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26
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 26, 2021

On August 26, 1864, having withdrawn from trenches and fortifications outside Atlanta the previous day, U.S. General Sherman sent most of his forces westward around Atlanta and toward the south of the city. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. Ratification took place on August 18, 1920, as the Tennessee House of Representatives adopted it, but adoption became official on August 26, when United States Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the Amendment. It reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised major league baseball game aired, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader in Ebbets Field.

On August 26, 1961, the 718th Engineer Light Equipment Company of Fort Valley and the 210th Signal Base Depot Company of Augusta were called up to take part in the American response to the crisis in Berlin.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for President by the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 26, 1964.

On August 26, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe.’

On August 26, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a Welfare Reform bill, called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

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26
Aug

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 26, 2021

Lenny is a young male Beagle and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Society of Human Friends of Georgia in Lawrenceville, GA.

Little Lenny is eight weeks old. His mom appears to be a Beagle/Pit mix and she weighs about 35 pounds. These babies are short, stocky and oh so sweet! They will make wonderful companions for their new humans. This pup cannot live in apartments or condos where they will use communal potty areas since they are too young to have their full immunity to communicable disease yet.

Lottie is a young female Wirehaired Terrier and Chihuahua mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Society of Human Friends of Georgia in Lawrenceville, GA.

Lottie is a special puppy who needs a special home. This tiny, chocolate Wirehaired Terrier mix is nine weeks old and she currently weighs about 3.5 pounds. Lottie came to us a month ago from a local shelter. She was turned in as a stray and sadly had a large chemical burn down the middle of her back. Lottie was understandably fearful of humans and screamed when touched. Her foster mom has painstakingly cared for her injury, as well as her wounded spirit. Lottie has finally gotten the all-clear from her vet to be adopted. Her hair will grow back eventually but there will always be noticeable scarring, both seen and unseen.

Jaildog Bella is a Senior Female German Shepherd Dog who is available for adoption from the Society of Human Friends of Georgia in Lawrenceville, GA.

Beautiful Bella is a recruit in Operation Second Chance, also known as the Gwinnett Jaildog Program. This great program saves shelter dogs from euthanasia, placing them with inmates at the county jail who have been approved to train and nurture them so that they will be good pets in their permanent adoptive homes. Bella has been with the program for almost 3 years and needs a home where she is the only dog. She is a senior girl who is approximately eight years old with some arthritis/hip issues that go along with the German Shepherd breed. She would be a great addition for a family without small children and someone that is familiar with a working breed dog.

25
Aug

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 25, 2021

Patrick is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the City of Nashville GA Animal Shelter in Nashville, GA.

Duke is a male Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the City of Nashville GA Animal Shelter in Nashville, GA.

Dizel is a young male Labrador Retriever and American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from the City of Nashville GA Animal Shelter in Nashville, GA.

25
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 25, 2021

On August 25, 1864, Union troops stopped artillery bombardment of Atlanta and withdrew from fortifications around the city. On the same day, in Virginia, Confederate forces attacked Federals under Gen. Grant at Ream’s Station.

On August 25, 1877, delegates to the state Constitutional Convention approved a new post-Reconstruction state Constitution, the seventh in state history, to be submitted to the voters on December 5, 1877.

The all-time highest score in a professional baseball game was recorded on August 25, 1922, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies by 26-23.

Paris was liberated from German army control on August 25, 1944.

On August 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the seizure of the nation’s private railroads by executive order.

On August 25, 1973, the Allman Brothers of Macon, Georgia released “Ramblin’ Man” as the first single from the album “Brothers and Sisters.” From the Wall Street Journal,

Dickey Betts: In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida. Whenever I’d have trouble finding a place to stay, my friend Kenny Harwick would let me crash at his garage apartment for a few days in Sarasota. One day he asked me how I was doing with my music and said, “I bet you’re just tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best you can.”

Then one day in 1972, I was sitting in the kitchen of what we called the Big House in Macon, Ga.—where everyone in the band lived—and decided to finish the lyrics.

