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Flowery Branch parking scarcity seen as a ‘good problem’ as city grows
Flowery Branch parking scarcity seen as a ‘good problem’ as city grows_img The two friends like to “hunt out” fun places to visit, and that search brought them Wednesday to downtown Flowery Branch, where they enjoyed a late-afternoon snack at Calliope Sweets on Main Street.
Source: Gainesville Times
Morrow to host health fair next Saturday
Morrow to host health fair next Saturday_img Morrow will be holding a health fair next Saturday to raise awareness of chronic health problems.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Duluth is the place to be during fall festival
Duluth is the place to be during fall festival_img For the 34th-straight year, Duluth put on its fall festival as more than 100,000 people from all over entered the city for food, fun, entertainment and shopping.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Urban foresters from all over US training in Rome this week
Urban foresters from all over US training in Rome this week_img Arborists from all over the country will be in Rome this week to train for emergency weather damage and response.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
City proposing two new TADs for Midtown redevelopment
City proposing two new TADs for Midtown redevelopment_img The city of Columbus is proposing two new Tax Allocation Districts in the Midtown area. If approved by Columbus Council, the districts would be the fifth and sixth approved since voters authorized their use in 2014.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Intercity trip lessons: Greenville has the engineers, Columbus has the ‘real river'
Intercity trip lessons: Greenville has the engineers, Columbus has the ‘real river'_img Comparing yourself to somebody successful can be inspiring or intimidating, or maybe a mixture of both.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed
Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed_img Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous choice?
Source: Covington News
Woodstock council to vote on Neese townhomes
Woodstock council to vote on Neese townhomes_img A public hearing and vote will take place at Woodstock’s City Council meeting Monday night on a 28 single-family townhome development on Neese Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Holly Springs Council set to vote on proposed 45-home mixed-use development
Holly Springs Council set to vote on proposed 45-home mixed-use development_img City council members Monday will vote whether to approve a 45-home mixed-use development slated for 10 acres of land along Holly Springs Parkway.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Kennesaw OK’s $28M city budget
Kennesaw OK’s $28M city budget_img Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling says he wouldn’t change much about how his city’s fiscal 2017 budget was developed — the first budget he has seen approved since taking office in January.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Smyrna’s historic Reed House to get $1.5M in renovations
Smyrna’s historic Reed House to get $1.5M in renovations_img A historic home built in 1910 owned by the city of Smyrna will get up to $1.5 million in renovations to bring the property up to code.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Marietta mayor, Council tour Atlanta United HQ, training facility
Marietta mayor, Council tour Atlanta United HQ, training facility_img MARIETTA – Atlanta United’s new corporate headquarters and professional soccer training facility on Franklin Gateway reached a milestone last week when the development team held a topping off celebration for the $60 million project.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Conyers turns to eminent domain to advance street project
Conyers turns to eminent domain to advance street project_img To keep a street improvement project on schedule, the Conyers City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve condemnations of three right-of-ways on Hardin and Bryant streets in Olde Town and use eminent domain to acquire those portions of the private properties.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Renovations of closed jail to centralize Grovetown police
Renovations of closed jail to centralize Grovetown police_img Employees of Grovetown’s Department of Public Safety will soon have one location to call home.
Source: Columbia County News Times
Roundtable fosters community in local industry
Roundtable fosters community in local industry_img On Wednesday, dozens of local business leaders and members of the manufacturing community spent their lunch hour at an interesting venue — Mercedes. They weren’t shopping for a new luxury vehicle, however. Instead the group was there to talk business.
Source: Brunswick News
Mayor wants to change language posted at Avondale Estates parks
Mayor wants to change language posted at Avondale Estates parks_img During an Avondale Estates work session Wednesday, Mayor Jonathan Elmore announced his intention to change the language posted on the rules markers at Lake Avondale and Willis Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Powder Springs will allow limited bow hunting of deer
Powder Springs will allow limited bow hunting of deer_img Powder Springs will permit bow hunting for deer this season. Although the Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunting season is underway now, the city will allow hunting to begin Oct. 1 through Jan. 31. And only on property owned by the city on Dallas Powder Springs Road in the designated wetlands area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawrenceville may provide living space for visiting actors
Lawrenceville may provide living space for visiting actors_img Visiting Aurora Theatre actors may soon have a city-sponsored place to rest their heads at night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dacula soon to be hotbed of transportation improvements
Dacula soon to be hotbed of transportation improvements_img There are several transportation related projects coming to the Dacula area. Many of these are joint projects among the city, county and/or state.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
No, Stone Mountain hasn't taken more Syrian refugees than NYC and LA combined
No, Stone Mountain hasn't taken more Syrian refugees than NYC and LA combined_img Officials in Stone Mountain are debunking an online report claiming the small city has recently taken in more Syrian refugees than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Takes Steps To Condemn Peachtree-Pine Shelter
Atlanta Takes Steps To Condemn Peachtree-Pine Shelter_img The city of Atlanta is taking steps toward using eminent domain to shut down the homeless shelter Peachtree-Pine.
