Articles by Jeff Amy

Officials Propose $1M Fine for Georgia Nitrogen Leak That Killed 6

Federal workplace safety officials are proposing nearly $1 million in fines against four companies following a liquid nitrogen leak in January that killed six workers at a northeast Georgia poultry processing plant. U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announced the citations …

Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck Takes Stand at Fraud Trial

Georgia’s suspended insurance commissioner testified at his federal fraud trial Tuesday, saying he oversaw valuable work for his former employer and that hundreds of thousands of dollars that flowed to an entity he controlled was not part of a scam. …

Witness Says Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Used Arson Money to Buy Campaign Signs

Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck improperly took money from the private insurer he led and used it to buy campaign signs when the Republican ran for office in 2018, a witness testified Friday in Beck’s trial. The testimony came …

Trial Underway For Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck

Prosecutors want jurors to conclude that suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was running a $2 million scam to bilk money from the property insurer he led before being elected. Defense attorneys say Beck was actually an innovative executive who …

Governor Lifts Most COVID Restrictions on Georgia Businesses

Georgia’s governor is removing many remaining requirements for social distancing and masked employees from businesses, saying that the state’s efforts to control COVID-19 have been successful even as its vaccination rate lags and federal officials continue to warn that the …

Zeta Leaves Its Mark on Southeast States

Millions of people were without power and at least six were dead Thursday after Hurricane Zeta slammed into Louisiana and made a beeline across the South, leaving shattered buildings, thousands of downed trees and fresh anguish over a record-setting hurricane …

Georgia Extends Virus State of Emergency Until November

Georgia’s governor extended his emergency rules regarding COVID-19 again Wednesday as the state surpassed 7,000 deaths from the respiratory illness. Gov. Brian Kemp extended the underlying state of emergency that allows him to issue other orders, which had been set …

Officials Investigate Collapse of Atlanta Parking Deck that Injured 6 Workers

A section of concrete on a parking deck under construction in Atlanta partially collapsed on Friday, injuring six workers. Atlanta Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Glen Riley said firefighters cut out one worker trapped under debris with saws. Video from news …

Georgia Extends COVID-19 Orders as Cases Fall to Lowest Level Since June

Georgia’s governor is extending the two main executive orders that govern Georgia’s response to COVID-19. Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday signed a 15-day extension of the order that mandates requirements on social distancing, bans on gatherings of more than 50 …

Georgia Gov, Atlanta to Continue Mediation on Mask Order

Georgia’s governor has withdrawn a request for an emergency order to block the state’s largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the matters is …