LOGIN      CONTACT GMA      NEW TO GMA?                  
Documents

News Line

New trail at Alexander Park celebrated in McDonough
The newly constructed Alexander Park Trail was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Jonesboro Road entrance.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

A City Unexpected: Woodstock boasts new identity
Bringing new life to a historic town, Woodstock city staff is preparing to roll out a new brand capturing the city’s growth and development.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Acworth hosts wakeboarding competition
The Wakeboard National Championships has returned to Acworth and will run from July 27 to 30 at Dallas Landing Park.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta City Council swears in new member
Ruben Sands was sworn in as the temporary Ward 5 council member during a special called meeting Wednesday. Minutes later, Sands cast his first vote during the Marietta City Council’s committee work sessions.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Police Department wins award for excellence
The Marietta Police Department received the 2016 Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Monday night in recognition for the department’s efforts to improve the public’s response to active shooter situations.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Garden City’s David Lyons named Outstanding Police Chief of the Year
Garden City Police Chief David Lyons has been named the state’s Outstanding Police Chief of the Year by his peers. Lyons was given the honor Tuesday evening at the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Roswell scores 10-gig fiber network from Comcast
Things in Roswell, Ga., may start moving a little quicker. Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is building a fiber network that will deliver 10-gigabit Internet speeds to businesses along the Georgia 400 corridor in Roswell.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lula voters will get to decide whether to allow alcohol by the drink
The Lula City Council will allow city voters to decide Nov. 8 whether they want pouring of alcohol at businesses in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

Aragon’s Frettiesburg subdivision seeks to leave
Aragon residents along Holly Street and Frettiesburg Drive have let the city know that it intends to continue on with the process of deannexation from the city.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Marietta Police hold ‘Project Unity’ event
On Saturday, July 30, from noon to 5 p.m., Marietta Police will hold their “Project Unity” event at the Lawrence Street Recreation Center.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Fayetteville budget total drops, city taxes will go up
The Fayetteville City Council passed a $12.3 million budget for 2017. The general fund budget is dropping from $13.7 million in 2016 to $12.3 million in fiscal year 2017. The reason for the big drop, Finance Director Mike Bush said, is the city used more than $1 million to help fund the Hood Avenue road project now under completion.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Roswell buys ‘active shooter’ kits for police
Responding to recent attacks on police around the country, the Roswell City Council this week approved buying 147 “active shooter kits” to outfit officers with potentially life-saving equipment.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta commission would advise on police, fire, corrections pay
The creation of a commission to evaluate the compensation of Atlanta Police, Fire and Rescue and Corrections personnel has been proposed by City Council members.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SPLOST defeat hurts Avondale Estates more than Decatur
Last week DeKalb County’s board of commissioners unanimously voted against holding a referendum on the one percent special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Adairsville millage rates fall as hotel taxes soar
Due to unanticipated utility revenues, the Adairsville City Council voted Thursday, July 21 to reduce the city millage rate from 3.63 mills to 3.4 mills.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Three to seek Villa Rica mayor's post
Three people will seek the office of Mayor of Villa Rica, while four candidates will vie for the open Ward 4 council seat, during the Nov. 8 general election.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

VR begins work on new city charter
Villa Rica's council began the process of updating the city's charter on Tuesday, a process that may result in an entirely new blueprint of city government.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Eastman council continues discussions on tax increase
At its July 25 regular meeting, the Eastman City Council moved to continue discussions regarding the approval of a proposed dedicated property tax millage rate increase so that city councilors may receive more training and exposure to information on the effects of a hypothetical millage rate increase as well as alternative funding methods.
Source: Dodge County News

Hiram’s council sets new sanitation rates, will consider budget amendments, SPLOST uses
During their July session Hiram city council set new sanitation rates following a public hearing and will consider budget amendments, and uses for the remaining 2017 SPLOST in a work session to be held next week.
Source: Dallas New Era

Auburn approves SPLOST — with hesitation
The Auburn City Council approved, with hesitation, the project categories and estimates for the proposed 2018 Barrow County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Barrow County voters will likely vote on the sales tax referendum this fall.
Source: Jackson County News

Duluth topples old Proctor Square, looks to redevelopment_img
Duluth topples old Proctor Square, looks to redevelopment
Rita Bowens remembers the excitement of the arrival of Winn-Dixie more than three decades ago because as a Duluth native, it meant she and her family no longer had to drive to Doraville or beyond for shopping.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City of LaFayette urging residents, businesses to help conserve water_img
City of LaFayette urging residents, businesses to help conserve water
As all our citizens and water consumers are aware, we have had substantially below average rainfall in our region over the last several weeks.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Ringgold council decides moving downtown sign would cost too much; for now, it will stay put_img
Ringgold council decides moving downtown sign would cost too much; for now, it will stay put
After nearly two years of controversy, Ringgold council members have decided to leave the digital sign downtown, at least for now. The cost to move the sign are a lot higher than expected.
Source: Walker County Messenger

 Rincon to replace current K9 cars_img
Rincon to replace current K9 cars
The Rincon Police Department’s K9 corps will be getting new rides.
Source: Effingham Herald

