WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 8-9-2023


Georgia could join other states requiring children to have their parents’ explicit permission to create social media accounts.  Two top Republicans in the Georgia state Senate — Lt. Gov. Burt Jones and Sen. Jason Anavitarte of Dallas — said in a Monday news conference they will seek to pass such a law in 2024. The proposal could also restrict accounts on other online services.  Georgia’s rules would be modeled on a law Louisiana passed this year. That measure, which takes effect in 2024, says social media services must verify an account holder’s age and can’t let someone younger than 18 join without parental consent.  Arkansas, Texas and Utah also passed laws this year requiring parental consent for children to use social media.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he wants to make it harder for people to file lawsuits and win big legal judgments. Kemp  told the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in an appearance Tuesday in Athens that lawsuit suits are driving up insurance and business costs. He says Georgia’s high insurance rates are among the harms. Kemp’s remarks brought a partisan tone, even as Democratic senator Jon Ossoff invited the largely Republican business group to work with him on a bipartisan approach.

A Georgia resident who committed several armed bank robberies across North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.  According to a press release from Dena J. King, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, 40-year-old Johnny Jermaine Davis was also ordered on Monday to serve five years under court supervision after he completes his prison term and to pay over $65,000 in restitution.  The release says Davis pleaded guilty to six counts of bank robbery including the January 6, 2021 robbery of the Region Bank in East Ridge and a May 28, 2021 robbery of the Suntrust Bank in Rome.

The regular season of high school football starts next Friday night.  The LaFayette Ramblers open the season at home against Chattooga.  You can hear the game here on Georgia 93-7 and you can stream it by going to DiscoverWalker.com.