Source: WABE
City manager bids farewell after 11 years
City manager bids farewell after 11 years_img After 11 years of overseeing Senoia City Council meeting as the city manager, Richard Ferry quietly left the building after his last council meeting Monday night.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Almost-empty housing project a lively ‘ghost town’ as cookout bash bids it goodbye
Almost-empty housing project a lively ‘ghost town’ as cookout bash bids it goodbye_img Tindall Heights isn’t dying quietly. The 54-building housing project at the southeastern edge of the Mercer University campus is being demolished and replaced by new dwellings.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Air Force made him a firefighter, Perry chose him to be fire chief
Air Force made him a firefighter, Perry chose him to be fire chief_img Incoming Perry Fire Chief Lee Parker grew up in a small town in South Georgia and joined the Air Force when he was 17. He had no idea back then he would become a career firefighter.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Departing Macon director: ‘The city has adopted me and I’ve adopted the city’
Departing Macon director: ‘The city has adopted me and I’ve adopted the city’_img Refurbished benches made from old street lamps and tree rings and using leftover plants in Pinnacle Park exemplify the resourcefulness of the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Beautification Department.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Savannah-Chatham police stress positives for shaken city
Savannah-Chatham police stress positives for shaken city_img Officials are stressing the city’s crime rate is headed in the right direction — slowly but surely — thanks to an increase in officers, community cooperation and the availability of teen development programs, things they say have to continue if Savannah is ever to solve its crime problem.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah-Chatham police request help from Georgia State Patrol to combat street violence
Savannah-Chatham police request help from Georgia State Patrol to combat street violence_img Savannah-Chatham police are calling for more resources after a recent string of violent stranger-to-stranger armed robberies.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Grantville officially opens skate park
Grantville officially opens skate park_img Since spring 2013, Grantville has been pondering the possibility of a skate park for local skaters, and three years later, the skate park is a reality.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Alpharetta residents weigh in on downtown parking deck
Alpharetta residents weigh in on downtown parking deck_img Residents had their say Monday on where the City of Alpharetta should build a parking deck on the west side of Main.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Smith chosen as Rincon city manager
Smith chosen as Rincon city manager_img The mayor of Rincon broke a tie vote and chose William Exley “Wes” Smith as Rincon’s new city manager. Smith recently took early retirement as assistant city manager for governmental services in Albany.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Tybee Island to kick off reconstruction of Memorial Park bathrooms
Tybee Island to kick off reconstruction of Memorial Park bathrooms_img The summer is officially over, and Tybee Island officials are wasting no time in readying for capital improvements they hope to check off during the coming offseason.
Source: Savannah Morning News
ADDA sending letters to property owners as part of boundary expansion effort
ADDA sending letters to property owners as part of boundary expansion effort_img The Athens Downtown Development Authority is now one week into its six-week effort to expand the boundaries of its downtown jurisdiction, a move that will boost the organization’s revenue through wider imposition of the additional 1 mill in the property tax rate assessed on business and commercial property within its limits.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Cedartown sets millage rate, approves spending for new leaf machine
Cedartown sets millage rate, approves spending for new leaf machine_img The City of Cedartown’s millage rate is set for the coming year, but despite barely any change over the past four years in the rate the tax coffers contain less money than previously.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Aragon Mill flag pole to be put back up in front of city hall
Aragon Mill flag pole to be put back up in front of city hall_img Danny Forsyth, the City of Aragon's building inspector and code enforcement officer, can remember times when the mill was running and a flag flew proudly over the village. It was a proud symbol of the city, and when the mill shut down eventually the flag came down as well.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Aragon council members hear de-annexation comments, make no decision
Aragon council members hear de-annexation comments, make no decision_img Aragon City Council members Duel Mitchell and Tammy Mulkey heard statements from both sides of the Frettiesburg Drive movement during their September meeting, but were content to let the issue go unresolved for the time being as the neighborhood seeks to de-annex from the city limits.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Hapeville ponders golf carts on city streets
Hapeville ponders golf carts on city streets_img Hapeville is known for planes, trains and automobiles. Soon, golf carts could be added to that list.
Source: Neighbor News
Building front comes down
Building front comes down_img The demolition of the former Mansour’s building on Lafayette Square picked up Thursday morning, but then hit a snag – specifically, a water main.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
County approves agreements with cities
County approves agreements with cities_img Spalding County approved four separate agreements with its cities — including two with Griffin and fire protection contracts with Orchard Hill and Sunny Side.
