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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

New Savannah arena prompting $20 million relocation of city departments_img
New Savannah arena prompting $20 million relocation of city departments
Before the city can build the new arena at the chosen site northeast of Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue, the slow-going, droning street sweepers will have to get out of the way. As will hundreds of employees that work in the city’s sanitation, building maintenance and utilities departments.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Canal drainage allowing for work on bridges_img
Canal drainage allowing for work on bridges
he draining of the Augusta Canal is allowing two downtown bridges to be restored.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta City Council OKs pedestrian bridge near Mercedes-Benz Stadium_img
Atlanta City Council OKs pedestrian bridge near Mercedes-Benz Stadium
The Atlanta City Council has given the green light to the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

LaGrange firefighter honored for 30 years of service_img
LaGrange firefighter honored for 30 years of service
LaGrange Fire Lt. Ken Edgemon was presented with a plaque by Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar and LaGrange Fire Deputy Chief Phillip Rice during a special ceremony on July 13.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

McDonough officials recognized by Georgia Municipal Association_img
McDonough officials recognized by Georgia Municipal Association
The Georgia Municipal Association recognized three McDonough officials at its 83rd Annual Convention in Savannah on June 27.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Flovilla firefighters get new gear_img
Flovilla firefighters get new gear
The Flovilla Fire Department has five new sets of turnout gear, enough to outfit each of its five volunteers. The gear consists of a fire helmet, Nomex hood, fire gloves, coat, pants and leather boots, Flovilla Fire Chief Shane Thompson said.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Ludowici approves repairs to holding cell, new streetlight_img
Ludowici approves repairs to holding cell, new streetlight
The Ludowici City Council approved repairs to the Police Department’s holding area and a new streetlight on a dark street during its July 12 meeting.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Ex-Stockbridge clerk gets lifetime award from state_img
Ex-Stockbridge clerk gets lifetime award from state
Former Stockbridge City Clerk Merle Manders recently received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association in recognition of her 35 years of service to the city.
Source: Neighbor News

Augusta Commission OKs creating police substation at riverwalk_img
Augusta Commission OKs creating police substation at riverwalk
Augusta is on its way to opening a riverfront substation for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Palmetto mayor inducted into hall of fame_img
Palmetto mayor inducted into hall of fame
The Georgia Municipal Association inducted Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s recent annual convention in Savannah.
Source: Neighbor News

Perry sends warning to three hotels_img
Perry sends warning to three hotels
The City Council held public hearings Tuesday on whether to revoke the business licenses of three hotels because of unpaid sales taxes.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Stockbridge events to discuss civil rights, developments, and community collaboration_img
Stockbridge events to discuss civil rights, developments, and community collaboration
Stockbridge officials are looking to get the community involved by hosting several town hall meetings and forums. The events will be open to the public and aim to discuss a variety of topics including upcoming projects and developments, as well as civil rights and collaboration with law enforcement.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Millage rollback adopted in city of McDonough_img
Millage rollback adopted in city of McDonough
City officials adopted a .36 millage rollback during its Monday city council meeting.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Fireworks discussed during Lovejoy city council meeting_img
Fireworks discussed during Lovejoy city council meeting
A Lovejoy resident expressed concerns Monday evening over fireworks in the city at Monday’s city council meeting.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Helen hotel/motel tax collections top $1 million_img
Helen hotel/motel tax collections top $1 million
The Helen City Commission got some good financial news Tuesday afternoon. Helen hotel/motel tax collections for 2015-2016 topped $1 million for the first time in the city's history, City Manager Jerry Elkins reported.
Source: Access North Georgia

Jones Road in Roswell to become a ‘complete street’_img
Jones Road in Roswell to become a ‘complete street’
A “complete streets” plan for Jones Road in Roswell should offer sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian safety and reduced vehicle speeds, according to a design contract approved recently by the Roswell City Council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City Council approves alcohol beverage license for new lounge_img
City Council approves alcohol beverage license for new lounge
The Tifton City Council approved the new alcohol beverage license for Paradise Island, located at 116 Poplar Street, at Monday's regular meeting.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Atlanta may donate police radios for ‘Operation Shield’_img
Atlanta may donate police radios for ‘Operation Shield’
If the City Council approves, the Atlanta Police Foundation would receive a donation of 100 used police radios to support the group’s “Operation Shield” public-private security partnership.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 Springfield, DRT reach water agreement_img
Springfield, DRT reach water agreement
A French company building a turpentine distilling plant and the city of Springfield have reached an agreement for water service to the facility.
Source: Effingham Herald

