Category Archives: Statewide

Clock ticking to apply for deer quota hunts

Hunters wishing to apply for a chance at a deer quota hunt need to get online soon!  An online quota application must be in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Georgia’s deer quota hunts provide a diversity of opportunities on some well-managed properties,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Management Section.  “We have experienced a 25-30 percent increase in deer quota hunt applications over the past several years.  Interest, especially among young people, is high in these popular opportunities and we expect to receive in excess of 14,000 applications this year.”

Deer quota opportunities include hunts on wildlife management areas and state park lands, dog-deer hunting and adult/child hunting opportunities.

Georgia DNR

Metro Atlanta population hits nearly 4.3 million

Metro Atlanta is in the midst of a post-Great Recession population growth rebound and now claims 4,272,300 residents, Atlanta Regional Commission reported.

Between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, the 10-county Atlanta region added 52,700 new residents — the largest single-year growth since the financial meltdown. Those counties are Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Opinion: Questionable enforcement of city’s building code

The dilapidated property owned by State Sen. Lester Jackson’s mother isn’t the only recent case that raises questions about possible selective enforcement of the city’s building code.

On Sunday, this newspaper reported another example — property once owned by a prominent real estate broker.

These two cases alone aren’t evidence of a deeper issue within a city agency that’s responsible for making sure that property owners maintain buildings at minimum safety and health standards. A more thorough look is required.

Councilman turns himself in on racketeering charges

City Councilman Anthony Coleman said he was feeling “great” as he walked into the Cobb County jail on Monday to turn himself in on one charge of violating the Georgia Racketeering Act and three charges of making false statements.

Wearing a suit and smiling as he climbed the steps to the jail, Coleman said, “I woke up today, and that’s a blessing.”

About one-and-a-half hours after he entered the jail, Coleman was released on $1,000 bond, said Nancy Bodiford, spokeswoman for Sheriff Neil Warren.

Coleman’s attorney, Tom Browning, said he talked to Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin, the lead prosecutor in Coleman’s case, to reduce the bond Monday to $1,000 from the $100,000 originally set by the DA.

via The Marietta Daily Journal

Hall fire chief relieved of command after truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

Jeff Hood has been named interim fire chief.

During a training exercise in July, firefighters TJ Elliott, Stephen Jackson and Will Griffin were seriously injured when the bucket atop a fire truck ladder fell 44 feet. Elliott and Jackson were both airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, while Griffin was treated at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Gainesville Times

David Prisant resigns from inner city board

Less than a week after walking out in frustration from a board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, board member David Prisant has resigned from that board.

##In a guest column that appears on today’s Perspectives page, Prisant wrote that the majority of the seven-member board had lost sight of its obligation to look after the best interest of the taxpayers in the community. He said his resignation was a decision he made “to protect my health.”

Albany Herald.

State officials offer online deer hunting application

Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season’s deer quota hunt.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division officials say the deadline to submit an application for deer quota hunting is Sept. 1.

Game management chief John Bowers says the state has seen a 25 to 30 percent increase in the number of deer quota hunt applications over the past few years and more young people are getting involved in hunting.


Dalton State remains one of the most affordable colleges in the nation

Dalton State College continues to be one of the most affordable four-year colleges in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

For a fourth straight year, Dalton State has been placed on the DOE list for the lowest net price, which is the average cost of college attendance for full-time students after grants and scholarships are taken into account.

Local News 

Report shows extent of violence in Georgia prisons

The recent stabbing death of an Augusta State Medical Prison inmate is one of 34 homicides in Georgia prisons since 2010, according to a new report by the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/weekend

In other news:

15 BUIs reported statewide Saturday

Legal challenge filed to Braves stadium funding
Rich Pellegrino, a member of Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency, said he filed the challenge because he doesn’t agree with a new tax the county will use to pay off the bonds.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta ranks as 8th deadliest city for pedestrians
Drivers in metro Atlanta don’t like to stop at yellow lights. Or even red lights.
Source: CBS Atlanta

300 miles of highway are designated as Georgia’s Antebellum Trail
A look at the towns and cities spared during Gen. Sherman’s march.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter to allow guns as of July 1
Anyone who owns a Georgia firearms license will be allowed on the grounds and in buildings with a gun, according to House Bill 60. The act is known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