Source: Griffin Daily News
More chances for residents to ‘Connect Johns Creek’
More chances for residents to ‘Connect Johns Creek’_img Johns Creek is adding opportunities for residents to participate in “Connect Johns Creek,” the update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, by offering an online survey and scheduling public informational meetings.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mayor discusses traffic, pedestrian concerns with DeKalb commissioners
Mayor discusses traffic, pedestrian concerns with DeKalb commissioners_img Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett met recently with DeKalb Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon, saying she came away encouraged after discussing the three current mixed-use developments on the city’s northeastern perimeter.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta to lease back historic Bobby Jones clubhouse
Atlanta to lease back historic Bobby Jones clubhouse_img The Atlanta City Council has amended its controversial agreement to swap the Bobby Jones Golf Course with the state of Georgia to authorize the city leasing back the historic clubhouse as well as the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta OKs tactical armor purchase for SWAT team
Alpharetta OKs tactical armor purchase for SWAT team_img The Alpharetta City Council has approved spending $62,397 to buy 17 sets of tactical body armor for its Special Weapons and Tactics team members.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Northside Hospital to pay for Woodstock venue naming rights
Northside Hospital to pay for Woodstock venue naming rights_img Northside Hospital-Cherokee is prepared to pay Woodstock $300,000 to have its name on a new performing arts venue downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Peachtree” sign highlights Atlanta’s most famous street
“Peachtree” sign highlights Atlanta’s most famous street_img Drivers on the connector will now be able to easily identify Peachtree Street as they whiz down Interstates 75 and 85. Giant letters spelling “Peachtree” have been installed on the bridge spanning the thoroughfare between Ralph McGill Boulevard and Pine Street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Senoia police chief named interim city manager
Senoia police chief named interim city manager_img Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens will be the city’s interim city manager starting Oct. 1.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Sandy Springs Residents Worry About Braves Stadium Traffic
Sandy Springs Residents Worry About Braves Stadium Traffic_img Sandy Springs residents are worried traffic’s going to get a lot worse when the Atlanta Braves move to neighboring Cobb County.
Source: WABE
City of Savannah joins county, asks state Supreme Court to reverse Judge Stokes case ruling
City of Savannah joins county, asks state Supreme Court to reverse Judge Stokes case ruling_img Attorneys for the city of Savannah have joined Chatham County in urging the state Supreme Court to lift its emergency stay blocking a court order removing Judge Tammy Stokes from administrative duties in Recorder’s Court.
Source: Savannah Morning News
State historical marker to commemorate Savannah civil rights struggle
State historical marker to commemorate Savannah civil rights struggle_img On Wednesday afternoon, former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson sat at a Broughton Street cafe, sipping iced tea and going over a speech she’ll give Friday.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah-Chatham police officials talk crime at downtown community meeting
Savannah-Chatham police officials talk crime at downtown community meeting_img Savannahians can expect to see an increased police presence in the downtown area over the next few weeks, officials told residents Wednesday night.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah celebrates W.W. Law all week for his work preserving African-American culture
Savannah celebrates W.W. Law all week for his work preserving African-American culture_img Westley Wallace Law did not only fight for a better future for blacks facing discrimination and hatred, but the late Savannah civil rights leader also dedicated his life to preserving the African-American community’s past before his death in 2002 at age 79.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Some Athens-Clarke commissioners balking at timetable for transportation sales tax vote
Some Athens-Clarke commissioners balking at timetable for transportation sales tax vote_img Two weeks before they’re scheduled to vote on a process leading to a Nov. 7, 2017, referendum on a 1 percent local sales tax hike for transportation projects, Athens-Clarke County commissioners are asking about moving the referendum to May 2018.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Reichert, officials put the pedal to the pavement in downtown Macon
Reichert, officials put the pedal to the pavement in downtown Macon_img Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert and several other county officials took a tour of downtown on bicycles Wednesday morning.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Bids for fixing sewer lines in Cedartown rejected
Bids for fixing sewer lines in Cedartown rejected_img The City of Cedartown will have to wait a while longer before spending a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements after the low bid came in well over what was expected for the cost.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Centerville economic development director to focus on new town center
Centerville economic development director to focus on new town center_img Centerville has a new director of marketing and economic development. Or it will in the next several days after an offer and contract is prepared and presented to Kate Hogan. Hogan is currently an assistant project manager with the Houston County Development Authority, a position she’s held since May 2015.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Buses add Walthourville routes
Buses add Walthourville routes_img Liberty Transit, a public bus system in Hinesville, Flemington and Fort Stewart, officially expanded its routes into Walthourville Monday.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier
What’s Fayetteville’s ‘brand’? Historical
What’s Fayetteville’s ‘brand’? Historical_img The long-awaited market analysis for the downtown Fayetteville area was presented to the City Council on Sept. 14. The study centered on enhancing the historic character embodied in the downtown area as the key feature to future growth and development.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Griffin receives grant
Griffin receives grant_img For the eighth consecutive year, Griffin has been awarded another $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Morrow approves agreement with marketing firm for Morrow Center
Morrow approves agreement with marketing firm for Morrow Center_img The Morrow City Council will be working with a consultant to form a Destination Marketing Organization to market the Morrow Center.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Playground project to kick off Buckhead park's overhaul
Playground project to kick off Buckhead park's overhaul_img As soon as late October or early November, the city of Atlanta will break ground on building a new playground at Atlanta Memorial Park in Buckhead, and it could be complete as early as December.
