This is clearly not a snake at all but a piece of hose or a section of tubing. Some of our big native snakes (like Ratsnakes) are often confused for boa constrictors or pythons, so from the headline of the article I kind of expected to see a large female watersnake. They can be quite impressive and larger than many people might expect. I can understand how someone unfamiliar with snakes would not know exactly what they were looking at if they saw a big watersnake. Pythons, of course, are not native to Georgia, but there is concern about an invasive population in southern Florida and some question about how far north they could spread.
Usually I fault the media for not consulting herpetologists or any kind of wildlife biologist at all when they run articles that include outrageous claims about snakes. Mysteries tend to get resolved pretty quick when a professional is involved. But here's where it gets interesting. The Henry County Report did talk to an expert. The article includes comments from Craig Guyer, the Auburn University herpetologist that literally wrote the book on the amphibians and reptiles of the area. From the article: