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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.

Georgia to expand hospital staffing in response to delta surge

By: - August 16, 2021

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to mount, the state will spend another $125 million to help hospitals hire 1,500 new staff with dozens of them directed to rural hospitals, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday. “I think the additional staffing that we talked about and announced today is just going to continue to help them with […]

2020 census shows increase in Georgia minorities, population shift to metro areas

By: - August 13, 2021

Georgia’s population is more diverse and more concentrated around cities than ever before, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. More Georgians 18 and older told census takers in 2020 that they identify as more than one race – 5.9%, compared with 1.5% in 2010. The numbers of Black, Latino and Asian […]

Georgia hospital workers ‘at wits end’ as COVID crowds ERs with unvaccinated

By: - August 10, 2021

A group of exasperated medical professionals gathered at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah Monday to plead with Georgians to protect themselves from COVID-19 as emergency departments statewide overflow with patients. “We’re tired. We’re at wit’s end,” said Donna Cochrane, chief nursing officer at Liberty Regional Medical Center, a 25-bed critical care facility with […]

Georgia college students, mask conflict, heading back to campus

By: - August 10, 2021

College students across Georgia are saying goodbye to mom and dad, hauling furniture up to their dorm rooms and making last-minute changes to their class schedules.  A new semester started Monday at Dalton State College and Georgia Gwinnett College, and the rest of the University System of Georgia’s 26 institutions will be heading back to […]

Georgia lawmaker plans bill next year to ban vaccine mandates now on the rise

By: - August 6, 2021

Alpharetta Republican Sen. Brandon Beach says he will file a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would prohibit any COVID-19 vaccine mandate or requirement that a so-called vaccine passport can be used as a condition to work, go to school or enter a business. “It should not be the place of any government or […]

Ossoff proposes federal response to new state election laws in Right to Vote Act

By: - August 5, 2021

Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff introduced legislation Wednesday that he says will protect Americans’ right to vote from state legislatures. “We see that politicians in Georgia and in states across the country are seeking to restrict access to the ballot, targeting Black voters just to gain a partisan advantage in elections,” Ossoff said at a virtual […]

Georgia’s COVID mask and vaccine drama on full display at Athens City Hall

By: - August 5, 2021

If you’re heading to Athens, don’t forget to pack your mask. Athens-Clarke County joined Savannah and Atlanta in reinstating COVID-19 restrictions late Tuesday night amid increasing concerns over the delta variant and lagging vaccination rates. The order went into effect Wednesday morning. The unified city and county government separately approved a vaccine mandate for government […]

Mask anxiety returning to Georgia college campuses, now with vaccine controversy

By: - August 2, 2021

When Georgia college students return to their classrooms this month, masks and vaccines will be encouraged, but not required, according to guidance from the University System of Georgia posted on the University of Georgia’s COVID-19 response website Monday. “The University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, […]

Bumpy start to expanded special needs education voucher program stresses parents

By: - August 1, 2021

Six of Lori Ann Carter’s seven children are heading back to school Monday, and the past week has been a blur of supply shopping, open houses and preparing the little ones for a new year. The seventh child is starting school a week later, and he won’t be with his siblings. That’s because a week […]

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 […]