A Southeast Georgia solar energy company is turning over a part of its revenues to a trust fund benefitting Bulloch County. Officials from Tabby Power Solar Company say, the fund is starting small -- with a few thousand dollars invested and a few hundred dollars in annual contributions to the county budget. But, eventually, advocates say, solar power could make Bulloch County and the rest of rural Georgia financially independent.
A new report says, some Georgians now are living a decade shorter than others, depending on where they live. Researchers looked at longevity over a 20 year period. While people in Southwest Georgia's Calhoun County still live the state's shortest lives and people in Metro Atlanta's Fayette County still live the state's longest, the gap between them grew -- by a year for men and three years for women.
A Metro-rural split has opened up on the question of Sunday alcohol sales. Since Gov. Deal signed a law letting local governments put Sunday alcohol sales on ballots, a flurry of Metro Atlanta governments have committed to a vote. But more rural areas mostly haven't taken up the issue either way. The reluctance might not be all about conservative voters.
A new report finds, Georgia counties are just about as healthy as they are wealthy. It's from the annual County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin and the R-W Johnson Foundation. The study paints a map of Georgia that strongly links health factors like obsesity and smoking to lower-income areas where people are less educated and underemployed.
Work Ready has used about $1.4 million in stimulus funds. And the state has certified 56 counties as "Work Ready," meaning that they've met educational and other goals. Rural areas, however, have few employers that recognize the certificate and even fewer are hiring.