Source: Neighbor News
Avondale Estates Commission wrestles with how to appoint board members
Avondale Estates Commission wrestles with how to appoint board members_img An Avondale Estates commission work session Monday began as an interview panel for replacing three of the city’s five Planning and Zoning Board members. But it ended as a discussion on the actual protocol for such a process.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell creating Rec Commission to oversee Arts Center
Roswell creating Rec Commission to oversee Arts Center_img An ordinance amendment eliminating the Roswell Arts Commission and creating a Recreation Commission to oversee the city’s Cultural Arts Center has been approved on first reading by the City Council. It is to return for a second and final vote Sept. 26.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Driller Mike” to help up city’s water supply
“Driller Mike” to help up city’s water supply_img The $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine that will help create a reservoir for Atlanta with a 30-day water supply has a name: Driller Mike.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Council okays Square gazebo if sponsor is found
Council okays Square gazebo if sponsor is found_img It’s been a controversial topic for two years, but the Covington City Council voted to approve the building of a gazebo on the Historic Downtown Square if a sponsor steps forward to cover the costs.
Source: Covington News
New shopping center on the horizon
New shopping center on the horizon_img The shopping center is located across busy Highway 20 from the 800,000-square-foot Canton Marketplace where a Target, Lowe’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s, along with many other retailers, are already located.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Berkeley Lake will spend $13K to complete stormwater inspections
Berkeley Lake will spend $13K to complete stormwater inspections_img The Berkeley Lake City Council agreed recently to fund stromwater inspections needed to complete the city’s Annual Stormwater Report for 2016-2017 that is due June 2017. Generally, the work includes inspections of catch basins and stormwater outfalls, highly visible pollutant source inspections at several sites and industrial facility inspections.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Johns Creek OKs $55.3M balanced budget
Johns Creek OKs $55.3M balanced budget_img The Johns Creek City Council has approved a balanced budget for fiscal 2017 with a general fund anticipating about $55.3 million in revenues, 0.57 percent more overall than in the current fiscal year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cherokee, Canton fire join forces
Cherokee, Canton fire join forces_img The county will take over the city of Canton’s fire services beginning Jan. 1 after a consolidation agreement between the two governments was unanimously approved by Cherokee County commissioners Tuesday night.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Brunswick fire department's fire safety program gets grant boost
Brunswick fire department's fire safety program gets grant boost_img With a boost from an insurance industry grant, the Brunswick Fire Department’s ongoing fire safety initiatives will be able to focus more attention on the city’s commercial district, Fire Marshal Rhett Fairfield said.
Source: Brunswick News
Authority submits new airport lease proposal
Authority submits new airport lease proposal_img The St. Marys Airport Authority unanimously voted Tuesday to amend a proposed two-year lease and submit it to city officials for consideration.
Source: Brunswick News
City manager said religious-themed welcome message to come down soon
City manager said religious-themed welcome message to come down soon_img Brunswick City Manager Jim Drumm responded Wednesday morning to a billboard on U.S. Highway 17 with a religious-themed welcome message that had some people questioning whether the Brunswick City Commission was responsible for placing it there.
Source: Brunswick News
Four design firms heard during city commission workshop
Four design firms heard during city commission workshop_img The Brunswick City Commission heard from four firms Wednesday vying for the contract to design the Oglethorpe Conference Center, a project that has been in the works for more than a decade.
Source: Brunswick News
Council approves paving of downtown lot
Council approves paving of downtown lot_img The city of Buchanan will pay to re-pave and stripe an existing parking lot on Van Wert Street in order to clear some parking congestion around the Courthouse Square.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Planners bear brunt of city's growing pains
Planners bear brunt of city's growing pains_img Villa Rica is on track for an explosive growth over the next decade, and while that is certainly good news, city leaders face the prospect of investing more taxpayer funds to accommodate that expansion.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Temple council to seek millage rate of 6.5
Temple council to seek millage rate of 6.5_img Temple City Council will seek later this month to levy a tax millage rate of 6.5 on city property owners, a level that will have the effect of raising no extra revenues for the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Three-way stop planned for Dallas Highway, Main Street
Three-way stop planned for Dallas Highway, Main Street_img The Georgia Department of Transportation is installing a three-way stop at the intersection of Dallas Highway (SR 61) and Main Street .