JC calls for $40m November parks bond referendum_img
JC calls for $40m November parks bond referendum
The Johns Creek City Council approved Monday night a resolution put a $40 million parks bond on the Nov. 8 ballot for development of parks, and acquisition of parks and green space.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Downtown Waffle House proposal no longer on table_img
Downtown Waffle House proposal no longer on table
Waffle House withdrew its application for a proposed restaurant in downtown Woodstock on Monday before the proposal went before council members for a vote.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Cornelia police seeking financial partners for student program_img
Cornelia police seeking financial partners for student program
With the start of school just more than a week away, Cornelia Police Department officials are seeking the public's help in outfitting a specialty vehicle.
Source: Access North Georgia

Augusta storm fee collections, work on rise_img
Augusta storm fee collections, work on rise
Augusta’s collection rate for the new stormwater utility fee continued to rise in the second quarter, with the city collecting almost 85 percent or $3 million of the $3.5 million it billed, City Engineering Director Abie Ladson said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor takes butterfly pledge_img
Mayor takes butterfly pledge
Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood has taken the pledge to help save the monarch butterflies.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Dog poop mess getting commissioners’ attention_img
Dog poop mess getting commissioners’ attention
While walking along the Ocmulgee River Heritage Trail, Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas says she has to be a careful where she steps.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Dunwoody city council, staff continue discussions on new city hall building_img
Dunwoody city council, staff continue discussions on new city hall building
Dunwoody city council members continue to weigh their options concerning a new city hall building, which could come with a price tag of close to $10 million when all is said and done.
Source: Neighbor News

Jackson to vote on package liquor sales_img
Jackson to vote on package liquor sales
Voters in the city of Jackson will be deciding in November whether to allow packaged liquor sales. City officials said they have received notice from the Butts County elections office that a petition calling for a referendum on the packaged sale of distilled spirits in the city had been certified.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Hinesville City Council approves SPLOST pact, medical complex design_img
Hinesville City Council approves SPLOST pact, medical complex design
Hinesville City Council’s Thursday meeting opened with Mayor Allen Brown reading a proclamation recognizing July 24, 2016, as “City of Hinesville Centennial Day,” recognizing the anniversary of when Hinesville was incorporated as a city by the General Assembly.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Demorest looks to save money by outsourcing water billing_img
Demorest looks to save money by outsourcing water billing
The City of Demorest continues to look at ways to save money while finding ways to more efficiently serve its residents and customers.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta Police Get Help Buying Homes Within City Limits_img
Atlanta Police Get Help Buying Homes Within City Limits
In Atlanta, less than about 25 percent of police officers live within the city’s limits, said Marlon Trone, vice president of programs at the Atlanta Police Foundation.
Source: WABE

Plan Reimagines Turner Field Area After Stadium Sale_img
Plan Reimagines Turner Field Area After Stadium Sale
As Atlanta and Fulton County prepare to sell Turner Field to Georgia State University, big changes could be in store for the surrounding neighborhoods.
Source: WABE

Canton restaurants that owe drink taxes to be given a choice_img
Canton restaurants that owe drink taxes to be given a choice
Letters will go out Aug. 1 to 16 restaurants in Canton, notifying them that they owe more than $92,000 in total unpaid taxes, penalties and interest on under-reported mixed-drink sales. They will be given a certain number of days to appeal or pay up.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb Association takes first look at annexation maps_img
DeKalb Association takes first look at annexation maps
The DeKalb Municipal Association is holding a meeting for existing cities to compare early annexation plans.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Union City to host active shooter meeting_img
Union City to host active shooter meeting
Union City aims to enhance preparedness of dangerous shooting situations by providing training to its citizens that includes knowledge of life preserving strategies.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners moving forward on multi-use trail_img
Peachtree Corners moving forward on multi-use trail
The Peachtree Corners City Council voted recently to approve an agreement with Lord, Aeck, Sargent to prepare construction drawings for the first phase of its new multi-use trail.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates Art Alliance begins clearing site for Art Lot_img
Avondale Estates Art Alliance begins clearing site for Art Lot
Saturday morning about 25 volunteers and members of Avondale Estates’ Art Alliance began clearing the North Avondale Road site that will house a temporary pop-up park called The Art Lot.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek adopts new noise ordinance_img
Johns Creek adopts new noise ordinance
The Johns Creek City Council amended the city’s nuisance ordinance to include fines for “plainly audible” music or other amplified sounds reaching a residential property late at night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Moultrie council clears way for EMC project_img
Moultrie council clears way for EMC project
The Moultrie City Council last week approved a zoning variance that will allow Colquitt EMC to continue an upgrade at its facility on Rowland Drive and First Avenue Northeast.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Cordele, Vienna Police sponsoring Back to School Bash in their communities_img
Cordele, Vienna Police sponsoring Back to School Bash in their communities
As part of a continued effort to bridge the gap between area young people and law enforcement police officers in Cordele and Vienna will be hosting events in their communities for kids heading back to school.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Vienna Council approves resolutions_img
Vienna Council approves resolutions
Council members here handled a brief agenda during their regular meeting Monday night.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Ordinance would let brew pubs sell growlers_img
Ordinance would let brew pubs sell growlers
Columbus Council will vote Tuesday evening on whether to allow brew pubs to sell their beer in “growlers,” 32- and 64-ounce containers.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