My inspiration was Hank Williams’s “Ramblin’ Man,” from 1951. His song and mine are completely different but I liked his mournful, minor-chord feel.

Except for Kenny’s line, the rest of the lyrics were autobiographical.

The WSJ article is worth reading in its entirety if you’re a fan of the Allmans.

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Governor Brian Kemp yesterday ordered the deployment of 105 National Guard member medical professionals to assist local hospitals. From the Press Release:Continue Reading..

24
Aug

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 24, 2021

Coco Chanel is a young female Hound and Beagle mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett Humane Society in Lawrenceville, GA.

Hi my name is Coco Chanel. I am a sweet little girl who has had a rough beginning in life and I’m looking for a family to love and love me. My fosters tell me I just get sweeter every day. They say who ever adopts me will be some of the luckiest dog owners in the world. I am a very nervous dogs and get scared easily. I’m probably best as an only pet and older children also.

Floki is a very large male Mastiff mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett Humane Society in Lawrenceville, GA.

Floki is very well mannered with people, responds to commands extremely well and is the perfect pet for a couple. Floki needs to be a house without no other pets and should not mix in dog parks. Floki is a very special dog has been extremely well cared for unfortunately circumstances led to needing to rehome.

Floki is in urgent need of a foster or permanent home.

Landy is a young female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett Humane Society in Lawrenceville, GA.

This lovely lady is Landy! She is a gorgeous and very active 5-month-old Lab cross puppy. Landy has bundles of energy and needs new owners who fully understand what it takes to care for a puppy. She is almost house-trained and absolutely loves to play! Landy would get along well in a home with other children as well as other dog

24
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 24, 2021

General Charles Lee of the Continental Army told Congress that Georgia’s value to the young nation required more forces to defend against the British on August 24, 1776.

On August 24, 1931, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution appointing a committee to work with the Governor in planning a bicentennial celebration to be held in 1933.

On August 24, 1945, the United States Postal Service held a first day of issue ceremony in Warm Springs, Georgia for the release of a stamp bearing the images of Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Little White House.

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23
Aug

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 23, 2021

Crawford is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, Inc. in Barnesville, GA.

Crawford craves attention and affection. He loves playing with other dogs and never meets a stranger. Behind his goofy antics is a really, smart trainable dog who wants to please. He just happens to be really cute too. Crawford enjoys toys, treats and his leash walks as well as playing with his canine friends.

Surfer Dude is a male Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, Inc. in Barnesville, GA.

Our cool Surfer dude enjoys toys, water, and his friends. Play is the thing with Surf, and he thinks he would enjoy games like fetch. He learns very quickly, and will work for treats. This happy go lucky guy would love to meet you.

Norman is a young male mixed breed puppy who is available for adoption from the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, Inc. in Barnesville, GA.

If you are looking for a pup who is just as sweet as he is adorable, then this beautiful, brindle boy may be right for you. He has a friendly nature which endears him to other dogs and people. Food and praise both motivate him. He is alert and attentive which will help tremendously with training. His right ear doesn’t hang exactly correctly, but that’s just part of what makes him so unique. The shelter expects him to be a medium sized dog when grown.

23
Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 23, 2021

On August 23, 1784, four counties is western North Carolina declared themselves the State of Franklin, setting up its own Constitution and treaties with local Indian tribes. In 1788, they rejoined North Carolina but would eventually become part of a new state, Tennessee.

The Kimball Opera House, serving as the Georgia State Capitol, was sold to the state on August 23, 1870.

On August 23, 1961, four African-American citizens attempted to play tennis at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Atlanta, which was informally “whites only.” The Tennis Center was hastily closed rather than allow them to play, but it was the first volley leading to the eventual desegregation of Atlanta’s public recreation facilities.

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Governor Brian Kemp‘s office announced that the state’s unemployment rate dropped in July, according to a press release.

Governor Brian P. Kemp applauded Georgia’s unemployment rate dropping for the fifteenth straight month to 3.7 percent for July 2021, down from 4.0 percent in June. The national unemployment rate average is 5.4 percent.