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Temple to celebrate Founder's Day this weekend
Temple to celebrate Founder's Day this weekend_img Temple's annual Founder's Day Festival scheduled for this Saturday will be a day of food, arts, music and games; everything that's fun for the whole family, including the first annual Founder's Day 5K Run.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Council licenses bar under new process
Council licenses bar under new process_img After a couple of months dry of alcohol issues, City Council granted the first all-new bar license Tuesday using the hearing process required by Statesboro’s new ordinance.
Source: Statesboro Herald
Valdosta joins in city art project
Valdosta joins in city art project_img Local artists tackled dumpsters around town Saturday as part of the city’s first dumpster art project.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Pavo City Council approves millage rate
Pavo City Council approves millage rate_img The Pavo City Council approved the tentative millage rate for 2016 at a called meeting on Monday night.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
New Meigs mayor sworn in
New Meigs mayor sworn in_img Cheryl Walters, a resident of the small town in Thomas County, was sworn in and took the oath of office at the probate court of the Thomas County Judicial Center early Wednesday morning.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Moultrie City Council approves $58.7 million budget
Moultrie City Council approves $58.7 million budget_img During the final public hearing ahead of setting the tax rate for next year, the Moultrie City Council heard from an elderly resident concerned about tax bills in general, but especially those connected with the school board.
Source: Moultrie Observer
Baxley City Council approves the City of Baxley’s FY2017 budget
Baxley City Council approves the City of Baxley’s FY2017 budget_img On Tuesday, September 13, City of Baxley council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution approving the City of Baxley’s FY2017 budget
Source: Baxley News Banner
Drought brings about water restrictions for Rockmart
Drought brings about water restrictions for Rockmart_img Rockmart city officials are busy notifying residents of new water restrictions due to the Level 1 Drought notice from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Helen votes to replace 20-year-old fire department vehicle
Helen votes to replace 20-year-old fire department vehicle_img The Helen City Commission has approved spending nearly $30,000 for a new vehicle for the city's fire department.
Source: Access North Georgia
Jenkinsburg Clubhouse renovation on track
Jenkinsburg Clubhouse renovation on track_img Renovation of the Jenkinsburg Clubhouse is progressing at a steady pace. During its Sept. 12 meeting, the Jenkinsburg City Council received an update on the project from Jenkinsburg Deputy Clerk William Mullis.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus
Brighter nights coming to Macon streets
Brighter nights coming to Macon streets_img Brighter lights will be shining in more Macon neighborhoods. A $1.4 million project to put in new energy efficient street light bulbs around some of the city’s urban core was approved at Tuesday’s Macon-Bibb County Commission meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Perry hires fire chief
Perry hires fire chief_img Perry City Council hired a new fire chief Tuesday. The council voted 5-1 to name Z. Lee Parker the city’s next fire chief.
Source: Macon Telegraph
'Athensmade' working to promote Classic City as great place to do business
'Athensmade' working to promote Classic City as great place to do business_img What began a couple of years ago as a simple effort to stamp locally produced products with an “Athens-made” logo has transformed into a broad-based effort to build awareness of the uniqueness of Athens’ business environment as a means of attracting talented people and new businesses.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Peachtree City accepts spillway design
Peachtree City accepts spillway design_img Plans to replace the spillway on Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City moved forward recently.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree Corners testing out its new startup incubator
Peachtree Corners testing out its new startup incubator_img Peachtree Corners is opening the doors of the city’s new startup incubator, Prototype Prime, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 23 at 147 Technology Parkway, Suite 100, directly below City Hall.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia groups seek input in court battle with Florida over water
Georgia groups seek input in court battle with Florida over water_img Groups including the Atlanta Regional Commission, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Georgia Farm Bureau Federation and Georgia Municipal Association are seeking to share input into the water war between Georgia and Florida.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Alpharetta considers sites for west downtown parking deck
Alpharetta considers sites for west downtown parking deck_img Where do you park a parking deck? That’s the question facing Alpharetta’s leaders, who are looking to increase parking capacity west of Main Street. The city has narrowed down the search to three candidate locations after some residents balked at a decision to approve a parking deck on Old Roswell Street.
