Monday, May 6, 2013
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada presented Marietta the Distinguished Budget Award for its presentation of the current fiscal year budget.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada presented Marietta the Distinguished Budget Award for its presentation of the current fiscal year budget. Keep up with all the news you care about by subscribing to our free email newsletter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe and 911 Director Ann Flynn recently participated in firefighter exercises.
A group of Cobb County government officials got to experience what it's like to be a firefighter. Cobb District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe and 911 Director Ann Flynn took part in firefighter training exercises last week at the Public Safety Training Center in Marietta. The experience included a ladder climb as well as interior smoke and fire simulations. More than 650 sworn firefighters and 32 civilian employees make up the team at Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. The department covers 305 square miles of the unincorporated areas of Cobb as well as three incorporated cities, including Kennesaw, Acworth and Powder Springs. The team responded to more than 48,000 calls last year.
"In the long run, this new law will give college freshman a head start and, we hope, will encourage more to stay until they attain their degree,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.
With more than 60 percent of the state's job openings expected to require some form of postsecondary education by the year 2020, Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed a new law intended to boost Georgia's college completion rate. House Bill 131, which gives high school students more incentives to take dual enrollment classes, goes into effect July 1. Students who take dual enrollment courses can earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Under the new law, grades in these classes will give bonus points to a student’s GPA, just as advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses do currently. As further incentive, dual enrollment courses will now count toward the “rigorous coursework” that the HOPE scholarship now …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A new law will allow it.
Certified employees of the Department of Corrections and Pardons & Paroles will be able to keep their department-issued firearms upon retirement. House Bill 482 will extend that courtesy to employees who have at least 20 years of service as a certified officer when the new law goes into effect on July 1. “This legislation provides an opportunity to reward men and women who have served our state honorably and dutifully,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who signed HB 482 on Thursday at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. “These two agencies will now have the same privileges as the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it comes to department-issued weapon retention.” Keep up with …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Marietta Power won an award at the 13th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, held in Kissimmee, Fla. Two apprentices competed against 80 apprentices.
Thursday, April 25
by city of Marietta Marietta Power won an award at the 13th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, held in Kissimmee, Fla. The awards honor lineworkers' expertise, and the events are judged based upon safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and speed. There are two levels of competition within the rodeos -- journeyman and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members -- two climbers and a ground person -- and can include an optional alternate. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker has four or fewer years of experience. Two apprentices – Chris Poston and Jeremy Bassett – competed individually against a total of 80 …
The governor has signed a bill to help students afford the cost of attending Georgia's technical colleges.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill that will expand access to schools such as Chattahoochee Technical College, which has a campus in Marietta. House Bill 372 lowers the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant from a 3.0 to a 2.0. The HOPE Grant goes to students who attend schools in the Technical College System of Georgia. It was just two years ago that the GPA requirement was raised from 2.0 to 3.0 for budgetary reasons. During that time, “Georgia has seen a large drop in technical college enrollment – much larger than in our University System,” Deal said Wednesday in a statement. “For some students enrolled in a technical school, the loss of scholarship money put higher education out of reach. This law will provide greater access to school …
The Sandy Springs man accused of helping the applicant was arrested.
A 29-year-old Sandy Springs man allegedly changed the grade of someone who failed the state's driving test. The applicant received a 10 on the exam, according to a Cobb County criminal warrant. But Danlami Olugbenga Sanya allegedly changed the score to a 90, wrote "Pass" by the score and gave the altered test to a Georgia Department of Driver Services employee at the Northeast Cobb satellite office on Canton Road. Sanya was arrested Friday on a charge of false statements or writings, conceal facts or fraudulent documents in matters of government. It is a felony offense. Sanya was released Saturday from the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. Keep up with all the news you care about by subscribing to our free email …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cobb Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to accept a state grant to establish the county's first mental health court.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners gave the green light to funding the county’s first mental health court at Tuesday's meeting. The board voted 3-2 to accept a state grant to create the mental health court, with commissioners Helen Goreham and Bob Ott opposed. The new court will be overseen by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley, using a $53,615 state grant commissioners accepted for the remainder of the fiscal year through June 30, said county chairman Tim Lee. The mental health court will serve as a problem-solving court similar to drug courts and domestic violence courts, where offenders are offered long-term community-based treatment instead of being prison-bound. Lee said the current grant can pay for 10 participants, but it is …
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented Marietta the Distinguished Budget Award for its presentation of the current fiscal year budget.
Wednesday, April 24
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented Marietta the Distinguished Budget Award for its presentation of the current fiscal year budget. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the city. The award represents a commitment by Marietta's Finance Department and staff in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. "We appreciate the opportunity to thank our employees for the great job they do for all of us, not only the folks that are here but also the citizens of the city of Marietta," city manager Bill Bruton said. "The Government Finance Officers Association is an international organization that looks …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Cobb Taxpayers Association president submitted a complaint with the Georgia Department of Law, claiming that the Cobb School District was in violation of state law by using taxpayer money to advocate for passage of SPLOST IV.
Monday, April 22
This press release is from The Cobb Taxpayers Association. The Cobb Taxpayers Association (CTA) president, Lance Lamberton, submitted a complaint on Thursday with the Georgia Department of Law, claiming that the Cobb County School District was in violation of state law by using taxpayer money and taxpayer supported facilities to explicitly advocate for passage of SPLOST IV, which was ratified by the voters in a specially held election in Cobb County on March 19, 2013. In the complaint, Lamberton stated: The Cobb County School District explicitly called for passage of SPLOST IV using taxpayer supported and paid for communications, which included a newsletter, The Mt. Bethel Bugle, which urged a “yes” vote (attached). This newsletter was put…