Norcross moving forward to develop area around park_img
Norcross moving forward to develop area around park
After years of planning, the Norcross Downtown Development Authority is ready to take the next step toward building a ‘showplace’ around Lillian Webb Park. The DDA is seeking a developer for 16 parcels around the downtown park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur’s ‘bike bus’ plan gets national attention_img
Decatur’s ‘bike bus’ plan gets national attention
Decatur was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge Tuesday. The challenge is a $1 million national competition hosted by KaBOOM! that awards “outside the-box-ideas to make play easy, available and fun for kids and families.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dunwoody police: multiple people saved from opioid overdoses_img
Dunwoody police: multiple people saved from opioid overdoses
Dunwoody police saved a man from an opioid overdose July 14 with the help of a prescription drug.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Team picked to transform former Atlanta low-income housing complex_img
Team picked to transform former Atlanta low-income housing complex
The Atlanta Housing Authority has picked a team to redevelop the former Herndon Homes site near the Georgia Dome into a mixed-income community.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 Springfield aims to pull carts back from road_img
Springfield aims to pull carts back from road
Springfield residents who leave their garbage carts out on the street a little too long could be facing a fine.
Source: Effingham Herald

Covington Cares holds first cleanup event_img
Covington Cares holds first cleanup event
City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams raised the topic in a Covington City Council meeting earlier this year; neighborhood activist Thelma Star raised it again during public comments at meetings; and the city heeded their call.
Source: Newton Citizen

Company expansions in Adairsville, Jasper represent $4M investment, creation of 70 jobs	_img
Company expansions in Adairsville, Jasper represent $4M investment, creation of 70 jobs
The new Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating, a leading provider of architectural finishes, moved into 200 Princeton Blvd. in Adairsville. This store along with the one in Jasper will expand to create 70 new jobs.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston council explores hiring administrator	_img
Kingston council explores hiring administrator
Faced with increasing and more complex demands — sometimes exceeding its ability to understand, much less respond — the Kingston City Council, at a called work session Monday, began exploring the idea of hiring a city administrator.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City of Waleska renting space_img
City of Waleska renting space
The city of Waleska is searching for a new tenant to occupy its 800-square-foot rental space next to City Hall.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City Council approves 160-home subdivision_img
City Council approves 160-home subdivision
Holly Springs City Council members voted unanimously Monday to approve 160 new homes planned for 54 acres of land on Hickory Flat Farm at the corner of East Cherokee and Highway 140.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

$50,000 grant could help Gainesville's pedestrian connections_img
$50,000 grant could help Gainesville's pedestrian connections
Gainesville is looking to improve pedestrian connections around downtown and, in the process, spruce up some major roadways.
Source: Gainesville Times

Picturesque Valdosta_img
Picturesque Valdosta
The Eighth Annual Valdosta People’s Choice Photo Contest honored its winners with a reception Monday at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany officials move rec complex plan forward_img
Albany officials move rec complex plan forward
The Albany City Commission voted Tuesday to move forward with planning of a recreation complex centered around the property surrounding the Paul Eames Sports Complex off the U.S. Highway 19 bypass in northeast Albany.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany city commissioners pass a new wrecker towing policy_img
Albany city commissioners pass a new wrecker towing policy
Albany city commissioners tentatively approved an updated wrecker towing policy Tuesday that would require wrecker services utilized as part of a rotation by the city to have a tow truck capable of removing large vehicles involved in accidents from accident scenes to remain a part of the city rotation.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany City Commission clears remaining craft brewery hurdle_img
Albany City Commission clears remaining craft brewery hurdle
Though the final vote won’t be taken until their business meeting next Tuesday, Albany city commissioners cleared what should be the final hurdle Tuesday from the pathway that will allow Dr. Tripp Morgan to move forward with development of his downtown craft brewery.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany City Commission clears remaining craft brewery hurdle_img
Albany City Commission clears remaining craft brewery hurdle
Though the final vote won’t be taken until their business meeting next Tuesday, Albany city commissioners cleared what should be the final hurdle Tuesday from the pathway that will allow Dr. Tripp Morgan to move forward with development of his downtown craft brewery.
Source: Albany Herald

