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Property tax bills could arrive next week

 

$1.5 million remains uncollected from 2011
 
Despite cooler temperatures, that daily walk to your mailbox next week may not be very pleasant as most of us will be met with our 2012 property tax bills.
 
On Monday, Pickens County Tax Commissioner Sharon Troglin said bills would be going out earlier than usual this year – with an accompanying earlier deadline for payment. Depending on the printer, she said, the bills would be sent either this Friday or Monday. If they are mailed Friday, she said, the payment deadline will be Nov. 27. If they go out Monday, Oct. 1, the deadline will be November 30. 
 
Once the county’s digest is approved by the state, the bill information is sent to a printer and cued up in line along with other Georgia counties. This year will mark the earliest Pickens County tax bills have been due in decades.
 
“As long as I’ve been here – and I’ve worked in the tax office for 23 years - I don’t ever remember them being out this early,” Troglin said.
 
Read the rest of this story in our e-edition.

Ga. parks offer online leaf tracking

 

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Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth at left. Nearby Amicalola Falls is also considered a top leaf-looking destination.

Every October, Georgia’s forests become a brilliant blanket of red, orange and gold, inspiring leaf peepers to pull out their cameras and lace up their hiking boots. To help track the changing leaves and plan autumn getaways, Georgia’s State Parks will launch Leaf Watch 2012 beginning October 1 at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch.

Whether hiking, biking or simply driving country roads, travelers can check Leaf Watch 2012 for advice on where and when to find the best color in Georgia’s state parks. They can read updates from park rangers, get safety tips for hiking, and browse event calendars. Last-minute availability for cabins, yurts, campsites and lodge rooms in the state parks will also be posted.

 

Powerball rolls out $200M jackpot for Wednesday

 

ATLANTA – Powerball will carry an estimated $200 million jackpot to a single annuity winner for Wednesday’s drawing as the excitement grows in Georgia.

The jackpot has grown since Aug. 18 and has rolled 11 times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $200 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $128 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Sept. 26, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $200 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $128 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug.18, 2012
Number of Rolls: 11
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 15, 2012 – $337 million jackpot (Michigan winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Feb. 18, 2006 – $365 million jackpot (Nebraska winner)
 

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com

Films shot in Ga. generate $3 billion this year

Entertainment industry economic impact in Georgia up nearly 30 percent

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Films like Trouble With the Curve, some of which was shot in Jasper, are contributing steadily to the state's economy.

ATLANTA, September 24, 2012 — The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced today that Georgia-lensed productions generated an economic impact of $3.1 billion in the state during FY12 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012), a 29% increase from FY11.

“The 2012 fiscal year saw record investment in the state by the entertainment industry, with more than $879.8 million in direct spending,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “The film industry’s impact will have a lasting effect on Georgia’s economy for years to come.”

See story on Trouble With the Curve opening in this week's print and e-editions.

 

Ga. unemployment at 9.2 percent, as jobs increase

 

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August. The rate is unchanged from July, when the preliminary 9.3 percent rate was revised to 9.2 percent. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent in August a year ago. 

“The unemployment rate has stabilized after two months of increases,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Georgia continues to have respectable job growth, which is a good sign. While more than one-half of the monthly growth in August came from seasonal education workers returning to their jobs, what’s more encouraging is the fact that the August-to-August growth in the last year is the most we’ve had since 2007.” 

The number of jobs rose by 25,100, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,914,100 in July to 3,939,200 in August. While 15,200 of those jobs resulted primarily from workers returning to local public and private schools following seasonal layoffs, there was new growth in some industries. Health care and social assistance grew by 4,400; professional and business services by 2,400; manufacturing by 1,600; trade, transportation, and warehousing by 1,500; and construction by 1,000.