Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 6, 2023

Sept. 6, 2023

Gov. Kemp: CJ Foodville to Invest $47 Million in Hall County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp, on Tuesday, announced that CJ Foodville Corporation, a subsidiary of CJ Group, will invest more than $47 million in a new bakery and food processing facility in Gainesville, creating an estimated 285 jobs in Hall County. CJ Foodville is a subsidiary of CJ Group, one of the largest food service and food processing companies in South Korea.

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Sept. 6, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Higher Education Directory

Christy Simo reports, now that the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, Georgia’s colleges and universities are looking ahead to a return to normal. One lasting change to come out of the pandemic, however, is less reliance on test scores for admission.

Sept. 6, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norfolk Southern fined for 2019 spill in Middle Georgia

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Norfolk Southern has been fined $77,640 for a derailment in Middle Georgia 4 years ago that led to the spill of diesel fuel, animal fat and and malt into a creek and its shores. Mossy Creek flows into Big Indian Creek and then the Ocmulgee and Altamaha rivers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sept. 6, 2023 Georgia Dept. of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Georgia with $3M Equity Grant to Promote Equitable Access to Unemployment Benefits Georgia awarded equity grants to promote equitable access to unemployment benefits

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded the state of Georgia a $3 million equity grant to promote equitable access to unemployment benefits across the state. “The grant awarded to the state of Georgia by the USDOL is a testament to our commitment to removing barriers and enhancing access to unemployment insurance benefits for our residents,” Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson said.

Sept. 6, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Colonel: Dobbins well-positioned for future, but ‘encroachment’ remains a concern

Hunter Riggall reports that the future viability of Dobbins Air Reserve Base was discussed at the third annual Dobbins Stakeholder Meeting Tuesday. The summit brought together Cobb officials, military brass and business leaders with an interest in the base and its associated facilities.

Sept. 6, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Macon Black-owned businesses receive $25,000 in grants. Here’s what they plan to do

Jenna Eason reports that entrepreneurs in downtown Macon received $5,000 each Thursday to support their businesses as part of the 2023 Downtown Diversity Initiative (DDI). Representatives from NewTown Macon, the Middle Georgia Black Pages and Wells Fargo presented the grants to the business owners at a press conference Thursday in Churchills on Cherry, whose owner previously participated in DDI.

Sept. 6, 2023 WSB Radio

Waffle House opened its doors 68 years ago in metro Atlanta

Staff reports that first Waffle House opened its doors on this day 68 years ago on Sept. 5, 1955. Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner founded the beloved restaurant at 2719 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates, Georgia.

Sept. 6, 2023 The Brunswick News

FLETC director retiring after more than 40 years of service

Michael Hall reports, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Director Thomas J. Walters will retire this month after 44 years of federal service. Walters has led FLETC since 2017, overseeing all training, administrative, mission support, financial and resource management programs at the centers as well as more than 6 million square feet of property on more than 5,000 acres at FLETC campuses in Glynn County, Charleston, South Carolina, Cheltenham, Maryland and Artesia, New Mexico.

Sept. 6, 2023 Clayton Daily News

Clayton County Water Authority awarded $16 million loan for water treatment plant upgrades

Staff reports that the Clayton County Water Authority was awarded a $16 million Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Board of Directors. The loan will finance the engineering for the design-build upgrades to the Authority’s three water treatments plants, which have high levels of PFAs.

Sept. 6, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia redistricting trial opens with debate over federal requirements for Black representation

Jill Nolin reports, a federal trial that could recontour the political landscape in Georgia ahead of next year’s congressional and legislative races started Tuesday. The complex trial, which is expected to last through next week, focuses on a trio of challenges targeting the state’s congressional map – which helped Republicans gain a U.S. House seat last year – as well as district lines carving up the state Senate and House of Representatives.

Sept. 6, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers to tackle prosecutorial conduct in upcoming session

T.A. DeFeo reports that state lawmakers are unlikely to convene for a special session this year to weigh whether to act on the district attorney prosecuting former President Donald Trump, but legislators are all but guaranteed to address the topic in January. State Sen. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, sent a letter to Georgia Gov Brian Kemp, a Republican, calling for a special session to review Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Sept. 6, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Smyre tapped to served in UN General Assembly

Dave Williams reports that President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate former state Rep. Calvin Smyre to represent the United States at the 78th Session of the United Nations later this month. The Columbus Democrat served in the Georgia legislature for 48 years, including a stint as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

Sept. 6, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: In defense of prosecutors? Warnings issued on DA oversight law

Adam Van Brimmer, Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell report that a bipartisan coalition of prosecutors challenging the new Georgia law that gives the state powers to sanction or oust district attorneys is getting key backup. The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at the John Jay College filed a brief in support of the challenge to Senate Bill 92, which Gov. Brian Kemp and other Republicans pitched as a way to punish “rogue” prosecutors who don’t enforce state laws.


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