Miles Standish is a one-year old Golden Retriever whose front leg was lost, and as a result, Miles has only three legs. He rides well in a car and is considered housebroken. He gets along with other dogs and doesn’t let his disability slow him down. He knows most of his basic commands and is still learning. Ask to meet him! Visit www.adoptagoldenatlanta.com.
In Gwinnett County, former Chairman Charles Bannister, who resigned last year during a grand jury investigation of county land purchases, threatened to sue the county and Sheriff’s Department for $1.79 million, alleging that his arrest for DUI, later dropped because Bannister had no alcohol in his system, was malicious. Pre-litigation documents alleged the arrest was politically-motivated but after the county denied demands for payment, it appears no lawsuit was filed.
Rep. Billy Mitchell has stated that he will introduce local legislation to increase the salary for Gwinnett’s Chairman from $50,000 to $150,000.
Rep. Sharon Cooper, Chairman of the State House Health and Human Services Committee, told WABE’s Dennis O’Hayer that she will seek to move more tobacco settlement money into programs to help Georgians stop smoking.
The Albany City Commission and Dougherty County Commission have joined the Georgia Public Service Commission and Gov. Nathan Deal in calling for an end to the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing. At issue is the specter of Proctor & Gamble closing its Albany plant, which is the second largest user of electricity in Georgia.
Today comes news that foreclosures in Georgia fell 14 percent for the year to the lowest level in three years. This follows yesterday’s news that Fannie Mae, FreddieMac and Wells Fargo, among other lenders, are imposing a moratorium on foreclosures until 2012. Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has announced that as of Friday, his agency will stop evictions until January 3.
Plans by LS Power Group LLC to build a new coal-fired power plant in Early County have been abandoned as part of the company’s settlement with the Sierra Club. CobbEMC and Power4Georgians, a consortium of six EMCs, plan to go ahead on construction of a $2.1 billion coal-fired plant near Sandersville.
A group plans to
Occupy oppose the City of Brookhaven. I’ve met some of these people, and they’re largely outside agitators aided and abetted by State Rep. Elena Parent. I’ve been told that State Rep. Scott Holcomb believes that the Brookhaven incorporation will not pass the General Assembly this session.
Peach Pundit’s favorite cat in a spacesuit tells us that the Federal Railroad Administration has given GDOT a $4 million grant to study high-speed passenger rail linking Atlanta to Charlotte. GDOT will spend $1.125 million of state tax money. Here’s what you’ll get for that $5.125 million of tax money: more paper, no action. Cut to the chase: passenger rail would be great and we’ll never live in the world of tomorow without it, but it costs a metric sh*t-ton of money, and nobody wants to pony up. Now send me my check.