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Park planned for Covington Mills area
Neighbors called it the “Kudzu House.” Abandoned and with a massive hole in the roof, the house at 6110 Sorrell Street in the Covington Mills neighborhood north of U.S. 278 was overgrown, run down and dangerous.
Source: Covington News

Two running for Canton council seat; Ball Ground incumbents qualify to defend spots
Two running for Canton council seat; Ball Ground incumbents qualify to defend spots
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta Walk: City’s ‘PVC farm’ prepares for 76 homes
A 10-acre site near Marietta Square that has been sitting vacant for the last eight years will finally become the neighborhood it was meant to be in plans first drawn up in 2006.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans
Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.
Source: Gainesville Times

City of Bainbridge budget draft gives insight to future plans
Friday, Aug. 22, the City of Bainbridge released a draft of its proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year operating budget. The final version of the budget is scheduled to be adopted Sept. 16 by the Bainbridge City Council.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City taxes will remain the same
At a called meeting last Thursday, the Thomaston City Council assured the community that they do listen; by voting 4-0 to keep the millage rate at 3.84 mills, the same as last year.
Source: Thomaston Times

Atlanta PD to rethink approach, tactics to stop urban dirt bike and A.T.V. riders
The Atlanta Police Department is looking for new ways to step up efforts to respond to packs of dirt bike and A.T.V. riders cruising through the city's streets, neighborhoods, and public parks.
Source: Creative Loafing

Code Blue puts more uniformed Savannah-Chatham police on streets
In an effort to boost officer/resident interactions and make a show of force, the Savannah-Chatham police department has launched an initiative called Operation Code Blue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic Savannah Foundation drops suit to block Ben Carter's Broughton building demolition
The Historic Savannah Foundation is dropping its legal challenge against the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals over the demolition of 240 W. Broughton St., clearing the way for a new four-story structure to house clothing retailer H&M.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Vacation rental ordinance recommended for Savannah
The Metropolitan Planning Commission has taken the first step toward increasing regulation of vacation rentals, recommending the creation of a short-term residential rental definition in the zoning ordinance.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Social Circle to clarify workers’ right to carry gun
With the enforcement of HB 60 in full force, the Social Circle council discussed their concerns and considerations on a Weapons in the Workplace policy at their monthly meeting last Tuesday.
Source: Walton Tribune

Social Circle police chief among 50 attendees of meeting with FBI chief
Social Circle Police Department Chief Terry Sosebee was among a group of law enforcement officials who recently met with FBI Director James Comey at the agency’s office in Atlanta.
Source: Walton Tribune

Aragon reverses decision to vote on city charter in November
Aragon will not hold a non-binding referendum in November, according to Mayor Ken Suffridge.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb could turn annex building into apartments
The Macon-Bibb County government annex building, named for former City Councilman Willie C. Hill, could become loft apartments or mixed-use retail and residential space.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tattnall Square Park upgrades continue
The Friends of Tattnall Square Park have money in hand to make most of the changes to put the historic park back in top condition, group chairman Andrew Silver told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday evening.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Commission ends gridlock, moves forward on bonds without IFS securities
The Augusta Commission ended just under three months of gridlock over a plan to issue some $160 million of refunding water and sewer bonds and $30 million in bonds for system improvements Monday, rejecting overtures from a firm touting its minority ownership that twice delayed the plan’s approval.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Police veteran is Morrow’s new police chief
The city of Morrow has a new police chief. Melvin Douglas Jr., a 30-year law enforcement veteran, was slated to be sworn in as police chief at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Proposed DeKalb cities instructed to decide borders
Georgia representatives are giving three DeKalb cityhood movements until Nov. 15 to agree on boundaries. If they don’t, state lawmakers will do it for them.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Buchanan approves millage, budget
Buchanan citizens who may be upset over recent turmoil within the city police department were told to “suck it up” and to “act like people, instead of children” during the Aug. 12 city council meeting, at which the main business was approving a new budget and voting to maintain the millage rate.
Source: Tallapoosa-Journal