Source: Neighbor News
MARTA crackdown on "knuckleheads" showing results
MARTA crackdown on MARTA has suspended more than 8,000 riders since the transit agency launched its Ride with Respect campaign targeting disruptive passengers, General Manager and CEO Keith Parker said Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
November Voters Will Be Asked To Raise Taxes To Fund Transit Projects
November Voters Will Be Asked To Raise Taxes To Fund Transit Projects_img Ballot measures in more than 30 cities would raise $200 billion to expand rail and bus lines, to build new transit stations and to fix and replace aging transit infrastructure.
Source: NPR
Pipeline operator to pay Atlanta for Paulding land easements
Pipeline operator to pay Atlanta for Paulding land easements_img Land that Atlanta has owned for decades in Paulding County might never see its intended use as a second commercial airport, but the city at least may realize a return on its investment.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trends in Statesboro's growth
	 Trends in Statesboro's growth_img On the job two months now as Statesboro's planning and development director, Frank A. Neal Jr. sees more exciting growth taking place now than when he last worked for the city of Statesboro in the same department.
Source: Statesboro Herald
City of Cairo awarded CDBG grant
City of Cairo awarded CDBG grant_img The City of Cairo was awarded funding through Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Avondale Estates celebrates art at block party
Avondale Estates celebrates art at block party_img Avondale Estates isn’t known as an arts destination and local artists are trying to change that.
Source: Champion Newspaper
Dunwoody finalizes new city hall deal
Dunwoody finalizes new city hall deal_img On Aug. 31, Dunwoody city officials finalized an $8.05 million deal on a new city hall complex.
Source: Champion Newspaper
Uber pushes up launch date for Columbus
Uber pushes up launch date for Columbus_img Popular transportation company Uber has moved its Columbus launch up one day to begin services locally on Tuesday.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Norcross names new director of economic development
Norcross names new director of economic development_img The city of Norcross on Monday announced a new director of economic development who has experience with the University of Georgia and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Savannah policy attempts to regulate roadside memorials
Savannah policy attempts to regulate roadside memorials_img Balloons swayed in the breeze on Monday afternoon next to brightly colored flowers on the corner of Henry and Lincoln streets, outside the Upper Kutz Barbershop.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Tunnel Hill keeps property tax rate at zero
Tunnel Hill keeps property tax rate at zero_img The city of Tunnel Hill still does not have a property tax.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Haig Mill park gets the go ahead
Haig Mill park gets the go ahead_img Plans for a new park at the Haig Mill reservoir in north Dalton took a major step forward recently when the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) gave final approval to the project.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Mayor keeps anti-discrimination proposal off Athens-Clarke commission agenda
Mayor keeps anti-discrimination proposal off Athens-Clarke commission agenda_img For the second consecutive month, Mayor Nancy Denson has kept a set of proposed ordinance amendments aimed at countering alleged discrimination in downtown Athens bars off of an Athens-Clarke County meeting agenda — and the item may not ever come in front of the commission through her office, she said Monday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Downtown Athens' problematic 'pay and display' parking meters to be replaced by end of year
Downtown Athens' problematic 'pay and display' parking meters to be replaced by end of year_img The “pay-and-display” parking meters that have added to the headaches of parking on Clayton Street since their installation some years ago will be gone by the end of the year, replaced with single-space meters, according to Pamela Thompson, executive director of the Athens Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Warner Robins starts process for utility rate study
Warner Robins starts process for utility rate study_img The City Council on Monday took a first step in a process that could lead to an increase in water and sewer fees.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Lula signs on to 'act in unity' with other small cities
Lula signs on to 'act in unity' with other small cities_img The Lula City Council voted Monday to allow Mayor Milton Turner to sign a pledge joining the city with six other small Hall County cities for negotiations with Gainesville and Hall County.
Source: Access North Georgia
Firms vie to design new Augusta arena
Firms vie to design new Augusta arena_img Four architectural firms interviewed with a committee Monday to develop a plan for a new arena in downtown Augusta, although the facility’s location and funding source remain undetermined.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Mayor's signature item moves to full commission
Mayor's signature item moves to full commission_img Plans to remove the mayor’s signature line from a document he’s declined to sign move forward today.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Lady Liberty looms in Georgia town
Lady Liberty looms in Georgia town_img Q: Isn’t there a replica of the Statue of Liberty somewhere in south Georgia? If there is, where is it and what kind of details can you provide?
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
LFD applies for accreditation
LFD applies for accreditation_img Firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department train tirelessly for emergency situations: from blazes to car crashes to search and rescue and more. Now, they are preparing to become one of the elite fire departments in the world by becoming an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Milton reviews potential downtown plans
Milton reviews potential downtown plans_img The City of Milton is looking to shape the future of its downtown and Crabapple area. For the past few weeks, various meetings and planning sessions have been held to gather public input and to figure out how the city should move forward with proposed ideas.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Various officials weigh in on Sunshine Laws
Various officials weigh in on Sunshine Laws_img A few grey clouds have settled over Georgia’s Sunshine Laws, created to keep local governments transparent to the public.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Stockbridge crime down due to residents’ watchfulness, police say
Stockbridge crime down due to residents’ watchfulness, police say_img Stockbridge neighbors are encouraged to keep having each other’s backs by calling 911 about suspicious activity.
