Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 14, 2023

Sept. 14, 2023

Celebrating 50 Years of the Georgia Film Office, Film, TV Productions Spend $4.1B in State in FY23

Staff reports that as the State of Georgia celebrates 50 years of the Georgia Film Office, Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced another blockbuster year for the film and television industry as productions spent $4.1 billion in Georgia during fiscal year 2023.

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The Same House CEO Rodney Bullard welcoming guest as the Beloved Benefit event: photo by Ben Young, Georgia Trend publisher.


Sept. 14, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Beloved Event Raises $8.8 Million

Julia Roberts reports, Georgia Trend Publisher Ben Young attended the Beloved Benefit event that raised funds for The Same House and other local non-profits. The Same House announced a record $8.8 million in funds were raised to support The Same House and local Atlanta nonprofit organizations at its 2023 Beloved Benefit on August 24, 2024 at the World Congress Center.

Sept. 14, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With new labor contract in place, UPS works to bring customers back

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, the threat of a Teamsters strike this summer prompted some companies large and small to switch their business from Sandy Springs-based UPS to rivals like FedEx and the post office to make sure they could get their products to customers. Now with a five-year contract in hand, an army of UPS executives and salespeople are beating the streets to win that business back.

Sept. 14, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus farmer inspires locals to take control of their food, build healthy community

Hunter reports, Abike Alexendar, founder of Durty Beets, used her second City Farm Feast at Heritage Art Center in Columbus Saturday to inspire community members to grow their own food. “It’s always a good thing for people to know that they can govern [their food],” Alexander said to her nearly 40 guests during the first of four courses.

Sept. 14, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

City Council ponders what to do with Atlanta Medical Center site

Dyana Bagby reports that the former Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center has stood vacant in the heart of Old Fourth Ward for nearly a year. Now two Atlanta City Council members are pitching vastly different ideas for what they think would be the best use for the property.

Sept. 14, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

‘We don’t want this here’: South Augusta residents oppose proposal for biofuel facility

Erica Van Buren reports that South Augusta residents and community leaders are rallying to oppose a proposal for the construction of a renewable energy biofuel facility near their homes and a local church. Rev. Ellis Godbee Jr., senior pastor of Spirit Creek Baptist Church, said a recent town hall on the issue left concerned residents with more questions than answers due to a lack of transparency.

Sept. 14, 2023 Dalton Daily Citizen

Tunnel Hill Heritage Center & Museum awarded grant by the Georgia Civil War Commission

Staff reports that the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center & Museum is happy to announce its receipt of a second grant from the Georgia Civil War Commission. The commission, known for its commitment to preserving the state’s Civil War heritage, has chosen the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center & Museum for this grant in recognition of its outstanding contributions to historical preservation and education in Whitfield County.

Sept. 14, 2023 GPB

Overwhelmed with mental health calls, six rural sheriffs make their own plan for better response

Sofi Gratas reports, when he took office in 2019, Washington County Sheriff Joel Cochran made 40 hours of crisis intervention training mandatory for deputies to help them respond appropriately to people experiencing behavioral health crises. Yet even with the training, Cochran says his deputies are overwhelmed with calls about mental health crises.

Sept. 14, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia’s infant mortality rate remains among the nation’s worst

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia’s infant mortality rate may be improving, but it remains among the worst. “The infant mortality rate in Georgia is not good,” Seema Csukas, vice president & chief medical officer at CareSource Georgia, told The Center Square.

Sept. 14, 2023 The Brunswick News

Secretary of State announces over 90,000 voter records purged

Taylor Cooper reports that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office is cleaning up the voter rolls this year, and 1,331 Glynn County residents are on the inactive voter list. Already this year, there have been 91,673 records canceled due to death, a move out of state or felony conviction, among other reasons, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Sept. 14, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Ossoff to state: Reject mining near Okefenokee

Dave Williams reports, U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff has reiterated his call for the state to reject permits for a planned titanium mine near the Okefenokee Swamp. “This is a unique natural resource, a blackwater swamp … a site for recreation, outdoor education, and tourism,” Ossoff, D-Ga., said late last week during an event sponsored by the Georgia River Network.

Sept. 14, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kemp hopes gas tax ‘emergency’ pays political dividends

Adam Van Brimmer, Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell report that Gov. Brian Kemp’s gas tax “emergency” could do more than give Georgia drivers a temporary reprieve on the state sales tax on motor fuel. He also hopes it could pay political dividends at a tricky moment for Republicans.

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