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Election Tuesday will decide Douglasville's next mayor
The final day to cast a vote for Douglasville's next mayor is this Tuesday, Dec. 1. Current mayor Harvey Persons and former city councilwoman Rochelle Robinson are facing off to lead the city for the next four years.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Conservation Subdivision up for vote Dec. 7
The Conservation Subdivision Ordinance is up for final approval by the Milton City Council Dec. 7, after more than a year in development.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell DDA buys Southern Skillet property
The Roswell Downtown Development Authority will soon be the new owner of the Roswell Plaza Shopping Center, located at the corner of Norcross Street and Ga. 9.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Tift County senior judge to hear Darien election contest Wednesday
A senior judge from Tift County will be in Darien Wednesday to conduct a hearing on City Commissioner Jeff Clark’s contest of his Nov. 3 re-election loss.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Don’t forget, Gainesville council runoff is Tuesday
Just 123 ballots were cast during early voting for Gainesville’s Ward 3 City Council runoff on Dec. 1.
Source: Gainesville Times

Opposition grows as Gainesville Council set to vote on 'rain tax'
Some Gainesville residents and business leaders are speaking out against the city’s plan to implement a “rain tax” to pay for repairs and upgrades to stormwater drainage infrastructure.
Source: Gainesville Times

PARKatlanta contract may not be renewed
If you do much downtown parking, chances are you have plenty to say about PARKatlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pooler municipal complex project moving on schedule
The scenery behind Pooler City Hall has undergone quite the transformation in the past few months.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Today's runoff to determine 2016 Savannah City Council
Savannah’s voters will get a chance today to pick the city’s mayor for the next four years along with two members of the City Council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Morgan resigns from Rincon City Council after 10 years
Scott Morgan resigned from the Rincon City Council tonight, saying he has moved outside the city limits.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Valdosta unveils 23rd Christmas ornament
The Valdosta Main Street office has released its 23rd edition in the series of the Downtown Valdosta Christmas ornaments.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Persons faces Robinson in runoff election for Douglasville mayor Tuesday
Incumbent Harvey Persons and former city councilwoman Rochelle Robinson will face each other Tuesday in the runoff election for the Douglasville mayor’s seat.
Source: Neighbor News

Macon-Bibb bringing Christmas cheer to Milledgeville hospital
On Tuesday, Macon-Bibb County will take gifts and supplies donated as part of the annual Mayors' & Commissioners' Motorcade to the patients of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, according to a news release.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Decatur County agrees to move vehicle work to city’s maintenance department
In an effort to reduce spending and cut costs wherever possible, the Decatur County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to consolidate their public works vehicle shop with the City of Bainbridge’s.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City of Americus releases names of finalists for police chief position
The City Manager has narrowed the field of candidates for the position of Police Chief down to two candidates. The candidates are Woodrow W. Blue Jr. and John Powell.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Dalton officials mulling TAD plan changes
Downtown Dalton may be targeted for a redevelopment district. But City Council members seem less likely to provide economic incentives for development along the North Bypass.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Davis, Pringle to study ways technology can aid failing schools in trip to Apple headquarters
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is traveling to the Cu­per­tino, Calif., headquarters of Apple Computer this week with Richmond County Schools Superintendent Angela Pringle and other local officials to study the use of technology to help turn around failing public schools.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Weingarten: Civic Center redevelopment plans still fluid
Although the City of Atlanta has an agreement to sell the 19-acre Civic Center property to Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors, the plans for the project are subject to change
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Commissioners likely to address alleged discrimination in downtown Athens bar scene
The three Athens-Clarke County commissioners working on a resolution that could lead to a local ordinance targeting alleged discriminatory practices in some downtown Athens bars won’t have any proposed language to put in front of their colleagues at tonight’s meeting of the mayor and commission, but the issue still is likely to get some discussion, according to Commissioner Mike Hamby.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Warner Robins breaks ground on veterans park, City Hall renovations
Golden-tipped shovels were used to lift dirt from a square patch of flowerless day lilies on the front lawn of City Hall in a Monday morning groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of multimillion dollar renovations and construction of a veterans park.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jenkinsburg to celebrate Dec. 1 as Betty Vandiver Day
During its Nov. 23 meeting, the Jenkinsburg City Council joined municipalities across Georgia in declaring Dec. 1 as Betty Vandiver Day.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Development tide rising on St. Simons Island
Some want cityhood to limit growth, others fear lack of affordable housing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sandy Springs celebrating 10th anniversary
The city of Sandy Springs will turn 10 years old Tuesday and the mayor and city council want to celebrate with the community.
Source: Neighbor News

