Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 22, 2023

Aug. 22, 2023 Georgia Recorder

First of state’s three new shovel-ready crisis centers gets bipartisan groundbreaking in Fulton County

Jill Nolin reports that state and local officials from both sides of the aisle took turns shoveling ceremonial dirt Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking of Fulton County’s first publicly funded behavioral health crisis center. The Fulton County project is one of three new crisis centers funded in this year’s state budget.



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CareSource forms partnerships to address human trafficking in Georgia 

Julia Roberts reports, 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.

Aug. 22, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Developer seeks tax break for Beltline apartment project

Zachary Hansen reports that a Fulton County agency will consider granting a tax break to a residential project along the Beltline’s bustling Eastside trail in one of the fastest-growing sections of Atlanta. Maple Multifamily Land SE, a subsidiary of Trammell Crow Residential, is scheduled to go before the Development Authority of Fulton County (DAFC) board Tuesday to request $4.3 million in tax savings as part of the project, according to a meeting agenda.

Aug. 22, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens construction company JOMA becomes employee owned

Chris Starrs reports, with more than 1,000 projects completed in the last 18 years, trucks and equipment bearing the JOMA Construction logo are a ubiquitous sight in and around the Athens area. And now, whenever you see a JOMA employee, you’ll also see someone who is an owner of the company.

Aug. 22, 2023 Dalton Daily Citizen

Georgia Department of Transportation seeks input on improvement program

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is seeking public comment on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The public comment period will be open through Sept. 17. The STIP is GDOT’s four-year plan for transportation and capital improvement.

Aug. 22, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

After 100 years, Snellville has grown but still remains a ‘mercantile town’

Curt Yeomans reports, when Emmitt Clower was a boy growing up in Snellville, the heart of the town was — as it is now — the intersection of U.S. Highway 78 and State Route 124. But that intersection looked a little different from how it appears today.

Aug. 22, 2023 The Center Square

Judge hands down mixed ruling in Georgia election law challenge

T.A. DeFeo reports that a federal judge handed down a mixed ruling in a case challenging Georgia’s election law. U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee ruled against a provision barring anyone from giving away food, drinks, or gifts if they are more than 150 feet from the polling place

Aug. 22, 2023 CNHI News

Georgia senator charged in Fulton County election indictment faces suspension

Asia Ashley reports that a Georgia senator indicted by a Fulton County last week for involvement in an alleged elector scheme could face suspension from office in the coming weeks. Freshman Sen. Shawn Still — whose district represents north Fulton, south Forsyth and northwest Gwinnett counties — was one of 19 charged by a Fulton County grand jury Aug. 14 for allegedly plotting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.

Aug. 22, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

State senator gets $5,000 donation to fight food insecurity in Augusta area

Abraham Kenmore reports that Kroger recently gave $5,000 to Sen. Harold Jones II to donate to organizations fighting food insecurity. Jones last week was touring a new Kroger on Eisenhower Parkway, which is set to open next spring.

Aug. 22, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Warnock tours Head Start classrooms ahead of push for more student teachers

Staff reports that Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock toured classrooms at Savannah’s Head Start facility on May Street. He spoke of his push for bipartisan legislation to address workforce shortages in Early Head Start classrooms, which provides childhood development, learning, health and family well-being services to Georgia’s children from ages birth to 3 years.

Aug. 22, 2023 Capitol Beat News

State Senate to tackle growth of artificial intelligence

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Senate is working to come to grips with the ramifications of the growth in artificial intelligence (AI) technology for public policy. Two Senate committees announced plans Monday to hold a joint hearing on AI this fall.

Aug. 22, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Tim Scott gets timely Georgia support for GOP presidential bid

Adam Van Brimmer, Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell report, on the eve of the first GOP debate, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott picked up a noteworthy Georgia endorsement. Former U.S. Sen. Mack Mattingly said Tuesday he’s backing the South Carolina Republican. He’s the first federally elected official in Georgia to endorse Scott and one of only a handful of prominent state Republicans who have picked sides.

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