LaFayette Housing Authority poster contest winners announced_img
LaFayette Housing Authority poster contest winners announced
The LaFayette Housing Authority had two winning entries in the “What Home Means to Me” poster contest.
Source: Walker County Messenger

City to fix storm water drain problem in LaFayette subdivision_img
City to fix storm water drain problem in LaFayette subdivision
The city of LaFayette is looking to get a voluntary grant of easement on two private properties to clear a ditch that has caused flooding for years for the homeowners.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commissioners vote to increase levy by 1.4 mills_img
City Commissioners vote to increase levy by 1.4 mills
Property taxes to support maintenance and operations of Rome city government will go up by 1.4 mills this fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor’s Recycling Challenge closes in on fifth year_img
Mayor’s Recycling Challenge closes in on fifth year
Time is wrapping up for every city in Cherokee County to prove that it can collect the most recycling through the fifth annual Mayor’s Recycling Challenge.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Waffle House headed to council_img
Waffle House headed to council
A proposed Waffle House for downtown that has created a stir among residents will go before Woodstock City Council on Monday seeking approval for several variances allowing the project to move forward.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City increases budget for Cultural Arts Council_img
City increases budget for Cultural Arts Council
The Douglasville City Council has slightly increased the budget for the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Council.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Q&A with newest Marietta council member Ruben Sands_img
Q&A with newest Marietta council member Ruben Sands
Ruben Sands, a lifelong resident of Ward 5, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday to fill the vacant Ward 5 seat on the Marietta City Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Square Farmers Market voted best in Atlanta_img
Marietta Square Farmers Market voted best in Atlanta
The Marietta Square Farmers Market was voted best farmers market in Atlanta by Access Atlanta.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta to host second annual film festival_img
Marietta to host second annual film festival
Local and international filmmakers will travel to the Strand Theatre for the second annual Marietta International Film Festival Aug. 6 and 7 to show cinephiles from near and far their production skills.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna police working to improve relations with LGBT community_img
Smyrna police working to improve relations with LGBT community
Smyrna Police Chief David Lee said the city’s growing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population is one of the reasons why his department later this year will finalize a list of best practices for interacting with the LGBT community.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘The big picture’ — locals recall how the 1996 Olympics made an immediate economic impact_img
‘The big picture’ — locals recall how the 1996 Olympics made an immediate economic impact
“All we did was imitate what Billy Payne did to get the Olympics to Atlanta — show a lot of passion and enthusiasm.”
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Library celebrates 10th anniversary of Cartersville building_img
Library celebrates 10th anniversary of Cartersville building
The Cartersville Public Library will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the current facility, located at 429 W Main St., with a reception Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Nathan Dean Meeting Room.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City revises airport agreement_img
City revises airport agreement
The St. Marys Airport Authority has been asked to sign a new lease agreement that takes into consideration the uncertainty surrounding the future of the city’s municipal airport.
Source: Brunswick News

Delayed billings put Savannah $15 million behind in revenue collection_img
Delayed billings put Savannah $15 million behind in revenue collection
The race is on. Savannah has a little more than five months to make up $15 million.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Catfish Express preparing to depart from Kingsland_img
Catfish Express preparing to depart from Kingsland
Since its inception three years ago, passengers have boarded the St. Mary Express at a train depot on the old Gilman Paper Co. property in downtown St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News

Baxter selected as new DA president_img
Baxter selected as new DA president
After an 18-month search, the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority’s search for a new president is over.
Source: Brunswick News

City celebrates Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program participants_img
City celebrates Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program participants
The graduation for the Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program was moved from the Coastal Georgia Center to the Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre this year. There was not likely enough room for all the participants, family and friends after the program was expanded from about 60 to more than 300 students.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta's Herndon Homes site to become new $150M mixed-use project_img
Atlanta's Herndon Homes site to become new $150M mixed-use project
The Atlanta Housing Authority has chosen Texas-based Hunt Companies Inc. and Atlanta-based Oakwood Development Group to redevelop the former Herndon Homes site, which includes more than 12 acres along Northside Drive, about a mile north of the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Duluth adding additional human resources training_img
Duluth adding additional human resources training
The Duluth City Council recently approved a $2,000 annual contract with the Georgia Municipal Association for HR Express Service. GMA presently offers training and policy development services designed to help local governments keep abreast of and stay in compliance with numerous human resources laws and regulations that impact the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates mayor ‘encouraged’ by Euramex meeting_img
Avondale Estates mayor ‘encouraged’ by Euramex meeting
Earlier this week Avondale Estates met for the first time in months with representatives from Euramex Management, the developer that’s owned 15 downtown acres, including the old Fenner-Dunlop, site for about two years.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners eliminates tax for new tech companies_img
Peachtree Corners eliminates tax for new tech companies
The Peachtree Corners City Council voted recently to create a tax exemption program for new and emerging technology businesses. According to city documents, the purpose of the program is to encourage new businesses that operate in high technology, life sciences, and intellectual property.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Waffle House withdraws downtown Woodstock application_img
Waffle House withdraws downtown Woodstock application
Woodstock residents who fought against a proposed Waffle House in the historic downtown area won after the company withdrew its application Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

