Patrick Swanson / May 25,2021

Divorce Financing in Georgia

Divorce can be devastating. It’s heartbreaking when parents lose custody of their children. Spouses end up having to pay agonizing amounts of financial support.

If you want to protect your rights, not wrongfully lose custody, and not get raked over the coals financially, learn about divorce loans and other ways of divorce financing or find ways to avoid this unpleasant procedure. Free consultations are first come first serve. We always run out of slots. Make sure you get yours locked in now.

Patrick Swanson / May 25,2021

CBD Oil in Georgia - Updated Guideline

Is CBD legal in Georgia? The short answer is yes! Let’s talk about what’s up with CBD in beautiful Georgia!

Patrick Swanson / May 24,2020

A Month Into Reopening And Georgia Jobs Have Yet To Return

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Two out of five people in Georgia — 40.3 percent of its workforce — have filed for unemployment since the state reopened its economy on April 30, the first to do so. But people are still staying close to home, making it harder for jobs to come back, according to a report in Politico on Thursday (May 21).

Georgia had more filings by percentage of its workforce than any other state, Politico’s review of data indicated. New jobless claims for loans in Georgia have varied since the state reopened, going up 243,000 two weeks ago and dropping to 177,000 last week. The state had commented that the increases in claims were due to jobs lost in retail, social services and health care.

“It’s nothing significant enough to say, ‘Oh, there’s a huge surge,’ — but certainly nothing to signal there’s any return to economic stability or recovery happening right now,” Alex Camardelle, a senior policy analyst with the nonprofit Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, told Politico.

Aside from being the first state to re-open, Georgia was also one of the last states to close its economy and impose stay-home mandates.

More layoffs are coming down the pike in Georgia as the state makes plans to eliminate over 1,000 jobs — educators, counselors, social services, administrators, clerks —  in a move to cut state budgets by 14 percent, according to an AJC report on Sunday (May 24). Revenue decline brought about by the pandemic was cited as the reason.

Further, some state employees not laid off will see their paychecks slashed.

Among the departments laying off or furloughing employees are the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Patrick Swanson / January 27,2020

How Georgia’s Population Relates To The 2020 Census

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Georgia’s population of 10.6 million people makes it one of the largest states in the country. The state’s population grew by more than 100,000 from 2018 to 2019, according to the latest Census estimates. The state’s growing population relates to politics and the 2020 Census. However, more than 3% of the Georgia residents get payday loans at least once a year.

The Census counts every person living in the United States. The decennial count determines political representation and how federal money is distributed.

After the 2010 Census, Georgia’s population growth led to an increase of one congressional seat.

“An additional congressional seat means an additional vote in the electoral college, which is really important in helping to pick the President of the United States,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University.

Gillespie also said having more members of Congress means more voices advocating for Georgia. 

“You want as many Georgians on as many committees as possible so that they are advocating for Georgia interests,” she said.

House committees that Georgia representatives serve on include Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Judiciary as well as Ways and Means. 

Georgia has 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In comparison, Florida has 27 and Alabama and South Carolina each have 7. California has the most seats, with 53.

Patrick Swanson / August 08,2022

Scouting the Globe 2022: The Five Best Prospects From Georgia

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We’re scouting the globe once again to check out some of the top MMA prospects across the planet. This time out, we take a look at Georgia, which has become a hotbed of mixed martial arts talent in recent years.
Our original Scouting the Globe series singled out the following five prospects from Georgia:

  • Ilia Topuria is ranked #15 at bantamweight in the UFC.
  • Guram Kutateladze who is 1-1 in the UFC.
  • Zviad Lazishvili who was recently released by the UFC.
  • Levan Chokheli is signed with Bellator and is 1-2 for them.
  • Amiran Gogoladze who fights on the Contender Series this season.

Here’s who we’ve singled out in 2022.

Welterweight, Amiran Gogoladze (14-2)

Gogoladze is a highlight-reel finisher both on the feet and on the mat. He is extremely slick on the mat, especially off his back. He’s a sharp submission hunter and that shows with three submission victories by three different submissions.
Gogladze will utilize a lot of feints on the feet which set up the eventual finish. He throws a dangerous head kick and is just very tricky and explosive. He has flaws with his takedown defense but isn’t a guy you want to be caught slipping by.
Gogoladze is just 24 so if his defense tightens up he’s going to be a nightmare at 170.

