Jan. 27, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com

Qatar Airways to Restart Pandemic-Halted Atlanta Flights in June

Trevor Williams reports that Qatar Airways, which made a splash by launching a nonstop route from Atlanta to the Middle Eastern nation’s capital of Doha in 2016, is set to restart the connection in June after suspending it when the the pandemic hit last March. The Atlanta route resume four times per week starting June 1, making the city one of 12 destinations the carrier will serve in the United States — two more than when the pandemic sent world travel grinding to a near halt — on 83 weekly flights.


Jan. 27, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Atlanta Artist Relief Fund

Candice Dyer reports that many artists – musicians, dancers, painters, actors and others – struggle to make ends meet even during prosperous times. The COVID-19 pandemic hit Atlanta artists especially hard, closing down their venues.


Jan. 27, 2021 Rome News Tribune

County approves rezoning for mulch plant, company plans to hire 50 people

Olivia Morley reports that the Floyd County Commission unanimously approved on Tuesday a rezoning that clears the way for an Oldcastle Lawn and Garden mulch plant on Calhoun Highway. The Fortune 500 company based out of Dublin, Ireland, plans to build a mulch manufacturing plant where workers will be in charge of packing and dying the mulch before it’s shipped out.


Jan. 27, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times

Coke bottler closing Valdosta facility

Terry Richards reports that a major soft drink bottling firm plans to close its Valdosta location and consolidate operations into a huge new Tift County facility, but no jobs will be lost, a company official said Tuesday. Coca-Cola UNITED, a Birmingham, Ala.,-based bottling company, will close its Valdosta building May 10, said Andy Britton, the company’s director of public affairs and communications.


Jan. 27, 2021 University of Georgia

Organic practices to increase soybean nutrients could benefit farmers in developing countries

Allison Fortner reports, in developing countries, the sustainable production of nutrient-dense crops is a critical need. A team of University of Georgia researchers have identified an affordable and local organic practice that can increase nutrient density in soybeans, or edamame, and improve soil health.


Jan. 27, 2021 Gainesville Times

Norton cites these 10 ‘game changers’ for local economy entering 2021

Jeff Gill reports that Frank Norton Jr.’s annual economic update/forecast, usually a big community and social event, has gone virtual this year, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  And the pandemic served as an overarching theme of his Native Intelligence 2021 Forecast, which the real estate executive with Gainesville-based The Norton Agency filmed last week in front of a few Norton agents.


Jan. 27, 2021 GPB, Georgia Recorder

Sierra Club Report Card Hands Georgia Power’s Climate Plan Failing Grades

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia’s largest public electric utility and its parent company received failing grades in an advocacy group’s new report sizing up the climate plans of the country’s regulated utilities. The Sierra Club’s report, titled “The Dirty Truth about Utility Climate Pledges,” gave Georgia Power 13 points out of 100 based on criteria that rewards utilities for retiring coal plants, shunning new gas production, and investing in wind and solar energy over the next decade.


Jan. 27, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen News

U.S. Rep. Greene under fire for violent posts

Charles Oliver reports that ahead of her visit with constituents in Dalton Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, is now facing media reports that she supported violence against Democratic politicians in social media posts. CNN reported Tuesday Greene “repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress.”


Jan. 27, 2021 Fox 5 Atlanta

Georgia lawmaker removed from House Chamber after refusing COVID-19 test

Staff reports that Georgia’s Speaker of the House ordered a state representative removed from the chamber Tuesday after officials said he failed to get a COVID-19 test. Without naming him, Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, first asked Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, to leave the House floor on his own.


Jan. 27, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Bipartisan push to reform or repeal state citizen’s arrest law expected

Stanley Dunlap reports that momentum is building to reform Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law, which is steeped in racist history, with key lawmakers and advocates saying they’re optimistic state leaders can agree on an overhaul this year. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has pledged that one of his priorities for this year’s legislative session is to work with state leaders to make significant changes to the citizen’s arrest statute, which allows Georgians to use deadly force to prevent criminal activity.


Jan. 27, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers say tax-credit audit, tobacco tax hike could deepen state coffers

Nyamekye Daniel reports that state leaders and economists believe Georgia’s fiscal outlook is promising despite the economic strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, but some lawmakers say the state can do more to secure additional revenue. Sens. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome; Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta; and House Minority Leader James Beverly, D-Macon, said the state needs to re-evaluate its tax incentive programs to eliminate waste and ensure tax equity.


Jan. 27, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Duncan backs no-excuse absentee voting in Georgia amid calls to eliminate

Beau Evans reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan became the latest high-ranking Georgia Republican Tuesday to oppose ending no-excuse absentee voting following the state’s 2020 election cycle. Duncan, who presides over the state Senate, said halting the ability of Georgians to request mail-in ballots for any reason besides just living out of state or due to disability should not be part of “meaningful election reform” state Republicans are seeking in the 2021 legislative session.


