On August 21, 2014, Judge Robert Adamson ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the City of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt for violations of the Open Meetings Act. Judge Adamson ordered the defendants to pay $12,000 in penalties, the highest amount possible under the law. Defendants have also been ordered to pay attorney’s fees in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.
“This ruling is a major victory for government transparency,” said Olens. “Georgians deserve a government that operates openly and honestly. The essence of our democracy is that elected officials are held accountable to the citizens and that citizens are allowed to exercise their rights granted by the First Amendment.”(more…)
Last week, we had a great discussion of the week’s developments in Georgia Politics. You can listen on Fridays at 3 PM on 88.5 FM in Atlanta or on the GPB radio network statewide. They’ve also started posting the show on the GPB website.
In February, Cher was struck by a car on I-285 in Cobb County, Georgia. One of Furkids/SmallDog Rescue’s volunteers spotted Cher on the side of the road and stopped. With the help of several police cars and officers, the volunteer was able to get Cher to an emergency veterinarian hospital. Thousands of dollars were raised to help pay for Cher’s medical treatments.
Babe is a 1-2 year old husky/shep mix (she looks very much like a blonde husky) who was found near death by a good samaritan. Poor Babe had been shot and the wound was starting to fester. Thankfully, she was taken in for veterinary care in time to safe her life.
Babe is a very friendly, outgoing and affectionate dog. She is a true testament that most dogs do not hold grudges about their previous mistreatment-she loves everyone and just has a great temperament. She is playful and fun loving and would be a fantastic pet for a home with kids. She is good with most other dogs (untested with cats). She is intelligent and learns quickly. Babe is spayed, current on shots, on heartworm prevention and crate trained/housebroken.
Governor: Georgia businesses say skilled computer programmers, software developers in demand
Gov. Nathan Deal today recommended the State Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements — math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma. Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher education.
“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary education so they are prepared to fill these high-wage, in-demand positions.”
“This change will support our STEM efforts — science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. (more…)
For many environmental organizations in Georgia, Earth Day will never be the same.
On April 22nd of this year we celebrated Earth Day, a day traditionally set aside to appreciate our world and protect our environment.
Also on Earth Day this year, Jud Turner, Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of Georgia, announced a new policy that the Department would be implementing to decide how buffers will be determined along the coastal marshlands.
The new policy announced by Turner deals with buffers along saltwater marshes and where they are measured from.
Buffers along state waters was first addressed by the state legislature in 1975 when the Erosion and Sedimentation Act (E&S Act) was passed.
The E&S Act called for a 25 foot buffer along the banks of all state waters, as measured horizontally from the point where vegetation has been wrested by normal stream flow or wave action.
In interpreting the E&S Act, EPD had determined that two elements must be present to establish a buffer- a bank to waters of the state and wrested vegetation. (more…)