Tucker mayor and council candidates will file to run next week
Candidates seeking to become the new city of Tucker’s first elected leaders must file papers to run for office next week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta's Suburbs Struggle To Increase Number Of Sidewalks
Walkable communities are big in real estate. Websites list a home’s “walk score” along with how many bathrooms it has. Now, some of Atlanta’s once car-centric, sprawling suburban neighborhoods are trying to change with the trend. But it can be a struggle to become more walkable for places that weren’t designed with pedestrians in mind.
Source: WABE

​Newnan City Council approves gateway signage for city
The city of Newnan will be getting new signs after the Newnan City Council approved a contract with Creative Sign Designs for new gateway signage.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Grantville council promises permanent location for GED classes
In a recent City Council meeting, officials in Grantville made a verbal commitment to find a permanent location for a General Education Diploma (GED) preparatory classes being held in the city since 2010.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

​Body cameras popular with law enforcement, citizens
For over a year now, both the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office have been using body cameras and say they have seen nothing but positive results.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Latoya Cutts brings career of experience to downtown manager post
Reduced to its essence, Downtown Albany Manager Latoya Cutts’ career has been a complex matter of connecting seemingly disparate dots.
Source: Albany Herald

Councilman wants more diversity in recruitment
Councilman Anthony Coleman wants the city to hire more minorities for the Marietta Police Department.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Savannah installing first artificial turf fields
Savannah is expecting increased sports activity with the upcoming installation of synthetic turf athletic fields at two parks — a $1.4 million project being funded with voter-approved special purpose sales tax revenue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Gloves are off in Tuesday’s fight for Powder Springs mayor
Tuesday’s runoff battle in Powder Springs — which could put an African-American in a Cobb County mayor’s seat for the first time in history — has grown hot in recent weeks, no longer bearing any resemblance whatever to a powder puff football game.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Holly Springs to move forward with tax allocation district soon
Holly Springs elected officials are still eyeing a special tax district that could help offset development costs for the city’s downtown redevelopment project, and residents will be given two chances to voice their concerns.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

TUIDA wants tax dollars
At their last meeting of the year, the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority (TUIDA) made plans to move forward with petitioning the city and county governments to dedicate one mill of tax for the TUIDA to use for debt relief (currently the TUIDA has $1,405,733 in debt) or local incentives for new or existing industries.
Source: Thomaston Times

Perry Council to vote on temporarily halting sign variances, historic demolitions
Perry City Council is expected to vote on two six-month moratoriums at Tuesday's meeting -- one to halt sign variances and the other to halt removals and demolitions of historic structures.
Source: Macon Telegraph

End of the line?
Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says he knew the building housing the Depot restaurant was in rough shape. City officials had been planning to close the building — which was built some 165 years ago — early next year to remove mold and make some extensive repairs.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City council weighs idea of outsourcing public works
The Holly Springs City Council is looking at ways to alleviate the workload that is being placed on a lean public works department and discussed the possibility of outsourcing responsibilities.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Perry to apply for EPA grant, public input sought
The city of Perry is applying for a federal grant to help clean up some potentially contaminated properties.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Cave Spring ready for Sunday alcohol sales
Cave Spring stores and restaurants could be selling beer and wine on Sundays as early as this weekend — although none of them have applied for a license yet.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City adopts resolution
Milledgeville City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing a Georgia Department of Natural Resources project to extend the unimproved segment of Fishing Creek Community Trail.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Ringgold mayoral candidates making final campaign push before runoff election Tuesday
Early voting has come to an end in Ringgold’s upcoming mayoral runoff election, which means the city will know in five days who will succeed long-time mayor Joe Barger to become the new face of Ringgold.
Source: Catoosa County News