Jan. 27, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Republican lawmaker again files casino gambling bill

Maya T. Prabhu reports that a Savannah Republican lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would ask Georgia voters if they believe casino gambling should be allowed in the state. House Tourism and Economic Development Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, filed House Resolution 30 on Tuesday, which would put a question on the 2022 ballot asking Georgia voters if they support allowing casinos in Georgia.

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Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 26, 2021

Jan. 26, 2021 Saporta Report Dr. Anthony Fauci to receive Georgia Tech’s 2021 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize Maria Saporta reports, in a testament to the importance of public health, Georgia Tech will award its prestigious Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 25, 2021

Jan. 25, 2021 Georgia.org Spring Mountain Center to Open Manufacturing, Distribution Headquarters in Barrow County; $45 Million Investment to Create 205 Jobs Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Spring Mountain Center will invest $45 million in…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 22, 2021

Jan. 22, 2021 WABE 90.1 Georgia Signs A Contract For Lake Lanier Water, Settling One Piece Of The Water Wars Molly Samuel reports, one element of the ongoing fight over water between Georgia and its neighbors has been resolved. Earlier…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021 Capitol Beat News Economic development agency seeking marketing funds to bring back Georgia tourism Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s chief business recruiter Wednesday pitched a $1 million plan to resurrect a tourism industry suffering massive losses since…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 20, 2021

Jan. 20, 2021 Georgia Recorder State economy healing, ills will persist until COVID vaccinations widespread Jill Nolin reports that full recovery for Georgia’s economy may remain out of reach until the public is inoculated against a disease that has killed…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 19, 2021

Jan. 19, 2021 Georgia Recorder King’s words echo in state Capitol as ceremony heralds holiday memorials Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia’s top political leaders said Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages from six decades ago still resonate loudly in a tumultuous…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 18, 2021

Jan. 18, 2021 Georgia.org Gov. Kemp Reports 16,000+ Jobs Created During First Half of Fiscal Year Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), on Friday announced that more than 16,000…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 15, 2021

Jan. 15, 2021 WABE 90.1 State Is ‘Battered, Not Broken’ Kemp Says In State Of The State Emma Hurt and Sam Whitehead report, in his second state of the state address as Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp reflected on the…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 14, 2021

Jan. 14, 2021 Georgia.org E-commerce Company Bluestem Brands More Than Doubles Georgia Presence in Putnam County, Creates 130+ Jobs Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday that Bluestem Brands, a business operating multiple national e-commerce retail brands,…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 13, 2021

Jan. 13, 2021 Capitol Beat News COVID-19 vaccine rollout slow in Georgia as top state lawmaker tests positive Beau Evans reports, local providers are struggling to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Georgia as health clinics have been swamped with requests for…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 12, 2021

Jan. 12, 2021 Saporta Report Georgia Chamber helping businesses navigate pandemic, shifting politics Maria Saporta reports that Peter Carter, the 2020 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, described it best. “It was a year like no other,” Carter said…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 11, 2021

Jan. 11, 2021 Capitol Beat News Georgia ends calendar year with strong tax revenue numbers Dave Williams reports that Georgia lawmakers will begin the 2021 General Assembly session on Monday fresh off some positive news. State tax collections rose by…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 8, 2021

Jan. 8, 2021 USDA Trump Administration Invests $4.6 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Georgia Staff reports that the Trump Administration on Thursday announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $4.6 million to provide broadband service…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 7, 2021

Jan. 7, 2021 GPB Georgia Officials, Organizations React to Insurrection At US Capitol Sarah Rose reports that an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol mounted by pro-Trump extremists led to tear gas being fired inside the Rotunda, the floor of the Senate…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 6, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021 GPB With Most Votes Counted In Georgia, Democrats See Path To Likely Senate Majority Stephen Fowler reports, with most of Georgia's votes counted in the Jan. 5 runoffs that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, the…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 5, 2020

Jan. 5, 2020 Gainesville Times Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in water wars case Feb. 22 Jeff Gill reports that Georgia and Florida are set for Feb. 22 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in another “water wars” showdown.…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 4, 2021

Jan. 4, 2021 Fox 5 Atlanta 3 tornadoes touched down on New Year's Day in Georgia, National Weather Service reports Staff reports that the National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes tore through Georgia on New Year’s Day. Survey crews…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 31, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 Augusta Chronicle, Savannah Morning News Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces expansion plans for current COVID-19 vaccination phase Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced plans to expand the criteria for the current phase of COVID-19…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020 Savannah Morning News Fourth right whale calf spotted off Georgia coast Mary Landers reports that another baby right whale has been spotted off the Georgia coast, this one off Sapelo Island on Monday. While flying their surveys for…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 29, 2020

Dec. 29, 2020 Gainesville Times Gov. Kemp touts next chapter in virus fight as vaccine distribution in nursing homes begins Nick Watson reports that nursing home staff members in Gainesville were receiving some of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated…

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