Fort Oglethorpe intersection named for Navy officer Randall Smith_img
Fort Oglethorpe intersection named for Navy officer Randall Smith
The T-shirt read “In Memory, America’s Fallen,” then listed the names of the five military members who lost their lives in shootings at two Chattanooga military sites a year ago this month.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Savannah Alderman pushing for new minority, women contracting policies_img
Savannah Alderman pushing for new minority, women contracting policies
Savannah Alderwoman Estella Shabazz is pushing for the adoption of a new ordinance to ensure a fair share of city contracts go to minority- and women-owned businesses.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Columbus mayor, Georgia NAACP president to lead forum on race, policing_img
Columbus mayor, Georgia NAACP president to lead forum on race, policing
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and NAACP Georgia State President Francys Johnson will host an open forum about race and policing Friday evening at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Pooler City Council awards contracts for new fire stations_img
Pooler City Council awards contracts for new fire stations
Work to expand the city of Pooler’s fire department is moving right along. Construction of replacement facility for Pooler Station No. 1 is wrapping up, Fire Chief Wade Simmons reported Monday, and work is about to commence on construction of a new, fifth fire station in the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City looking to lure, manage more Hollywood magic_img
Garden City looking to lure, manage more Hollywood magic
While all eyes have been on the burgeoning film industry in Savannah and Tybee Island in recent months, Garden City has quietly been attracting its own share of interest from commercial productions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Athens-Clarke commissioners to consider airport terminal construction contract_img
Athens-Clarke commissioners to consider airport terminal construction contract
Construction of a new commercial terminal at Athens-Ben Epps Airport — a project that has been on the books since it was approved by Athens-Clarke County voters in a 2004 referendum — will get a review by the mayor and commission Tuesday, as they take a first official look at construction bids.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Warner Robins Council hires construction manager for sports complex_img
Warner Robins Council hires construction manager for sports complex
The City Council on Monday voted to hire a company to manage construction of a new sports complex and other recreation projects. The council voted to hire Parrish Construction Group as the construction manager-at-risk for the projects. The company was picked from among three that submitted proposals.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Smyrna sets property tax rate at 8.99 mills_img
Smyrna sets property tax rate at 8.99 mills
With a unanimous vote and little discussion, the Smyrna City Council approved setting the city’s property tax rate at 8.99 mills at its meeting Monday night.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Douglas representative on Villa Rica council makes history_img
Douglas representative on Villa Rica council makes history
Shirley Marchman made history for the city of Villa Rica July 1 when she was elected as the first African-American to hold the mayor’s position in the city’s 135-year history.
Source: Neighbor News

