Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The home city of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is asking a funeral home director not to request a burial there. Should cities be allowed to turn down burial requests?
It’s been nearly three weeks since his death, but it remains unclear where the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev will be buried. The Associated Press reports that while Tsarnaev's mother says she wants the body returned to Russia, the funeral director in charge of Tsarnaev’s body believes the country will not accept the body. The funeral home director, Peter Stefan, said he plans to ask for a burial in the city where Tsarnaev lived, but officials in Cambridge, Mass., are urging him not to do so. "The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Cambridge…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The new law also increases penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 136, a bill to strengthen public safety on Georgia's waterways, last week at the Holiday Marina at Lake Lanier. The legislation, a portion of which is known as the Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, lowers the legal blood-alcohol content for boaters from a .10 to .08. The new law also increases penalties for those found to be boating while intoxicated. “Far too many tragedies have occurred as a result of boating under the influence and inadequate boater education,” Deal said in a released statement. “Last June, I vowed to work with the General Assembly to pass legislation in honor of Jake and Griffin Prince, who lost their lives last summer in a tragic accident. As I have said, if you are too drunk to drive an …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
State School Superintendent John Barge will speak at Saturday's event at Cobb County Republican Party headquarters in Marietta.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
More than 49 defendants have been sentenced and more than $1.3-million in unpaid tobacco taxes have been collected in connection with the illegal tobacco ring.
The final defendant in an extensive tobacco trafficking ring that spanned across Cobb and several other counties has been sentenced, the office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said Wednesday in a news release. Shaukat Sayani received five years probation, with 11 months to be served under house arrest, bringing to a close a case that began 18 months ago. On and shortly after Oct. 19, 2011, 50 people were arrested for violations of state law involving the illegal possession, sale and distribution of contraband cigarettes. Authorities alleged that they avoided the payment of state excise taxes on cigarettes by knowingly purchasing untaxed cigarettes which had counterfeit tax stamps. The ring was uncovered after a three-year …
Sunday, April 28, 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 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.”
Friday, April 26, 2013
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Friday, April 26
Job Postings About Job Openings Applications are only accepted when openings are posted. If you wish to apply for a posted position please see the information below: Current Openings: Senior Accountant Application Process For Open Positions: Please read the following information on the application process: All applicants must complete a City of Powder Springs employment application. Instructions and the application form may be downloaded at the following links: Application Instructions Application Form Applicant Information Sheet Authorization For Release Of Information Form Applicants may also obtain an application form in person at City Hall at 4484 Marietta Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
"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 kind of postsecondary education by the year 2020, Gov. Nathan Deal recently 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 …
The markets are held Fridays on Charles Hardy Parkway in Dallas.
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 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 unclear…
Three people from Gwinnett and two from DeKalb each face a charge of racketeering, according to Cobb County criminal warrants.
Five people across metro Atlanta are wanted on racketeering charges in connection with a sales scheme to defraud more than 30 elderly people out of various amounts of money. Between March 8 and Dec. 9, 2012, investigators with the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection said the suspects made "cold contact" with elderly victims as part of a sales scheme to promote and conduct exterior home cleaning services and repairs. The suspects initially quoted a price of $59 or $69 to clean gutters, fascia, soffit and siding. But when the work was finished, "the accused informed the victim they used a certain number of gallons of the cleaning product and thus owed $59 or $69 per gallon, which drastically increased the costs," according to Cobb …