Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 29, 2023

Aug. 29, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

‘Heart and soul’: Marietta named America’s Most Generous City

Joel Elliot reports, according to GoFundMe spokesman Brian Hill, Marietta residents made more donations per capita than any other city in the U.S. More than 10,000 residents donated between $21 and $50 in 2022, which means that nearly one-sixth of the city’s population has made at least one donation to a charitable cause.

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Renowned Church: Parishioner Angel Bradford at St. Teresa’s, the oldest Catholic church in the state still celebrating Mass: photo David Parks.


Aug. 29, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sacred History

K.K. Snyder reports, In 1859, Colonel Nelson Tift, found of Albany, deeded to the Right Reverend John Barry, Bishop of Savannah, a 1.5 acre city lot for the erection of a Catholic Church. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, St. Teresa’s remains the oldest church building Albany and the oldest Catholic Church in the state still in use.

Aug. 29, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grocery chain to donate up to $3 million to metro Atlanta high schools

Josh Reyes reports that Lidl grocery stores in metro Atlanta will donate up to $3 million to local high schools with shoppers’ purchases determining how much each school gets, and the schools get to decide how to use the funds. The “Groceries that Give Back” campaign runs from Sept. 13 through Nov. 7 and will support more than 60 public high schools in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties along with the Atlanta and Marietta school districts.

Aug. 29, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

German metal recycler doubles its Augusta investment to nearly $700 million

Joe Hotchkiss reports that a planned metal-smelting plant is doubling its Augusta investment to nearly $700 million as local hiring for the facility continues. Online job listings for the Aurubis Richmond plant began emerging earlier this year, with the most recent positions posted in late August.

Aug. 29, 2023

Three Atlanta Companies Net $30K on Export Challenge Pitch Day

Trevor Williams reports, maybe it was the promise of the return on investment that catapulted JetAire Group into the winner’s circle on pitch day for the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge.  To hear Chief Operating Officer Kristina Williams tell it, the reach of the $15,000 first prize could go almost unimaginably far.

Aug. 29, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Lowndes Emergency Management preps for Idalia

Staff reports, Lowndes County Emergency Management continues to monitor and prepare for Tropical Storm Idalia, according to a statement released by Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Idalia is forecast to strengthen into a major category 3 Hurricane with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour and maintain major strength until it makes landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Aug. 29, 2023 Savannah Morning News, Athens Banner-Herald

Sonny Seiler, patriarch of line of Bulldog mascots Uga, dies

Marc Weiszer reports, Sonny Seiler, a name synonymous with Georgia athletics for more than half a century, has died. Seiler and wife Cecelia and family raised English Bulldogs that served as Ugas, the live mascot that became perhaps the most famous in all of college sports.

Aug. 29, 2023 WSB-Radio

Emory to research mRNA vaccines with major grant from Biden Administration

Staff reports that Emory University is getting millions of dollars from the government to research vaccine technology and cancer. MRNA is the groundbreaking technology that was used to develop COVID-19 vaccines.

Aug. 29, 2023 The Current

‘Tidal wave’ of new warehouses pushes residents out, changes coastal landscape

Kailey Cota reports that Dennis Baxter spent two decades as the city manager of Pooler ushering the once-sleepy town of 2,500 residents into a new era of booming residential and commercial growth. Now, as mayor of Bloomingdale, he’s also encouraging development in this town where he’s lived for half a century. At least, up to a point.

Aug. 29, 2023 State Affairs

Chairman of Georgia’s State Election Board resigns a year after taking office

Tammy Joyner reports that the head of Georgia’s Elections Board has resigned effective Friday. William Duffey Jr. is leaving after serving 14 months on the board that oversees state election laws and investigates allegations of fraud and other election-related malfeasance. He notified Gov. Brian Kemp of his decision in a July letter.

Aug. 29, 2023 GPB

Forsyth County schools cancel talks after author says the word ‘gay’ to elementary school students

Orlando Montoya reports that school officials in Metro Atlanta’s Forsyth County canceled two talks by a children’s book author last week after he used the word “gay” in a presentation to elementary school students about the history of the superhero character Batman. The author, Marc Tyler Nobleman, has spoken to students of all ages all over the country hundreds of times about the superhero franchise’s co-creator without incident.

Aug. 29, 2023 The Center Square

Commission chair: Georgia CON laws ‘intended to stifle competition’

T.A. DeFeo reports, when officials in Lee County tried to build “a small acute care hospital” with 60 beds and four operating rooms, it began a multi-year process that cost millions of dollars and didn’t end with the construction of a facility. “When we started our quest to build a hospital, we knew that it was going to be an uphill battle,” Billy Mathis, the Lee County Commission chairman, told lawmakers during a Senate Study Committee on Certificate of Need Reform hearing on Monday.

Aug. 29, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC poll: Trump leads Republicans in Georgia despite Fulton County charges

Greg Bluestein reports that former President Donald Trump has a dominant lead over Republican rivals in Georgia despite his electoral setbacks in the state, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll that suggests his unprecedented legal peril hasn’t damaged his comeback bid. Trump led the GOP field of presidential contenders with 57% in the poll of likely Republican voters, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a distant second at 15%


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