Next influx of Macon road projects could start in the spring
More orange traffic cones could be showing up throughout Macon-Bibb County in the spring, when about $2 million in roadwork is expected to commence.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Pooler budget to fund rec parking expansion, City Hall project in 2016
Pooler officials are projecting the city’s finances will continue their upward trajectory during the upcoming fiscal year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Drone manufacturer seeking another chance in Macon-Bibb
A proposal to bring drones to Macon-Bibb County could come back before commissioners, but there's weariness among some county officials about the $5.7 million project.
Source: Macon Telegraph

TAGA seeks support for bike trail in Tifton
Tift Area Greenways Association (TAGA) representatives Ray Barber and Sharon Petzel made a presentation to the Tifton City Council at a recent workshop concerning a proposed bike trail from downtown Tifton to the E.B. Hamilton Recreational Complex.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Canton City Council bestows key to the city to resident battling ALS
For Holly Springs resident Jeff Long, there is no hurdle too big. And his determination to stay one step ahead of a progressive neurodegenerative disease has been noted by Canton city leaders who honored Long at a recent council meeting by bestowing upon him the city’s highest honor — a key to the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Gainesville to lease vacant Community Service Center space to foster family advocacy group
Should the Gainesville City Council give their approval to a lease agreement at a voting session Tuesday evening, SAFFT will occupy vacant space at the Gainesville Community Service Center on Prior Street, and the sooner the better according to SAFFT’s Executive Director Ashley Anderson.
Source: Access North Georgia

Richmond Hill police feed city employees Thanksgiving dinner
They have been doing it for so long Richmond Hill Chief of Police Billy Reynolds doesn’t remember exactly when it started but once again the city’s police department treated all city employees and their families to an early Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Roswell designates up to $76K for fire station artwork
The city of Roswell may provide up to $76,000 in funding for a public art project entitled “Bucket Brigade” at Fire Station No. 4 at the corner of Old Alabama Road and Market Boulevard.
Source: Neighbor News

Visiting artist to host 'outdoor living rooms' as part of ACC's public art planning process
The ongoing development of a master plan for public art will take its newest turn next week, as a second visiting artist comes to the community to spur conversation “about what public art can provide for Athens,” according to a news release from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Albany city commissioners question number of retail outlets
In an odd bit of business before their business meeting Tuesday night, Albany city commissioners found themselves discussing the growing number of discount retail outlets in the city.
Source: Albany Herald

Army Corps To Begin Study On Atlanta's Proctor Creek Cleanup
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed a law authorizing an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on cleaning up the lower basin of Proctor Creek.
Source: WABE

Reed: Community outcry scared away casinos and non-gaming developer at Turner Field
Come Monday's deadline, three development teams had stepped forward to pitch ideas on how to transform the 67 acres that includes Turner Field and the sea of asphalt next to the soon-to-be-vacant baseball stadium.
Source: Creative Loafing

New mayor Denis Shortal ready to become an open, positive leader for Dunwoody
As newly elected Dunwoody mayor Denis Shortal looks ahead toward his time in office, he said he is ready to restore open and positive leadership to all residents of the city.
Source: Neighbor News

Peachtree City firefighters prep for 50th anniversary
The Peachtree City Firefighters Association (PCVFA) got the go-ahead from the Peachtree City Council on Nov. 19 to help celebrate the department’s 50th anniversary in 2016 by raising funds to mechanically restore the original fire engine and create a public safety memorial at the site of the original fire station on Paschall Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Rorie promoted to Peachtree City city manager
Interim City Manger Jon Rorie is interim no more. The Peachtree City Council by unanimous vote on Nov. 19 approved Rorie to the position permanently.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Brookhaven officer pays for homeless woman's hotel room on cold night
When a Brookhaven police officer responded to a call about a homeless woman on a cold night, he went above and beyond to make sure she had a warm place to stay.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Water waste law targets irresponsible users
Wasting water will no longer be just an ethical problem in Gainesville. City Council is prepared to approve a new ordinance next week that places prohibitions on certain water use, and violators could have their water supply cut off.
Source: Gainesville Times