“With nearly 84,000 jobs added in the last two months and the lowest unemployment rate of the ten most populous states, Georgia’s economic momentum continues to lead the nation,” said Governor Kemp. “In the industry sectors of trade, transportation, utilities, and business services, Georgia now has more jobs than prior to the pandemic, with restaurants and hotels also adding over 15,000 jobs since June. Coming off a record fiscal year for new investments and job growth in the Peach State, my administration will continue to protect both lives and livelihoods and make sure Georgia stays open for business.”

In Georgia, the labor force increased 6,000 over the month to over 5.71 million, up 204,000 since July 2020. Georgia’s employed residents in July saw a monthly increase of 21,000, up 389,170 since July of last year to 4,977,053. The number of unemployed dropped almost 15,000 from June to July to 193,486, down 428,000 since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of jobs was up 43,600 in July and was up 83,900 over the past two months. The jobs number has increased by 515,000 since April of 2020.

Governor Kemp also signed Executive Order #08.20.21.01 extending the deadline for an advisory committee to present recommendation on the indictment of Augusta Commissioner Sammy Sias.

From the Augusta Chronicle:

Sias, 67, was indicted last month in U.S. District Court for destroying evidence and lying to FBI agents. The charges took place around the same time in August 2019 when FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided his house and removed boxes of materials and computers. He is currently free on a $50,000 bond until trial or the case is otherwise disposed of.

State law requires felony indictments of elected officials be sent to the governor’s office. Kemp appointed a review commission consisting of Attorney General Chris Carr, Georgetown-Quitman Commission Chairman Carvel Lewis and Jefferson County Commissioner Johnny Davis. The panel was given two weeks to make a recommendation, but Kemp is allowed to extend the time.

Former Glynn County Police Chief John Powell was indicted on additional charges by a federal grand jury, according to The Brunswick News.

A grand jury on Friday indicted former Glynn County Police Chief John Powell on additional malfeasance charges, accusing him of failing to act on information of misconduct by the county’s now-dissolved narcotics squad.

Also charged in the indictment handed down by the grand jury in Glynn County Superior Court is Powell’s former chief of staff, Brian Scott, now the police chief in Vidalia. The true bill charges Powell with four additional counts of violation of oath of office and Scott with one additional count of violation of oath of office.

South Georgia District Attorney Joe Mullholland out of Bainbridge presented the charges to the grand jury.

Powell and the three officers were initially indicted by a Glynn County grand jury in February 2020, charges stemming from a scandal involving a married undercover detective’s 2018 tryst with an informant and alleged attempts at a subsequent coverup. Charges against the four in the indictment included violation of oath of office, influencing a witness and criminal attempt to commit perjury.

 

 

United States Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Atlanta) toured transportation facilities in Augusta and discussed the Infrastructure Bill, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

On Friday, Sen. Raphael Warnock visited the Augusta Transit Facility and the Augusta Regional Airport. On a bus ride through the city and out onto the airport Tarmac, Warnock heard from local officials and administrators about the Augusta metro area’s transportation needs they hope will be funded by the new $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package

“The question you’ve got to ask yourself is what is the cost of not doing it,” Warnock said. “We need roads, bridges, our airports look too much like the last century.”

If passed in the House and signed into law, the infrastructure bill would provide $25 million for Augusta-Richmond County public transportation.

Augusta Transit is looking into new electric busses, which would come with environmental and logistical advantages and, the department hopes, expand ridership.

Georgia Ports set another monthly record, according to WTOC.

Georgia’s seaports in Savannah and Brunswick report handling record cargo volumes in the first month of the 2022 fiscal year.

The Georgia Ports Authority says the Port of Savannah moved 450,000 container units of imports and exports in July, a 25% increase from the previous year and new all-time high for that month. Meanwhile, shipments of automobiles and machinery units through the Port of Brunswick jumped 39% last month to 61,470 units, another July record.

Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch says the growth is being driven by strong consumer demand and extra ships being dispatched to meet that demand.

