via Olives Soon To Be The New ‘Peach’ For Georgia? – 41NBC.
Move over peaches and pecans, olives may soon start to grow into Georgia’s number one cash crop.
Just ask Bob Krueger in Hawkinsville. He saw Georgia’s potential about a year ago when he planted a farm of olive trees. More specifically, he’s planting olive trees to produce olive oil.
“I’ve got 22 acres here, and I’ve got 13,200 trees planted here,” Kruger says.
He planted them in June of 2012, which means it will be at least another two years before his olive trees start producing enough fruit to actually produce and sell.
Georgia, specifically areas further south in the state, are actually quite perfect for the olive tree to thrive. The trees need a hot and dry climate, which is exactly what Hawkinsville provides.
Kruger noticed a few years ago something unique about the United States’ olive oil consumption. To start, he noticed that we consume nearly 74 million gallons of it every year, and of that, nearly 98% is imported.
“I noticed, gee whiz we’re only producing two percent of our own consumption here. That’s a tremendous market potential,” Krueger said.
via Chick-fil-A Bowl to become Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – ESPN.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl will become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as part of the new College Football Playoff semifinal bowl rotation, bowl president Gary Stokan said.
BCS commissioners discussed Wednesday whether the bowl could only go by a corporation name as part of the six semifinal bowl rotation.
“They [the commissioners] want [the bowl names] to be parallel,” College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said.
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As part of the auction of the car collection of Don Davis, this rare 1988 Porsche 959 “Komfort” model will be auctioned with no reserve. From the online auction brochure:
450 bhp, 2849 cc rear-mounted, air- and liquid-cooled, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine with twin two-stage turbochargers and intercooling, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drive, independent double wishbone front and rear suspension with electronically adjustable ride height and shock absorber control, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with ventilated rotors. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.
via Senate passes bill to ease FAA furloughs | www.ajc.com.
With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers.
A House vote on the measure was expected as early as Friday, with lawmakers eager to embark on a weeklong vacation.
Under the legislation, which the Senate passed without even a roll call vote, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs, to “prevent reduced operations and staffing” through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.
In addition to restoring full staffing by controllers, Senate officials said the available funds should be ample enough to prevent the closure of small airport towers around the country. The FAA has said it will shut the facilities as it makes its share of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts — known as the sequester — that took effect last month at numerous government agencies.
via Senate advances bill to tax Internet sales | www.ajc.com.
The Senate moved closer Thursday to passing a bill to tax purchases made over the Internet. But a final vote in the Senate was delayed until senators return from a weeklong vacation.
Although opponents hope senators will hear from angry constituents over the next week, they have a steep hill to climb to defeat the bill in the Senate.
The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to end debate on the bill, setting up a final Senate vote to pass the bill on May 6. The final vote will only require a majority to pass the bill, so 14 supporters would have to flip to stop it.
President Barack Obama supports the bill, but it faces an uncertain fate in the House, where some Republicans consider it a tax increase.
via Deal signs bill expanding immigration crackdown | www.ajc.com.
Gov. Nathan Deal has quietly signed into law a measure that willexpand Georgia’s sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration as Congress debates overhauling the nation’s immigration system.
Senate Bill 160 is aimed at blocking illegal immigrants from obtaining state driver’s licenses, grants, public housing and retirement benefits. The bill will also prevent people from using foreign passports to get public benefits in Georgia, unless those passports include paperwork indicating they are in the country legally.
via RN-T.com – Lawmakers tracking charter school contract issue.
After the state Charter Advisory Committee recommended last week that the State Board of Education determine if the Floyd County school system had violated its charter school contract, local legislators said on Thursday they were aware of the issue, but had mixed opinions on the subject.
The matter is centered on whether the school system breached its contact when executing its Reduction in Force plan, according to an email sent to Floyd County Superintendent Jeff McDaniel on April 16 from Louis Erste, director of the charter division for the State Department of Education.
State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, said the RIF caused such a commotion he heard rumblings from fellow legislators when the issue was made public.
via The Marietta Daily Journal – GOP leaders join anti Common Core stance.
This month the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution denouncing the Common Core State Standards, while Saturday local Republican districts, such as District 6, representing parts of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties, followed suit.
“I believe it would be very wise for our education leaders to thoroughly examine all the ramifications of choosing to implement the Common Core curriculum and not be shortsighted to fill a budget shortfall,” said state Sen. Judson Hill (R-east Cobb), chairman of the Cobb Legislative Delegation.
Cobb GOP Chairman Joe Dendy said he believes the general public is unaware of the ultimate goal of Common Core.
As for the school board, “I would really ask them to be extremely cautious and do their due diligence in finding out about the Common Core curriculum and not take the word of the publishers because they’re just out to sell textbooks,” Dendy said.
via The Marietta Daily Journal – Sen Tippins speaks on curriculum issue before school board meeting.
The MDJ just caught up with state Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta), chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a former chairman of the Cobb Board of Education, asking him what he thought about tonight’s school board vote to approve a multi-million dollar purchase of math textbooks that are part of the controversial Common Core Standards.
Tippins, who has grave concerns about Common Core, said the following: “I believe 100 percent in the right of the board to do as they see fit. Probably if I were sitting on the board my opinion would be if I was faced with this and the pushback had arisen that has arisen on this I would probably vote to table it and discuss it for either two weeks or four weeks.”