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Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

East Point City Council terminates City Manager, Crandall Jones

East Point City Council terminates City Manager, Crandall Jones

East Point - Earlier this week, Crandall Jones who was up until December 19th the East Point City Manager, released a letter of separation stating he would no longer function as City Manager.

In the letter he gives a statement on being "amiably terminated" by the East Point City Council and goes on to thank the community for which he served.

The following is the statement in whole:

 

New police chief comes to East Point, leaves Middle Georgia

 

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- (WMAZ) According to Capt. Major Dray Swicord of the Milledgeville Police Department , Chief Woodrow Blue has taken a new job as Police Chief for the East Point Police Department. 

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Fulton County Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards to Host Final Listening Session November 17, 2011

Fulton County Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards to Host Final Listening Session November 17, 2011

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7, will host his fourth Quarterly “Community Listening Session” for 2011 on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to voice their comments about Fulton County services in South Fulton as well as any other concerns they may have. 

All citizens, including youth, are urged to participate in the session, which will be held in the South Fulton Government Service Center Auditorium, located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park, Georgia.

Staff from Fulton County agencies will be on hand to answer questions and follow up on inquiries.

This is the final listening session of the year.  For more information about the listening session, please contact Commissioner Edwards’ office at 404.612.8230 or 404.612.3079.

Lawsuit regarding City of East Point fiscal control and accountability policies

East Point - (submitted by James Hammond, East Point City Manager's Office) 

Over the weekend, the City of East Point was informally advised that a lawsuit was filed by Mayor Earnestine Pittman and others against City Officials. No one has been provided an actual copy of the lawsuit, but it is our understanding that it includes claims involving fiscal control and accountability policies enacted by the City Council during the 2011-2012 budget process.

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.