A local Non-Discrimination Ordinance appears to have been sidetracked in Columbus, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Councilor Walker Garrett, the proposal’s primary sponsor, told the Ledger-Enquirer that there were not enough votes to pass the ordinance which was set for discussion during the Columbus Council’s Aug. 24 meeting. Councilors Toyia Tucker and Jerry “Pops” Barnes co-sponsored the ordinance.

Garrett said he may bring the measure back following additional public forums, and if he can get the support needed.

The legislation would protect Columbus residents regardless of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, familial status and veteran status.

Lamar County public schools will “pause” in-person attendance , according to Fox5Atlanta.

The Lamar County School District on Friday posted on its website that the school system would impose a two-week “pause” for all students beginning Monday, August 23, 2021.

Randolph County public schools, which earlier closed in-person teaching, will go virtual through September 7th, according to WTVM.

“Starting on September 7, 2021, if the COVID-19 positivity rate has decreased, the two options of virtual learning and face-to-face instruction, will be given to parents,” Dr. Tangela Madge said. “The virtual/face-to-face instruction will last only for the first nine weeks. Our desire is to have all students back in the traditional school setting for the second nine weeks of school.”

Clayton County has switched eight schools to virtual learning, according to the AJC.

The COVID surge is causing more emergency calls for local first responders, according to The Brunswick News.

Glynn County Fire Chief R.K. Jordan said the call volume is about 23 percent above normal so far in August, a month that has seen a rise locally, statewide and nationally in COVID-19 cases. Conversely, the department has had 23 firefighters, EMTs or paramedics test positive for COVID-19 since July 31, Jordan said.

Presently, 15 people who would normally be serving at one of the county’s nine stations is out with the virus, he said. And the calls from residents with COVID-19 or symptoms of the virus just keep coming.

“The vast majority of the increase in call volume right now is COVID,” Jordan told The News. “If it is not COVID, it is people who feel they have COVID. Of course, a large percentage of them have ultimately been positive.”

While the department will respond to all medical calls, he urged those whose COVID-19 symptoms do not include “respiratory distress” to contact a primary care physician or an urgent care center.

Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard announced her office will be closed to the public, according to AccessWDUN.

““With recent increase in local COVID cases, the strain on our hospital and local medical providers, and with a desire to protect our community – the Hall County Solicitor’s Office will be closing our office to the public beginning Monday, August 23rd. We will be available for meetings by phone if video conference,” Woodard said.

Court proceedings in Hall County are ongoing, and Woodard said her staff will continue to participate in person, but will conduct any preparations and negotiations on a virtual [basis].

The Muscogee County Jail is temporarily suspending visitation, according to WTVM.

No visitors are allowed at the Muscogee County Jail, at least for now. The move comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the county. Officials made the decision with hopes to stop the spread of the coronavirus among staff and inmates.

John Wade with the sheriff’s office says this move was absolutely necessary for safety.

“At the end of the day, we want to try and avoid a disaster. If that jail winds up collapsing because of COVID, we got some serious issues.”, said Wade. “Number one, with the increased number of exposure cases with the variant and COVID-19 in the area, the jail is no exception to what happens when you have different cases that pop up.”

The Gwinnett County Health Department is offering COVID vaccine booster shots for eligible recipients, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health District began administering the booster vaccination shots this past week in light of guidance from the federal government that such shots can be helpful for more vulnerable populations. The booster is only for people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine late last year, or earlier this year, according to health district spokesman Chad Wasdin.

“As of (Wednesday) afternoon, we have started giving the third dose to immunocompromised individuals,” Wasdin said. “It actually, first off, is qualified as moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals and there is a list available provided by the CDC, and that is also on our website as well.”

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller will introduce a measure to extend a moratorium on new pawn shops, according to 13WMAZ.

Miller argues some of these pawn shops are leading to “violence, poverty, blight and decreased property values” in some neighborhoods, according to the proposal.

In January, Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted to approve moratoriums on pawn shops as well as liquor stores in a unanimous decision.

