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Delta Named Airline Of The Year By Air Transport World
Delta Air Lines has been named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine, the first time for a U.S. carrier in a decade.
The ATW awards are among the most coveted and valued honors in the airline industry. In February 2014, ATW editors will present the 40th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards at a celebration in Singapore.
“It’s an honor to have the hard work of Delta people recognized with the Airline of the Year award from Air Transport World,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. Continue reading
Last Monday night Georgia House Speaker and 7th. District Representative David Ralston announced his re-election bid to a hometown crowd at the Fannin County Republican meeting.
“This year I will be a candidate for re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives from District 7 in the May 20th. Republican Primary. I Plan to win this race. When I do I will seek re-election to the Office of the Speaker to the Georgia House of Representatives”.
Ralston then, in a strong clear firm tone, laid out his campaign.
“I have worked hard over a number of years now to promote the conservative values we hold dear here in this part of the state.”
“Cutting spending, downsizing government, fighting to cut taxes, fighting to create a climate that promotes job growth which is conducive to free enterprise, protecting our second amendment right to bare arms and safe guarding our traditional values by advancing protection for the unborn. That’s what my record is; my conservative Republican values run true and deep.”
Ralston said he was proud of what he has done. He has always tried to take North Georgia values to Atlanta. Speaking about the upcoming campaign Ralston went on to say,
“I don’t mind a challenge; I don’t mind a good fight.”
“What this campaign is about? This is not a campaign about what’s best for our community; this is not a campaign about what’s best for our state. This is a campaign about a narrow agenda of anonymous special interest groups hanging around the State Capitol that didn’t get their way on some issues or another. They have some kind of agenda that is not good for the entire state of Georgia so they go find someone to run.”
DeKalb’s House delegation is considering a one year moratorium on cityhood initiatives to give residents, leaders and stakeholders a chance to assess the impact of incorporation on the county.
Interim CEO Lee May asked the delegation to write a resolution calling for a one-year pause in cityhood efforts at the delegation’s Jan 27 meeting at the capitol.
May called the current process that allows areas to incorporate detrimental to the county on revenues and expenditures.
“For example, the HOST 1 percent sales tax allows us to use up to 20 percent of the revenues for capital improvments such as sidewalks streets,” he said. “Right now that works out to about $20 million for capital improvements such as sidewalks and streets. But under current rules Dunwoody and Brookhaven get most of that money and we’re left with about $6 million to pay for sidewalks and pot hole repairs on county roads.”
State Rep. Howard Mosby, who chairs the DeKalb House Delegation, said it wants to help clarify the issues surrounding incorporation but is under the gun because of this year’s early primary elections.
Mosby said the session is on a fast track because state primaries are on May 20 this year, as opposed to the usual July schedule. He said many lawmakers want to wrap up legislative business quickly so they can campaign for re-election.
ATLANTA – Georgia state representative Allen Peake introduced a bill on Tuesday that would legalize a non-psychoactive strain of marijuana strictly limited to patients with severe seizure disorders.
The Republican lawmaker’s proposal is similar to legislation introduced recently in Florida and Alabama, while limiting its availability to a handful of medical research facilities.
Peake’s interest in the issue was prompted by a constituent’s 4-year-old daughter, who suffers from a seizure disorder.
“When I saw her, she reminded me so much of my granddaughter, who is about the same age,” said Peake. “It made me realize that if this was my child or my grandchild, I’d be moving heaven and earth to get this legislation passed to provide some hope and relief to these families.”
Medical marijuana in various forms is currently legal in 20 states, and at least 10 other states are considering legalizing it, including Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee, said Erik Altieri, spokesman for the Washington-based pro-marijuana group, NORML.
“Traditionally, this was the realm of Democratic lawmakers. But we’re beginning to see a lot more Republicans get behind this issue,” he said. “It really seems like finally, legislators are catching up with the will of the people.”
None of the 20 states where medical marijuana is currently legally available are in the south, Altieri said.
If the Georgia medical marijuana bill is enacted, patients would not be able to obtain the drug from their corner drugstore, Peake said. The drugs would be dispensed by five university research centers in the state.
Georgia law already allows medical marijuana to be prescribed at medical research facilities for cancer patients and to relieve eye pressure for glaucoma sufferers, though a state board has never been authorized to administer the program, according to Peake.
The Gwinnett County animal shelter has been named a challenger in a nationwide competition where 50 shelters compete to break their own records in saving animals’ lives.
Gwinnett is the only representative from Georgia in The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
During June, July and August each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013.
The Challenge is in its fifth year, and began with 7,362 more lives saved than the previous year. Since then, the numbers have been even better: 8,977 in 2011, 14,376 in 2012, and 12,050 in 2013. Increases for individual shelters range from a few animals to well over 1,000 more lives saved, with 40 shelters increasing lives saved by 300 or more in the last two contests.
In 2014, for the final year of the Challenge, 50 shelters will save even more lives, with winners earning $600,000 in prize grants, including a $100,000 grand prize for the shelter that increases lives saved the most.
LAWRENCEVILLE — While the process of scapegoating, apologies and explanation continued in Atlanta, Gwinnett County officials were happy with the local response to this week’s winter storm.
#“Overall, I am very pleased with how things went in Gwinnett,” Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “I can’t say enough good things about how well the county folks worked across departmental lines to respond in a coordinated manner.”
#Though the county’s roads were clearly not subject to the mid-storm mass exodus seen in and directly around Atlanta, Winter Storm Leon still hit Gwinnett and created a lot of work. Nash said road crews initially deal with problem areas “that were impeding access to emergency services and travel by emergency vehicles,” then turned their sights toward keeping drivers safe and providing aid.
A day after a storm dumped snow on the Columbus area and left some icy roads closed, school and city officials said they made the right decision to shut down facilities Wednesday for students and employees.
Safety was at the center of the decision for Muscogee County School Superintendent David Lewis, who leads a system with 33,000 students. City Manager Isaiah Hugley made the same decision for public employees who weren’t needed on their jobs at the Government Center and other offices.
Conversations started Monday about the approaching storm, prompting school officials to get information from meteorologists, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and public safety officials. School was canceled for students on Tuesday, the day the storm struck, and again Wednesday when icy roads made driving dangerous.
The decision in Muscogee County was much different than the one in the Atlanta area where some 2,000 students stayed overnight Tuesday at more than a dozen schools.
Lewis said keeping the students out of school was based on the best information available.
After sharing his initial assessment and recommendations with the Muscogee County School Board during Saturday’s retreat, superintendent David Lewis has released his report to the media.
This week’s winter storm has postponed his news conference to discuss the 32-page report, but the Ledger-Enquirer has posted it on its website and publishes highlights here today.
The report comprises what Lewis calls four “overarching areas” that “must permeate the organization and guide its work.” They are:
• “Establishing a school system versus a system of schools.”
• “Creating a culture of deliberate urgency, high expectations and pride.”
• “Creating and supporting leadership for instructional improvement focused on learning.”
• “Establishing clear expectations and transparent accountability for all employees.”
“All constituents must see the system as one of excellence and equity,” he wrote, “one that offers each student equitable opportunities to achieve excellent outcomes and one that is recognized as a privilege in which to work.”