Georgia Trend Daily – June 26, 2023

June 26, 2023 Macon Telegraph

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

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.

Georgia Trend, Gretchen Corbin

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June 26, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Successful Gamble

K.K. Snyder reports that here in the Peach State, where the Georgia Lottery is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, the real winners are the students and families that continue to benefit from lottery-funded pre-K programs and HOPE college scholarships and grants. In fact, students have received $14 billion in HOPE awards over the past three decades.

June 26, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Portman buys land to expand Junction Krog project along Beltline

Zachary Hansen reports that a well-known Atlanta developer recently purchased more property along the Beltline to expand its mixed-use project near Krog Street Market. Portman Holdings told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution it closed on 1.3 acres of land near Irwin and Sampson streets.

June 26, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia committee to explore solutions to truck driver shortage

T.A. DeFeo reports, a Georgia Senate study committee will explore how the state can help mitigate the truck driver shortage. In April 2022, Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, issued an executive order, which, in part, allowed heavier trucks to operate on Peach State roads.

June 26, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

The Brumby Chair Company: A southern legacy that rocks

Skyler Heath reports that the Brumby Chair Company began as the Marietta Barrel Factory in 1867 when James Remley Brumby started handcrafting wooden barrels for local flour mills. But when mills ditched barrels and switched to burlap sacks, the tradesman had to find new means to stay afloat.

June 26, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Million dollar GSU study analyzing K-12 remote learning

Asia Ashley reports that Georgia State University’s Georgia Policy Lab will be studying the effects of remote learning on K-12 student outcomes with $1.85 million in federal funding. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, will look into why some students fared better than others in remote learning environments during the pandemic.

June 26, 2023 The Current, Augusta University

Digital divide heightens impact on health care in rural Georgia and South, reveals new study

Milledge Austin reports that telehealth has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, a recent study published by in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Digital Health shows there is a large divide between rural and underserved communities and other parts of the country in access to high-speed internet, making it difficult for people living in those areas to take advantage of online health services.

June 26, 2023 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

ACCG holds first mental health committee meeting

Billy Hobbs reports, “From a financial standpoint, every county has the same problem when dealing with mental health in county jails,” said Baldwin County Commissioner Henry R. Craig, who is also president of the Association of the County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). One of Craig’s first orders of business was to appoint a special committee to look at creating an information clearinghouse on mental health and substance abuse for all 159 counties in the state.

June 26, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Education key to combating antisemitism, Sam Olens says

Staff reports that education is the answer to combating the rise of antisemitism, former Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens told the MDJ on Sunday. On Saturday, a group led an antisemitic protest outside of Chabad of Cobb off Lower Roswell Road in east Cobb.

June 26, 2023 Albany Herald

Austin Scott lauds committee passage of Defense Act

Staff reports that U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement upon the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act passing out of Committee. “This legislation recognizes the global impact that Georgia’s bases have on our nation’s defense and supports our warfighters around the globe,” Scott said.

June 26, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Democratic state legislator pushes for her bill to secure firearms

Aaleah McConnell reports, Georgia became an open-carry state after lawmakers passed legislation in 2022, allowing gun owners to display handguns in public without a background check or permit. One year later, a bill requiring firearms to be safely secured away from children stalled before the 2023 legislative session ended.

June 26, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia leaders get serious about literacy, but are not ready to pay for it

Ty Tagami reports that Georgia lawmakers, citing a childhood literacy crisis, have demanded a sweeping overhaul of the way public schools teach reading. But so far, the politicians have not backed their new laws with significant funding.

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