Several park improvements OK’d by Dalton City Council_img
Several park improvements OK’d by Dalton City Council
Lakeshore Park will be getting six new tennis courts, bringing the total at the park to 20. The members of the Dalton City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a $487,284 contract with Talbot Tennis of Marietta to build the courts.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Warner Robins Fire’s Garcia named Georgia Rookie of the Year_img
Warner Robins Fire’s Garcia named Georgia Rookie of the Year
In just three years, the efforts of a Warner Robins rookie firefighter are gaining state recognition. Firefighter Isaac Garcia has been selected as the 2016 Rookie of the Year for the Georgia State Firefighters Association, according to a news release from the Warner Robins Fire Department.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Marietta to hold referendum on term limits_img
Marietta to hold referendum on term limits
The Marietta City Council voted 3-2 July 13 to hold a nonbinding referendum on term limits on Nov. 8. The question will ask if the mayor and City Council members should serve three consecutive four-year terms, beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Incentive plan for old GM site takes shape_img
Incentive plan for old GM site takes shape
A unique tax incentive plan to revamp the closed General Motors plant in Doraville would allow the site’s developer to direct tax money toward a connection to MARTA.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dunwoody turns away from DeKalb sales tax_img
Dunwoody turns away from DeKalb sales tax
The Dunwoody City Council declined to support a sales tax for infrastructure Monday, a day before the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners decides whether to put the issue on November’s ballot.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sledgehammers to bring down Proctor Square in Duluth_img
Sledgehammers to bring down Proctor Square in Duluth
Duluth is inviting young and old to witness the first moments of destruction at Proctor Square 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19 at 3116 Buford Highway. The ceremonial sledgehammer swing will kick off the full demolition of the aging and empty retail center at the corner of Buford Highway and State Route 120/Duluth Highway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta eases financial disclosure restrictions_img
Marietta eases financial disclosure restrictions
The Marietta City Council voted 4-1 July 13 to relax financial disclosure requirements for city elected officials, overruling Mayor Steve Tumlin’s veto when they first voted 5-0 to table the matter.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta maps city projects on website_img
Alpharetta maps city projects on website
Alpharetta has created a “Story Maps” website to help residents keep track of road construction and other infrastructure projects in the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners mayor likes how the city is moving forward_img
Peachtree Corners mayor likes how the city is moving forward
During his annual state of the city address Friday, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason suggested what the city would have looked like had it not incorporated four years ago.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell OKs design contract for Vickery Creek trail work_img
Roswell OKs design contract for Vickery Creek trail work
The Roswell City Council has approved a $295,550 design contract to AECOM, an engineering firm and consultant, for improvements to the Vickery Creek trail system.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta voters to consider sales tax increase for transportation_img
Atlanta voters to consider sales tax increase for transportation
If voters in Atlanta approve a transportation referendum in November, designers of the plan contend that the city would have the most aggressive system in the country.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta police to patrol in pairs_img
Atlanta police to patrol in pairs
The Atlanta Police Department is taking measures to protect its officers in wake of the recent to the shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Top cop pledges openness_img
Top cop pledges openness
The last few weeks have been tense. Across the nation communities are having the conversation about race relations, fair policing, racial profiling and the use of force but for Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress the talks are nothing new.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City worker struck by vehicle_img
City worker struck by vehicle
A Tifton city worker is expected to make a full recovery after being struck by a vehicle Monday morning at the intersection of Highway 82 and Central Avenue.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Sign ordinance on council workshop agenda_img
Sign ordinance on council workshop agenda
The upcoming workshop session for the Thomasville City Council scheduled for Wednesday, will be devoted to the proposed sign ordinance.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Lula to visit Sugar Hill to learn about Gwinnett city’s challenges_img
Lula to visit Sugar Hill to learn about Gwinnett city’s challenges
Lula officials are planning a field trip to Sugar Hill in North Gwinnett County on Friday.
Source: Gainesville Times

Five qualify for Stockbridge mayor_img
Five qualify for Stockbridge mayor
Five candidates qualified this week to vie for the vacant mayor seat in Stockbridge.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Hampton voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales by the drink_img
Hampton voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales by the drink
Registered voters in Hampton will get a chance to decide whether to allow the sale of alcohol in restaurants on Sundays.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Riverdale approves formation of ethics committee_img
Riverdale approves formation of ethics committee
The Riverdale City Council approved Monday the creation of an ethics committee to review any complaints against city council members.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow’s E911 to merge with Clayton County_img
Morrow’s E911 to merge with Clayton County
The city of Morrow has agreed to officially join Clayton County’s 911 service.
Source: Clayton News Daily