Lanes close as city prepares for intersection renovation
Lanes are closed along Bankhead Avenue and Newnan Street in Carrollton as preliminary work gets underway for a $500,000 renovation of the Newnan Road-Newnan Street/Bankhead intersection.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Ringgold council to discuss pedestrian bridge progress, renaming of park at tonight’s meeting
The city of Ringgold will discuss the status of its pedestrian bridge project and the possible renaming of the Ringgold Recreational Complex during tonight’s (Monday, Aug. 25) council meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

Council to choose tunnel or bridge at Buena Vista 'spider web'
Columbus Council is scheduled to decide Tuesday afternoon whether to go forward with a recommended proposal to tunnel beneath the rail crossing at the notorious Buena Vista Road “spider web” intersection, rather than building a bridge over it.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Richmond Hill approves funding for sidewalks
A citywide network of sidewalks took a big step closer to reality Tuesday when Richmond Hill City Council voted unanimously to commit $400,000 to fund their construction.
Source: Bryan County News

Recent Scenic Highway rezoning in Snellville stands
The Aug. 11 rezoning of the .644 acre property located next to Grace Baptist Church will stand, despite Mayor Kelly Kautz’s addition of an item on Monday’s council agenda to rescind the action.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth discusses joint transportation project
Duluth’s City Council discussed a proposed intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County for two joint transportation projects.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Springfield opts to bump up its millage rate
The millage rate is increasing in Springfield, after city council members approved a hike last Tuesday night.
Source: Effingham Herald

Rincon council OKs changes to nuisance enforcement
Rincon City Council has approved changes to how it will handle violations and enforcement of its nuisance ordinance.
Source: Effingham Herald

Statesboro's open meetings investigation has called on 30-plus people
The investigation into whether former City Manager Frank Parker and members of Statesboro City Council sometimes met privately in violation of the Open Meetings Act involved interviews and phone calls with more than 30 local people by the end of July.
Source: Statesboro Herald

No one qualifies yet for vacant Town Council seat
There are no candidates yet for Clermont Town Council’s special election set for Nov. 4.
Source: Gainesville Times

Atlanta jobs agency gets full-time boss, will immediately start reforms recommended by scathing repor
On the same day that a scathing city-commissioned report was released, Mayor Kasim Reed named AWDA’s interim director, Michael Sterling, as the agency’s full-time executive direct
Source: Creative Loafing

Police: New Quick Reaction Force lowering Savannah crime
A Savannah-Chatham police department initiative to address the recent rash of shootings and violent crimes in Savannah has led to more than 30 arrests and the seizure of weapons and illegal drugs since it began July 26.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah reviewing flood response procedures
The recent flooding of some of Savannah’s neighborhoods, and subsequent complaints, has prompted a review of city response procedures and stormwater systems to see whether improvements can be made.
Source: Savannah Morning News

A first look at Savannah's 100 worst properties
To their credit, Savannah city officials have amped up the fight with the Blight to Bright campaign and recently published a list of the 100 Worst Properties.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Forsyth County citizens want second city study funded
Last summer a group of south Forsyth residents met to discuss the future of the county. By November, a group called the Sharon Springs Alliance formed and in January of this year, they announced they would study the possibility of forming a new city in the county.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Grantville mayor to seek re-election
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells qualified on Monday morning to run for a second term as mayor of Grantville. His officially qualifying comes less than one month following his announcing a decision to not seek re-election.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Macon-Bibb animal shelter, Tattnall park may get more money
Shuffling sales tax money from one project to another would allow the new Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Center to open fully equipped and on schedule, the manager of sales tax projects said Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans for liquor store in Macon dropped after neighbors object
Plans for a liquor store on Moseley Dixon Road at Pineworth Road have been dropped by the owner after learning neighbors were against it.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mayor makes plea for SPEA comments
Mayor Jim Thomas talked Thursday about the importance of everyone in Hinesville and Liberty County relaying their thoughts on the potential loss of troops from Fort Stewart.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Residents fight against W. Walnut Ave. rezoning
Siding with staff and dozens of outspoken community members, the Dalton-Whitfield Planning Commission unanimously decided Monday to recommend against rezoning 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue for commercial use.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Mayor breaks tie to raise property taxes
In a stunning reversal, Mayor Deke Co­pen­haver broke a 5-5 tie by the Augusta Commission on Monday to approve Augusta’s first property tax increase in seven years.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Fire department seeks Augusta Commission's approval for ladder-truck refurbishment
The Augusta Fire Department is hoping to resurrect one of its aerial ladder trucks within a year, and all that’s needed is an Augusta Commission stamp of approval.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Woodstock readies for volunteer Trail Watch Program
The Woodstock Parks and Recreation department is preparing to initiate its volunteer Trail Watch Program, and officials said they have had a great response so far.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Kennesaw, CID look to residents
The city of Kennesaw and Town Center Community Improvement District want to hear what transportation improvements residents have in mind for the area.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Is West Pines a good investment for the city?
The city of Douglasville's West Pines Golf Course gives golfers a play without the high prices attached to membership in private clubs.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Grovetown police chief resigns
Grovetown Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Owens resigned his position Friday.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Forest Park city solicitor stalemate continues into third month
The two-month-long debate over whether to hire a new city solicitor has once again hit a stalemate.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Post, city make diplomatic gesture for SOA protests
As of Thursday, SOA Watch was planning to discuss a compromise offer from Fort Benning and the city of Columbus that would provide ground for the annual November protest rally while still keeping the post's main gate open.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Qualifying begins Monday for city seats
Candidates ready to throw their hats in the ring in several city and special elections will have their chance this week.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Downtown parking zone up for expansion at City Commission meeting
Visitors to downtown Rome could soon find the two-hour limit for on-street parking extended to some additional spaces if the City Commission approves a change to the city’s ordinance.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor: Square construction rolling
Workers began pouring concrete for the new sidewalks on the Covington Square Friday afternoon, a significant milestone for the construction project intended to make the city’s centerpiece an even prettier place.
Source: Covington News