And the Winners are_img
And the Winners are
A butterfly, a dog’s face, a dancer, an old auto, a close-up of a tree trunk and a new look at an iconic downtown scene took top honors last week during the winner announcements for the Eighth Annual Valdosta People’s Choice Photo Contest.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City sponsors blood drive_img
City sponsors blood drive
The City of Valdosta is sponsoring a blood drive in honor of emergency personnel Thursday, July 28.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Green space requested in Decatur_img
Green space requested in Decatur
In the past decade, Decatur has developed at a rapid pace. From 2005 to 2010 there were 113 multi-housing units built in the city. Since 2013, the number has increased dramatically to 625.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Bloomingdale Council approves distribution center plans_img
Bloomingdale Council approves distribution center plans
The Bloomingdale City Council on Thursday signed off on a site plan for a 1.4 million-square-foot distribution facility in the Prologis Morgan Business Center on SH Morgan Parkway.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rockmart approves ordinance change for judge residency_img
Rockmart approves ordinance change for judge residency
Rockmart council members have approved a revision of the ordinance requiring the magistrate judge is a resident of Polk County.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City sells building to Three Rivers Regional Commission for $1_img
City sells building to Three Rivers Regional Commission for $1
On Tuesday July 19, Peter Banks, mayor of Barnesville and chairman of the Three Rivers Regional Commission (TRRC), presented City of Griffin Mayor Dick Morrow with $1 — which concludes the lease-purchase agreement the two entities signed in 1996.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Police a part of, not apart from Athens community_img
Police a part of, not apart from Athens community
“The police should not be feared, they should be respected,” Montu Miller, a local activist and leading member of the Athens hip-hop community said. “They should be there to help our community become a better community. They should be a part of our community, not just there as a career move. “
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

AEDs adding layer of safety for Helen merchants, visitors_img
AEDs adding layer of safety for Helen merchants, visitors
Following the recent death, a donor stepped forward to help the city place an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the downtown area.
Source: Access North Georgia

City manager leaving Senoia_img
City manager leaving Senoia
After overseeing 11 years of explosive growth, city manager Richard Ferry has decided to take his talents to the private sector.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Annexation could reshape Senoia_img
Annexation could reshape Senoia
A proposed annexation into the city of Senoia could dramatically impact the city’s eastern border and bring more than 200 homes and new commercial growth to the quickly-developing city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Project will finally give Georgia a 4-lane highway from Bainbridge to Brunswick_img
Project will finally give Georgia a 4-lane highway from Bainbridge to Brunswick
You could always count on meeting trucks hauling logs on the 25 miles of two-lane U.S. 84 between Homerville and Waycross.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Former Athens police officer inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame_img
Former Athens police officer inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
Though honored for his military service, Dye’s accomplishments include translating his ROTC experience into the installation of 911 centers across the world, including Georgia’s first 911 center in Clarke County. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Valarie, in Clarkesville.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Sign opponents retain legal counsel_img
Sign opponents retain legal counsel
The spokesman for opponents of a proposed new City of Thomasville sign ordinance owns a Thomasville business, because that is where he prefers to do business.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Athens-Clarke commissioners still not happy with accessory structure proposal_img
Athens-Clarke commissioners still not happy with accessory structure proposal
At least some Athens-Clarke County commissioners remain dissatisfied with efforts of the planning department and planning commission to amend a section of the zoning ordinance dealing with accessory structures on single-family and two-family residential lots.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Mt. Airy imposes total outdoor watering ban_img
Mt. Airy imposes total outdoor watering ban
The Town of Mt. Airy announced Sunday night it is imposing a total outdoor water ban.
Source: Access North Georgia

Making history again - TFR promotes first African-American female_img
Making history again - TFR promotes first African-American female
For the second time, Jasmine Rice has made history with Thomasville Fire Rescue. Rice was the first African-American female hired with TFR when she joined the department in 2013. On July 14, 2016, she became the first female to ever attain the rank of Engineer with the agency.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Newnan Citizen Academy to begin registration_img
Newnan Citizen Academy to begin registration
The academy is a series of classes for citizens to educate and inform the citizens of Newnan about every aspect of city government in Newnan.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Residents gather for final sign ordinance hearing_img
Residents gather for final sign ordinance hearing
The City of Thomasville's proposed new sign ordinance is headed for city council consideration but apparently not anytime soon.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Is a soccer field — yes, we said a soccer field — coming to MARTA Five Points station?_img
Is a soccer field — yes, we said a soccer field — coming to MARTA Five Points station?
MARTA’s Five Points station might become the first transit station in the world — that we know of, at least — to have a soccer field. Yes, a soccer field.
Source: Creative Loafing

Albany officials mulling changes to food truck regulations_img
Albany officials mulling changes to food truck regulations
Albany officials are considering expanding hours and routes for food truck vendors in the city’s Central Business District for the summer to determine whether permanent changes should be made to local ordinances impacting the vendors.
Source: Albany Herald

Decatur to develop master plan for bicycle/pedestrian network_img
Decatur to develop master plan for bicycle/pedestrian network
Decatur’s commission approved an agreement between the city and the PATH Foundation to develop a master plan for a bicycle/pedestrian network.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee receives GDOT grant_img
Chamblee receives GDOT grant
The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded Chamblee with a Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council grant of $44,445. Grant funds are allocated towards purchasing and installing plant material along streets.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta OKs $700K in stormwater system repairs_img
Alpharetta OKs $700K in stormwater system repairs
The Alpharetta City Council has approved contracts totaling $700,000 for repairs to pipes and other infrastructure that carry away stormwater.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock planning to expand senior center_img
Woodstock planning to expand senior center
Membership at the William G. Long Senior Center in downtown Woodstock has passed 700 and city officials say they are looking to expand.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