Source: Neighbor News
Atlanta OKs plan to allow Uber, other services at airport
Atlanta OKs plan to allow Uber, other services at airport_img The Atlanta City Council has approved a plan to allow Uber and other ride-booking services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Source: Access North Georgia
Atlanta City Council OKs ground lease for airport mixed-use project
Atlanta City Council OKs ground lease for airport mixed-use project_img The Atlanta City Council gave the green light Monday to a mixed-use development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Planned Westside Atlanta Park Faces Criticism Over Name
Planned Westside Atlanta Park Faces Criticism Over Name_img A years-long effort to recreate a historic park on Atlanta's Westside is facing pushback.
Source: WABE
Sandy Springs to seek bids for field service contracts
Sandy Springs to seek bids for field service contracts_img Sandy Springs says it will seek new bids this winter for field service contracts.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Woodstock gives $300K to save historic Reeves farmhouse
Woodstock gives $300K to save historic Reeves farmhouse_img The Woodstock City Council has approved applying $300,000 toward efforts to save the Reeves House, an 1897 farmhouse in the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in the city’s historic downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Panel greenlights E. Atlanta Kids Club agreement
Panel greenlights E. Atlanta Kids Club agreement_img The East Atlanta Kids Club Inc. would continue to provide programming at the Brownwood Park Recreation Center under a resolution approved recently by a City Council committee.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Duluth will ‘rejuvenate’ 44 asphalt streets
Duluth will ‘rejuvenate’ 44 asphalt streets_img Part of Duluth’s Pavement Preservation program includes asphalt rejuvenation, a method of applying a penetrating sealer to pavement to replace ingredients that are lost over time due to exposure to sun and weather. Application of this treatment at the right time extends the service life of the road and helps reduce maintenance costs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Garrett: new developments will ‘significantly impact Decatur traffic’
Garrett: new developments will ‘significantly impact Decatur traffic’_img Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said she’s concerned about the new mixed-use developments roughly a half-mile outside the city’s northeast boundary. In fact she and fellow Commissioner Tony Powers had plans to meet with DeKalb Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Norcross will hire sustainability consultant
Norcross will hire sustainability consultant_img The Norcross City Council approved $73,750 recently to hire a sustainability consultant, someone to advise the city on how to manage facilities and services for the best environmental impact.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Reed confident of Atlanta’s security in wake of bombings
Reed confident of Atlanta’s security in wake of bombings_img Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday the city has most of the tools it needs to mobilize security should Atlanta face a bombing attack like the ones in New York and Jersey this past weekend.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rockefeller Foundation to help Atlanta see its future
Rockefeller Foundation to help Atlanta see its future_img Atlanta is getting some high-profile help in planning its future. The Rockefeller Foundation has added Georgia’s capitol to its 100 Resilient Cities network, which offers financial and logistical support to metro areas trying to take a long view of what they will look like in the 21st Century.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
South Rome Redevelopment Corp. expected to approve bids for new housing
South Rome Redevelopment Corp. expected to approve bids for new housing_img South Rome Redevelopment Corp. will get an update on the search for a new executive director when the board meets Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Changes at the top of city government show trends emerging
Changes at the top of city government show trends emerging_img In her 5 1/2 years in office, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has replaced a full third of the 30 appointed department directors in the Columbus Consolidated Government.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
5,000 sample A Taste of Carrollton
5,000 sample A Taste of Carrollton_img Local epicureans converged on Adamson Square last night to say farewell to the city’s 2016 summer season with the 25th annual Taste of Carrollton. Thirty-nine local restaurants and chefs participated in this year’s event that drew a crowd of more than 5,000.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Suwanee Fest parade celebrates community, superheroes
Suwanee Fest parade celebrates community, superheroes_img A family and community tradition that’s passed three decades returned on Saturday morning as the people of Suwanee and beyond celebrated superheroes and supported their city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Reed House renovations could cost Smyrna up to $1.5 million
Reed House renovations could cost Smyrna up to $1.5 million_img The city of Smyrna could spend up to $1.5 million renovating a 1910-era historic home it purchased last year, including costs to make the home compliant with federal codes.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
City votes to approve downtown drive-thru
City votes to approve downtown drive-thru_img Canton City Council members approved an ordinance Thursday allowing certain restaurants to operate drive-thru windows in the city’s downtown central business district.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Residential moratorium now lifted
Residential moratorium now lifted_img Woodstock City Council has now lifted a nearly four-month moratorium on residential developments in certain areas near downtown.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Newnan eyes sports complex, trail system