Council approves Unified Development Code
After spending more than three years compiling information and making changes, the city of Canton can now implement a development code that will provide organized growth for the future.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Adairsville seeking applicants for advisory boards
When the Adairsville City Council passed a resolution on establishing an appointment procedure to various city advisory boards Aug. 14, it effectively reset many of them to a like-new status. With so many openings — at least 20 at the moment — the city is looking for qualified residents interested in serving the community.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Commissioner questions annexation
A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.
Source: Dawson Community News

Business owner to run for vacant Brookhaven council seat
Brookhaven resident and business owner Tim Nama announced Aug. 5 that he will run for the vacant Brookhaven District 2 City Council seat.
Source: Champion Newspaper

County drops out of quarterly joint meetings with city
Decatur County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Loeffler delivered a letter date Aug. 19 to Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds Wednesday stating the county’s intention to end the Council of Governments joint meetings held quarterly between the two entities.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Avondale Estates Rebuilding Commerical Area One Small, Locally-Owned Business at a Time
The city of Avondale Estates, in DeKalb County, is talking with MARTA about leasing land to provide 150 new parking spaces in its downtown area. So why does a small, quiet city of just 3,000 people need additional parking? There is a quiet, but active small business boom going on there.
Source: WABE

Coweta approves annexation into Fulton Co. city
The Coweta County Commission has given a thumbs-up to a petition by Serenbe Development LLC and the City of Chattahoochee Hills that will result in a 179-acre area of the Serenbe community located in Coweta being annexed into Chatt Hills.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City Council splits 3-to-2 — No tax hike
For the entire calendar year, Peachtree City’s staff created a budget they felt followed the direction of the City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tyrone holds the line on tax millage rate
The Tyrone Town Council on Aug. 21 held with tradition and did not raise the millage rate on property taxes.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta commissioners to discuss millage rate, vacancy today
The Augusta Commission will have another chance to set the county’s mill rate today after it rejected an ordinance on third reading calling for a 1.75-mill increase last week.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Local law enforcement continues high-tech climb
Technology for law enforcement has changed considerably in the just eight years since Monroe Police Department officer Brent Davis began his career.
Source: Walton Tribune