Valdosta City Council adopted a rollback rate for the property tax millage rate, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

Valdosta City Council unanimously voted to decrease the current millage rate from 7.974 to 7.796 late last week. The amount of money this will save citizens will vary by the size of their house, Chuck Dinkins, city finance director said.

Dinkins said if you had a $50,000 piece of property, you’re taxed on 40% of that value, $20,000, and if you qualify for the homestead exemption ($6,000), that’s a $14,000 taxable value.

“The difference between the rollback rate and the prior year rate is $2.50 a year,” he said. “Of course as the property value gets bigger, the savings change and the percentage is also going to change.”

The rollback is also designed to keep taxes from going up due to reassessment.

Council also approved the additional five mills for property located in the Central Valdosta Development Area and adopting the 16.318 mills set by the Valdosta School System, another rollback.

The five mills for property located in the CVDA has not changed in while, but did see a higher millage rate when it had debt, city officials said. These mills are only for that specific area and are used to find that area’s operations.

Qualifying ended for municipal offices in the upper left-hand corner of Georgia, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

On Friday, Manuel Meza qualified to run for the Dalton Board of Education. Meza will seek the seat held by incumbent Palmer Griffin, the school board vice chairman, who qualified earlier in the week.

On Thursday, Rodney Craig Miller qualified for the Ward 2 post on the Dalton City Council. Earlier in the week, incumbent Annalee Harlan qualified for that post.

Also earlier in the week, Gary Crews qualified to seek reelection to the Ward 4 seat on the City Council, where he’ll be opposed by former state senator Steve Farrow, who also qualified for that seat.

Former mayor Dennis Mock qualified earlier in the week in the special election to fill the unexpired term of Derek Waugh for the Ward 1 seat. Waugh stepped down in July after taking a job in the Atlanta area. The term runs through Dec. 31, 2023.

Richmond Hill will cancel municipal elections as no seat has a contest, according to the Savannah Morning News.

[City Clerk Dawnne] Greene said Thursday there will be no election because there were no qualifying candidates to run against incumbent Mayor Russ Carpenter and incumbent council members Kristi Cox and Robbie Ward, thus the trio will retain their respective offices.

Qualifying began Tuesday and concluded at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Carpenter, a two-time council member before being elected mayor in 2017 when he also was unopposed, will be serving his second and final term as Mayor. The position is term-limited under the city charter.

The past decade saw Bryan County as the fastest growing county in the state with a 48% growth in population. Much of this growth has taken place in Richmond Hill and south Bryan County.

Three Bulloch County municipalities will hold contested elections, according to the Statesboro Herald.

Only in Register and Statesboro is the office of mayor up for election this year, and both will have mayoral races, since more than one candidate has qualified in each.

Register Mayor Barbara Rushing … now has a challenger, Donnie Roberts, who previously served on Register City Council but has not served as mayor. Rushing has served at least six years as mayor.

In Statesboro as of Thursday afternoon, no additional candidates had qualified since Monday, when there were qualifiers for all three available offices, with races for two of them. Those candidates are challenger Ernest Larry Lawton and incumbent Jonathan McCollar for mayor; challenger Kristine Yager-Rushton and incumbent John Riggs for City Council  in District 4; and incumbent Phil Boyum, unopposed as of Thursday for the District 1 council seat.

Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham Copelan will serve another term after no one qualified to oppose her, according to 13WMAZ.

Nine candidates qualified for three seats on the Albany City Commission, according to the Albany Herald.

With Ward II Commissioner Matt Fuller deciding not to seek a second term, the candidates in the running for his seat are former commission member Bobby Coleman, Adam Inyang and Jalen Johnson.

In Ward III incumbent Commissioner B.J. Fletcher has drawn two challengers, Vilnis “Dip” Gaines and Daa’iyah Salaam.

In Ward V, incumbent Bob Langstaff also will face two challengers, Burley and Colette Jenkins.

20
Aug

Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for August 20, 2021

Trip (aka Freedom) is a 6-year old, 50-pound male tri-pawed Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Newnan Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Trip is such a good dog! He is totally housetrained & kennel trained. Trip is a big lover boy, enjoys a belly rub and a good roll in the grass or nap on the couch. A professional sunbather.

