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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."

CEO Burrell Ellis Re-Election Campaign Kick-Off 12 pm, Historic Downtown Decatur

CEO Burrell Ellis Re-Election Campaign Kick-Off 12 pm, Historic Downtown Decatur

(submitted by Will Sellers) DeKalb County Government CEO Burrell Ellis will hold his re-election campaign kick-off  Wednesday, Jan. 25th, at 12 pm at the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse in Downtown Decatur located at 101 East Court Square.

For the latest campaign developments, please visit the website at www.burrellellis.com.

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.

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.

Chamblee's Comprehensive Plan (amendment) has been released

Chamblee's Comprehensive Plan (amendment) has been released

Chamblee --  The City of Chamblee recently release their 100+  page plan for land use chances, housing, and more.  The link to the full document is below.

The City of Chamblee is a diverse community with an international flavor that will continue to build upon its location, access and unique qualities to enhance the character of its neighborhoods, while taking full advantage of its position as an economically vibrant city within the larger metropolitan area.

Our land use patterns, inclusiveness, and fiscal responsibility will guide us to this future.  Comprehensive Plan Major Ammendment - Final Draft

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Vote Down Comprehensive Smoke-free Ordinance

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Vote Down Comprehensive Smoke-free Ordinance

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted against proposed smoking amendments to make the current ordinance more comprehensive.  The proposed ordinance presented to the commissioners by the DeKalb County Board of Health would have prohibited smoking in all public places including parks, playgrounds, entrances and exits to buildings, restaurants, bars including adult entertainment establishments, outdoor entertainment venues and outdoor service lines, such as ATM lines.

“I am disappointed that the commissioners did not find any value in any of the amendments including those protecting our parks, playgrounds and service lines,” stated S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., district health director of the DeKalb County Board of Health. “Despite this setback, we will continue to move forward to promote safe air for all who live, work and play in DeKalb.” 

Commissioner Radar, along with Commissioner Gannon, voted in support of the ordinance.