Monday, January 14, 2013
Georgia C.A.R.E. wants legislators to look at reforming marijuana laws, beginning with the drug's medical use.
A group seeking reform of Georgia’s marijuana laws will head to the state capitol on today, Jan. 14 to begin an educational campaign for its legalization, beginning with medical use of the drug. James Bell, director of Georgia C.A.R.E., said the marijuana reform coalition wants to start a public discussion on the impact marijuana laws have on the criminal justice system and the public. According to their website, Georgia C.A.R.E. is a project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Inc. They have a link to NORML, a national group that advocates for the legalization of marijuana, on their website. Bell said with the Georgia General Assembly studying reform of the criminal justice system and criminal sanctions, marijuana law reform should also be…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Paulding County Schools will receive $100,000 because of the Felix family's win.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The Georgia State Patrol reported its troopers investigated 315 accidents as of noon Monday.
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Georgia State Troopers already have investigated more crashes during this New Year's holiday than last year, but fewer injuries and only two deaths have been reported – so far. During holiday period patrols, 262 people were arrested for driving under the influence. Troopers have investigated 315 accidents as of noon today, Dec. 31, which included 139 injuries and one death. During last year's entire 102-hour holiday, the Department of Public Safety investigated 296 accidents. But those accidents included 172 injuries and 7 deaths. Statewide last year, law enforcement agencies reported 1,929 accidents with 716 inuries and 13 deaths. Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Georgia State Troopers …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Georgia Credit Union Associates reports results of recent poll on saving, credit cards and retirement.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Georgians say they are wiser than they were a year ago when it comes to money matters. According to a recent poll by Duluth-based Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, 71.5 percent of respondents report that they have learned at least one money lesson in the past 12 months. www.gcua.org Respondents say they learned lessons about: Among the popular savings lessons learned are: With credit cards, many consumers have learned to use cards for emergencies only or have chosen to forgo additional charges until the balance is paid in full. Finally, many Georgians have learned the importance of planning now for their retirement years by investing in an employer-supported retirement plan or opening an IRA. Other areas in which people report learning …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Be prepared for state troopers on the roadways this holiday weekend who urge you to click it or ticket.
Buckle up everyone. 'Operation Click It or Ticket,' is Georgia’s high-visibility safety belt enforcement program. The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the heaviest-traveled in Georgia each year and this year covers 102 hours which began Wednesday and ends Sunday night, Nov. 25. According to Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, impaired drivers, drivers traveling too fast for conditions and the lack of safety belt use are the leading contributing factors to fatal crashes. “Reducing the number of crashes involving speed, alcohol and seat belt violations will save many lives each year in Georgia,” he said. “That’s why we patrol–to save lives.” Georgia State Troopers will be patrolling …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The move, which is gathering steam, is being done in the wake of President Obama's re-election.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Residents of Georgia and more than a dozen other states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, according to media reports. Residents of Alabama, New York, Michigan, Texas and other states have filed the petitions under the "We The People" program, featured on the White House website, according to the Huffington Post. The Georgia petition, which already has more than 4,000 signatures, reads in part: "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..." The petitions come in the wake of President Obama winning a second …
Friday, November 9, 2012
New initiatives launched by Governor's Office of Workforce Development includes Operation: Workforce website for companies to list job opportunities for veterans.
Gov. Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development launched Operation: Workforce to help returning veterans find jobs Thursday. Job listings from companies across Georgia who are looking to fill their positions with veterans are posted on the website. The website also includes information on resources and services available to veterans. GOWD also kicked off the Hire a Georgia Veteran campaign. This campaign consists of a “Pledge to Support Georgia’s Veterans” for employers to sign. Employers who sign the pledge commit to give enhanced hiring opportunities to veterans. “Serving Georgia’s veterans is a top priority for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development,” said Executive Director Tricia Pridemore in a press …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Bulldogs could coast to an SEC East title - if they can get past the undefeated Gators.
So, in their last two games, Georgia got trounced by South Carolina and barely squeaked by the unimpressive Kentucky Wildcats. And yet, Bulldogs faithful are still talking about a shot at the SEC championship. Why? Because the Bulldogs have only one loss, and if they beat Florida on Saturday, a relatively gentle schedule gives them an opportunity to cruise to the SEC East title. The schedule is so favorable, an AP reporter suggested that Georgia "might be the most fortunate team in the nation." It might be better to be lucky than good, but are the Bulldogs good enough to beat a Florida team that wiped the floor with South Carolina, the team that wiped the floor with Georgia? Well, we know that college football isn't a linear proposition, …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Georgia's state parks offer tips on finding when and where to leaves turning colors starting Oct. 1
Fall has begun, so it's time to head out and watch the leaves turn colors. Georgia State Parks will give you a hand with Leaf Watch 2012, which begins Oct. 1. But before you pull out your camera and your hiking boots check out Leaf Watch 2012 for advice on where and when to find the best color in Georgia state parks, whether you plan to hike, bike or drive on country roads. Northern Georgia typically peaks in late October, though color can be seen as early as September and as late as mid-November. Leaf Watch 2012 provides updates from park rangers, safety tips for hiking and event calendars. Last-minute availability for cabins, yurts, campsites and lodge rooms in state parks also will be posted. Whether hiking, biking or simply driving …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Out of the 51 states, Georgia comes in at number 35 with the highest projected obesity rates, according to a new study.
The number of obese adults, as well as the related disease rates and healthcare costs, is on course to increase dramatically in Georgia over the next 20 years, according to a report released today by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Georgia ties with Montana at number 35, out of the 51 states, projected to have an obesity rate of 53.6 percent by 2030. Mississippi is projected to have the highest obesity rate (66.7 percent) and the District of Columbia (32.6 percent) with the lowest. The report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, includes an analysis that forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and …