Rezoning sought to allow liquor store on Moseley Dixon Road
A Moseley Dixon Road convenience store owner is looking to expand by adding a liquor store business next door, but the property must first be rezoned.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Qualifying for Dalton mayor’s race starts Monday
Dalton has been without a mayor since David Pennington stepped down in March to make an unsuccessful bid for governor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Planning commission to take up Walnut rezoning Monday
The Dalton-Whitfield County Planning Commission could decide Monday whether to recommend rezoning 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue to limited commercial from low-density residential.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Police using military-grade equipment concerns some Augusta-area residents
Thanks to the 1033 Program, started in the early 1990s and run by the Defense Logistics Agency since 1995, some of the same equipment used in Ferguson is owned by law enforcement agencies in the Augusta area.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Judge dismisses Savannah fire captains' lawsuit
Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass Jr. dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city by a group of Savannah Fire & Emergency Services captains seeking increased pay.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham County commissioners lukewarm to meeting with Savannah aldermen
Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott said Friday he is not opposed to commissioners meeting with Savannah aldermen to discuss the police merger agreement, but he said he doesn’t think doing so is wise.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Delayed work resumes on bypass project
In late July, frustrated with the lack of progress on finishing the Hwy. 34 Bypass widening project, the Newnan City Council sent a formal request to the Georgia Department of Transportation asking that the project’s contractor be placed in default.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

100 degrees: Augusta firefighters, police take precautions
Firefighters and police are taking precautions against a three-day heat wave hitting Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Reed announces new director, strategy for AWDA
Mayor Kasim Reed has named Michael Sterling the permanent director of the embattled Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Noni's, Pizzeria Vesuvius, other Downtown-area businesses to receive façade improvement grants
Facelifts are in the works for 20 commercial buildings in the greater Downtown area that will be funded with the help of $3 million in façade improvement grants, Invest Atlanta announced this week.
Source: Creative Loafing

Wi-Fi possible for Bradwell Park
Several months ago, as he waited for his coffee at a local coffee shop, Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards noticed the eatery was filled with people sipping their drinks, eating sandwiches and “playing” on electronic devices.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Ice bucket challenges you haven’t seen: Cops and firefighters
Tired of all those videos of folks having cold water dumped on their heads, even if it is for a good cause? Hang on. Now, local police officers and firefighters are making a splash with their own challenges to each other.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council approves new tower for WTGA
WTGA Radio will be getting a new radio tower, thanks to a unanimous vote of the Thomaston City Council. The action came at their August 5 meeting.
Source: Thomaston Times

Board signs off on school transfer to city
The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved the transfer of the former Cannon Street Elementary School building to the city of LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Chamblee extends alcohol hours
The Chamblee City Council voted this week to allow businesses to serve alcohol later at night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kingston council discusses replacement chief, water options
In a called work session Thursday night the Kingston City Council discussed its options in terms of how to address needed water utility repairs, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax expenditures and finding a new police chief.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville council OKs restaurant expansion
Two weeks of searching failed to produce a satisfactory compromise in the debate over a proposed parking lot at Moore’s Gourmet Market at 221 Fite St.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Prostitution offenses now included in city ordinance
The Conyers Police Department now has another tool in its battle against prostitution in the city.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Rust pushing for multiple, speedy charter changes
Residents overwhelmingly disagreed Tuesday with changes to the Canton city charter that were proposed by City Councilman John Rust, which some called “a power grab” to diminish the mayor’s responsibilities.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Keeping an eye on the Whitlock flow of traffic: Council to consider more crosswalks by schools
Councilman Johnny Walker wants to add a few more strategically-placed crosswalks on roads bordering all 12 of Marietta’s schools.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Jonesboro hires new city clerk
Jonesboro has a new city clerk. Mayor Joy Day announced this week that Ricky L. Clark Jr. will fill the position Sept. 2.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City OKs changes for mini-warehouses
“Non-conforming” is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can’t be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.
Source: Covington News

Berkeley Lake amends tree ordinance
Berkeley Lake’s tree ordinance has been amended, a move that provides tighter guidelines for tree preservation and replacement.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City Initiates Process To Amend Zoning Ordinance To Allow Crematory Operation
The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting last week at Trenton City Hall with all Commissioners in attendance.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Work begins on city street improvements
It’s a resurfacing project that encompasses 25 city streets in dire need of repair and is a prime example of a public/private partnership that is working seamlessly — so smoothly, in fact, that it will likely be lost among the glitzier developments in the city which include a new municipal pool and the application of a striking facade to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
Source: Toccoa Record