New fire station breaks ground in Hampton_img
New fire station breaks ground in Hampton
The Henry County Fire Department and Henry County Board of Commissioners gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for a new fire station that will serve the Hampton area.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Special needs playground installed at Memorial Park in Stockbridge_img
Special needs playground installed at Memorial Park in Stockbridge
Children with special needs will now have a place in Stockbridge to safely enjoy the outdoors.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City government adds two new department heads_img
City government adds two new department heads
The city has added two new department directors to head up Metra and Community Reinvestment.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Reed wants to close homeless shelter to build emergency response unit_img
Reed wants to close homeless shelter to build emergency response unit
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is planning to enforce eminent domain to take control of the notorious Peachtree and Pine homeless shelter and convert it into a joint police and fire station with a helipad to better respond to emergencies between Buckhead and Downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth hoping for $6M in future SPLOST funding_img
Duluth hoping for $6M in future SPLOST funding
Like all Gwinnett cities, Duluth has officially decided how they will spend the one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax if approved again in November.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stricter stormwater rules could affect Sandy Springs homeowners_img
Stricter stormwater rules could affect Sandy Springs homeowners
Updates to Sandy Springs’ stormwater management policy could require homeowners building room additions, decks, driveways and other improvements to take special steps to reduce runoff and avert stream pollution.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock OKs emergency rail crossing repairs_img
Woodstock OKs emergency rail crossing repairs
The Woodstock City Council met in a special called session this week to approve emergency repairs to the Bell Park Drive railroad crossing from Main Street to an industrial park at the north end of town.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thanks to growth, millage rate will remain stable in Grayson_img
Thanks to growth, millage rate will remain stable in Grayson
Thanks to some of the fastest growth in the state, the Grayson City Council voted to keep the 2016 millage rate at 2.10 mills. This is the third year in a row without an increase despite more than $1.3 million in public improvement projects currently underway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bus tour puts spotlight on growth, opportunities in south Augusta_img
Bus tour puts spotlight on growth, opportunities in south Augusta
South Augusta was the singular focus of a packed bus of city officials, staff and residents during a nearly four-hour, 48-mile tour Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Dunwoody wins ruling against LED sign company_img
Dunwoody wins ruling against LED sign company
Dunwoody won a state court ruling recently concerning the use of an LED display sign by a local business owner. In a case against Olympus Media, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a judgment stating “that the full LED sign face does not comport with the consent order” that was issued by DeKalb County before Dunwoody became incorporated in December 2008.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anti-discrimination amendments aimed at downtown Athens bars presented for review_img
Anti-discrimination amendments aimed at downtown Athens bars presented for review
The fast-tracking of proposed local ordinance amendments aimed at addressing alleged discriminatory admissions practices at some downtown Athens bars continued Thursday, as an Athens-Clarke County Commission committee moved a draft proposal from County Attorney Bill Berryman forward to the full commission for consideration.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Sandy Springs Fire Rescue training chief honored_img
Sandy Springs Fire Rescue training chief honored
The Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department Thursday announced its training chief, Phil Adams, has been selected as the 2016 Georgia State Firefighters Association Training Officer of the Year.
Source: Neighbor News

Parking meter replacement should reduce downtown Athens headaches_img
Parking meter replacement should reduce downtown Athens headaches
When they were installed several years ago, the “pay-and-display” multiple-space parking meters on Broad and Clayton streets in downtown Athens were state of the art in parking meter technology.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Invest Atlanta financing assisted-living project_img
Invest Atlanta financing assisted-living project
The city of Atlanta’s economic development arm is working with a private developer to build a mixed-use project on Peachtree Street that will include 118 elderly assisted-living apartments.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

State highway safety agencies honor Hiram Police_img
State highway safety agencies honor Hiram Police
Hiram Police Department was presented a 2016 Buckle Up, America! Award during a recent awards ceremony in Macon.
Source: Neighbor News

