Our network

Politics

Fairburn mayor to give State of the City address

Fairburn mayor to give State of the City address

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Fairburn Mayor Mario Avery will present his annual State of the City address at the City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 9.

The mayor is anticipated to give a comprehensive review of Fairburn's accomplishments in 2011, as well as an outline of legislative proposals and policy directions for the upcoming year.

"I'm delighted to once again be able to share my thoughts during my 2012 State of the City remarks," Avery said. "The State of the City address provides a wonderful opportunity for our city's residents and community leaders to join together to reflect on the past and examine possibilities for the future of Fairburn."

The speech will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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.

Henry County Commissioners declare Nov. 6th as Retired Educators Day

Henry County Commissioners declare Nov. 6th as Retired Educators Day

The Henry County Board of Commissioners proclaimed November 6th as Retired Educators Day, issuing the proclamation at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Dr. Gordon Baker, President of the Henry County Retired Educators Association, accepted the proclamation on behalf of retired educators.

The proclamation read in part, “these retired teachers regularly donate thousands of hours of volunteer service each year, and make invaluable contributions to the welfare of their respective communities across the state…It is appropriate that a day be designated for citizens to express their appreciation for the lasting contributions that retired educators have made and continue to make for the betterment of our own community and for society as a whole”

Warren Holder, District I Commissioner, expressed his gratitude to retired teachers.

“With these retired educators, we entrust the lives of out children to them daily,” he said.

Final "Constrained List" of transportation projects announced

Final "Constrained List" of transportation projects announced

Henry County - After months of planning and a series of public meetings, the final constrained list of transportation projects to be funded by a possible regional transportation SPLOST, under the Transportation Investment Act has been formalized.

The Transportation Investment Act was signed into law in 2010, putting certain future transportation projects into the hands of the voters. The law established a Regional Roundtable consisting of elected officials from each of the state’s 12 regions to develop a list of projects that would be funded by a one percent sales and use tax, if approved by voters in 2012.

There will be a general question posed on the ballot in the 2012 primary asking voters if they support a penny sales tax to pay for construction of the projects. Known as the “Regional T-SPLOST,” the proposed penny sales tax is projected to bring more than $700 million annually over a ten-year period for the Atlanta region to fund transportation projects.

The White House Visits Powertalk

The White House Visits Powertalk

It was an exciting day on Powertalk w/ Lorraine Jacques White today, as Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, stopped by to chat about the American Jobs Act and how it will impact and benefit African Americans.

As you know, the African American community is the one group that has been hardest hit by the economic crisis, and despite the fact that private sector jobs have been added over the past 19 months, still, too many Americans are without work. Valerie Jarrett had a few words to say that helped to clear up the issue and let the Powertalk audience know where we’ll go from here.

Click here to listen to her conversation with WAOK’s Lorraine Jacques White!

What are your thoughts on the state of the economy? Will President Obama be able to pull out a save for African Americans and the nation as a whole? #SoundOff

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.
 

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.