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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

Conyers City Council 'levels playing field' for religions in permitted property uses
The Conyers City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that cleans up the city’s zoning ordinances and use table and provides for religious uses on the same basis as other assemblage uses.
Source: Newton Citizen

Woodbine hires new city manager
After months of combing through prospects, Woodbine City Council members on Monday approved the hiring of Kyle W. Tibbs.
Source: St. Marys Tribune and Georgian

Tourist town with a ‘fowl’ smell?
Although it wasn’t on the Ellijay City Council’s original agenda for its November meeting, Councilman David Westmoreland convinced fellow members a smelly issue needed to be discussed.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Hearing scheduled Nov. 24 for Demorest city election petition
Just when an election will be held to decide the winner of an open Demorest City Council seat may be determined Nov. 24. That’s when Hall County Senior Superior Court Judge Robert W. Adamson has scheduled a hearing pertaining to the election.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Johns Creek expanding shared recreation
With the memorandum of understanding with Alpharetta on the Parks Without Borders program due to sunset in December, the Johns Creek City Council unanimously voted Monday night to not only extend the pilot program another year, but added two more sports to the program.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta introduces ‘Don’t Block the Box’ enforcement program
Alpharetta commuters beware -- beginning Nov. 16 police will monitor intersections and ticketing drivers who “block the box” at some key intersections.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah city officials discuss property maintenance issues at budget retreat
Savannah Sanitation Bureau Chief Gene Prevatt attempted to assure Savannah City Council members on Thursday that vacancy issues within the property maintenance department were being addressed after the mayor and aldermen said they were worried about the impact the unfilled positions were having on the city’s ability to address blight.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Proposed taxi ordinance update to get a few tweaks
A set of proposed amendments to Athens-Clarke County’s taxicab ordinance will get some further tweaking before they make their way to the county attorney’s office for translation into legal language, the county’s mayor and commissioners have decided.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Augusta Housing Authority plans Sibley Road development
Augusta Housing Authority moved forward Thursday with an $18.5 million housing development on Sibley Road.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Tybee Council fills vacant seat
Tybee Island resident John Major was sworn in Thursday to serve the next two years on Tybee Island City Council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Invest Atlanta board OKs bonds for High Performance Computing Center
Atlanta’s economic development agency approved up to $1.12 billion in bond financing for Georgia Tech’s proposed High Performance Computing Center Thursday despite concerns over the size of the tax incentives package being offered to attract the project.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gainesville rolling out downtown plan
While the downtown Gainesville area has blossomed over the past few years, city planners are hoping for much more in the future.
Source: Access North Georgia

Incentives approved for two Atlanta apartment projects
The city of Atlanta’s economic development agency approved incentives Thursday to encourage developers to build “workforce housing” at two planned apartment communities.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smyrna will pay $4.5 million to widen Spring Road
The Smyrna City Council agreed 7-0 Monday to pay $4.5 million for the widening of Spring Road near the Braves stadium.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta K-9 officer retires; handler mourns French K-9 lost in terror raid
Marietta Police Department K-9 Officer Ava retired in style today.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City, PSA team up for trailhead
Trailheads are traditionally at the starting or ending points of a trail, but that won’t be the case for the St. Marys Tabby Trail.
Source: Brunswick News

City defers request for billboard
The Brunswick City Commission deferred for a second time this month a decision on a request to erect a billboard on U.S. 17.
Source: Brunswick News

Suwanee honors youth leader class participants
On a night in which Suwanee made official the election results for some current elected officials, the city also recognized some potential future leaders.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Guyton awarded grant topping $430K
The city of Guyton has received a 2015 community development block grant in the amount of $436,706 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which administers the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Source: Effingham Herald

Holly Springs sets two hearings on proposed Tax Allocation District
The city of Holly Springs continues to make strides in its vision of creating an attractive and vibrant town center, and city officials are now mulling a special tax district that could offset development costs.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton City Council considers proposed streets for paving
A discussion on small-scale paving projects could be back on the table at tonight’s Canton City Council meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rome Historic Preservation Commission approves facade changes on Broad Street
The Rome Historic Preservation Commission approved changes to the facades at two Broad Street buildings on Wednesday. The changes proposed for the Tillman Insurance building at 424 Broad St. will take the building back to a more traditional historic appearance.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Smyrna moves forward on Spring Road work
The Smyrna City Council this week granted approval to a bid for construction work on a portion of its Spring Road widening project.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City Public Safety Department abolished
The city of Statesboro has formally abolished its Department of Public Safety and re-established the position of police chief.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Barnett re-elected Washington’s mayor; Scarborough, Armour, and Mahoney win
In Tuesday’s municipal election, Washington voters soundly rejected a challenge by a District 1 city councilman and have chosen to keep Mayor Ames M. Barnett in the top city office.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Tumlin: Google Fiber coming to Marietta
Google’s high-speed, fiber optic Internet service could be coming to Marietta, city officials confirmed Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Valdosta, Lowndes plan joint Christmas celebrations
Valdosta and Lowndes County are coordinating Christmas celebrations this year.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Louisville adding stop signs to slow traffic
The City of Louisville plans to add six 4-way stops and two 3-way stops to the downtown area, the city’s administrator, Ricky Sapp, said during a meeting earlier this month.
Source: Louisville News & Farmer

