Gov. Brian Kemp is holding off on ordering a statewide mandate to wear masks in Georgia as positive cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations are on the rise.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp signed a $25.9 billion state budget Tuesday that he called “bittersweet” because of $2.2 billion in spending cuts brought on by the devastation the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking on Georgia’s economy.

Gov. Brian Kemp moved Monday to extend social distancing rules for businesses and stay-at-home orders for the state’s most vulnerable populations another two weeks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

ATLANTA — Despite cutting spending by $2.2 billion, the General Assembly found enough money in next year’s state budget to add more funds into building projects across Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging people, especially individuals with chronic lung conditions, to protect themselves from dust from the Saharan dust cloud as it moves over Georgia. The dust cloud is expected to be around for the next few days.

Major tennis tournament action returns to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College on Monday with more than 250 juniors registered to play the Georgia Open Challenger Championships.

Hate crimes will be punishable in Georgia for the first time in 16 years after Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Friday that cleared the General Assembly this week amid tense back-and-forth and tears of joy.

Representatives of Sutherland Capital LLC, an Atlanta-based corporation, have filed a rezoning and special use permit applications with the Rome-Floyd County Planning office for the redevelopment of property at 1301 Martha Berry Boulevard which has housed Sumo Japanese Steak House for years.

CRBI conducted bacterial water monitoring at three sites that included Neel's Landing off of U.S. 411, Grizzard Park, Heritage Park and Ga. 156 near Calhoun on June 23. The results of those monitoring efforts showed that 26.6 cfu/100mL were present at Neel's Landing (Hwy. 411), 28.2 cfu/100m…