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Professionals Who Make Georgia’s Highly Skilled Workforce a Reality Honored by State

Professionals Who Make Georgia’s Highly Skilled Workforce a Reality Honored by State

Governor Nathan Deal Declares Dec. 5-9, 2011 as Employee Learning Week in Georgia

 

Early voting available now for city elections

Early voting available now for city elections

 

The municipalities of Kennesaw, Powder Springs and Smyrna will hold elections Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting is open now through Nov. 4. Any voter in any of the three cities may vote in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the main Elections Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Advanced voting will also be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the following locations:

GBI begins probe into city council altercation

GBI begins probe into city council altercation

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman said the agency has launched an investigation to look into reports of an altercation between two members of the Marietta City Council.

Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn asked Carter Brank, special agent in charge of the GBI's Atlanta Regional Office, to request the investigation.

Flynn said the probe involves council members Annette Paige Lewis and Anthony Coleman.

Coleman reportedly denies touching or cursing at Lewis, and Lewis said she wouldn't discuss the matter while it's under investigation.

No charges have been filed against either council member.

Councilman Johnny Sinclair said he's canceling Thursday's meeting of the city's redistricting committee, which he chairs. Coleman and Lewis are the only other voting members of the committee.

MARIETTA: Runoff needed to fill Franklin's House seat

MARIETTA: Runoff needed to fill Franklin's House seat

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Republicans who garnered the most votes in Tuesday's election will now meet in a runoff for a state House seat representing part of Cobb County.

John Carson got 35.8 percent of the vote, and Robert Lamutt got 31.3 percent in the special election for House District 43. They will face each other in an Oct. 18 runoff election.

The seat was left vacant by the July death of Rep. Bobby Franklin, a conservative Republican who had represented the district since 1996.

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.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.

Cobb Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Cobb Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Cobb County --  The Cobb Board of Commissioners will host a special called public hearing 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the fiscal year 2012 proposed budget.

Goals for the upcoming budget are to restore funding to public safety, hold benefit costs level, eliminate funding for vacant positions and maintain current service levels.

These goals were set while still reducing the budget by $7 million from the previous year. The adopted fiscal year 2011 budget was $328 million and the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is $321 million. The meeting will be held in the BOC Room, on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.