Marietta City Council to review the site plan for Atlanta United FC
During its series of committee meetings tonight, the City Council will consider the site plan submitted by Atlanta United Football Club outlining its proposal to build a training facility and headquarters on Franklin Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Council names finalists for city manager
Council members have named two finalists for Dawsonville's newly created city manager position.
Source: Dawson Community News

Council orders 4 houses demolished
Four abandoned houses will be torn down soon following action by the Commerce City Council Monday night.
Source: Commerce News

Roundabout discussed for Homer
It’s not a done deal, but it appears that Homer drivers will have to learn to navigate a roundabout at the town’s busiest intersection.
Source: Banks County News

Air Evac Lifeteam and Centralhatchee team up for local residents
Mayor Barbie Crockett and the Town of Centralhatchee City Council members recently voted to providing the city’s residents with peace of mind when it comes to air medical service.
Source: Heard Citizen

Mayor, DeLoach tangle over public safety
The Savannah mayoral and District 2 candidates got a chance to challenge their opponents during a debate Wednesday night at the Coastal Georgia Center — but Brian Foster, running for alderman at-large post 2, was left to answer questions by himself, after his opponent, Alicia Blakely, failed to show.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Higher stormwater fee applies to homes across Augusta
A few feet of paved driveway or the extra-wide roof of a ranch home may soon cause heartburn for thousands of Augusta property owners.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commissioners continue discussion of budget goals
Each year, in advance of getting into the dollars and cents of fashioning Athens-Clarke County’s annual budget — the current fiscal year’s spending plan totals $200 million — Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission develop a set of goals and objectives aimed at guiding their fiscal decisions.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Biz Builder program wraps for 2015
Students enrolled in the City of Cedartown’s 2015 Biz Builder program were all smiles last Thursday night, as they received their certificates of completion in front of city leaders, friends and family.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Infrastructure bond program making progress
Eight months after the city of Atlanta’s 20-year, $252 million infrastructure bond was approved by voters and almost four months after the city broke ground on its first project, Atlanta City Council members representing Buckhead said they hope the city will soon start construction on their own planned road improvements.
Source: Neighbor News

Oddo, Fleisch praise Lake Peachtree compromise
The intergovernmental water franchise agreement between Fayette County and Peachtree City over issues pertaining to Lake Peachtree has been approved. Fayette County Commission Chairman Charles Oddo and Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch in a letter to the editor offered their take on the successful franchise agreement.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Savannah City Council 2016 budget proposal includes hikes in police officers, firefighters
Savannah’s city staffers are proposing a $346 million budget for next year that includes funding for more police officers and firefighters along with capital improvement projects and no property tax increase.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Fayetteville gets yes from BoE on expanding tax district
The Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 16 approved a letter of intent from Fayetteville that could lead to a 75-acre area west of downtown being included in the city Tax Allocation District (TAD) area for future development.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City Manager Jon Rorie to delete ‘interim’ from title
The Peachtree City Council on Nov. 19 will consider interim City Manager Jon Rorie to fill the position on a permanent basis.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Former Perry Mayor Barbara Calhoun dies at age 86
Barbara Calhoun, the city's first councilwoman and only female mayor, is being remembered for her strong leadership and advocacy for the city. Calhoun, who served as mayor from 1980 through 1984, was 86.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Marietta police planning terrorism seminar
The Marietta Police Department will conduct a free seminar next month to help the public better respond to terrorism.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Deliver a baby, catch a suspect: all in night’s work for Brookhaven cop
“To protect and to serve.” It can be easy for some to dismiss that noble police motto in this time of citizen versus cop. But a Brookhaven police lieutenant breathed some credence into those words Tuesday night when he helped deliver a baby and just minutes later helped capture a burglar.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

LaFayette names interim rec director
LaFayette has named the city’s information technology (IT) manager as interim parks and recreation director until a new hire is made.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome's Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds
Recordings of native birdcalls played at the ceremony Tuesday marking completion of the rest areas and interactive signs on the Heritage Trail System in Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

