Costs Of Religious Liberty | Loud Restaurants | Coal Ash Dumping

Feb 23, 2016

The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that, if passed in the House, will allow faith-based groups to refuse service to same-sex couples and LBGT citizens. Also, Atlanta is home to some of the best restaurants found in the Southeast, but to get your hands on some of that great food, you have to put up with an awful lot of noise. Plus, the citizens of Wayne County, GA are mulling over a plan by Republic Services to dump thousands of tons of coal ash into the wetlands.

Full Show - February 23, 2016

Atlanta is home to some of the best restaurants found in the Southeast. But to get your hands on some of that great food, you have to put up with an awful lot of noise. Restaurants around the city are getting increasingly noisier, but is it just high volume of patrons or conscious decisions made by owners? We talk to Atlanta Magazine Deputy Food Editor Evan Mah and interior designer Vivian Bencich to find out who or what is responsible for all the noise.

Plus, the Georgia Senate has approved a bill that, if passed in the House, will allow faith-based groups to refuse service to same-sex couples and LBGT citizens. The First Amendment Defense Act has already caused a stir in the secular community, with telecommunications company 373K planning to vacate Georgia in protest. We talk to economist Tom Cunningham, 373K founder Kelvin Williams and Brian Tolleson of the Atlanta-based entertainment company Bark Bark about the ramifications of the controversial bill and how it may drastically affect the local economy.

And the citizens of Wayne County, GA are mulling over a plan by Republic Services to dump thousands of tons of coal ash into the wetlands. While the ash has been deemed non-toxic by the EPA, the waste product still contains several toxic components that could negatively affect the area. We talk to journalist Dink Nesmith, who has been covering the story extensively in the town of Jesup. We also talk to Satilla riverkeeper Ashby Worely about her preparations for a potential mountain of coal ash.