New renderings released of Braves stadium
The stadium will hold 41,000+ seats in the stadium. The images show a stadium with least four decks and a broad sun canopy with gathering places for fans. It also provides a glimpse of the design concepts behind the $400 million mixed-use complex planned to sit around the ballpark.
Source: WSB-TV

Georgia ranks #10 for dog bite claims, says State Farm
Dog bite claims cost the Peach State’s biggest insurer $2.1 million in 2013.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia health agency reviewing leadership pick
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/subscription

Some Augusta religious groups oppose Georgia’s new gun law

Some Augusta religious groups oppose Georgia’s new gun law
Many places of worship in the Augusta area will not allow firearms to be brought on premises even though Georgia law allows a wide expansion of the state’s gun laws beginning July 1, according to their leaders.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Secretary of State looking into clothing charity
Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to know how Gwinnett County-based Nspire Outreach is conducting business in Georgia.
Source: WSB-TV

Braves stadium bridge funding and future uncertain
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kennesaw museum to feature Civil War letters

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History’s special 1864 exhibit features letters written by George Hudson, of the 36th Georgia regiment, which was based in Decatur.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Early photo of one of first baseball games at Georgia’s Fort Pulaski
This is one of the earliest photographs ever taken of a baseball game, and it happened by accident. The photographer, Henry P. Moore, of Concord, N.H., was focusing on the well-uniformed Union soldiers of the 48th New York State Volunteer Infantry, but he also captured their baseball-playing comrades in the background.
Source: New York Times/weekend

Horseracing: Palace Malice takes Westchester Stakes for third win
The Dogwood Stable colt from Aiken was the favorite.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

A look at female soldiers — balancing motherhood, service to country
“Sgt. Arthashika Bryant feared her one-year-old daughter would forget who she was during her deployment to Afghanistan. But her 8-year-old son assured her she had nothing to worry about because he would be there to help his sister remember.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/weekend


Columbus mayor’s aide suspended over ‘practical joke’

Judy Tucker, executive assistant to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, has been suspended briefly from her position because of an incident she says started out as a practical joke involving a campaign sign for mayoral candidate Colin Martin.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Published on: 05/09/2014

Karen Handel bus tour to stop in Gainesville, Buford, Ellijay
Karen Handel’s “Conservative Results” statewide bus tour will criss-cross the state next week – the final full week before the May 20 primaries.
Published on: 05/09/2014

Ed Grisamore: Grieving mother reaches out to promote driving safety
“Tammy Berryhill will always remember the second Sunday in May two years ago. It was a special Mother’s Day. She left her home in Box Springs and went to church with her family at Geneva Baptist. They treated her to lunch at Country’s Barbecue in Columbus.”
Source: Macon Telegraph
Published on: 05/09/2014

North Charleston threatens to leave St. Andrews PSD over crash fee
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says a local PSD’s plan to charge for non-resident response service is a bad idea.
Source: Post and Courier
Published on: 05/09/2014

Fluctuating fund may be better than cuts
“One more big hit to the state’s local government fund could mean greater property taxes or a cut in services in Aiken County.”
Source: Aiken Standard
Published on: 05/09/2014

Amanda Leiba: Tenth annual Barefoot in the Park Festival in Duluth this weekend
“The 10th Annual Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival is this weekend, May 10-11. This festival is a Fine Artist Market with performances and artists from all over the Southeast and beyond. Duluth is celebrating the tenth consecutive year of bringing some of the most outstanding regional artists, entertainment, and flavors to Greater Atlanta.”
Published on: 05/09/2014

Americus to get international hang-gliding competition
Souther Field (Jimmy Carter Regional Airport) hosts the annual Flytec Americus Cup from May 18-24. Hang glider pilots will race around the skies of central Georgia for seven days of the best spring flying the southeast has to offer.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder
Published on: 05/09/2014

Gaffney considers using reserve funds for capital purchases
The City of Gaffney may have to dip into its reserves for capital purchases this year.
Source: Gaffney Ledger
Published on: 05/09/2014