It’s been a year of highs in Georgia. Record high temperatures, record number of films produced, record tourism numbers, record…. number of snakebites? According to the Georgia Poison Control Center, there have been 392 snakebites recorded in the state this year, compared to 355 at this time last year. There have also been 98 cases of individuals needed antivenom. Experts are attributing the numbers to this summer’s high temperatures, as well as the housing boom across much of the state, but whatever the reason a record number of snake bites has the state’s ship SINKING…
Poultry is big business in Georgia. In fact, broiler chickens are the state’s number one agricultural commodity, valued at nearly $4.5 billion, and Georgia produces more chicken than any state in the U.S. And over the past decade business has been good, with both chicken demand and prices increasing by over 10%. But as with any big business there comes some big scandals, which is exactly what two executives from Georgia-based Claxton Poultry Farms have found themselves in. Mikell Fries and Scott Brady this week were indicted by a federal grand jury of price rigging to suppress competition between 2012 and 2017, a serious crime that could see them facing up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. 2020 has been rough for everyone, but for these criminal chicken execs it is SINKING big time.
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