J.B. Owens Park honoring railroad agent opens
Construction has wrapped up on the long-awaited Holly Springs park project and a family deeply rooted in the city helped elected officials open the facility Friday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Savannah City Council OKs zoning change for Victory Drive development
The old continues making way for the new, as another planned commercial development along Victory Drive ushers in the closing of a Savannah restaurant that has operated at the site for about 80 years.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Newnan chosen for grant
The City of Newnan has been selected by the Georgia Municipal Association to receive one of the Employee Health Promotion & Wellness Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of city employees and family members. The award amount was $5,000.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Committee defers adding holiday bus service in Augusta
An Augusta Commission committee held off Tuesday on a request to add city bus service on one or more holidays.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

County believes new Wendy's driveway will smooth traffic flow
In what Athens-Clarke County Traffic Engineer Steve Decker describes as “a success story” of public-private cooperation, the fast-food establishment’s problematic driveway arrangement is being changed in a way that should make the area safer for pedestrians and should also smooth traffic flow for both restaurant patrons and passing motorists.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Morrison Street development gets early OK from Watkinsville council
Long before an industrial park developed around it, Morrison Street was as bent as a bicycle run over by a freight train.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Atlanta signs on to Proctor Creek watershed study
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed an agreement Tuesday authorizing a three-year environmental feasibility study of the Proctor Creek watershed.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Rutledge soon to become a small but special ‘Tree City?’
The City of Rutledge may soon join the ranks of the more than 3,000 communities nation-wide known as Tree Cities, according to discussions at the City Council meeting on Nov. 17.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City OKs $630,000 project
The Madison City Council approved a bid for the Northside Diversion Force Main Project last Friday, which will shutdown the Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant and turn it into a pumping station to send water to the Southside Plant for treatment.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Dentons joins Westside improvement efforts
Dentons, an international law firm with an office in downtown Atlanta, has joined philanthropic efforts to improve the city’s Westside.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aragon gets answers on potential for grants
With back audits almost done and a new mayor and city council member about to take office in January, Aragon is looking into ways to get more money for community development.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Springfield hires consultant to help redevelop city hall
The City of Springfield has hired Hansen Architects of Savannah to create a master plan for developing the city hall property.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb mayor names finalists for seven department directors
Seven interim Macon-Bibb County department heads were recommended Tuesday to take over the permanent jobs.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Life-saving equipment donated to Cobb, Smyrna
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $267,000 in life-saving equipment to 18 public safety organizations in metro Atlanta, including Cobb and Smyrna.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur clears up 12 more bisected properties
Decatur recently annexed 12 properties that had been partly in DeKalb County and partly in the city. Annexation was achieved through resident petition and subsequently approved by the city commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee adopts a film policy
The city of Chamblee has adopted a film production ordinance to help facilitate commercial movie and television projects that shoot in Chamblee.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gainesville plans to begin 'rain tax' in 2017
Gainesville taxpayers will soon need to budget for a new expense. In January 2017, the city intends to begin charging $1 for every 1,000 square feet of impervious surface on residential, commercial, nonprofit and government property to pay for upgrades to aging stormwater pipes.
Source: Gainesville Times

City searches for manager
The City of Moultrie has begun advertising for a new city manager. City Manager Mike Scott announced last Tuesday that he plans to retire in April.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Gainesville downtown plan includes ‘park ‘n slide,’ chicken jokes and mixed-use development
Connecting downtown with nearby residential neighborhoods and business corridors, such as Green Street, Oak Street and midtown, is key to ensuring downtown’s place in the life of residents and visitors.
Source: Gainesville Times

