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Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

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.

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.

Hip-Hop Day: music icons, Afrika Bambaataa, community spirit, FREE entertainment Oct 22 & 23

Hip-Hop Day: music icons, Afrika Bambaataa, community spirit, FREE entertainment Oct 22 & 23

Atlanta’s first Hip-Hop Day, a free two-day family festival, honoring Hip-Hop, its legacy and awareness of key community issues, is set to take place Sat. Oct. 22 & Sun. Oct. 23. at Woodruff Park, in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The city-permitted festival, which has partnered with various groups including  S.C.L.C.; and several national and local artists, will be filled with activities, music, food, voter registration drives, live entertainment, and special performances.

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.
 

Fulton County to teach seniors how to guard themselves against scams in Sept. 14 workshop

Fulton County to teach seniors how to guard themselves against scams in Sept. 14 workshop

Fulton County Seniors can take advantage of continuing workshops on how to protect themselves against home repair scams.  The next session of “Be Aware of the Tricks of the Trade: Guarding against Home Repair and Other Scams Targeting Senior Citizens” will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. 

The one-hour program will be held at the New Horizons Senior Center from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

New Horizons is located at 745 Orr Street, Atlanta, GA 30314. The Fulton County Office of Housing and Community Development, a division of the Department of Housing and Human Services, sponsors the sessions.

For more information, or if you need special accommodations to attend this meeting, call Audra Pender at 404-612-3024.