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Georgia awards $2 billion for transportation projects in fiscal 2023

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GDP Script/ Top Stories for Wednesday Aug. 9

Publish Date: Tuesday Aug. 8

From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Today is Wednesday August 9th , and happy 56th birthday to “primetime” Deion Sanders



I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep

1. Georgia awards $2 billion for transportation projects in fiscal 2023

2. State lawmakers might act on property tax increases

3. And Gwinnett's new pro volleyball team named Atlanta Vibe

Plus, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets talks with us about plant based meats

All of this and more is coming up on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe!


Break 1 : M.O.G.


Story 1. Transportation


Earlier this summer, the Georgia Department of Transportation awarded $172.6 million for 27 road projects in the state. However, closer scrutiny suggests the actual amount awarded may be over $197.1 million. The largest project, awarded to McLendon Enterprises, totaled $58.6 million for a Toombs County reconstruction project. State officials reported that reconstruction projects accounted for 35% of the funds awarded. Additionally, about 26% went to construction projects, 19% to bridge construction, 18% to safety initiatives, and 2% to bridge rehabilitation. Inflation has previously increased project costs, leading to project rejections or deferrals..……………. read more on this at gwinnettdailypost.com



STORY 2: tax


Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bills 118 and 622 to triple Bartow County's homestead tax exemptions, but property taxes have increased across the state. State Representative Matthew Gambill discussed efforts to address rising property taxes. The state provided a property tax relief grant, but its continuation is uncertain. Gambill acknowledged the challenges faced by fixed-income property owners and encouraged appealing property valuations or managing mortgage payments. He also mentioned discussions about finding equitable ways for cities and counties to fund themselves beyond property taxes. The conversation includes exploring alternatives like eliminating the state income tax and adopting a broad but low tax approach, which will likely be addressed in the upcoming legislative session.


Story 3: vibe

The Atlanta Vibe has been revealed as the official name of the city's professional women's volleyball team, part of the Pro Volleyball Federation. The team will play their home games at Gas South Arena in Gwinnett County, with seating for over 10,000 spectators. The name reflects the city's energy and culture, with red and ice blue as primary colors to symbolize power and modernity. The logo integrates the 'A' for Atlanta and the letter 'V' for vibe, with intertwining branches resembling highways and communities. The team is one of the inaugural seven in the Professional Volleyball Federation's 2024 season, aiming to provide a professional experience for players and fans alike.

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Break 2: Slappey- Tom Wages - Obits


Story 4: film


The Fox Theatre in Atlanta is hosting its annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, celebrating its history as a movie palace. The festival features five anniversary film titles over three days from August 26 to August 31. The films include a "Frozen" sing-along, "Twilight," "The Sandlot," "The Wiz," and "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." Each film screening includes pre-show entertainment like sing-alongs,

vintage cartoons, and performances on the iconic "Mighty Mo" organ. The Marquee Club presented by Lexus offers a premium experience with early entry, themed food and drinks, rooftop access, and family-friendly activities. Film tours and tickets are available for purchase on the Fox Theatre website.


Story 5: disc


J.P. Burns, a former student of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, discovered his passion for ultimate disc during high school and college. Now a defensive captain for the Atlanta Hustle in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), Burns is a key player on the 10-2 South Division team. The Hustle earned a spot in the AUDL playoffs, hosting their first-ever playoff game on August 11. Ultimate is a sport similar to football and basketball, involving throwing and passing the disc to advance, and Burns's role has been crucial to the team's performance. The Hustle's playoff journey aims to advance them further in the championship rounds.


Story 6: greene


Justin Greene, a talented high school football player from Mountain View, made the decision to stop wrestling during his sophomore year to focus on his future in college football. This allowed him to gain weight and transform from a lean defensive end to a formidable powerhouse. Greene's commitment to the sport paid off, as he gained over 40 pounds in just a few months and improved his performance on the field. This transformation caught the attention of college coaches, and he eventually committed to playing for the University of Georgia. Greene's dedication, work ethic, and passion for football have propelled him to success in the sport.


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Break 3: ESOG – Ingles 4


Story 7: Leah


And Now Leah McGrath, corporate dietician at Ingles Markets talks with us about plant based meats




We’ll have final thoughts after this


Break 4: Lawrenceville - Henssler 60

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