State tax credits approved for South Rome housing plan
If at first you don’t succeed, the sage old advice is to try, try again. That mantra paid off for the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. and Laurel Street Residential.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Marietta City Council looking to rename new park after Franklin, Livingston families
Mayor Steve Tumlin wants the City Council to consider naming a Franklin Road property the city owns Franklin/Livingston Park in honor of those two Marietta families.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Pay study, new positions increasing Savannah's personnel costs
The city of Savannah’s personnel costs are expected to increase by $8.4 million next year as the city increases staffing and prepares to implement a consultant’s recommended pay raises.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City budget to fund additional staff, road construction projects in 2016
Improvement in Garden City’s financial position in 2016 will pay for some new positions — jobs intended to meet the demands of the growing west Chatham community.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb department head positions could be selected next week
Seven high-ranking Macon-Bibb County jobs could be filled next week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Varnell approves 2016 budget
The Varnell City Council recently approved a budget of $863,500 for 2016.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Commissioners to discuss tax district
Augusta commissioners will take up whether to convert the Rocky Creek Enterprise Zone to a Tax Allocation District at a committee meeting Tuesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Animal services subcommittee finalizes animal ordinance revisions
An animal services subcommittee on Monday finalized ordinance revisions that charge owners fees for not spaying or neutering their animals and allow tethering under limited circumstances.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City gets three bids to redevelop Turner Field
The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority said Monday they have received three proposals to redevelop Turner Field and surrounding properties.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bike Athens wants signage changes in Athens
Local alternative transportation advocacy organization BikeAthens recently started urging Athens-Clarke County transportation officials to change the signs on approved local bicycle routes not marked with bicycle lanes from the familiar yellow diamond-shaped “Share The Road” signs depicting a car and bicyclist on the same section of road to a larger white sign depicting a bicycle atop the words “May Use Full Lane.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

For Suwanee Police officer, karate championships run in the family
Cpt. Cass Mooney is a world champion in taekwondo, but when you talk to him about martial arts, the subject turns to family.
Source: Access North Georgia

Funeral set for former Cornelia city commissioner
Funeral services for longtime Cornelia Ward 2 Commissioner George McEntire will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cornelia.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta launches solar energy program
Atlanta will install solar panels on 28 city buildings under a solar energy initiative unveiled by Mayor Kasim Reed Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jackson kicks off 21st Can-a-thon
The city of Jackson and Salvation Army last week kicked off the annual Can-a-thon holiday food drive.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Mayor, city council approve Mill Road project
Mayor Kasim Reed’s veto of a city ordinance went unchallenged last week at a city council meeting. The ordinance, approved by the city council on Nov. 2, appropriated $800,000 in transportation development impact fees to partially fund the Mill Road extension project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta police, fire diversity recruitment reviewed
The Marietta City Council review of the city police and fire departments’ diversity recruitment policies last week revealed 11 percent are female officers while the city’s population is 50 percent women.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City says South Decatur property can’t be developed
Residents in southeast Decatur next to Dearborn Park became alarmed in recent weeks as surveyors began tagging trees on land that’s part of the old George Robinson estate. Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said she doesn’t know who’s employing the surveyors, but assured residents the land won’t be developed.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City adopts sewer rate ordinance amendment
The City considered changing the way sewer bills are calculated. Rather than based on an average, the bills will now reflect how much water is used that goes into the sewer system.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Vineyard taking root in Ball Ground
Feather’s Edge Vineyards, an addition to Wildcat on a Wing, has gotten the last approval needed from the Ball Ground City Council to open the new business.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Lake City prepares to light tree Saturday
The city will host its 11th annual tree lighting Saturday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at city hall. Lake City is the first of the Clayton County cities to host its tree lighting each year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Rome commissioners expected to rule on Goat's penalty, hear budget presentations tonight
The Rome City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on a $250 penalty against Goat’s General Store for selling alcohol after hours.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Kennesaw to place time limits on downtown parking
Downtown Kennesaw business owners welcomed city plans to place time restrictions on Main Street parking and expand parking opportunities in the area. The city currently allows drivers to park downtown for as long as they want free of charge.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

3 qualify for vacant Carrollton council seat
Three candidates have qualified to run in the March 1 special election to fill the empty Ward 2 Carrollton City Council seat that was vacated by Mike Patterson in his bid for the mayoral post.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Consultant: Tifton would benefit from stand-alone fire department
The Tifton City Council heard from David Doudy with ISO Slayer at Thursday night's City Council workshop regarding the results of a study of the Tifton Fire Department as a stand-alone department. The study cost the city $10,500.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Gainesville closer to 'rain tax'
All this recent rain must be on the minds of Gainesville officials.
Source: Gainesville Times