Clayton set to raise taxes higher than expected, seeks funds from Tiger
Clayton City Council approved setting a preliminary millage rate of 8.255 in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with Councilman Brian Panell and Councilwoman Debbie Chisholm opposing.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Valdosta PD hopes to sell three squad cars
The Valdosta Police Department wants to sell three vehicles to other organizations. They will seek approval for this during Thursday night's city council meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City of Valdosta Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of Valdosta has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the 28th consecutive year.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits
Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch ready to get started on Cinnamon Cove project
The bidding process is set to begin for a $2.2 million project that will add more volume to Flowery Branch’s water treatment plant.
Source: Gainesville Times

Statham renames park after mayor
The Statham City Council had a surprise up their sleeves for Mayor Robert Bridges on Tuesday night.
Source: Barrow County News

Savannah city staff recommends against county police proposals
Savannah city staff members presented their case for rejecting key aspects of a new police merger agreement proposed by Chatham County officials during a City Council workshop Thursday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

No tax hike in Peachtree City after 11th hour presentation by Imker
In a stunning reversal of fortune for Peachtree City taxpayers Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council voted to keep the millage rate the same and told the staff to go back and hit the drawing board for a new budget.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Ruben given last shot on downtown Augusta buildings
With Bonnie Ruben a no-show in court Thursday, Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen gave the Augusta businesswoman one last chance to repair a former department store and burned-out nightclub she owns in the downtown historic district.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta residents, officials see progress in goat project
In just over a week since nine goats were assigned to eat overgrown vegetation at an Augusta detention pond, officials and area residents are already noticing a difference.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Commission to discuss Jackson replacement Monday
Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson said Thursday he expects the Augusta Commission to nominate District 6 Commissioner-elect Ben Hasan to replace his predecessor, Joe Jackson, who resigned his seat Wednesday four months before the completion of his final term.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens
The plan to resettle an increased number of international refugees in the Athens area is facing opposition from Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Flowery Branch City Council approves $1.5 million loan
At its meeting Thursday night, Flowery Branch City Council unanimously approved taking out a $1.5 from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to increase the capacity and phosphorous load of the city's water plant.
Source: Access North Georgia

CSU continues its own and city's transformation
If somebody asked what you consider the single most significant story in Columbus over the last two decades, you could make a compelling case for Columbus State University.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Bowdon receives $500,000 grant for sewer improvements
The city of Bowdon has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the state to aid in sewage improvement efforts.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica wants to clean up city
Villa Rica officials want the city cleaned up, and that means adherence to codes.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Plan shown to City Council would create a Covington regional airport
At its Monday night meeting, the Covington City Council got a glimpse of what a Covington regional airport could look like.
Source: Newton Citizen

Mansfield making changes
This small city in eastern Newton County is on the move, adopting a new logo, dedicating City Hall to a beloved former mayor and his wife, and making progress to update the downtown area with new sidewalks.
Source: Newton Citizen

Stockbridge won’t block progress on Family Dollar store because plans are in compliance, say officials
Stockbridge officials say there isn’t anything more they can do to prevent a Family Dollar from building in the area and a proposed business deal may keep it from coming anyway.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Berkeley Lake to regulate media productions in city
Mayor Lois Salter and a quorum of city council members met in a special called council meeting Wednesday, to consider for first reading a media production ordinance.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City to sell land to surgeon for $75,000
Brunswick officials Wednesday approved the sale of a surplus city-owned property, a move that will provide an additional $75,000 for the city's coffers.
Source: Brunswick News

Animal control officers visit for annual conference
Last week, the Southeastern Animal Control Association held its training conference in Newnan, and more than 70 attendees visited from six different states. The conference was organized by Newnan Animal Control Officer Cyndi Hoffman and was held at the Newnan Centre on Aug. 6, 7 and 8.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah-Chatham police pull patrol horses off streets in high heat
Savannah’s hot. And meteorologists say it’s not getting much cooler this week. That’s why Savannah-Chatham police kept their horses off the city’s streets during the day Wednesday, when heat indices breached 100 degrees.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Editorial: City should consider body cameras for police
There’s a lesson here for Savannah and other cities — especially after the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer shot an unarmed man two weeks ago. The lesson is this: Video evidence is a huge benefit when it comes to fact-finding.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Joe Jackson resigns from Augusta Commission
Joe Jackson quit the Au­gusta Commission on Wednesday, citing “family and personal circumstances” in his resignation letter to Gov. Nathan Deal.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

