Kemp declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to curtail violence in Atlanta

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency in response to an increase in violent and property crimes in the city of Atlanta. According to a press release issued by Kemp’s office, he made this declaration “following weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction” including more than 30 Georgians […]

Shelter-at-home order for most Georgians expires tonight, but for some, was extended through June

STAFF REPORT ::: The shelter-in-place order covering Georgia residents will expire tonight at 11:59 p.m., but Governor Brian Kemp announced today he has extended that order for some individuals. Kemp urged Georgians to continue staying home “whenever possible” as he thanked all for affording officials the time to bolster the state’s health care infrastructure as […]

City of Griffin establishes COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin has established a COVID-19 Task Force to enforce Governor Brian Kemp’s “Reviving a Healthy Georgia” executive order that permits many businesses to reopen. Kemp’s order outlines provisions and mandates how certain businesses, corporations, organizations and governments should conduct themselves during the remainder of the Governor’s Public Health State […]

Kemp outlines plan to reopen Georgia beginning Friday

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that his executive order requiring Georgia residents to shelter-at-home will be allowed to expire on April 30, his Public Health State of Emergency will expire May 13 and that many businesses he required to close will soon be permitted to reopen. Hospitals that voluntarily elected to […]

Inconsistent DPH COVID-19 data raises questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has reached out to the Georgia Department of Public Health seeking clarification regarding significant inconsistencies in its COVID-19 data. The state DPH website has for weeks been updating data at least twice daily – at noon and 7 p.m. At noon Sunday, April 19, the DPH reported there were […]

Brightmoor residents, staff fighting COVID-19

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Brightmoor Nursing Center Chief Executive Officer Penny Griffin spoke out Saturday evening to offer reassurance to family members, friends and the community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak that includes 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents and eight among staff members, with three deaths. While she and her staff grieve for residents lost […]

Historic City Hall, Mule Barn and Dundee Cafe honored with preservation awards

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday announced awards for the rehabilitation of Griffin’s historic City Hall. Griffin’s City Hall received the Marguerite Williams Award, which is presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state. The building also received an award for Excellence […]

Georgia man charged with sabotaging the delivery of PPE to health care providers

STAFF REPORT ::: A Georgia man is facing criminal charges for allegedly sabotaging shipping records, resulting in the delay of personal protective equipment to health care providers. A press release issued by the United States Attorney General’s Office reports that Christopher Dobbins, a former employee of a medical device packaging company, has been charged by […]

Woman arrested after shooting leads to Amber Alert for endangered two-year-old

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department Wednesday night response to a shooting call resulted in an Amber Alert for a missing two-year-old little girl. Authorities say officers of the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the shooting call at 423 Circus Street at approximately 9:28 p.m., but were initially unable to locate a victim or […]

Amber Alert issued for missing girl last seen Wednesday in Griffin

Publisher’s note: The Griffin Police Department is reporting Amina has been recovered and the suspect is in custody. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available. STAFF REPORT ::: An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing child who was last seen Wednesday, April 15 in Griffin. Authorities say two-year-old Amina Cole is […]

Testing widely expanded for Georgia residents with COVID-19 symptoms

STAFF REPORT ::: All Georgia residents who are symptomatic are eligible for COVID-19 testing. This change, effective immediately, will allow those who were previously denied tests the ability to request the diagnostic procedure. The Department of Public Health is also in the process of increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide and the criteria […]

911 centers to begin receiving list of confirmed COVID-19 patient addresses

STAFF REPORT :: Beginning this week, 911 communication centers will receive a list identifying the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the jurisdiction. Authorities say this measure is being implemented in an effort to protect Georgia’s first responders. This will be a collaboration of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia Department […]

Georgia to expand COVID-19 testing; set up 200 medical pods in World Congress Center

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Describing Georgia’s COVID-19 testing as “unacceptable,” Governor Brian Kemp on Monday announced the state will expand the previously tightly-restricted requirements for the diagnostic tool. “As of noon today, we now have 13,315 COVID-19 cases in Georgia spanning 157 counties with 464 deaths. The state lab has processed 3,750 tests, and commercial […]

Kemp urges Georgians not to attend in-person religious services

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to not attend religious services, including Easter services, even those that are described as “drive-in.” Authorities say law enforcement agencies have received reports that participants of drive-in religious services are not staying in their vehicles, but are instead leaving them to allow children to play, use […]

Griffin Board of Commissioners cancels April 14 meeting

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Board of Commissioners has cancelled its April 14 meeting Citing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the state’s shelter-at-home order, the Griffin Board of Commissioners has cancelled its regularly scheduled April 14 meeting. A press release issued Thursday afternoon stated, “In order to comply with Governor’s Shelter in Place Order and out of […]