Increased recycling, yard waste pickup part of new Macon-Bibb plan
A "vicious cycle" that led to seemingly endless piles of yard debris in Macon-Bibb County is coming to an end, a Macon-Bibb County official said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Atlanta increases security following reported terrorist threats
Atlanta has increased security following terrorist attacks in Paris and over the weekend reported threats against Philips Arena prompted Mayor Kasim Reed to open what he calls a Joint Operations Center to support enhanced security.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lula downtown improvement work could start in January
Nearly a year after improving the look of one section of Main Street, Lula plans to continue the downtown work on another stretch this winter.
Source: Gainesville Times

Unmarked police cars part of larger presence during holidays
Some Gainesville Police officers are trading out the classic black-and-white cruisers for unmarked cars around the holiday season.
Source: Gainesville Times

Baldwin prepares for new city hall, razing of old downtown buildings
Change is in the works for downtown Baldwin. Recently, city leaders voted to purchase a new city hall on 441 Bypass, freeing up the current building on Airport Road.
Source: Access North Georgia

Fascinating people of Forsyth: Leading the charge for Sharon Springs
In recent months, the movement to create a city of Sharon Springs has been a hot topic in Forsyth County politics and one that has gathered its share of supporters and opponents.
Source: Forsyth County News

Savannah-Chatham police considering assault rifles for officers
Coastal Georgia’s largest police force is looking to follow the national trend, with plans to allow everyday patrol officers to carry assault rifles.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council runoff endorsements announced
Some losing candidates for Savannah City Council are taking sides ahead of the runoff election on Dec. 1, while others have declined to lend their support to any of their former opponents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Demolition permit issued for Nichols House
The City of Valdosta has issued a “Demolition Permit” for the embattled Nichols House located on Baytree Road.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council approvesboat dock forLake Thomaston
The Thomaston City Council approved spending up to $25,000 toward a new floating dock for the Lake Thomaston Park project.
Source: Thomaston Times

Bob Hamrick Q&A: Nearly 50 years of public service
For the first time since 1969, Bob Hamrick was not a candidate earlier this month for the Ward 2 Gainesville City Council seat.
Source: Access North Georgia

City council adds court fees
City officials have decided to pay for new technologies by imposing new fees on anyone paying traffic tickets.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Cities report progress in State of the Community gathering
A year ago, local communities were touting success in everything from developing a small business education program to simply surviving. This year, Polk County’s three cities are now looking back on plenty of completed projects and improvements to make life better for local residents.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Downtown Athens bar issues spur commissioners' call for anti-discrimination ordinance
Motivated by the discovery of a bartender “cheat sheet” in a downtown Athens bar with instructions for a racially insensitive drink called a “N*****ita,” and by reported use of dress codes and other ruses in downtown bars to keep minorities out of those establishments, three Athens-Clarke County commissioners are asking their seven colleagues and Mayor Nancy Denson to support a resolution calling on the county government’s staff to develop a local non-discrimination ordinance.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Forsyth police chief to retire
The city of Forsyth is looking for a new police chief.
Source: Macon Telegraph

College Park announces new emergency app
College Park may become the first city in the state of Georgia to use a new application, or app, initiated by College Park Fire Rescue called PulsePoint.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta launches Renew Atlanta website
The city of Atlanta launched a new website for the public to learn about and follow the progress of the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program, www.renewatlantabond.com.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Historic Trolley Barn to remain in community hands
The historic Trolley Barn will remain in the hands of Inman Park residents and preservation advocates, thanks to a decision made Thursday by Invest Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troup County Board of Education signs off on mall TAD
The Troup County Board of Education was the last governmental entity to sign off on a tax allocation district, or TAD, Thursday during its regular meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City aims to inspire with new brand
City officials this week unveiled a new branding campaign aimed at enhancing LaGrange’s strategic growth, improving public perception and encouraging revitalization.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Invest Atlanta earns international accreditation
Invest Atlanta has earned accreditation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), putting it among only 46 economic development organizations to achieve that status.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

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