rules. Along with “diversity,” a word the commission voted last month to delete from the preparation standards, the changes were requested by the University System of Georgia to clarify expectations for incoming teachers, commission Chairman Brian Sirmans said.

June 9, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Candidates to helm state GOP offer different plans to rebuild party

Greg Bluestein reports, in between the visits by Donald Trump and other White House candidates and debates over the future of Republican politics, the Georgia GOP’s delegates will decide a three-way race for the next leader of the state party. All three hopefuls promise to turn the page from Chair David Shafer, the embattled party leader who could face criminal charges for his part in orchestrating a pro-Trump fake elector slate. Shafer said he’s done nothing wrong.

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