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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Calls for transparency during Georgia redistricting tour a common refrain – and a longshot

By: - July 30, 2021

When lawmakers from the Georgia committees tasked with the once-a-decade redrawing of Congressional and legislative district lines came to Columbus Wednesday, Martha Saunders made the trek down from Carroll County with two other women to share their worries about transparency when lawmakers sharpen their mapmaking pencils. “Like many others, we are concerned about how the […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

By: and - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against […]

Mask-up ordered again inside Savannah as COVID spreads; schools OK bare-faced students

By: and - July 27, 2021

Last year, Savannah became the first city in Georgia to require face masks as COVID-19 began to spread around the state. Now, as cases and hospitalizations are once more on the rise, Mayor Van Johnson is again requiring residents and visitors to mask up after ending the original order in May. “We’ve come too far […]

COVID relief helps students, teachers get ready for school days back in class

By: - July 25, 2021

Children across Georgia are counting down the remaining days of summer freedom as they prepare to head back to school for what parents and educators hope is a year free of pandemic interruptions. Students in some of the state’s largest districts will be back at the bus stop Monday, Aug. 2, including Cobb, DeKalb, Clayton […]

State labor department spends millions to rent career centers closed to public

By: - July 23, 2021

The Georgia Department of Labor is paying more than $6.6 million a year for 21 career centers that have been closed to the public since March 2020, according to leases maintained by the State Properties Commission. In pre-pandemic times, the centers offered services like resume fine-tuning and job hunt help, but the department closed the […]

Biden boosts assistance to fight COVID-19 as delta variant surges

By: and - July 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide.  […]

Governor wants lawmakers to take on crime in special session this fall

By: - July 20, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp wants lawmakers to take on crime around Atlanta this fall when they meet for a special session. At a special House public safety committee hearing Monday, the panelists said lawmakers could also increase the budget for state police around Atlanta, restrict local governments from establishing more moderate prosecution policies and institute better […]

Recalling the ‘dead cat’ district, other remapping lessons of Georgia’s past

By: - July 19, 2021

The Democratic Party appears on the rise in Georgia, with big gains over the past few election cycles, but the GOP still has its hands on the levers of government, and its power brokers will likely do whatever they can to stay in charge. That’s the situation today as lawmakers travel the state in advance […]

Ga. lawmakers study ways to balance ‘Big Tech’ bans vs. business rights

By: - July 16, 2021

What should be the balance between the free speech rights of large social media companies and those of the people who use their platforms, and should the Georgia Legislature create rules to strike that balance? That’s what members of the House Science and Technology Committee want to know as they discussed the idea of tech […]

Georgia jobless claims fall to COVID-era low, weekly decrease leads U.S.

By: - July 15, 2021

The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor has some good news for Georgia.  The state’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1% to 4% in June, lower than the national rate of 5.9% and down 8.5% from the worst of the pandemic in April, 2020. “We have gained back 76%of the jobs lost in the […]

Democrats take credit this week as federal child tax stipends set to arrive

By: - July 14, 2021

The vast majority of Georgia parents can expect a little extra in their bank account starting Thursday as the federal government begins rolling out monthly payments of up to $300 per child as part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden in March. In what may be a preview of a line […]

Can the Georgia countryside provide fertile soil for Dems again in 2022?

By: - July 12, 2021

Bryan County south of Savannah is still Republican country — former President Donald Trump took more than two-thirds of the vote there in 2020 — but that won’t stop Democrats like Teresa Timmons, chair of the local party, from stumping for Democratic candidates like she did last year. “It was very grassroots, waving signs on […]