Oct. 1, 2021 WSB Radio
Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp issued a strong warning to Georgians: Expect to see another surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this winter, probably coinciding with the holidays. Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey held a news conference Thursday morning urging people to get vaccinated and to get the booster shots if they are eligible.
Oct. 1, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Staff reports, this year Georgia Trend is celebrating 25 years of honoring the state’s best and brightest with our 40 Under 40. And this year, like the others, the winners leave us awed and inspired.
Oct. 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that residents of Paulding County who sued to prevent airline flights at their local airport have reached a settlement in which the county agrees not to commercialize the airport for 25 years. The move concludes a years-long legal battle that has roiled county politics since 2013, when New York developer Propeller Investments announced a plan to expand the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport and bring in airline service.
Oct. 1, 2021 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mark Rice reports that Georgia needs more than 2,000 additional primary care physicians to meet the national average ratio per state population, according to the Emory University School of Medicine. Aflac CEO Dan Amos and his wife, Aflac Foundation president Kathelen Amos, of Columbus, are helping to meet that need.
Oct. 1, 2021 All On Georgia
Staff reports that Georgia’s territorial waters will re-open to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 7:00 a.m., Friday, October 1, 2021. This was after Commissioner Mark Williams announced in May that oyster harvest in state waters would close at 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021 through midnight on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
Oct. 1, 2021 Capitol Beat News
Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power is getting closer to launching its first foray into a revolutionary new source of energy generation. The state Public Service Commission (PSC) next week will consider a proposed demonstration project to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of generating power through battery storage.
Oct. 1, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. Inc. is moving its offices to Atlantic Station, another example of an internationally focused organization finding new digs after the real-estate disruption wrought by the pandemic. The chamber announced its new address on the 17th floor at 271 17th Street in an email notice Thursday to members and supporters.
Oct. 1, 2021 Athens Banner-Herald
Andrew Shearer reports, after a hiring fair at the Classic Center over the summer, the Athens location for Bitty & Beau’s Coffee held its grand opening on Sept. 11 at 1540 S. Lumpkin St., and business has been steady according to company co-founder Amy Wright. Wright told the Banner-Herald that more than 20 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) were hired for the Athens franchise, which is owned by Diana and Mike Langhorne.
Oct. 1, 2021 The Center Square
Nyamekye Daniel reports that one of Georgia’s top law enforcement officials is calling on Georgia lawmakers to increase taxpayer-funded pay and benefits for state law enforcement employees. Georgia Department of Public Safety Chief of Staff Maj. Joshua Lamb told members of the Senate Retirement Security for Georgians Study Committee on Thursday it is “mandatory” to increase pay to recruit and keep current law enforcement employees.
Oct. 1, 2021 Savannah Morning News
Will Peebles reports that Georgia 1st District Rep. Buddy Carter was presented last week with the Congressional Clean Energy Champion Award for being “tremendously supportive of clean energy efforts.” Carter was named the winner on Sept. 22 by Conservatives for Clean Energy, a North Carolina-based organization.
Oct. 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein report that there are serious issues on the table in Capitol Hill and the threat of a government shutdown at midnight, and we’ll get to all of that later in today’s Jolt. But Wednesday night, dozens of members of Congress came together for some fun in the name of America’s pastime and charity.