Georgia Trend Daily – July 10, 2023

July 10, 2023 GPB

Georgia peach farmers pursuing solutions to crop losses caused by climate change

Gautama Mehta reports that Middle Georgia’s peach growers, who have been devastated by a harvest ruined by bad weather, have little in the way of financial recourse to offset their losses. The USDA’s recent declaration that the spring freezes amounted to a natural disaster unlocked some relief in the form of disaster assistance loans for farmers.



July 10, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

CareSource forms partnerships to address human trafficking in Georgia 

Julia Roberts reports that there are 1.5 million human trafficking victims in the United States, most of which are children, with the average age of victims ranging from 12 to 14 years old. Home to a complex interstate system and the busiest airport in the world, Georgia’s location makes it a prime target for trafficking.

July 10, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bob Cohn, 88, built one of the world’s largest PR firms

Leon Stafford reports that Donna Fleishman remembers when legendary public relations giant Bob Cohn was just starting out in the business with nothing more than grit and determination. A former journalist who covered the civil rights movement of 1960s Alabama, Cohn made the move to PR in Atlanta in the early 1970s in an effort to better provide for his family.

July 10, 2023 Saporta Report

Legendary Georgia journalist Bill Shipp dies at 89

Maria Saporta reports, Bill Shipp, a veteran Georgia journalist and political commentator, passed away Saturday evening. Shipp, who was born Aug. 16, 1933, was just one month shy of his 90th birthday.

July 10, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Planned rock quarries threaten to blast away some pastoral Georgia countryside

Jill Nolin reports that Jon Hale savors his childhood memories of camping, fishing and hunting on his grandfather’s land in rural Talbot County. But now a proposed rock quarry at a nearby cow pasture in Woodland threatens to blast away Hale’s hopes for his children to form their own treasured memories growing up in Georgia’s picturesque countryside less than two hours from downtown Atlanta.

July 10, 2023 The Brunswick News

Eagle nesting averaging out along the coast

Phoebe Barrett reports, eagle nesting is continuing to stabilize along the coast following a bout of avian flu last year. Avian flu decimated bird species on the coast, including bald eagles and black vultures.

July 10, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Health care on site: St. Joseph’s/Candler to open medical clinic at Hyundai Metaplant

Latrice Williams reports that employees working inside Hyundai EV plant being built in Bryan County will not only have the luxury of competitive pay and benefits but will also have access to health care right at their fingertips. Hyundai and St. Joseph’s/Candler entered into an agreement Monday for the health care system to operate a 7,700-square-foot medical center inside the manufacturing facility.

July 10, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Change of Command: Moody AFB says farewell to old commander, welcomes new commander

Davis Cobb reports that Moody Air Force Base conducted a change of command ceremony July 6 to send off Col. Russell “Bones” Cook and hand off his position and duty as commander of the 23rd Wing, home of the “Flying Tigers,” to incoming commander Col. Paul Sheets.

July 10, 2023 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News

Canton community center request by Muslim nonprofit meets opposition from residents

Ethan Johnson reports that a request to build a social and cultural center in Canton by a Muslim nonprofit was met with opposition from area residents during Thursday’s city council meeting. Canton City Council members heard a conditional use permit request from Tareef Saab, chairman of Eden Community Centers, Inc., for a community center at 4043 Marietta Highway Suite 100.

July 10, 2023 The Center Square

Follow-up audit finds progress from Georgia Forestry Commission program

T.A. DeFeo reports that the Georgia Forestry Commission Forest Protection program has progressed in better distributing wildland firefighting resources but needs more action in several areas, specifically its aviation resources. That’s one of the findings in a July follow-up to a 2021 performance audit from the Georgia Department of Audits & Accounts.

July 10, 2023 Capitol Beat News

State mulling partial lifting of irrigation well moratorium

Dave Williams reports that the state slapped a moratorium on drilling new irrigation wells in large portions of Southwest Georgia in 2012, responding to a two-year drought that dried up one stream and significantly decreased flows in others. Now, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is moving to partially ease the ban, due in part to court victories Georgia has won in the long-running tri-state water wars with Florida and Alabama.

July 10, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

House committee to hold elections hearing

Staff reports that the Committee on House Administration will hold a full committee field hearing titled, “American Confidence in Elections: The Path to Election Integrity Across America” on Monday, July 10, at 2:30 p.m. Some Republican members of the committee will have a press conference at 11:30 a.m. on the American Confidence in Elections Act at the Marietta Diner on Cobb Parkway.

July 10, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia lieutenant governor hits diversity spending, but gives to Black caucus

James Salzer reports that Lt. Gov. Burt Jones has criticized the millions of dollars state universities are spending on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, saying he’s concerned such programs sometimes push “divisive concepts.” But the first-term Republican also knows retail politics, and his campaign disclosure being filed for the period ending June 30 shows he’s sponsored Legislative Black Caucus events in recent months, spending $1,000.

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