A sip of 'coffee heaven' downtown
When Cabin Fever Roasters opened on Broad Street last October, owners Gayla and John Aloisi had no idea just how successful the enterprise would be
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City appears satisfied with ACAB changes; Council votes 5-2 to give car to retiring city manager
Assurances that the city would continue to have a voice on the Animal Control Advisory Board with their two voting members — regardless of whether they appointed a private citizen or an elected official — appeared to satisfy concerns from the mayor and Douglasville City Council Monday night.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Stuffed animals provide kids with comfort
When Newnan Police Officer Chad Wallace arrived on scene for a traffic accident last week, not only were two drivers flustered, but two little passengers were visibly upset as well.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

​Warm Springs to honor Jean Kidd
Warm Springs will be honoring Jean Kidd, the Peachtree City resident who led revitalization efforts in the Meriwether County town.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Senoia OKs ‘Alexandria’ for another year
Downtown Senoia will be home to the walled neighborhood of “Alexandria” for at least another year.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Extra lanes absent in Tybee Road work plans
Frequent Tybee Road travelers got a first glance Tuesday of plans to make improvements along the sole land route to Tybee Island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb OKs higher garbage fees
Macon-Bibb County residents will pay more for garbage collection services beginning next year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry hires firm to design Heritage Park
The City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to hire a planning firm to design concepts for the city's newest park.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New DDA video promotes downtown to retailers
Downtown Augusta merchant David Hutchison has lived here for more than a decade, but he’s seeing the urban core in a more cosmopolitan light thanks to a new video marketing downtown as a retail destination.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Commission considers tax district for Gordon Highway area
A long-neglected Gordon Highway corridor that includes the empty Regency Mall and stretches to Fort Gordon could see new life as a tax allocation district.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Work remaining on Athens-Ben Epps runway extension could cost $1 million
Officials with Athens-Ben Epps Airport and Athens-Clarke County are continuing efforts to find ways to conclude work on the $17 million extension of Runway 9/27, Airport Director Tim Beggerly told the airport authority at its Tuesday meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Helen officials hear about litter trap for Chattahoochee River
After reading a recent article about the Chattahoochee River making Georgia's Dirty Dozen for 2015 because of litter, a White County businessman took information on his product to the Helen City Commission Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Access North Georgia

Second phase of Macon-Bibb Second Street connector project kicks off
The Second Street Corridor connector is an example of urban renewal, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert said Tuesday as officials broke ground on the latest phase of the project.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Atlanta water-and-sewer tax up for renewal
Atlanta voters will go to the polls on March 1 to decide whether to renew the city’s penny sales tax for water and sewer projects.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Holiday sign ordinance OK’d in Woodstock
The Woodstock City Council Monday night approved an amendment to its sign ordinance allowing inflatables between Nov. 1 and. Jan. 1 in commercial zoning districts.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fayetteville tax allocation district gets BOE nod
The city of Fayetteville’s revised Tax Allocation District map received preliminary support from the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Art unveiling in downtown Gainesville
The Hunt Tower parking lot in downtown Gainesville was the scene Monday for the unveiling of the first installation in the Free Range Art Project series, sponsored by the Public Art Committee of Vision 2030.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta boosters to study impact of $1 billion casino
The possibility of a $1 billion casino in downtown Atlanta has prompted an influential city booster group to pursue a study of how local businesses may be impacted.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Clermont could have hard time doing business come Jan. 1
Clermont may have little wiggle room to conduct town business between Jan. 1 and March 1, when the North Hall County town holds a special election to fill two council seats.
Source: Gainesville Times

City Commissioners honor inductee
During their meeting Tuesday night, city commissioners recognized citizen Harrell Lee Perry, who will be inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame next week.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Conyers’ 38 years of Bainbridge City Council service celebrated
Tuesday night was a night to celebrate the long list of accomplishments and many years of service that Luther Conyers gave to the residents of the City of Bainbridge. Having served as a member of the Bainbridge City Council since 1978, Conyers will retire next month after deciding to not seek re-election.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Albany officials clarify traffic-calming process
City staff laid out the process by which Albany neighborhoods may request traffic-calming devices to help stop speeding in residential areas during the City Commission’s work meeting Tuesday morning.
Source: Albany Herald

Council members seek bid control
The Madison City Council discussed the possibility of council members becoming more involved in the bid review process, typically handled by the City Manager David Nunn and city staff.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Mansfield’s comprehensive plan update due in February generates discussion on attracting businesses and homeowners
The upshot of a public hearing held last week in the Mansfield Community Center appears to be that the town needs an economic boost but wants to stay essentially as it is.
Source: Newton Citizen

Conyers' Eastmore development gets nod for Phase 1
The Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission on Thursday night approved — with qualifications — a Phase 1 preliminary plat plan for a large proposed mixed-use development in Conyers.
Source: Newton Citizen