How should Atlanta tackle blight in neighborhoods?
Last weekend, more than 300 Atlanta residents, elected officials, and city employees gathered inside the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center to discuss how to better enforce codes designed to curb blight.
Source: Creative Loafing

Alpharetta street named for resident: Marjean Wood Birt
It must be a special person who gets a street named after them. So it is that Alpharetta's Marjean Wood Birt, 84, a longtime resident and community leader of the city, was given a road in her own name Aug. 13.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta allows emergency 911 texts
Alpharetta residents who have Verizon or T-Mobile as their wireless carrier can now send a text message to 911 when faced with an emergency situation.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Veterans protest Roswell green
Veterans groups turned out at Roswell's Faces of War Memorial Aug. 16 to protest city plans to move it.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Macon Downtown Airport legal fight moves to Fulton County
A Bibb County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit over Macon Downtown Airport safety to continue in Fulton County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

GMC proposal back before Fayetteville City Council
The proposed development of Georgia Military College will be back on the agenda for the Aug. 21 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Bowling center request approved
By this time next year, Peachtree City residents could be hollering “Strike!” as bowling balls glide down wooden alleys.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Savannah publishes "100 worst" properties list
The “100 worst” list, unveiled by the city on Wednesday, targets what are considered the most neglected properties in Savannah, with half of the properties selected by residents and the other 50 chosen by city staff.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer
Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.
Source: Dawson Community News

Statesboro announces ‘tax increase’ to keep same millage
With the effect on its budget now smaller than previously estimated, the city of Statesboro has slated three "property tax increase" hearings after several City Council members indicated support for keeping the millage rate unchanged.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Firefighters honored by Rockmart for saving life
Marty Nettles, who resides on Prospect Road, believes the quick action of two Rockmart firefighters – Dakota Pruitt and Jonathan Nall – saved his life on June 8, 2014.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown commission approves spending, renews boys and girls club lease agreement
Cedartown city commissioners approved of spending for the equipment installation needed for two new police cars and the city’s new fire truck.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

DASH opens apartment units in Hogansville
DASH founder and Chairman Ricky Wolfe thanked Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz and city officials for allowing a DASH project in the city to address the city’s housing needs.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

SPLOST-funded North Rome sewer improvements expected to start in January
The replacing of around 8,000 feet of sewer main and manholes between Calhoun Avenue and the Etowah River should begin near the start of next year.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

McCall building on South Broad Street could be down by end of year
Rome Community Development Director Bekki Fox wants to see the old McCall hospital building torn down by the end of the year.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Newton County Q&A with Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman
“We have seen significant development in Porterdale’s downtown commercial district this summer.
Source: Covington News

City plans high-tech ind. park at airport
You’ve heard of Savannah’s Gulfstream plane manufacturing center. Imagine something like that here. Or something better, perhaps.
Source: Covington News

Lake City officials honor couples married more than 50 years during dinner party
Alice and Charles Ring sat back in their chairs at the Lake City Community Center and recounted living in France when they were newlyweds 57 years ago.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Plan shown to City Council would create a Covington regional airport
At its Monday night meeting, the Covington City Council got a glimpse of what a Covington regional airport could look like.
Source: Newton Citizen

Holly Springs lowers millage rate
Residents in Holly Springs will receive a tax break now that the City Council approved a reduced millage rate Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Peachtree Corners adopts crime-free multi-family housing program
The Peachtree Corners City Council adopted a resolution in support of the Crime-Free Multi-Family Housing Program during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Smyrna City Council approves plan for 194 homes
About 200 homes are expected replace the dilapidated apartment buildings that used to sit on the corner of Old Concord and Windy Hill roads.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Statham to reevaluate costs for road project
Statham is currently short nearly $30,000 for a McCarty Road repaving project and is looking to reevaluate costs for it.
Source: Barrow County News

DDA survey responses shine light on what residents want to see in downtown Winder
More than 300 people responded to a survey released last week on the Winder Downtown Development Authority Facebook page.
Source: Barrow County News