Proposed Cooperative Extension office location in Athens causes some concern at commission meeting_img
Proposed Cooperative Extension office location in Athens causes some concern at commission meeting
A proposal to locate both a planned new county fire station and the county’s new Cooperative Extension Service center on a single tract off Cleveland Road in the western edge of the county is getting mixed reviews from Athens-Clarke County commissioners.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Savannah to test removal of Bay Street parking_img
Savannah to test removal of Bay Street parking
For the month of September, there will be no parking on Bay Street between East Broad Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City considers property-tax rate_img
City considers property-tax rate
Rising property values are giving Newnan council members the opportunity to boost the city budget without voting on a tax increase, but staffers say it’s needed to keep from losing money due to a quirk of sorts.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Georgia governor picks Fort Oglethorpe city manager as Catoosa's first state court judge_img
Georgia governor picks Fort Oglethorpe city manager as Catoosa's first state court judge
Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart will be Catoosa County's first state court judge.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Georgia governor picks Fort Oglethorpe city manager as Catoosa's first state court judge_img
Georgia governor picks Fort Oglethorpe city manager as Catoosa's first state court judge
Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart will be Catoosa County's first state court judge.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Rome Tennis Center at Berry College grand opening scheduled for July 29_img
Rome Tennis Center at Berry College grand opening scheduled for July 29
To celebrate the grand opening of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College a full schedule of events is planned for the opening on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ringgold pursuing recycling program_img
Ringgold pursuing recycling program
Ringgold is moving forward with its plan to offer recycling to residents and could soon have an all-in-one recycling drop-off spot in town.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Bacon Street development discussed at HPC_img
Bacon Street development discussed at HPC
Madison’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) reviewed several applications at their monthly meeting, including the conceptual review of two properties located on Bacon Street.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Buckhead Town Council adopts rise in property tax rate_img
Buckhead Town Council adopts rise in property tax rate
The Buckhead Town Council Monday adopted its FY 2017 millage rate from 2.413 mills to 2.599 mills, effectively raising property taxes 8.65 percent.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Tomlinson creates ‘policing FAQ’ link to dispel notions about police department_img
Tomlinson creates ‘policing FAQ’ link to dispel notions about police department
At recent public forums, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, like many people in her position around the country, has been asked multiple questions about police department policies and procedures.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

VR city charter to be reviewed_img
VR city charter to be reviewed
The Villa Rica city charter is about to undergo intense scrutiny by city officials to make sure the document that serves as a blueprint for local government is up to date.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica tourism effort under new direction_img
Villa Rica tourism effort under new direction
Villa Rica is starting a new initiative to court tourism and convention business to the city, this time under the direction of the Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Woodstock looks to remedy parking woes_img
Woodstock looks to remedy parking woes
In an effort to remedy the long-standing issue of downtown parking, the Woodstock City Council on Monday asked city staff to look into implementing time enforced parking.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Kennesaw City Council votes to adopt millage rate, not to pursue debt owed_img
Kennesaw City Council votes to adopt millage rate, not to pursue debt owed
The Kennesaw City Council approved a resolution to adopt new fiscal year millage rates that are the same as last year’s rates at its regular meeting Monday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Sandy Springs, Cobb officials making strides on Braves traffic plan_img
Sandy Springs, Cobb officials making strides on Braves traffic plan
Sandy Springs officials are making progress with their Cobb County counterparts on the traffic management plan for SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium in southeast Cobb opening in April.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Cemeteries a no-go for Pokémon Go_img
Cemeteries a no-go for Pokémon Go
People can no longer play Pokémon Go in Newnan’s cemeteries, no matter how tempting the reward for the novel cellphone game.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

JC golf courses status in nuisance ordinance_img
JC golf courses status in nuisance ordinance
At the July 11 City Council meeting, council members heard the plea of golf course operators who successfully argued that those times – usually for golf tournaments – when greens keepers were out before 7 a.m. and sometimes before 6 a.m. to get courses prepped was necessary for their operations.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Area police encourage Pokémon Go safety_img
Area police encourage Pokémon Go safety
The Alpharetta Public Safety Department headquarters on Old Milton Parkway has a PokéStop at its flag pole. “I encourage people to visit our memorial area in front of the public safety headquarters,” Alpharetta Public Information Officer George Gordon said. "I think it’s brilliant that it allows people go to learn new things, go to interesting places, go to historical places, and that’s always a plus. I encourage users just to be careful.”
Source: NorthFulton.com

Athens Transit free youth ridership program likely to extend year-round_img
Athens Transit free youth ridership program likely to extend year-round
A program that would provide year-round free Athens Transit rides to local youth between the ages of 5 and 17 appears headed for approval at the Aug. 2 meeting of Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission, although there may be some semantic wrangling over exactly how to refer to the initiative.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Work completed on cleaning back alleys of Goodyear Village in Cedartown_img
Work completed on cleaning back alleys of Goodyear Village in Cedartown
Back in June, the Cedartown Police Department conducted a project in the area commonly known as the Goodyear Village with the goal of beautifying the area by covering graffiti.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Perry to upgrade police body armor_img
Perry to upgrade police body armor
In the wake of recent attacks on police, the Perry Police Department is upgrading its body armor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Terminal funding called critical to bringing air service to Athens_img
Terminal funding called critical to bringing air service to Athens
Some Athens-Clarke County commissioners are balking at providing additional funding for a new commercial terminal at Athens-Ben Epps Airport, even as airport officials are retooling an effort to attract sustainable commercial air service to Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City asking public to name new tunnel boring machine_img
City asking public to name new tunnel boring machine
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia L. Powell, District 5 City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth last month welcomed the arrival of the largest section of the tunnel boring machine at the site of the former Bellwood Quarry in northwest Atlanta.
Source: Neighbor News

No rollback in PTC’s $33.5M budget_img
No rollback in PTC’s $33.5M budget
The Fiscal Year 2017 general fund budget expected to total $33.5 million. The budget comes with no raises for city employees, 34 percent in reserves and no millage increase.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville eyes budget $1M lower than this year_img
Fayetteville eyes budget $1M lower than this year
The Fayetteville City Council is poised to approve a reduced general fund budget Thursday for 2017: $1 million less than last year’s budget.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Centerville addresses sanitation and code violations_img
Centerville addresses sanitation and code violations
The City Council approved a new sanitation contract with Centerville Sanitation Co. Inc. that reflects a $2 residential rate increase the council approved in June.
Source: Macon Telegraph

