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Clayton County voters say yes to SPLOST

Clayton County voters say yes to SPLOST

Victor Hill still hopeful under indictment

Victor Hill still hopeful under indictment

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Victor Hill is poised to win the sheriff's election in Clayton County despite a felony indictment.

But the charges could ultimately lead to him being suspended or tossed from office.

Hill lost his bid to be re-elected as Clayton County's sheriff in 2008. But he ran again and defeated incumbent Kem Kimbrough in a runoff in August. Now he's the only candidate on the ballot. And his only opposition is the current chief deputy, Garland Watkins, who has mounted an aggressive write-in campaign.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Final "Constrained List" of transportation projects announced

Final "Constrained List" of transportation projects announced

Henry County - After months of planning and a series of public meetings, the final constrained list of transportation projects to be funded by a possible regional transportation SPLOST, under the Transportation Investment Act has been formalized.

The Transportation Investment Act was signed into law in 2010, putting certain future transportation projects into the hands of the voters. The law established a Regional Roundtable consisting of elected officials from each of the state’s 12 regions to develop a list of projects that would be funded by a one percent sales and use tax, if approved by voters in 2012.

There will be a general question posed on the ballot in the 2012 primary asking voters if they support a penny sales tax to pay for construction of the projects. Known as the “Regional T-SPLOST,” the proposed penny sales tax is projected to bring more than $700 million annually over a ten-year period for the Atlanta region to fund transportation projects.

Clayton County Police Academy set to graduate first class

Clayton County Police Academy set to graduate first class

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- (submitted by Officer J.K. Schneller) On Friday, October 21, 2011, the Clayton County Police Department will graduate the first class of the Clayton County Police Academy.

After the disbanding of the Clayton County Regional Police Academy, the Clayton County Police Department received P.O.S.T. approval earlier this year for the creation of the Clayton County Police Academy.

The academy’s first class began with 15 recruits. Friday marks the culmination of a rigorous course of training that only 12 recruits were able to complete. We take this opportunity to congratulate our 12 new officers.

We would like to invite members of the media to join us for this special occasion. The graduation begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. at the Clayton County Police Headquarters located at 7911 North McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236.