The Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship game, arguably the most important college football game that isn’t Michigan/Ohio State or the annual college football national championship game, was back in town and thus so were thousands of college football fans. Former SEC quarterbacks, Eli Manning (far left), Archie Manning (third from left) and Peyton Manning (far right) were some of the conference legends that fans hope to see at the SEC championship game every year. Three generations of a family made their way into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to support the University of Georgia during the SEC Championship game, Saturday, December 3, 2022. Though only one game, the SEC championship is an economic engine unto itself. The SEC championship game, no matter what teams are competing for the coveted title, has averaged over 75,000 fans per game the past few years, with the exception of 2020 due to Covid.
Wood pellets, pieces of recycled wood that typically measure a few inches in length, make up one example of biomass, and are commonly produced and burned in North America. Factories that manufacture wood pellets in large quantities tend to emit harmful pollutants into the air that irritate the eyes and lungs when inhaled or ingested. However, the EPA’s sudden cancellation sparked outrage among local activists and residents affected by wood pellet pollution. Protesters took turns testifying their experiences living in towns that have been negatively impacted by the arrival of wood pellet corporations. According to Gear, one of these plants is expected to be the largest wood pellet facility in the world upon completion.3 months ago The Atlanta Voice
Vanessa Manley, a member of Warnock for Georgia, talks to a crowd of supporters outside Victory Outreach Church Sunday night. Ricky Brown parked and stepped out while a video of Warnock speaking about the importance of early voting played on a loop. In Fulton County, where the event took place Sunday afternoon, more than 96,000 in-person early ballots have been cast. Warnock supporters danced and waved signs during the ‘Polls to the Souls’ event in Southwest Atlanta Sunday afternoon. The message was similar to the one this reporter heard at other campaign stops earlier this week: Vote early, bring a friend.3 months ago The Atlanta Voice
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge determining whether to strike down Georgia’s abortion limits heard conflicting views Tuesday about how such restrictions affect doctors who care for pregnant women. Badell, a witness for the plaintiffs seeking to invalidate the law, noted that doctors face possible criminal prosecution for performing an illegal abortion. “I understand how a felony is scary, but there is nothing that this law is telling doctors to do or not do that we haven’t always done,” she said of Georgia’s abortion restriction. Georgia’s law bans most abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present. That means most abortions in Georgia are effectively banned at a point before many women know they are pregnant.3 months ago The Atlanta Voice
More than 1.8 million people have voted during the early voting period in the runoff, which represents 26.7% of Georgia’s electorate. Previously, there were nine-week periods between the general election and the runoff because counties needed time to distribute absentee ballots and prepare election materials. As of 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, more than one million people voted on Election Day, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. That’s not okay.”40% of the early vote came from Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. Routinely, more than two-thirds of the twenty-four early voting precincts in Fulton County had wait times of two hours or more.2 months ago The Atlanta Voice
While the Adidas statement definitively closes the door on selling Yeezy branded products, according to legal experts I talked with, it opens the door for them to rebrand the existing Yeezy designs sans Ye. Haff told me that the “sole owner” sentence in Adidas statement is a legal “warning shot” to Ye. Could Ye now build out his own Yeezy fashion brand? Adidas’ Yeezy sneakers were some of the most coveted and influential shoes, often selling for thousands of dollars on the resale market. Last month, Cowen analyst John Kernan estimated that the Yeezy brand accounts for 4 to 8% of Adidas’ overall revenues.3 months ago The Atlanta Voice
Question: I want to know when we’ll get high-speed rail. There has been a proposal for a long time for high-speed rail to connect Atlanta to Charlotte. High-speed rail can be powered by electricity on its own dedicated line or fueled by diesel on existing tracks. Japan created its first high-speed rail line in 1964 and now boasts trains that can exceed 300 kilometers per hour, or about 186 mph. “Florida was a notoriously reluctant partner in high-speed rail development until this Brightline model came along,” McQuigg says.3 months ago Atlanta Magazine
Commissioner of AgricultureThe job: The commissioner manages the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes the goods produced by Georgia farms and agrobusinesses. Commissioner of InsuranceThe job: Insurance commissioner leads the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. What they do: The insurance commissioner regulates policy rates for health, homeowner, life, auto, and other insurance. State School SuperintendentThe job: Georgia’s state school superintendent is in charge of all of Georgia’s public schools, from pre-K to 12th grade. Georgia Commissioner of LaborThe job: The state’s labor commissioner is responsible for Georgia’s labor market, overseeing both employment and unemployment.3 months ago Atlanta Magazine