SPOST funding to aid Bowdon Historical Society_img
SPOST funding to aid Bowdon Historical Society
The Bowdon Historical Society will receive $74,385 from the 2008 SPLOST historic preservation funds to expand its Meeting Place building. The organization already had $140,000 raised toward the project and said that construction will begin once it meets its goal of $200,000.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Qualifying begins next week for VR mayor, council seats_img
Qualifying begins next week for VR mayor, council seats
Qualification will begin Tuesday morning for two open seats on the Villa Rica City Council — the office of mayor and the Ward 4 council post — that will be on the city's Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica DDA considers future downtown hotel_img
Villa Rica DDA considers future downtown hotel
A hotel and conference center for downtown Villa Rica may be slightly closer to reality, now that the Downtown Development Authority is talking about a market study for the proposal.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Top cop pledges openness_img
Top cop pledges openness
The last few weeks have been tense. Across the nation communities are having the conversation about race relations, fair policing, racial profiling and the use of force but for Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress the talks are nothing new.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Rome DDA chair calls locally-owned shops the fabric of community_img
Rome DDA chair calls locally-owned shops the fabric of community
National Independent Retailers Week is being observed across the country starting today, and Romans need not stray too far from downtown to see evidence of the importance of small, locally-owned and operated businesses.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Powder Springs Development Authority approves bond for senior living project_img
Powder Springs Development Authority approves bond for senior living project
The Powder Springs Development Authority took the first step in approving a $48 million bond issuance that will fund the development of a senior living project during its meeting Thursday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna officials: Community meetings on police relations forthcoming_img
Smyrna officials: Community meetings on police relations forthcoming
Smyrna officials say they remain open to community dialogue in the wake of recent police-involved shootings across the country and more than a year removed from such an incident involving a Smyrna officer, but plans to meet with one of the county’s black leaders to discuss the local incident have not materialized more than three months since the proposed meeting was announced.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Planning commission approves new neighborhood_img
Planning commission approves new neighborhood
City planners voted 3-1 Thursday evening to recommend a 45-home mixed-use development on 9.9 acres along Holly Springs Parkway.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Record millage in Ball Ground_img
Record millage in Ball Ground
Ball Ground City Council held the second reading of the proposed millage rate for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year, which could be lower than it has been in decades and would not increase taxes for residents while funding a proposed budget of about $2.2 million that begins on July 1.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

New pharmacy to open in downtown Douglasville_img
New pharmacy to open in downtown Douglasville
A new place for people to pick up their prescribed medicines is opening in historic downtown Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Dearing announces National Night Out on Aug. 2_img
Dearing announces National Night Out on Aug. 2
The Town of Dearing will once again host National Night Out, the event that brings law enforcement and the community together in partnership.
Source: McDuffie Progress

​Foundation donates new police bicycles_img
​Foundation donates new police bicycles
Members of the Newnan Police Department’s bicycle patrol are riding high again after a generous donation from the Newnan-Coweta Public Safety Foundation.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Council appoints interim city manager_img
Council appoints interim city manager
The Tifton City Council appointed an interim city manager Thursday morning during a special called meeting.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Franklin Police Chief Returns from Counterterrorism Training in Israel_img
Franklin Police Chief Returns from Counterterrorism Training in Israel
Chief Kevin Hannah of the Franklin Police Department has returned home after spending two weeks in Israel for training in the latest counterterrorism techniques and technologies by that nation’s top police professionals.
Source: Heard Citizen

City Council approves alcohol beverage license for new lounge_img
City Council approves alcohol beverage license for new lounge
The Tifton City Council approved the new alcohol beverage license for Paradise Island, located at 116 Poplar Street, at Monday's regular meeting.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Tybee Island cuts ribbon on new North Beach entrance plaza, restrooms, concessions_img
Tybee Island cuts ribbon on new North Beach entrance plaza, restrooms, concessions
A group of local officials and happy beachgoers gathered on Tybee Island Friday to celebrate the completion of a long awaited new entrance plaza on the island’s North Beach.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Stadium, amphitheater get push from Macon-Bibb mayor_img
Stadium, amphitheater get push from Macon-Bibb mayor
A list of $280 million in sales-tax initiatives will be finished soon, but another project could be coming as well: an amphitheater for large concerts or a multipurpose venue that could host a minor league baseball team in Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Judge rules in favor of city in lawsuit_img
Judge rules in favor of city in lawsuit
A judge with the Crisp County Superior Court ruled in favor of the City of Cordele in a lawsuit.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

City of Clarkston takes on criminal justice reform through new stance on marijuana_img
City of Clarkston takes on criminal justice reform through new stance on marijuana
The City of Clarkston in DeKalb County is on track to be one of Georgia’s most progressive cities with a newly reduced set of fines and penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Source: Neighbor News

