WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 9-13-23


In response to economic challenges posed by inflation and nationwide economic conditions, Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp has declared a state of emergency.  As part of this declaration, Governor Kemp has implemented a temporary suspension of the state’s excise tax on motor and locomotive fuel. This measure is intended to provide direct financial relief to Georgia’s residents.  The order takes effect today and lasts until October 12.  It is expected that the suspension will gradually influence fuel prices in the coming days.  The suspension of the excise tax is expected to save Georgia residents approximately 31.2 cents per gallon of gasoline and 35 cents per gal of diesel fuel.  

Six people were booked into the Walker County Detention Center on Monday and charged with felonies.  56-year-old Milton Charles Blevins faces charges of aggravated stalking.  Bobby John Tatum, 54-years-old faces two counts of simple assault and willful obstruction.  51-year-old Kenneth Victor Stone faces charges of possession of schedule II, DUI, failure to obey stop sign, expired registration and no proof of insurance.

Georgia’s tourism industry reached unprecedented heights in 2022, welcoming a historic number of visitors and breaking records in several key areas, according to Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  During the  Governor’s Tourism Conference held on Jekyll Island, Governor Kemp announced that 2022 had become a landmark year for the state’s tourism sector. The state saw a remarkable influx of visitors, totaling 167.7 million from both domestic and international origins, resulting in $39.8 billion in spending. This figure surpassed the previous record set in 2019 by $2 billion.  The overall economic impact generated by travel and tourism in Georgia reached $73 billion in 2022, marking a 13 percent year-over-year increase. This surge in travel demand was also responsible for creating over 20,000 new jobs, bringing the total employment in the sector to more than 442,600 jobs across the state between 2021 and 2022.  Georgia maintained its No. 5 market share ranking for domestic overnight visitation among all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for the third consecutive year. The tourism industry also contributed significantly to the state’s finances, generating a record $4.7 billion in state and local tax revenue, marking a 10.1 percent increase compared to the previous record year in 2021.
Congratulations are in order for a former LaFayette Rambler, now playing football at the college level.  Jordan Walker who plays for the Chattanooga Mocs is the Southern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.  Walker led the Mocs with 11 tackles in their win over Kennesaw State on Saturday.  Walker also recorded two tackles for loss and his first sack of the season.  Jordan Walker and the Chattanooga Mocs are at home again this Saturday as they open Southern Conference play against the Citadel.