ATLANTA -- The various aspects of Georgia’s solar industry created jobs six times faster than the overall state economy, according to a report released Thursday by the National Solar Foundation.
The report ranks the state as having the 14th largest solar-power workforce with 2,900 employees split between manufacturing, installation of solar panels and administration and sales. That represents a 13 percent increase over the past year.
Instead of a 15-month extension, Savannah River Site will get an extra 27 days to close a nuclear waste storage tank as part of an agreement announced Thursday with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The state and the U.S. Energy Department have been disputing the cleanup deadlines for two Cold War-era tanks at SRS holding highly-radioactive liquid waste. South Carolina has pressured the federal government to dispose of the waste and close the tanks or pay steep fines.
Nearly two decades after Willie Palmer gunned down his estranged wife and teen-age stepdaughter, his attorneys contended Wednesday he is entitled to a fourth trial because, for the third time, evidence was withheld from the defense.
Palmer, now 62, was last convicted in 2007 of the murders of Brenda Jenkins Palmer and 15-year-old Christine Jenkins on Sept. 10, 1995, and sentenced to death.