Patrick Swanson / August 07,2022

ICYMI: Kemp Called for Boycotts Against Georgia Businesses to Further His Political Agenda

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“Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has been falsely accusing Stacey Abrams of supporting boycotts against Georgia. His record on the matter isn’t so great.”
As Gov. Brian Kemp continues to face mounting scrutiny after Music Midtown canceled their event due to his extreme gun agenda, a new report from the Daily Beast revealed Kemp has “personally called on Georgians to boycott companies when it suited his political agenda.”
The news comes while Kemp is launching false attacks accusing Stacey Abrams of supporting boycotts, even though Abrams repeatedly discouraged boycotts and urged businesses to “stay and fight” in Georgia. In reality, Kemp has repeatedly encouraged boycotts against Georgia businesses and advocated for legislative action against companies that speak out against his extreme agenda.
“Brian Kemp talks out of both sides of his mouth. While lying about Stacey’s record, he’s called for boycotts against businesses, including major companies based in Georgia, to further his own political agenda. From his dangerous gun agenda which drove out Music Midtown, to his extreme ban on abortion, Kemp’s policies are a threat to Georgians’ jobs and our economy,” stated Max Flugrath, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
In 2018, Kemp called on state lawmakers to impose financial penalties on Georgia-based Delta Airlines because it ended its relationship with the NRA. Kemp also encouraged Georgians to boycott companies – “from Wal-Mart to Citibank” – that spoke out against the gun industry after the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

Patrick Swanson / August 04,2022

One of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers fears being slain in a Georgia state prison, court document says

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Patrick Swanson / July 16,2022

Jason Aldean explains why Macon, Georgia is such a personal album title: “It all started there”

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ABC
Jason Aldean kicks off his Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour tonight in Scranton, Pennsylvania, beginning an extensive string of dates that will give him a chance to introduce fans to the live version of his latest double album, Macon, Georgia.
That project — his 10th — is named after the singer’s hometown Macon, which Jason says had a massive impact on his eventual career as a country star.
“It all started there,” he recounts. “…That’s where I learned to play guitar and where I learned to sing and where I played bars for the first time.”
At the time, Jason wasn’t even old enough to drink, but he fell in with a group of older musicians who taught him everything he knows about jam sessions and playing late nights in bars on small stages.
“When I was a 15, 16 year old kid, guys — you know, other musicians in that town — kinda took me under their wing and would take me to these after-hours bars and have jam sessions,” he recounts. “When I had to be at school the next day. So I was getting home at three in the morning.”
Jason may have lost a little sleep, but he learned important lessons about his chosen career path during those long nights out.
“It was just kind of where I learned to be a musician. It’s just where it all started for me,” he says, explaining that it felt only fitting to mark that early memory in the title of his landmark 10th album. “It was me kind of paying tribute to where it all started from.”
Jason just released his latest country radio single, “That’s What Tequila Does.” The song comes off the Macon half of his double album.

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Patrick Swanson / July 14,2022

Meet the Youngest Certified Farmer in Georgia

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Meet Kendall Rae Johnson at just 6 years old is making history as the youngest certified farmer in Georgia.

Patrick Swanson / July 13,2022

Lindsey Graham Give WILD Response to Georgia Subpoena

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In the Peach State, and investigation is ongoing that threatens to throw a whole heap of legal trouble the direction of former President Donald Trump, especially now that subpoenas have begun to fly.
The probe centers around communications between then-President Trump and state election officials in Georgia, who’ve suggested that these conversations were somehow improper. Of those subpoenaed, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina may have the most unique retort yet.

Lawyers for Sen. Lindsey Graham are arguing that the South Carolina Republican cannot be forced to testify before a Fulton County grand jury about alleged election interference, claiming he has “absolute immunity” under the US Constitution for phone calls he placed to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure officials in Georgia to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
Graham, one of the former president’s most loyal allies, was ordered earlier this month to appear before a grand jury. Others subpoenaed include Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney.

So, how exactly does this defense work?

