Press release from
Office of the Governor
Since taking office, Gov. Nathan Deal has budgeted conservatively, downsized state government, implemented real tax reform and created nearly 300,000 private-sector jobs as Georgia rebounded from the Great Recession. A prediction from a Georgia State University economist in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests the governor's policies are working. Director of the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center Rajeev Dhawan tells the AJC that Georgia’s economic growth will be solid in the coming years.
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Work is being done at the obstacle course this week in preparation for more than 1,000 expected jeepers expected at next weekend’s JeepFest event. Click here to access the JeepFest event guide inserted into this week's Progress. There are many new items on the course this year, to keep the excitement fresh for returning participants and spectators. One builder said the course should be finished by the end of the week and that although he is pleased to see the interest, spectators are not allowed onsite because safety concerns except during the JeepFest weekend, September5-7.
Technology upgrades move forward with 100 new projectors
By Eileen Steinhauer
Phase two of the Pickens County technology upgrade is set to begin, and two schools will each get a new staff member to help reduce class sizes.
At Friday’s called board of education meeting, the Pickens BOE voted to continue technology upgrades in the schools in an effort to equalize all of the schools in the county.
Learn how to save them at class in Jasper September 10
Needle blight is one of the additional pests attacking hemlocks.
By Donna Shearer
In spite of the harsh winter of 2013-14 that reduced the hemlock woolly adelgid population, particularly at elevations above 2600 feet, the invasive insect is making a comeback and continuing to prey on hemlock trees throughout the northern counties of Georgia. And now to make matters worse, two more pests are plaguing the trees as well.
Commissioners Becky Denney, Jerry Barnes and Rob Jones at Monday’s meeting where they proposed a property tax increase they called “tentative” but have proceeded to advertise this week.
In proposing a 6.55 percent (half-mill) tax increase Monday, commission chairman Rob Jones was clearly uncomfortable and emphasized repeatedly that this a tentative proposal to move the process along.