DPD chief participates in White House briefing_img
DPD chief participates in White House briefing
Chief Jason Parker of the Dalton Police Department visited the White House on Friday to meet with law enforcement executives from across the country to discuss the future of policing.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Decatur’s Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee announces retirement_img
Decatur’s Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee announces retirement
Decatur’s longest-serving police officer, Deputy Chief Keith Lee announced his retirement Monday in a letter to city officials. The 54-year-old joined the department in 1989, one year before presiding Chief Mike Booker. His last day is July 29.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Are you ready for 'Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition?'_img
Are you ready for 'Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition?'
The city of Decatur recently launched a new website for its residents to stay on top of the latest in infrastructure, streetscapes and development.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek police officer saves a runaway pup_img
Johns Creek police officer saves a runaway pup
It's a dog owner's worst nightmare: the runaway. Luckily for this pet owner, one Johns Creek officer saved the day after he spotted the little pup as the owner chased it down the street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Donation will buy new tractor in Duluth_img
Donation will buy new tractor in Duluth
The Duluth City Council accepted a $30,000 donation from the Fall Festival Committee for the purchase of a tractor for the city’s Public Works department.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta City Council lowers property tax rate_img
Marietta City Council lowers property tax rate
The Marietta City Council voted unanimously to lower its millage rate to 3.61 instead of last year’s rate of 4.046 mills.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City studying water bill credits_img
City studying water bill credits
Will credits reducing the city of Statesboro’s water bills extend to people who are either age 65 and older or have low incomes, or only to those who are both senior citizens and poor?
Source: Statesboro Herald

Atlanta OKs funding for Midtown, AUC bike, pedestrian work_img
Atlanta OKs funding for Midtown, AUC bike, pedestrian work
Juniper Street in Atlanta’s Midtown would lose two of its four traffic lanes to parking, turn lanes and a barrier-separated bicycle lane as one of four bike- and pedestrian-related projects in a funding resolution approved by the City Council on Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bogart expected to receive street conveyance_img
Bogart expected to receive street conveyance
Gateway East Parkway will be a Bogart city street. It is just not clear yet how.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Woodstock sets Nov. 12 opening of downtown Amphitheater_img
Woodstock sets Nov. 12 opening of downtown Amphitheater
Woodstock has announced a Veterans Day weekend opening for its long-awaited amphitheater in the historic downtown area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grant will help City of Washington beautify our old, raggedy sidewalks_img
Grant will help City of Washington beautify our old, raggedy sidewalks
The News-Reporter has always reported on road and street projects commissioned in Washington-Wilkes by the Georgia Department of Transportation, but the latest project announced hits close to home – in fact, right at the front door.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Trion Plan Includes More Employee Pay_img
Trion Plan Includes More Employee Pay
Trion will consider the town’s general fund, as well as the gas, water and sewer department budgets. Included in the general fund budget will be more than $100,000 in pay increases, including more than $40,000 in raises for six department heads.
Source: Summerville News

DDA begins beautification project_img
DDA begins beautification project
In the heat of a South Georgia Summer, Downtown Donalsonville is preparing to blossom, literally.
Source: Donalsonville News

Hiram PD Receives 2016 Buckle Up America Award_img
Hiram PD Receives 2016 Buckle Up America Award
Earlier today, Hiram Police Department was presented a 2016 Buckle Up, America! Award at the Awards Ceremony in Macon.
Source: Dallas New Era

Commerce plans to ban 'donation boxes'_img
Commerce plans to ban 'donation boxes'
Commerce is poised to ban donation boxes altogether.
Source: Jackson County News

Danielsville properties to face ordinance violations in city court_img
Danielsville properties to face ordinance violations in city court
Two pieces of property in Danielsville in violation of city ordinances will face legal action by the city in the form of clean up and abatement orders to be presented in city court.
Source: Madison County Journal

Ordinance for pawnshops still in progress_img
Ordinance for pawnshops still in progress
Bainbridge city manager Chris Hobby and the city council continue to work on fine-tuning the proposed pawnshop ordinance. The ordinance was originally proposed at the council’s May meeting and public hearing attended my multiple pawnshop owners was held in June.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

SUBSCRIBE
 Security code

The News Line Update is sent each day at 10:30 am when new stories have been added.

