Georgia Trend Daily – June 22, 2023

June 22, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia’s bald eagles rebounding from last year’s avian influenza outbreak

Ross Williams reports that Georgia’s bald eagles are welcoming a healthy batch of squawking little eaglets into the world, encouraging news for wildlife lovers after an outbreak of avian influenza hammered the iconic birds along the state’s coast last spring. Georgia Department of Natural Resources survey leader Bob Sargent said he breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear that the eagles’ nesting rates were back to within the normal range.

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June 22, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Columbus Muscogee County: A Variety of Attractions

Jennifer Hafer reports, located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Georgia’s second-largest city – encompassing 224 square miles – has long depended on the river to drive commerce. Once a port city, Columbus was a center of textile manufacturing in the early 1800s and by 1900, Bibb Manufacturing opened the Columbus Mill, which became the largest cotton mill in the country.

June 22, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why this ‘forever chemical’ settlement in North Georgia is a big deal

Drew Kann reports that a recent settlement reached by the city of Rome in its dispute over “forever chemical” discharges by neighbors upstream will allow it to build a new, $100 million water treatment plant at no cost to residents, the city’s attorney announced Tuesday night. The agreement will also pay for the facility’s operating costs.

June 22, 2023 GPB

Closed to traffic, open for play: A new initiative transforms Macon neighborhood streets for a day

Eliza Moore reports that Macon residents can nominate their neighborhood street to be a part of Play Streets Macon, a new initiative that opens neighborhood streets for community activities and closes them to traffic. Open Streets Macon is a long running community-wide celebration where streets are closed to traffic and people engage in family fun ranging from chalk art to bike parades.

June 22, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia committee probes ways to expand state’s workforce

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia has a 3.2% unemployment rate and roughly 5.1 million people in its workforce, but Peach State companies struggle to recruit employees. And, a looming recession may only temporarily ease hiring troubles, testimony at the first meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce revealed.

June 22, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

As local work force zoomed to a record 44,600 jobs in May, the unemployment rate inched up as well

John Druckenmuller reports that even as Rome recorded a record 44,600 jobs in May, the unemployment rate also ticked up two-tenths to 3.5% compared to 3% a year ago. There were 1,573 people listed as unemployed in Rome last month, up from April and from May 2022.

June 22, 2023

Two Georgia Universities Hosting 50 Young African Leaders This Summer 

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia will host 50 emerging African leaders this summer on a U.S. State Department program designed to help already-influential young people in business and civil society further strengthen their capabilities.

June 22, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta council awards $1.1M in arts and tourism grants

Hunter Riggall reports that the Marietta City Council has awarded local arts, culture, and tourism organizations grants totaling $1.1 million. Council members voted to approve the tourism grants, which the city doles out annually.

June 22, 2023 The Brunswick News

City commission votes to spend nearly $1 million on public safety

Taylor Cooper reports that the Brunswick City Commission voted to spend over $1 million in total for security cameras, lighting and one-time payments to public safety personnel on Wednesday. The city had requested $1.5 million from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, City Manager Regina McDuffie told The News on Monday, but the state awarded only $978,450 for security cameras and lighting at intersections and high-crime spots.

June 22, 2023 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Mayor appointed to National League of Cities’ Race Equity And Leadership (REAL) Council

Staff reports that Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2023 REAL Council. The appointment was announced by NLC President Mayor Victoria Woodards of Tacoma, Washington.

June 22, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

FEMA denies federal money to Georgia for major March storms that pummeled Troup County

Kelby Hutchison reports that federal assistance for the March storms that caused a tornado that ravaged parts of Troup County, including West Point, has been denied by FEMA, according to a Troup County press release. The state of Georgia requested a major disaster declaration for the severe storms that produced a tornado, straight-line winds and flooding from March 25 to 27.

June 22, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stamp honoring John Lewis unveiled at U.S. Capitol

Tia Mitchell reports that Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol was Congressman John Lewis’ favorite place to roam because he enjoyed meeting tourists, sharing stories about the civil rights movement, and shaking hands with colleagues and the police officers who helped keep them safe. Some of those same colleagues gathered in the hall Wednesday afternoon to unveil a forever stamp that will carry Lewis’ likeness and help celebrate his life and legacy nearly three years after his death.


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