Newnan eyes sports complex, trail system_img Newnan’s finances are in good shape, business and housing are steady, schools are excellent, medical facilities abound and several major improvement projects already are in the works.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Georgia, Garden City officials meet to discuss future of Savannah State Farmers Market
Georgia, Garden City officials meet to discuss future of Savannah State Farmers Market_img While many aspects of the agriculture industry have evolved during the past 50 or 60 years, one thing has remained the same, a state official said Friday.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Thunderbolt aims to keep 'small-town atmosphere' in 20-year plan
Thunderbolt aims to keep 'small-town atmosphere' in 20-year plan_img Thunderbolt has big plans for the future. But the plans — intentionally — are all about keeping small.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah officials call for patience one week into Bay Street experiment
Savannah officials call for patience one week into Bay Street experiment_img With orange and white striped barrels and plastic posts running down the middle of the road and along the sidewalk, downtown Bay Street could understandably be mistaken for a construction zone.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City talks with parking deck developer hit dead end
City talks with parking deck developer hit dead end_img JWM Ventures LLC announced Friday that discussions regarding JWM's development of a hotel and parking garage on the site of the proposed event center in Thomasville were ending, with no agreement reached.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Behind-the-scenes leader regarded as Macon housing pioneer
Behind-the-scenes leader regarded as Macon housing pioneer_img Drive around Macon awhile and there’s a good chance you’ll see a project that Bruce Gerwig spearheaded. During a 30-year career, Gerwig worked mostly behind the scenes for the Macon Housing Authority as a key figure on numerous developments, becoming a pioneer of affordable housing in Macon — and beyond.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Downtown Alpharetta may combine food trucks and brews
Downtown Alpharetta may combine food trucks and brews_img It may soon be easier to pick up a frosty craft beer in downtown Alpharetta.
Source: Neighbor News
Downtown Development Authority board resignations may be ‘fix’ for authority
Downtown Development Authority board resignations may be ‘fix’ for authority_img The seven members who make up both the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority and the Downtown Development Authority boards may be asked to resign from the latter board in order to better realign the two authorities with state mandates.
Source: Albany Herald
LaGrange names new assistant manager
LaGrange names new assistant manager_img A city of Chamblee executive has been chosen as LaGrange’s new assistant city manager. Teresa Taylor on Friday was named to the position and will assume the responsibility in early October, according to a press release from the city of LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Gainesville Police to accept $2,500 drug program grant, donated AED
Gainesville Police to accept $2,500 drug program grant, donated AED_img The Gainesville Police Department, if approved Tuesday by the city council, is set to accept a $2,500 grant related to drug programs and a donated automated external defibrillator (AED).
Source: Access North Georgia
First Gold Star marker in Georgia unveiled in downtown Macon
First Gold Star marker in Georgia unveiled in downtown Macon_img It is often said there is no greater sacrifice than serving your country in the United States armed forces. And right next to that is the sacrifice by the families of those loved ones who die while serving.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Riverfront music venue still low on shows
Riverfront music venue still low on shows_img Augusta’s Jessye Norman Amphi­theater continues to want for shows. The third event in this year’s “Ri­ver­front Revival” series, an Oct. 6 concert by Yonder Mountain String Band, was recently moved to Sky City because of “unforeseen issues” at the riverfront amphitheater.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
PTC gets an update on new spillway
PTC gets an update on new spillway_img Peachtree City is moving forward with the design and engineering of the spillway on Lake Peachtree that will feature a three-stage piano key weir (barrier) with a parapet wall.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Low fines for marijuana in Clarkston stop short of legalization
Low fines for marijuana in Clarkston stop short of legalization_img Since the city of Clarkston recently reduced low-level marijuana possession fines to $75, the lowest penalty in Georgia, not much has changed on the streets.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Magnolia Hall sale to fund downtown Woodstock projects
Magnolia Hall sale to fund downtown Woodstock projects_img Magnolia Hall, the city-owned events venue in downtown Woodstock, is being sold to raise funds for local improvements.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell considers continuing street light installation ban
Roswell considers continuing street light installation ban_img Roswell officials are reviewing the city’s current street light installation ban following complaints from local homeowners concerned about safety in some subdivisions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Norcross grant will add sidewalks at four locations
Norcross grant will add sidewalks at four locations_img Norcross was awarded a Transportation Enhancement Grant for Pedestrian Connectivity sidewalks at various locations around Norcross. The project is now ready to go to bid for construction and receive federal matching funds.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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