VIEW ARTICLES BY CITY
ABBEVILLE     1
ACWORTH     6
ADAIRSVILLE     10
ALBANY     71
ALMA     1
ALPHARETTA     32
AMERICUS     6
ARAGON     11
ARLINGTON     1
ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY     133
ATLANTA     193
AUBURN     6
AUGUSTA     72
AUSTELL     9
AVONDALE ESTATES     24
BACONTON     1
BAINBRIDGE     16
BALL GROUND     5
BARNESVILLE     1
BAXLEY     3
BERKELEY LAKE     3
BETHLEHEM     1
BISHOP     1
BLACKSHEAR     1
BLAKELY     6
BLOOMINGDALE     4
BLUE RIDGE     1
BOGART     3
BOSTON     1
BOSTWICK     2
BOWDON     4
BOWMAN     4
BRASELTON     4
BREMEN     1
BROOKHAVEN     12
BROOKS     1
BRUNSWICK     53
BUCKHEAD     5
BUFORD     3
BYRON     7
CAMAK     1
CANTON     38
CARROLLTON     27
CARTERSVILLE     15
CAVE SPRING     4
CEDARTOWN     22
CENTERVILLE     6
CHAMBLEE     11
CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS     4
CHICKAMAUGA     3
CLARKESVILLE     10
CLARKSTON     13
CLERMONT     6
CLIMAX     1
COLLEGE PARK     5
COLQUITT     2
COLUMBUS     73
COMER     1
COMMERCE     4
CONYERS     18
CORDELE     12
CORNELIA     8
COVINGTON     38
CUMMING     2
DACULA     3
DAHLONEGA     4
DALLAS     4
DALTON     29
DAMASCUS     1
DANIELSVILLE     2
DARIEN     1
DAWSONVILLE     5
DEARING     1
DECATUR     41
DEMOREST     4
DOERUN     1
DONALSONVILLE     14
DORAVILLE     11
DOUGLASVILLE     37
DULUTH     29
DUNWOODY     13
EAST POINT     2
EASTMAN     8
ELBERTON     1
EMERSON     4
EUHARLEE     7
FAYETTEVILLE     20
FLOVILLA     3
FLOWERY BRANCH     25
FOLKSTON     2
FOREST PARK     9
FORSYTH     1
FORT OGLETHORPE     9
FORT VALLEY     2
FRANKLIN     2
GAINESVILLE     68
GARDEN CITY     15
GILLSVILLE     1
GIRARD     1
GRANTVILLE     13
GRAY     2
GRAYSON     4
GRIFFIN     9
GROVETOWN     7
GUYTON     9
HAHIRA     9
HAMPTON     12
HARTWELL     1
HELEN     4
HINESVILLE     17
HIRAM     5
HOGANSVILLE     3
HOLLY SPRINGS     17
HOMELAND     2
HOSCHTON     1
JACKSON     9
JAKIN     1
JEFFERSON     1
JENKINSBURG     5
JERSEY     1
JOHNS CREEK     35
JONESBORO     15
KENNESAW     26
KEYSVILLE     1
KINGSLAND     1
KINGSTON     5
LAFAYETTE     14
LAGRANGE     41
LAKE CITY     2
LAKE PARK     5
LAKELAND     1
LAWRENCEVILLE     12
LEESBURG     2
LILBURN     7
LITHONIA     2
LOCUST GROVE     7
LOGANVILLE     3
LOVEJOY     5
LUDOWICI     4
LULA     21
MACON-BIBB COUNTY     83
MADISON     20
MARIETTA     75
MARSHALLVILLE     1
MAXEYS     2
MCDONOUGH     20
MENLO     1
METTER     1
MIDVILLE     1
MILLEDGEVILLE     12
MILTON     19
MONROE     3
MONTEZUMA     1
MONTICELLO     3
MORROW     12
MOULTRIE     18
MOUNT AIRY     1
NASHVILLE     2
NEWNAN     29
NORCROSS     18
OAKWOOD     8
OXFORD     2
PALMETTO     1
PATTERSON     2
PEACHTREE CITY     39
PEACHTREE CORNERS     26
PEARSON     1
PELHAM     1
PEMBROKE     2
PERRY     16
PINE LAKE     1
PINE MOUNTAIN     1
POOLER     15
PORT WENTWORTH     5
PORTERDALE     1
POWDER SPRINGS     11
RAYLE     1
REST HAVEN     2
RICEBORO     2
RICHMOND HILL     10
RINCON     13
RINGGOLD     16
RIVERDALE     10
ROBERTA     2
ROCKMART     21
ROME     54
ROSSVILLE     1
ROSWELL     33
RUTLEDGE     2
SANDY SPRINGS     37
SARDIS     1
SAVANNAH     104
SENOIA     9
SMYRNA     19
SNELLVILLE     17
SOCIAL CIRCLE     2
SPRINGFIELD     7
ST MARYS     26
STATESBORO     25
STATHAM     4
STOCKBRIDGE     35
STONE MOUNTAIN     4
SUGAR HILL     8
SUMMERVILLE     7
SUWANEE     14
SYLVESTER     1
TALLAPOOSA     1
TEMPLE     2
THOMASVILLE     15
THOMSON     2
TIFTON     27
TOCCOA     2
TRION     5
TUCKER     6
TYBEE ISLAND     27
TYRONE     7
UNION CITY     4
UNION POINT     1
VALDOSTA     48
VARNELL     1
VIDETTE     1
VIENNA     6
VILLA RICA     50
WADLEY     5
WALESKA     5
WARNER ROBINS     22
WARRENTON     2
WASHINGTON     11
WATKINSVILLE     2
WAYCROSS     5
WAYNESBORO     7
WEST POINT     7
WHITESBURG     1
WILLIAMSON     1
WINDER     2
WOODBINE     1
WOODSTOCK     44
WOOLSEY     1
VIEW ARTICLES BY REGION
Northwest GeorgiaGeorgia MountainsMetro AtlantaWest GeorgiaNortheast GeorgiaMiddle GeorgiaCentral Savannah RiverWest Central GeorgiaHeart of Georgia-AltamahaSouthwest GeorgiaSoutheast GeorgiaCoastal Georgia