Patrick Swanson / July 13,2022

As rising MLB draft prospect and Georgia Tech commit, Calvert Hall star Lamar King Jr. seeing hard work pay off

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The daily routine for graduated Calvert Hall baseball star Lamar King Jr. starts in the batting cage at 7:30 in the morning.
For the 18-year-old Perry Hall resident, a first-team All-Metro catcher and Georgia Tech commit, a typical week also includes four days of lifting weights, three days focusing on conditioning and two days of yoga to improve his flexibility.
If it appears to be a demanding grind, King thinks otherwise.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s like my happy place — hitting, the gym and baseball in general. So it’s fun for me and I don’t feel like it’s work. It’s things I love to do.”
With the hard work serving as his foundation, King has put himself in an excellent spot.
He can continue on with his plans to play at Georgia Tech, which has produced a lengthy list of quality catchers, including former Orioles star Matt Wieters and current top prospect Kevin Parada. Or, with expectations of being selected high in the Major League Baseball draft that starts Sunday night, he might be ready to pursue his lifelong dream of turning pro.
“It’s exciting. We’re just going to see what happens in the draft and then we’re going to put all the options on the table and pick what’s the best fit for me at this time,” King said.
A varsity player since his freshman year, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound King took his game to a higher level in a senior season that raised his draft stock. He batted .506 with 14 home runs and 38 RBIs as the Cardinals finished with a 17-6 mark in longtime coach Lou Eckerl’s final season.
ESPN baseball analyst Kiley McDaniel, a former pro scout, ranks King at No. 102 in his list of the Top 300 prospects for the 2022 draft.

Patrick Swanson / July 03,2022

Celebration Of Georgian Style Home Architecture

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Celebration Of Georgian Style Home Architecture

Georgian style home architecture holds a significant place in US design. Since its arrival in the 18th century, the Georgian style exists today. Many of the original homes have been steeped in history and have influenced architecture for generations.
Among residential architecture, the number of historic homes is increasing. Some houses might not fit in the Georgian category, but if you look closer, you’ll discover key features. 
Classic Georgian Style Home Architecture
Join us as we explore some of the finest examples of Georgian home architecture. With each example, we’ll show you why the architectural style is respected to this today.
Latin House, Risley
Celebration Of Georgian Style Home Architecture
Brick construction is a highlight of Georgian architecture. With red brick, white trim and window frames offer unique curb appeal. The exterior colors are a throwback to 18th century American home styles.
Whitemarsh Island
Celebration Of Georgian Style Home Architecture
Designed by Historical Concepts, this new Georgian home is on Whitemarsh Island, located off the coast of Georgia. The homes do not look like they were built in the 19th century, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a new one. 
Shanks House

Patrick Swanson / June 21,2022

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Ground Breaking

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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Ground Breaking

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga.- Northeast Georgia Health System broke ground on the new Lumpkin County Medical Center on 400 on Jun. 22 at 10:00 a.m.
In attendance were the Board Chair, for NGHS Spence Price, President & CEO for NGHS Carol Burrell, Interim President for NGMC Sonja McLendon, and numerous local officials from Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. There were also elected officials from Dawson and White Counties present for the ceremony.
Senator Steve Gooch and House Repenstative Will Wade came to support the groundbreaking. Lumpkin County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Chris Dockery along with Gooch, Price, Burrell, and McLendon each delivered remarks for the ceremony.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Ground BreakingThe Proposed Floor Plan
The new medical center will offer emergency services including 10 treatment rooms, four dedicated observation rooms, positive to negative pressure capability, separate emergency entrance and exit, and CT and X-ray capability. IT will offer surgical services that include three operating rooms, and one procedural suite, and will serve orthopedics, sports medicine, and general surgery.

Patrick Swanson / April 15,2022

When Do You Need a Georgia Eminent Domain Attorney?

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Eminent domain is the ability of the government to seize private land for public use. While private citizens should get a fair settlement in return for the taken property, the outcome doesn’t always turn out as anticipated. 

If a Georgia government agency has recently invoked eminent domain on your property, a Georgia eminent domain attorney could work with you to obtain more favorable results. 
A Closer Look at Eminent Domain
The power of eminent domain is found in the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and Georgia Code Title 22. It allows both federal and state government agencies to permanently or temporarily take over your land as long as it is for the public’s benefit. This can happen if the property is obstructing government projects or civic structures. 
Some instances where the government can exercise eminent domain include: