Culture & Society

Growing homelessness in state tied to lack of affordable housing

BY: - December 2, 2019

The number of people experiencing homelessness across Georgia has increased slightly since the last time a head count was attempted, with advocates and service providers in one north Georgia community blaming a shrinking supply of affordable housing. A statewide report that is focused on the state’s rural and suburban counties showed a 13% increase in […]

Busy feeding season begins for Georgia’s community food banks

BY: - November 28, 2019

While families come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also the time of the year when more churches, organizations and others lend a hand to Georgia’s food banks. Millions of pounds of turkeys, hens, and other poultry, along with the assorted sides and trimmings, are headed to family tables this holiday season through the […]


Battlefields around the world are finding new purpose as parks and refuges

BY: and - November 11, 2019

By Todd Lookingbill and Peter Smallwood University of Richmond/The Conversation The horrors of war are all too familiar: lives lost, homes destroyed, entire communities forced to flee. Yet as time passes, places that once were sites of death and destruction can become peaceful natural refuges. One of the deadliest battles fought on U.S. soil, for […]

Ga. medical marijuana law offers new opportunities for minority businesses

BY: - November 1, 2019

Tianna Smith sounds like a marketing executive when she talks about the entrepreneurial opportunity she sees in once-forbidden products like medical marijuana and hemp. “As a startup, how can I get connected with a cannabis attorney or a CPA that is going to understand this cannabis space?” said Smith, as she describes her vision for […]

Lawmaker pitches bill allowing college athletes to be paid

BY: - October 23, 2019

A Georgia Democrat says he plans to file a bill that would allow Georgia Bulldogs and other college athletes to be paid for the commercial use of their name, likeness and image. State Rep. Billy Mitchell announced Wednesday that he would model his bill after California’s “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which allowed the Golden […]

Will Ga. House bet on expanding gambling to casinos, horse racing?

BY: - October 15, 2019

State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Republican from Savannah, says this will be the year legalized gambling in Georgia takes a great leap forward – or bites the dust for good. Stephens and other state lawmakers are hoping to put the question to Georgia’s voters and let them decide whether to permit casinos, horse racing and […]

U.S. Supreme Court appears split as justices weigh landmark LGBTQ case

BY: - October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – Key conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to the argument that federal law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  That issue was at the crux of a trio of cases heard by the court on Tuesday — the second day of its new term. The court’s […]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear LGBTQ rights cases on Tuesday

BY: - October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can employers legally fire people simply because they’re gay, lesbian or transgender? That is the question at the crux of a trio of cases – including one brought by a Georgia man – that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the second day of its new term. Plaintiffs argue that […]

Opponents of Ga. ‘tampon tax’ vow to press lawmakers in 2020

BY: - September 9, 2019

Deborah McCarthy’s school district chipped in some money for tampons, pads and other period products, and when that didn’t cover the requests coming from her high school’s menstruating students, she would dip into her own wallet. And then this year, the Bibb County school nurse found help – a lot of it. She banded with […]

Legislation aims to boost rural transit options for older Georgians

BY: - August 26, 2019

Shirley Brown was out three dollars when the public shuttle delivered her to the doctor’s office in Newnan too early for a recent appointment. Worried she’d get stuck there, Brown paid the bus fare to return to her house in Grantville and had a friend drive her back to the doctor later that day. “I […]

Metro Atlanta nonprofit brushes aside criticism over free adoptions

BY: - August 14, 2019

Metro Atlanta’s public shelters are turning to the appeal of free adoptions in hopes of freeing up space after a surge of animals overwhelmed the facilities this summer. The Fulton and DeKalb county shelters took in a combined 1,850 animals during July. That is hundreds more than even last July, when a spike strained shelter […]

Georgia Recorder stories picked up by other outlets – and that’s great

BY: - August 12, 2019

You’ll see on our “About” page that we view news as a vital community service and believe that government accountability and transparency are valued by all Georgians. The Georgia Recorder welcomes other Georgia news outlets to publish our stories at no cost other than crediting us as the source. Sunday, the Valdosta Daily Times published […]