Historic Augusta proposes 'Woodlawn' district_img
Historic Augusta proposes 'Woodlawn' district
An Augusta neighborhood is poised to become the city’s latest historic district. The proposed “Wood­lawn” district would cover an area bounded by Hick­man Road, Walton Way, Druid Park Avenue and Wrights­boro Road, according to a release from Historic Augusta, which is seeking the designation under the National Register of Historic Places.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Albany ‘adopts’ non-native palm trees_img
Albany ‘adopts’ non-native palm trees
No one seems to know with any certainty how the downtown district of a Southwest Georgia community came to be inundated with palm trees, trees indigenous to more subtropical climates.
Source: Albany Herald

Tyrone in talks with Fayetteville over sewer capacity_img
Tyrone in talks with Fayetteville over sewer capacity
It is no secret that Tyrone would like to expand sewer inside town limits. While awaiting an answer from Peachtree City and its Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Tyrone has been speaking with Fayetteville and other providers about acquiring sewer capacity.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Classic Center Authority OKs credit line for downtown convention facility_img
Classic Center Authority OKs credit line for downtown convention facility
The Classic Center Authority has approved the acquisition of a two-year, $450,000 credit line for the downtown Athens public convention and performance space.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Peachtree City PD receives award_img
Peachtree City PD receives award
Last week the Peachtree City Police Department was presented a 2016 Buckle Up, America! Award at the Awards Ceremony in Macon.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Atlanta To Expand New ‘Express’ Building Permit Process_img
Atlanta To Expand New ‘Express’ Building Permit Process
Building a new deck or fire pit should be easier now than it used to be, according to the city of Atlanta, thanks to new procedures in place for building permit applications.
Source: WABE

Marietta board members to get pay increases in 2018_img
Marietta board members to get pay increases in 2018
Marietta residents, who serve on some of the city’s boards, will receive monthly pay increases, beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell to buy home nearly surrounded by park_img
Roswell to buy home nearly surrounded by park
The Roswell City Council has approved paying $215,000 to buy the last privately owned tract on the east side of East Roswell Park – a house and its 1.5-acre site.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Austell increases revenue percentage from gas system_img
Austell increases revenue percentage from gas system
The Austell City Council decided Monday to increase the amount of Austell Gas System revenues that will go to the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven looks to spend SPLOST funds_img
Brookhaven looks to spend SPLOST funds
The Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved a referendum on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax during its meeting July 12. The decision allows the city to authorize an intergovernmental agreement to distribute funds from the tax proceeds as agreed by the city council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur mayor releases statement on policing, racial bias_img
Decatur mayor releases statement on policing, racial bias
The mayor of Decatur released a statement Thursday in response to the community’s support of law enforcement and questions about nationwide racial tension.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Digital billboard comes down in Dunwoody_img
Digital billboard comes down in Dunwoody
A digital billboard has been removed after the city of Dunwoody won a lawsuit over the sign.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City to purchase water pump from Texas_img
City to purchase water pump from Texas
A Spaulding County company is currently making arrangements for a trip to Texas to retrieve a new water intake pump for the city of Milledgeville. The city’s former water pump, along with its massive turbine cylinders was removed from a platform on the Oconee River last week after it malfunctioned.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Morrow Police Department officers commended for saving a man from a fiery crash_img
Morrow Police Department officers commended for saving a man from a fiery crash
A young motorist has the Morrow Police Department to thank for being alive today. Montrez Metts was involved in a car accident May 14 on the northbound side of Interstate 75 near Jonesboro Road. The actions of three police officers, Officer Michael Madron, Officer Preston Snowden and Sgt. Richard Beard, resulted in Metts’ life being spared, Major Gregory Tatroe told the Morrow City Council Tuesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

‘Always room for improvement’: Rome leaders, law enforcement discuss ways to build trust_img
‘Always room for improvement’: Rome leaders, law enforcement discuss ways to build trust
On the bottom of each email sent out by Rome Police Chief Denise Downer-McKinney there is a quote: “Ignored behavior is condoned behavior.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune

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