The Democratic Party of Georgia is starting a new chapter with Saturday’s election of DuBose Porter as its chair. Young Democrats from rural areas are especially pleased the new leader hails from outside of Atlanta.
Georgia road-builders could start using a paving material made of coal ash from electric plants if a Southeast Georgia test project goes the way one utility wants. The Jacksonville energy company JEA is paving a private dirt road along the St. Mary's River in Georgia's Charlton County. Environmentalists say they can't think of a worse place to test a material that comes from coal and oil byproduct.
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.