Nugget is a 3-year old, 50-pound male Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Newnan Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Nugget is a love bug. He even loves to be in your lap or play fetch. The total package!! He has had basic dog training, but he will need to be the only dog in the house, as he doesn’t play well with others and no cats or children. If you think he might be a good fit for your home, please fill out an application to meet him.

Taffy is a young female Beagle and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Newnan Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Taffy is a ball of spunk. She is a sweet girl who is spayed, up to date on all of her vaccines. Good with other dogs, people and cats too.

Callie is a female Hound mix who is available for adoption from the Newnan Coweta Humane Society in Newnan, GA.

Callie is a very sweet girl who is looking for an active family. She has lots of energy and loves to play. She would do best with children over the age of 5 as she may be too energetic for very small children. Callie is great with other dogs , but she hasn’t been Cat tested but she could be if you have a kitty and think she might be a good fit for your home.

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Aug

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 20, 2021

James Oglethorpe and the Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Coweta Town, delineating geographic areas open to British settlement, on August 21, 1739.

On August 21, 1831, Nat Turner led the largest slave rebellion in American history; Turner was later hanged in Jerusalem, VA.

The first of the Lincoln-Douglass series of seven debates was held in Ottawa, Illinois, on August 21, 1858, pitting Democrat Stephen Douglass against Republican Abraham for the United States Senate seat held by Douglass. Expansion of slavery in the United States was the topic for the debates.

On August 20, 1781, General George Washington sent Continental troops from New York toward Yorktown, Virginia to engage British troops under Gen. Cornwallis.

On August 20, 1906, Gov. Joseph Terrell signed legislation to build a statue of Georgia founding father James Oglethorpe in Savannah and a bill to build a statue of former Confederate General and Georgia Governor John B. Gordon at the State Capitol.

On August 21, 1907, Georgia Governor Hoke Smith signed legislation to place a Constitutional Amendment designed to disenfranchise African-Americans by requiring passage of a literacy test to vote. A number of exceptions allowed local officials to exempt white voters whom they wished to allow to vote; one exemption was for anyone descended from a U.S. or Confederate wartime veteran – the so-called “grandfather clause.”

On the same day, Gov. Smith also signed legislation prohibiting fishing on Sunday, subject to misdemeanor prosecution.

The Georgia Department of Archives and History was created by legislation signed by Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey on August 20, 1918.

The sale of Coca-Cola Company from the Candlers was announced in the Atlanta Constitution on August 22, 1919.

On August 20, 1920, the American Professional Football Association, which would later be renamed the National Football League, was formed in Akron, Ohio.

On August 20, 1923, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation requiring state schools teach the United States and Georgia Constitutions and students pass an exam on the documents before being allowed to graduate.

On August 21, 1935, Benny Goodman and his orchestra began a seven-night stand at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, beginning the Swing Era.

Happy 62d birthday to Hawaii, which became the 50th State on August 21, 1959; they’ve undoubtedly been receiving AARP literature in the mail for twelve years.

N/S Savannah, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, visited the Port of Savannah on August 22, 1962. Savannah was named after S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. N/S Savannah is moored at the Port of Baltimore and designated a national historic landmark.

On August 20, 1965, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones was released in the UK.

The 1968 Democratic National Convention began in Chicago on August 21, 1968.

More than 3000 demonstrators disrupted the Democratic National Convention on August 22, 1968.

On August 22, 1972, it was the Republicans’ turn, as demonstrators struck outside the Republican National Convention.

On August 20, 1974, President Gerald Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President of the United States.

Nolan Ryan recorded his 5000th career strikeout against Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s on August 22, 1989.

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Governor Brian Kemp issued two Executive Orders yesterday related to the COVID surge.

E.O. #08.19.21.01 “Renewal of State of Emergency for Continued COVID-19 Economic Recovery”

E.O. #08.19.21.02 “State of Emergency for Continued COVID-19 Economic Recovery Regulatory Suspensions”

From ABC News:Continue Reading..