Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 13, 2023

Sept. 13, 2023 WABE

Gov. Kemp suspends state gas and diesel taxes again

Rahul Bali reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has again suspended Georgia’s motor fuel tax, part of Kemp’s new executive order declaring a State of Emergency for Inflation. The order takes effect Wednesday on midnight and runs through October 12th.

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Sept. 13, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Trend Writers Honored for Journalistic Excellence

Kathleen Conway reports, Editor and Publisher Ben Young, political columnist Tharon Johnson and feature editor Kenna Simmons all won awards in various categories. Young took home first place for Serious Commentary/Magazines for his column, From the Publisher: The Homelessness Puzzle, which ran in our November 2022 issue.

Sept. 13, 2023

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Breaks Tourism Records in 2022

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced on Tuesday that calendar year 2022 was record-breaking for the state’s tourism industry, welcoming the largest number of visitors the state has ever seen.

Sept. 13, 2023 University of Georgia – CAES

Field to pancakes: Blueberries still on the rise in the Peach State

Jordan Powers reports, while peach production in Georgia peaked in 1928 at nearly 8 million bushels, production has slowly dwindled ever since, and the blueberry industry, which started taking root in the state in the 1960s, has captured the top spot among the Peach State’s fruit crops.

Sept. 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mach 0.85 with room for 19. $79M Gulfstream G700 pays visit to Cobb

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace last week brought its biggest, baddest corporate jet to metro Atlanta on Wednesday as it works to win federal certification. The Georgia Business Aviation Association held an event Wednesday for visitors to see 10 planes on display — including the G700 and Gulfstream G500 — at Hawthorne Global Aviation Services’ terminal and facility at Cobb County International Airport in Kennesaw.

Sept. 13, 2023 The Current

Why don’t Coastal Georgia warehouses have solar on their roofs?

Mary Landers reports, Coastal Georgia boasts an abundance of sunshine and a rapidly growing abundance of warehouses. But rarely do these two combine to produce electricity from rooftop solar.

Sept. 13, 2023 The Marietta Daily Journal

Home Depot CEO touts company’s innovation and growth before Cobb Chamber

Jake Busch reports that Ted Decker, the president, CEO and chairman of the Home Depot, charted the trajectory of his 23-year career with the company at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Marquee Monday luncheon this week. He noted the excitement of building HD Supply, the industrial distributor that Home Depot sold in 2007 and reacquired in 2020.

Sept. 13, 2023 The Brunswick News

Mainland Planning Commission considers surface mining request

Gordon Jackson reports that an amendment to a planned development to allow surface mining and mini storage on a 5-acre tract at the Interstate 95/Golden Isles Parkway interchange will be considered at tonight’s Glynn County Mainland Planning Commission meeting. The request by Georgia Land Group, Inc. for the surface mining is to expand a pond at the site.
Sept. 13, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

DuPont sues to block publication of water pollution settlement amounts in Rome case

John Bailey reports that E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company has filed a lawsuit to block the Rome News-Tribune from publishing the dollar amount the company must pay in the settlement of a water pollution lawsuit with the City of Rome.

Sept. 13, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Rep. Andrew Clyde’s gun shop in Athens is on ATF watch program, reports New York Times

Wayne Ford reports that the New York Times reported in August that U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde had “grilled” a top official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding a federal program that tracks gun dealers where sold guns were later linked to crimes. The point of the article was that Clyde, a Republic congressman in his second term representing Georgia’s 9th District, did not reveal during the hearing that his own store in Athens was placed in the program, which the ATF named Demand 2.

Sept. 13, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia hospital execs open to CON reform

Dave Williams reports that representatives of Georgia hospitals expressed support Tuesday for streamlining the state’s certificate of need (CON) process for licensing new health-care facilities and medical services without scrapping the law entirely.

Sept. 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

First lady Jill Biden to tour Emory cancer research programs on Friday

Tia Mitchell reports that First lady Jill Biden will meet with scientists at Emory University who are the recipients of a first-of-its-kind federal grant to help research possible future use of mRNA technology, the basis of COVID-19 vaccines, to combat cancer and other illnesses.The White House announced last month that a grant for as much as $24 million had been awarded and that the team will be led by researchers at Emory.

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