Georgia 93.7 and WQCH Local News Headlines 1-11-23

The Walker County Detention Center reported two felony arrests on Tuesday.  Among those booked, 33-year-old Christopher Shane Barrett.  Barrett faces 2nd degree burglary charges.  You can view the complete arrest report online at
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday he’ll propose $1.8 billion in added spending on infrastructure, as well as expand health care training for dentists and physicians.  Kemp also told the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at a meeting at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta that he’ll need more than a year to follow through on a pledge to limit lawsuits. He also wants to make it harder for workers to unionize at the big developments Georgia is subsidizing.  Kemp says he wants to allot $1.5 billion to the Georgia Department of Transportation before June 30 to speed planned roadwork and establish a freight infrastructure program. Of that money, $200 million would go to cities and counties, increasing what the state sends local governments to maintain their own roads and bridges.  The Governor will conduct his annual state of the state address today in Atlanta.
2024 is an election year.  A Presidential election is on the ballot this year.  Georgia’s primary is set for March 12th.  The Republican National Convention is set to start July 15th in Milwaukee.  The Democratic National Convention begins August 19th in Chicago. November 5th is election day across the country.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has again claimed the title for having the most firearms discovered at TSA checkpoints.  451 guns were discovered at Atlanta’s main airport in 2023, according to the TSA.  Hartsfield-Jackson was ranked as the world’s busiest airport for 2023.