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Rockdale County Commissioners vote down extra holiday for employees

Special to SEGAZINE

Rockdale County employees won’t have an additional holiday during Christmas week this year, following a vote by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

 Gwinnett County officials propose local-state partnership on juvenile detention facility
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Firing of Augusta City Manager may lead to firing of others
Monday’s firing of City Administrator Fred Russell might only be the start of change in Augusta government, although several details of Russell’s Dec. 31 exit remain undetermined.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

• Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver issues statement on city manager’s firing
“Having worked with Fred (Russell) for eight years now, I consider him a man who kept the greater good of our city as a whole at the forefront of his decisionmaking process,” Copenhaver said Tuesday. “His job was never easy and I respect his commitment to always moving Augusta forward.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Columbus City Council approves Uptown land deals
Approvals included a land deal that includes a 1,200 foot zip line across the Chattahoochee River.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says budget deficit could lead to layoffs
Tomlinson outlined the city’s current financial state and shared forecasts for further deficits during a 25-minute presentation that highlighted downward trends in property tax digest growth and sales tax revenues over the last few years.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Douglas County woman charged with starving her newborn
The six-week old baby had lost two pounds since birth when a DFCS nurse visited the home for a checkup; the baby has since been taken from its mother and, at eight weeks, has returned to its birth weight.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Athens officials consider spot for hard-to-recycle materials center
A center to recycle Styrofoam and plastic film in Athens-Clarke County moved closer to reality Tuesday night.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Downtown Development Authority to review master plan
Included in the master plan was an amphitheater, ideally able to seat 8,000 to 10,000 people, between Foundry and Hickory streets just east of the Classic Center.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Unused federal funds could be moved to help Athens Land Trust’s urban farming program 
The funds could also go toward upgrades to Morton Theatre and Bishop Park; Athens-Clarke County officials proposed the move for community upgrades.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Macon-Bibb County’s new juvenile justice center scheduled to open on time
The building could also come in slightly under budget.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Some officials in Macon-Bibb criticize recreation master plan
Members of the committee that oversees the Bibb County special purpose local option sales tax seemed to have as many questions as answers after a Tuesday presentation of the latest version of the county’s recreation master plan.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Land at Renaissance on the River development could revert to Macon
The Public Properties Committee of Macon City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday, with Councilman Lonnie Miley absent, to accept the land from the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Banks County Commission votes in new fire chief
Interim Fire Chief Robert Wilkins is the new fire chief.


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