County to take over 911 for Morrow plus 911, fire services for Lake City
Clayton County’s E911 and fire departments will soon have some added responsibility.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Downtown Development Authority: State loan funds have been exhausted
Much of the renovation work that has kept downtown Rome a thriving economic hub over the last two decades has been financed with assistance from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Revolving Loan Fund and the Georgia Cities Foundation.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Organizations, city officials join forces in restoration of Rome Clock Tower
The Rome Clock Tower will soon be getting a facelift thanks to the Rome Area Heritage Foundation and the City of Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Urban planners have big plans for 13th Street corridor
Imagine 13th Street closed to vehicular traffic from Lakebottom to Broadway. The urban planners from Gehl Studios can, and it’s one of the ideas they brought to Columbus this evening in their final presentation of the Minimum Grid plan to better connect different sections of the city.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Police chief rolls out new crime prevention strategy
Douglasville Police Chief Gary Sparks rolled out a three-pronged strategy on crime prevention during the Douglasville City Council work session Thursday.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

VR bypass now ‘closer than ever’
A bypass that would help reduce traffic through downtown Villa Rica has been planned for decades, and it has been delayed for decades.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Auburn takes aim on firearm ordinance
If you own property in Auburn and want to hunt on that property, a new ordinance now makes that legal.
Source: Barrow County News

New state designation could boost Lula planning efforts
Lula’s new state designation as a “PlanFirst” community could help the northeast Hall County city save some money as it pushes ahead with planning efforts.
Source: Gainesville Times

Ground broken on new fire station in east Albany
The city of Albany officially broke ground Monday on a new Fire Station No. 7. The new $878,000 structure is located at the intersection of Elsom Street and Leonard Avenue.
Source: Albany Herald

Historic village’s work recognized by state
Throughout the past few years, the village of Porterdale has worked hard to rebuild its community, addressing issues surrounding vacant, substandard or under-utilized houses and commercial buildings.
Source: Covington News

If you smoke, Mayor Reed wants to help you quit
Mayor Kasim Reed and more than 30 Georgia health leaders will kick off a statewide campaign on Tuesday to help Georgians quit smoking.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Garden City Council appoints Bessie Kicklighter to vacant seat
A city planning commissioner and former member of the city council has been appointed to serve the next two years in Garden City’s at-large council post.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler adjusts code for city fireworks sales
Fireworks retailers wanting to set up shop in Pooler will have an opportunity to do so under a zoning amendment implemented by city officials Monday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb residents offer ideas for neighborhood blight projects
Concerned about overgrown vegetation and dilapidated buildings, residents of one Macon-Bibb County Commission district rated projects Monday they would like to see done to remedy blight.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First work session yields no changes to Augusta administrator's 2016 budget
Augusta Commission members had lots of questions but suggested few changes for City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson’s 2016 budget proposal at a Monday workshop.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Five county government buildings slated for fire protection upgrades
Athens-Clarke County hopes to get bids by the end of this year on installing sprinkler systems in four local government buildings in or near the downtown area, and expanding an existing sprinkler system in City Hall.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commission to get look at proposed changes to taxi ordinance
A set of proposed amendments to the local taxicab ordinance, including a provision setting maximum fares, is set for an initial review Tuesday night as Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission set the agenda for their Dec. 1 voting meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

20-year Athens police veteran named to newly created deputy chief post
A 20-year Athens police veteran was selected to serve in the newly-created position of deputy chief of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Police Chief Scott Freeman announced Monday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Warner Robins City Council moves ahead with veterans monument, City Hall renovations
The City Council voted 5-1 Monday night to move ahead with renovations to City Hall and the construction of a veterans monument on the lawn for a total price of $4.11 million.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Atlanta to draw down federal money for Moores Mill Road extension
The Atlanta City Council has abandoned a plan to use transportation impact fees to pay for the Moores Mill Road extension after Mayor Kasim Reed said he has received assurances federal money will be available for the project.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Officials Plan Airport Security Update Following Paris Attacks
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta airport officials plan an update on security measures being taken at the world's busiest airport following the attacks in Paris.
Source: WABE

Groundbreaking for next phase of Second Street Corridor connector set for Tuesday
Macon-Bibb County officials will break ground at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for the next phase of the Second Street Corridor connector construction project, according to a news release.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Johns Creek to buy sewer plant for major park
Johns Creek will buy 133 acres along the Chattahoochee River for a major expansion of the city’s park system.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta seeks artwork for historic African-American site
Marietta officials are seeking bids from artists or art teams to make artwork for an historic African-American site that will become a new park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

LaVista Hills Group Won't Be Challenging Election Results
Supporters of incorporating the city of LaVista Hills say they won't be challenging election results from earlier this month in court and are turning over evidence to the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
Source: WABE

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