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Georgia Tipoffs: Public Policy Newsletter for Friday December 22, 2017 ( 9 items )  

Darrice Griffin Named Deputy Director of Administration in Athletics
ATHENS, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- The University of Georgia issued the following news release: Darrice Griffin, deputy director of athletics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since July and a senior athletic administrator at UMass since 2015, has been named deputy director of administration at the University of Georgia Athletic Association, according to an announcement Wednesday by J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. Griffin was promoted to deputy director of athletics at UM  more

Emory Researchers, Colleagues Receive $1.2 Million Grant for Hepatitis C Elimination Research
ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center issued the following news release: The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant over four years to a team of researchers to study the elimination of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the United States. The interdisciplinary research team is comprised of Anne Spaulding, MD, associate professor of epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and an infectious disease physic  more

Georgia Regulators Reject Staff, Expert Recommendations to Protect Customers From Delayed, Over Budget Nuclear Expansion
ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: In a unanimous vote this morning, the five-elected members of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) ignored their own Staff's recommendations and that of other intervenors, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), by failing to institute clear protections for Georgia Power customers from the bungled Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion in Burke County along the Savannah River.   more

Kindermusik of Berry College Awarded Grants
MOUNT BERRY, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- Berry College issued the following news release: Kindermusik of Berry College has been awarded a $1,300 grant from Kindermusik International, a $2,268 grant from the Rome Area Council for the Arts and a $1,000 grant from the Rome Floyd Children/Youth Commission. Kindermusik of Berry College conducts weekly classes for preschool students at the South Rome Early Learning Center. The grants will help purchase home materials for the children such as music CDs, acti  more

NAB Issues Statement on Introduction of Music Modernization Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued the following statement by Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of communications, in response to the introduction by Reps. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, of the Music Modernization Act: "NAB appreciates the constructive efforts of Reps. Collins and Jeffries, as well as industry stakeholders, on issues addressed by the Music Modernization Act. The bill is an important step towards resolving cri  more

Nuclear Energy Institute Issues Statement on Plant Vogtle Reactor Construction
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- The Nuclear Energy Institute issued the following statement by NEI President and CEO Maria Korsnick in response to the announcement that the Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved an order allowing continued construction of two additional reactors at Plant Vogtle: "Completing the Plant Vogtle expansion is good for America on many levels, especially in terms of our national security, our commitment to a cleaner environment, and energy diversity. In addition  more

Promise of Hope Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization
DUDLEY, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release: The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of Promise of Hope of Dudley, GA. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(TM), including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. Promise of Hope joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches   more

Public Service Commission Stiffs Georgia Power Customers, Greenlights Plant Vogtle Cost Increases
ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release: Despite evidence that Plant Vogtle is uneconomic at its current price tag, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today rubberstamped continued construction. Commission Staff had recommended the PSC reject any price above $9 billion - beyond which customers will not benefit. Instead, Commissioners approved Georgia Power's full revised cost estimate, approximately $1.5 billion more than St  more

School of Medicine Faculty Member Dr. Bryant Smalley Elected Chair of American Psychological Association Committee on Rural Health
MACON, Georgia, Dec. 21 -- Mercer University issued the following news: Bryant Smalley, Ph.D., Psy.D., associate dean for research and accreditation and professor of community medicine and psychiatry at Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), was recently elected chair of the Committee on Rural Health within the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA is the largest association of psychologists in the nation, with more than 115,000 members. The Committee on Rural Health is a n  more