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Greetings, Georgia.

It's Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.

We're following a developing story that may affect your travel plans: This morning, the FAA paused all domestic departures after reporting a system outage.

In other news, musician and entrepreneur Dr. Dre has told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to stop using his song "Still D.R.E.," and a Georgia House study committee is investigating waste in cannabis manufacturing.

Read on for Georgia Today.



✭ Atlanta mayor touts public safety agenda while threat of Buckhead cityhood looms

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens speaks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Dec. 12. (Riley Bunch/GPB News)

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, fresh off the end of his first year in office, told Buckhead residents on Monday that he has been “intentional” about dedicating time to the community.

At the Rotary Club of Buckhead meeting in an upstairs dining room of Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant, Dickens gave an overview of his first 12 months in office — with a heavy focus on how his administration is working to combat high rates of violent crime.

  • We have been very intentional about strengthening the ties between City Hall and Buckhead — from public safety to our business community to our parks and neighborhoods,” he said. “... Being able to work with Buckhead community members and members across the community is important to me. We have always kept our doors open to be able to hear concerns and address them as quickly as possible.”
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Georgia Council for Recovery expects more legislation concerning sober living housing

Team Georgia Council for Recovery during a Jan. 6, 2023, working session with Chief Judge Brian Amero, a member of the Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. (@Recovery_GC4R on Twitter)

Legislative work done during the last session paved the way for establishing standards around sober living houses.

A 2021 law, Senate Bill 4, now makes kickbacks for referrals illegal.

Because transitional housing arrangements are not treatment facilities, they are neither regulated nor typically covered by insurance, state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick said last year.

It's often a cash business, in which people can take advantage of the situation that parents and loved ones find themselves in when trying to help someone with substance use disorder, said Kirkpatrick, who also sponsored bills to protect syringe exchange programs and to crack down on bad actors in the transitional housing community.

  • "It was a cash cow for people," explained Missy Owen, who started the Davis Direction Foundation to support people in recovery after her son, Davis, died of a heroin overdose in 2014.
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  • Democrats' new primary calendar isn't a done deal, as complications arise: Two of the five states that would be in the new early window — Georgia and New Hampshire — are asking for an extension to try to meet the Democratic National Committee's requirement.
  • More orthopedic physicians sell out to private equity firms, raising alarms about costs and quality.
  • Atlanta makes international climate leader list: The city is being called a climate action leader by an international nonprofit that ranks cities worldwide on their environmental efforts.


Remembering Okefenokee Joe

Dick Flood, a.k.a. Okefenokee Joe, was a popular naturalist and musician who appeared in GPB TV documentaries including 1990's Swampwise.
Dick Flood's family has confirmed the death of the singer-songwriter, educator and conservationist that many Georgians knew as Okefenokee Joe.
  • "This is the most fascinating and peaceful place in the world to me," Dick Flood said in the opening of his 1990 Emmy Award-winning GPB documentary, Swampwise. "It's rich in wildlife, history and infinite beauty — the great Okefenokee Swamp."
He was well-known to GPB viewers who remember his 1988 documentary The Joy of Snakes. He lived in the Okefenokee Swamp for 10 years, learning firsthand about the animals and plants in the area.

He also wrote numerous songs for popular country musicians in the 1950s and '60s.

Dick Flood was 90 years old.

University of Georgia players celebrate a win over Texas Christian University after the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. Georgia won 65-7. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Tune into GPB Radio and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Political Rewind.

Today's guests: Emory University's Andra Gillespie, the University of Georgia's Charles Bullock, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein, and Mercer University's Chris Grant.

Thursday: AJC's Kevin Riley joins us for a half-hour show before Gov. Kemp's inauguration; at 2 p.m. WRBL's Chuck Williams, Clark-Atlanta University's Tammy Greer, Rick Dent and GPB's Stephen Fowler.

Friday: New York Times theater critic Jesse Green on Mary Rodgers' autobiography, Shy.

Check out our Political Rewind podcast:

Listen to the latest Political Rewind podcast for a recap of UGA's national title win and more.

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Georgia Today is written by Sarah Rose and Kristi York Wooten and edited by Khari Sampson.
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