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Greetings, Georgia.

It's Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

Freezing temps are coming, with Arctic lows Friday through Christmas Sunday dipping to as low as 5 degrees Farhenheit in the North Georgia mountains. Prepare now to protect animals, crops and your pipes.  

In other news, students protested at Atlanta City Hall last week as an outbreak of gun violence in the city killed four teenagers in less than a month — shootings that Mayor Andre Dickens and the Atlanta Police Department called an "unacceptable trend."

Last night during a White House Hanukkah receptionPresident Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden condemned antisemitism and added the first Jewish artifact to the house's archive — a historic wooden menorah, showcased atop a glass cabinet next to an oil painting of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Welcome to Georgia Today.


✭ Takeaways from the final Jan. 6 committee hearing

Click on image above or here to watch video. Screenshot is from Dec. 19 U.S. House Select Committee's meeting to announce criminal referrals against Donald Trump. (PBS News Hour)

NPR reported that the congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol referred former President Donald Trump for four criminal charges — including obstruction, conspiracy and inciting an insurrection that he inspired because he couldn't publicly accept he'd lost an election.

Amongst other activities, Donald Trump was involved in a Jan. 2, 2021 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump asked him to "find" 11,000 votes to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

The panel also voted to refer four Republican members of Congress — Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Scott Perry, R-Pa., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. — to the House Ethics Committee for failure to comply with subpoenas.

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✭ Will she be the 1st nonwhite or female namesake of a Savannah square? Learn about Susie King Taylor

Rozz Rouse, who co-chairs the Coalition to Name Taylor Square, poses at the Savannah square formerly named Calhoun Square. She is dressed as Susie King Taylor, a nurse who served with the Union during the Civil War. (Benjamin Payne / GPB News)

There are nearly two dozen scenic miniature parks spread throughout the cobblestone streets of Savannah, Georgia's oldest city. And yet, of those 22, none is named after a person of color or a woman.

Enter Susie King Taylor, a Black nurse, teacher, veteran and author who served with the Union during the Civil War — and whose name is now a frontrunner to adorn the square formerly called Calhoun Square.

Rozz Rouse is intent on seeing that the square be renamed for Taylor.

  • "I think the fact that nobody ever thought about it, really, they didn't care, as if to redact the history from Savannah, knowing the atrocity of slavery was here for over 116 years, and they just ignored," Rouse said. "But it's up to us to bring it to the forefront. So, why not have squares named after African Americans that contribute to this beautiful city of Savannah?"
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A state authority got millions to reduce poverty in Macon's Pleasant Hill. Has it helped?

Stacy Jones lives in a small blue house at the dead end of Roosevelt Avenue in Macon, Ga., with his 6-year-old daughter and 97-year-old grandmother. He said he feels like Pleasant Hill is being gentrified. (Laura Conley / The Macon Newsroom)

The Macon-Bibb Community Enhancement Authority was created by Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon, in 2012. Its efforts so far have centered on Pleasant Hill, a neighborhood divided 60 years ago by the construction of Interstate 75.

The CEA agreed to move seven homes from the east side to the west side of Interstate 75 and build 17 new ones. The authority must still build six more homes to fulfill its deal with the transportation department.

Margaret Lockett, 84, had noticed new homes built nearby but didn’t know who was building them.

  • “We don’t get any information,” Lockett said. “They just come over here and just do whatever they want to do. And the people who’s in charge, they just keep the information to themselves. And, you know, we don’t have any input.”
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U.S. representatives: Feds should ensure timely cataract surgeries for older Georgians

(Courtesy of Capitol Beat)

The federal government should ensure Medicare Advantage insurers Humana and Aetna cover cataract surgeries for older Georgians without insurance delays or denials, Georgia’s congressional representatives said this week.  

  • “Georgia [Medicare Advantage] beneficiaries have faithfully paid their premiums every month and their access to sight-restoring surgery should not be delayed. They deserve to have the same access to sight-restoring surgery that Aetna and Humana … beneficiaries have in other states,” the representatives added.  

The U.S. representatives who signed letters include Democrats David Scott, Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr., Lucy McBath, Sanford Bishop Jr., Nikema Williams and Carolyn Bourdeaux and Republicans Buddy Carter, Barry Loudermilk, Drew Ferguson, Rick Allen and Austin Scott.

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A Southern contrarian's Christmas dinner

CLICK HERE to listen to Chuck Reece as he discusses the top Southern foods for Christmas dinners.

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Chuck Reece, editor of Salvation South, said he'd always been a bit of a contrarian, so he started thinking:

  • "How might one throw a monkey wrench into Christmas dinner? I mean, what would folks eat if everyone weren't cooking all the standard stuff?"

So what's the No. 1 Southern food for this contrarian's Christmas dinner? Fried shrimp! 

  • "These little crustaceans grow abundantly along the Southern shorelines, and they are at their best when they are battered and fried and dipped in tartar sauce," Reece said. "They're also very filling, which means you won't need both the ham and the turkey. Shrimp meat alone will suffice."

Want to know what other foods made the list? Click here.

Reece comments on Southern culture and values weekly on Fridays at 7:45 a.m. during Morning Edition and 4:44 p.m. during All Things Considered on GPB Radio. You can also find the Salvation South podcast at

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