Chamblee gets new alert system

CHAMBLEE — The City of Chamblee is implementing CivicReady, a mass notification solution that enables the city to issue urgent notifications, emergency instructions, warnings, and even routine communications to subscribed residents. The alerts will be sent via email, text message and voicemail

Cornelia responds to reports of lead in drinking water

CORNELIA — The city of Cornelia is responding to a pamphlet residents received in the mail regardling lead in the city’s drinking water. The pamphlet went out because of the results of a yearly test of 20 homes built prior to 1986

DeKalb CEO wants to give police and firefighters a raise

DEKALB COUNTY — DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond wants to give police, firefighters and other public safety workers in the county a 4% pay raise. Thurmond is recommending to the county Board of Commissioners a four-percent public safety salary increase. The raise

Hall County is getting a new website

Hall County’s website is getting a facelift and residents should start to notice Dec. 5. Visitors to HallCounty.org will soon notice an updated, more streamlined user experience as part of a scheduled redesign. The update features a new look, plus additional functionality, such as

Get to know Downtown Valdosta on Small Business Saturday

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Main Street is holding its first “Brunch and Browse” shopping and sampling event on Small Business Saturday. The event will be held on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can visit 10 brunch locations throughout downtown

Find out what’s next for Dunwoody Village

DUNWOODY — The City of Dunwoody will hold an open house to share updates to the Dunwoody Village Master Plan, which spells out zoning requirements for the area. The public is invited to drop in anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

A popular playground in Alpharetta is shutting down for two weeks

ALPHARETTA — A popular Alpharetta playground will be shutting down for two weeks starting Nov. 6. The City of Alpharetta will close its Wacky World Playground for routine maintenance beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  During the closure contractors and staff will pressure

Can Emory healthcare revive Northlake Mall?

Emory Healthcare will lease 224,000 square feet of space in the struggling Northlake Mall for corporate administrative offices, the mall’s owner said Thursday. ATR Corinth Partners said the Emory addition will be part of the “reimagining’’ of the DeKalb County shopping complex,

GBI investigates death of Georgia Southern Football player

STATESBORO – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a Georgia Southern University football player who died Monday in his dorm room. On Monday, October 21, the GBI received a request for assistance from the Georgia Southern Police

3 Savannah Businesses cited in underage alcohol sales sting

SAVANNAH — An underage alcohol sales sting in Savannah resulted in three businesses being cited for selling to underage patrons, while 13 of the 16 businesses checked IDs. During the operation, which ran Oct. 16 and 17, underage patrons visited 16 locations,

Meet Olli, Peachtree Corners’ new driverless shuttle

PEACHTREE CORNERS — The City of Peachtree Corners is giving residents an opportunity to ride Olli, its new driverless shuttle. At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the city is hosting a Ride Olli event for the public. Notices have been sent

Walton boy grows 135 pound watermelon

With a watermelon weighing in at 135 pounds, Jordan Smothers of Walton County won the 2019 Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest. The melon is around five times the weight of your average watermelon and probably heavier than the boy who grew it.

Hall County begins search for new Public Works chief

HALL COUNTY — Hall County’s Public Works chief Ken Rearden has announced his resignation, prompting some changes to the county’s staffing. Srikanth Yamala, who most recently served as Director of Hall County Planning and Development, has been tapped to fill the role

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