News Line for Newnan

Main Street Newnan recognized by Gov. Deal
Main Street Newnan has received two Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence, highlighting the city department’s work in economic development and promotions.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

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

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

Newnan DDA completes map design for kiosks
Newnan’s Downtown Development Authority has finished designing the maps for the kiosks in the downtown area and installing them is all that remains to do.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Foundation donates equipment for rehab trailer
This week the Newnan-Coweta Public Safety Foundation presented a variety of new equipment to the Newnan Fire Department for its rehabilitation trailer.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

New businesses, expansions, renovations
Things have been pretty busy in downtown Newnan lately – construction is ongoing at two downtown restaurants, several shops have moved, new ones have opened, three are expanding, and one restaurant has closed.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Landscaping grant for 85 interchange
Newnan has been awarded a $50,000 grant for landscaping and beautification work at the Interstate 85 interchange at Bullsboro Drive.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Schools approve SRO contract
School resource officers will continue to be stationed at all Coweta County schools, after the Coweta Board of Education approved agreements with the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan’s proposed millage rate shows slight drop
At the Newnan City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Cleatus Phillips presented the 2014 proposed millage rate, which is reduced from the 2013 rate.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

UWG Newnan opening delayed
The opening of University of West Georgia’s new Newnan campus is being delayed because of new funding opportunities for additional renovation of the former hospital facilities north of downtown. The additional funding includes $1.6 million from the city of Newnan to provide additional parking lots, sidewalks, a campus green, and landscaping.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan ready to roll on sidewalk, repaving projects funded by sales tax
Newnan is set to begin a number of sidewalk and paving projects. Totaling $861,000, the majority of the cost will be funded by special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenues.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Brick going up on new public safety complex
Brick is going up along the facade of Newnan’s new public safety complex off Jefferson Street at the site of the old Hannah Homes public housing project.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Former Bowen home to be demolished
The home of Newnan’s late, longtime educator and civic leader, Sarah Louise “Sally” Bowen, is set to be demolished following a recommendation by Newnan’s city staff to the city council.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City to negotiate for 2nd conference center entrance
After rebidding the project of the second entrance for the Newnan Centre on Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan City Council will negotiate with the contractor who submitted the low bid for the project in order to move the project forward.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Business signage rules to be enforced downtown
The city of Newnan will now be writing citations to downtown business owners for violations of its signage regulations.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan mayor speaks to demand for behavioral health
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady testified on behalf of a proposed behavioral hospital during Thursday’s session of a Certificate of Need appeal hearing in Atlanta.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady elected GMA president
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah Monday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan in talks to improve downtown
This summer, Newnan is partnering with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the Georgia Cities Foundation and the Georgia Municipal Association to help bring improvements for public areas in the city.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Council hears reports on unsafe houses
Newnan City Council heard reports Thursday concerning several properties with unsafe structures.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Eatery proposed near UWG campus
A proposed amendment to Newnan’s zoning ordinance that got the go-ahead for study Tuesday would allow a restaurant near the soon-to-open University of West Georgia Newnan center on Jackson Street.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

AV contract set to be awarded to UWG campus
Newnan City Council will vote Thursday morning on awarding Technical Systems Audiovisual a contract for audiovisual systems at University of West Georgia’s new Newnan campus.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

New parks and recreation fees approved
The Grantville Parks and Recreation Department rolled out its 2014 facility rental fees at the Grantville City Council on Monday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Officials tour site of new public safety complex
On Wednesday, Newnan city officials got the opportunity to tour the construction site of the new public safety complex off Jefferson Street and to see how much space and security the new complex will provide the Newnan Police Department and Newnan Municipal Court.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan gets funds to finish McIntosh Parkway
Newnan will be able to complete the McIntosh Parkway project linking Ashley Park and downtown Newnan, as the city was awarded a $1.75 million grant this week through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Council approves bid for street resurfacing
Newnan City Council awarded a half million dollar bid to Blount Construction, Inc., for resurfacing various streets throughout the city.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Centre will mirror city rules on carrying guns
The Newnan Convention Center Authority plans to mirror the city of Newnan’s actions in regards to the new state gun law, which allows gun permit holders to carry in more places, including government buildings.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Task force seeking to help underprivileged youth
A local task force, dedicated to improving the lives of residents in the lower income neighborhoods of Newnan met for its second meeting at Newnan’s City Hall recently to discuss potential future programs for the community. The task force is headed by Newnan Councilmember Cynthia Jenkins.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Bowen house to be repaired or demolished in 30 days
Newnan City Council approved a resolution to repair or demolish the Sally Bowen house at 125 LaGrange St. within 30 days at its meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

LCI open house focuses on revitalization
Concepts for the possible future of the Caldwell Tanks facility at East Broad Street and Salbide Avenue in downtown Newnan and the former PAPP Clinic location on Cavender Street were among the displays at Wednesday’s final public meeting for Newnan’s “Livable Centers Initiative” study.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Meet one-woman animal control department
Last week was National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week, so it is a good time to learn more about Newnan’s one-person animal control department, Cyndi Hoffman.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Old Newnan Hospital Renovated for UWGA
The University of West Georgia is using something from the past to fuel its future. The Carrolton-based school is planning to use the renovated Newnan Hospital as its campus in that city.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

MADD honors Newnan officer
A Newnan Police Department officer was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving this week to recognize multiple drunk driving arrests he made.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Public safety trailer ready for work
When the weather gets too hot or too cold, the Newnan Fire Department and Newnan Police Department have just what it takes to help firefighters, officers or any other public safety workers remove themselves from the elements.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan celebrates Georgia Cities Week
In celebration of Georgia Cities Week, the city of Newnan presented a 'People, Place, Purpose' open house at the Newnan Carnegie Library downtown on Wednesday to showcase services available for city residents.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

New produce market coming to Newnan
Newnan, Coweta County, and the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Office are partnering to bring a new farmer’s market to downtown Newnan.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City to join criminal justice innovation program
The Newnan City Council is applying for the city to join the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program, in light of the recent rash of shootings.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan celebrating Georgia Cities Week
Newnan is celebrating Georgia Cities Week from April 13 to 19 and will be holding a variety of events throughout that time, highlighting this year’s theme, “Georgia’s Cities: People Place Purpose.”
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Changes considered for downtown Newnan streets
The consultants working on the Livable Centers Initiative study for Newnan have identified several significant road changes, including extending some streets.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Stormwater management among retreat issues
One of the larger issues discussed during the Newnan City Council’s 2014 retreat was the possibility of creating a city-operated stormwater management utility.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City explores rewriting zoning ordinance
Newnan City Council will be exploring whether the city’s zoning ordinance should be rewritten, following the council’s yearly planning retreat Thursday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan OKs larger cell tower on L. Fayette
Verizon Wireless will be allowed to demolish its existing cell phone tower on Lower Fayetteville Road and build a larger one, after a vote by Newnan City Council.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan hoping to add fourth fire station
Newnan Fire Chief William Whitley spoke to the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis club recently about the fire department operations.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Cell tower replacement to be considered
Verizon Wireless’ request to erect a 131-foot cell phone tower in Newnan is on the table again for Newnan’s City Council meeting on Thursday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Open house held to plan Newnan’s future projects
Initial ideas from Newnan’s “Livable Centers Initiative” study were presented Monday at an open house meeting held at Newnan Carnegie Library.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Proposed hospital could bring investors to Newnan
A behavioral hospital at the now-vacant facility on Newnan’s Hospital Road would not only provide closer mental care access, but it would increase investments on the city’s west side, according to city officials.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald