Our network

Politics

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.

Upcoming Town Hall meeting to focus on State of the County

Upcoming Town Hall meeting to focus on State of the County

McDonough - District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes will hold his first Town Hall Meeting of the New Year on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Fairview Recreation Center.

The January Town Hall will focus on the county’s finances and accomplishments in 2011. The special guest speaker will be Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth ‘B.J.’ Mathis, who will give her annual State of the County address.

The Town Hall Meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The Fairview Recreation Center is located at 35 Austin Road in Stockbridge.

Town hall meeting to address 2012 legislative session

Town hall meeting to address 2012 legislative session

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Legislative Delegation will hold a town hall meeting in early January to discuss the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Attendees include:

* Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia)
* Rep. Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers)
* Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove)
* Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia)
* Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur)
* Rep. Pam Stephenson (D-Decatur)

All Rockdale County residents are encouraged to attend this important meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5.

It will be at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive in Conyers.

Henry County holds joint training sessions on GA's Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act

Henry County holds joint training sessions on GA's Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act

 

Georgia's Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011:

Verification, Reporting and Enforcement

 

Thursday, November 10

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Henry County / McDonough

Henry County Administration Building

Community Room

140 Henry Parkway

McDonough, GA 30253

770-288-6000

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association is holding joint training sessions on Georgia’s Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act (House Bill 87) for counties and cities.

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.

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.