Eyes on the road: Gainesville hopes to restart its tree project
Gainesville hopes to restart efforts to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an “environmental stewardship” plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany City Commission holds off on airport vending vote
Albany city commissioners decided to wait until next week’s night meeting to vote on funding for a vending area at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport after being told bids on the project came in 130 percent above cost estimates for the 760-square-foot project.
Source: Albany Herald

Gainesville City Council deadlocks on water rate increase
It's back to the drawing board for Gainesville's Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall after City Council came to an impasse over an increase in water rates at a meeting Tuesday night
Source: Gainesville Times

Senoia extends ‘Walking Dead’ wall permit
The Senoia City Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the wall permit and road closures for filming of AMC network hit show “The Walking Dead” until Nov. 30, 2015, with the option for annual renewals through 2019.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Redevelopment Of Fort Gillem Gets Started
A groundbreaking ceremony for a more than one million square foot distribution center for Kroger took place Tuesday on a former army base in Forest Park. State and local leaders say it’s the first step to turning the Fort Gillem property into a major distribution hub for the metro area and the Southeast.
Source: WABE

In Atlanta, Fallen Trees Are Putting Stress On The City
On a recent walk through Grant Park in Southeast Atlanta, yellow police tape peeks out here and there, and impossibly tall trees lay on their sides, roots up for all the world to see.
Source: GPB News

Rincon officials take Ice Bucket Challenge
Rincon Police Chief Phillip Scholl, City Manager Wesley Corbitt, City Councilman James Dasher and Lou Reed with the fire department took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS at the fire department Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon changes city seal, approves nuisance ordinance
Rincon’s City Council agreed unanimously on Aug. 11 to change the city seal, removing the word “seal” and replacing it with “In God We Trust.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rockmart tax rates to be set Sept. 9
Rockmart’s 2014 ad valorem tax millage rate will be set at a meeting of the city council on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Municipal Complex at 300 North Piedmont Avenue.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Blighted property, panhandling ordinances passed by city commission
The Cedartown City Commission unanimously approved two measures they hope will help clean up the city’s image for residents and customers alike.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Airport's future is not in passenger service
Once again, Macon-Bibb County is looking for an airline. Silver Airways has announced its intention to pull out of the Macon Regional Airport by Nov. 5, ending flights to Atlanta and Orlando.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry’s plan includes trails, revitalization, growth
Perry’s new strategic plan seems to have a bit of everything: A system of trails connecting parks and amenities.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville council wants to keep millage rate steady
City Council agreed Tuesday to pursue keeping the city’s millage rate the same as last year’s -- 11.0972 mills.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Emergency radio range expands across Middle Georgia
CGIRRS. It’s a cumbersome acronym for a smoother way to communicate: The Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System covers Macon-Bibb, Monroe and now Peach counties, putting emergency services in those places on the same radio network.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb sets millage rate
A tax cut is coming for residents who live within the old Macon city limits, while residents of the formerly unincorporated area of Bibb County won’t see a change in this year’s property tax rates.
Source: Macon Telegraph

West Point receives more land for river park
The City of West Point now owns 124 more acres along the Chattahoochee River that was donated by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) earlier this year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Army official addresses leaders at private meeting
A top U.S. Army official visited Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a private meeting to address local and state leaders about the post’s future.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke police show great professionalism in standoff
Hundreds of miles and a time zone away from Athens, Ga., events unfolding in the town of Ferguson, Mo., have people around this country taking a serious look at how police officers are meeting their duties to both serve and protect the citizens within their various jurisdictions.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Hogansville gives donation to Boys and Girls Club
Hogansville officials gave a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia at the city council meeting Tuesday.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

School board may transfer Cannon Street to city
The Troup County Board of Education may transfer the former Cannon Street Elementary School building to the city of LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Commission votes no on property tax increase
An ordinance calling for a 1.75-mill property tax increase was shot down by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, pleasing dozens of jubilant taxpayers who attended the meeting to voice their discontent with the city for its inability to balance its budget through other means.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Oakwood among CDBG recipients
Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday announced that 82 Georgia communities - including Oakwood and several others in northeast Georgia - will receive a total of $39.7 million in assistance to grow their local economies.
Source: Access North Georgia

Flovilla moves to sell surplus vehicles
The Flovilla City Council moved on Monday to approve the sale of four vehicles it had declared as surplus.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus