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Fulton County Public Works Department Hosts “Fix a Leak Week” Event

Fulton County Public Works Department Hosts “Fix a Leak Week” Event

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Fulton County Gov.)  Because minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared “Fix a Leak Week”, March 14 through 20, 2011.

Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an annual reminder to Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

In collaboration Fulton County Public Works Department is offering a free workshop on March 16, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Center which is located at 677 Fairburn Rd, NW, Atlanta, GA  30318. A Public Works expert will educate citizens on tips to fix leaks and water conservations techniques.

Fulton County Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 1

Fulton County Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 1

Fulton County, GA--  (submitted by Fulton County)  The Fulton County Board of Assessors reminds property owners that April 1, 2011 is the deadline to file for homestead exemption. The basic homestead exemption amount increased from $25,000 to $30,000 for the 2011 tax year. If you are currently receiving the basic homestead exemption, you do not need to reapply unless there is a change of ownership on the property. The increased amount will automatically be granted to homeowners who are currently receiving this exemption and to first-time applicants who qualify.

To qualify for any exemptions, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1, 2011 and be a permanent legal resident of Fulton County. You also are required to present a valid Georgia photo identification and provide a current copy of your Fulton County vehicle registration.

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Would you like to see more retail districts, parks or pedestrian-friendly options in your community?  Would you like to give your input on how much industrial land is set aside where you live or work?  The City of Atlanta is inviting non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses to attend the March 2011 community meetings for the City of Atlanta Community Development Plan (CDP) that begins March 1. 

Nearly 200 attendees participated in the first round of 2011 CDP community meetings and had an opportunity to give input on the future plans for their Atlanta neighborhoods.  The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Office of Planning has announced it is hosting the second round of CDP community meetings. All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., with the exception of the March 10th meeting, which is from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Examining Violence In Georgia

It was refreshing and surprising, sadly, to hear Dick Williams call-out a questioneer during a U.S. Representative Paul Broun gathering at the end of today’s Georgia Gang show as an example of negativity in Georgia news and politics.

Williams was refering to a deeply misguided person who asked *Who’s going to shoot Obama?* to Rep. Paul Broun at a Tuesday, February 22, 2011 townhall meeting at the Oglethorpe County Commission chamber.

Fulton County Set to Enforce Warnings for Alcoholic Energy Drinks like "Joose"

Fulton County Set to Enforce Warnings for Alcoholic Energy Drinks like "Joose"

Atlanta, GA--  As of March 1, 2011 any retailer of Alcoholic Energy Drinks, such as Joose, will be required to post warning signs regarding the drink in an easily visible area.  This enforcement stems from the November 17th resolution passed and sponsored by Commissioner Robb Pitts.

Robb Pitts says, “We were the first county in Georgia to move to protect our citizens in such a fashion.  I think the public appreciates us moving forward with this enforcement, even though the original AEDs which prompted our legislation last year are now being reformulated as a result.”

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

Flat Lottery, Too Many Students, Even Snow Mean HOPE Cuts

ATLANTA -- Most of them know the bad news is coming.

Most of Georgia's more than 300,000 state college students know they'll see even higher tuition next year and even fewer benefits from the HOPE Scholarship.

"I'm gonna have to find alternative ways to finance my coming here," Georgia State University freshman Kenja McNeil said, adding that those will probably include, "loans, scholarships, more scholarships and more scholarships."

Lottery proceeds have poured about $15 billion into the HOPE and pre-kindergarten programs since they began 17 years ago.

Right now, about 200,000 state college students receive HOPE benefits.

But lottery sales have flattened out, according to Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Wednesday morning she told the University System's State Board of Regents that's thanks to the recession, growing competition from other states...and even January's winter storm.

Tour Auburn Avenue, Other Attractions with Free Mobile App

Tour Auburn Avenue, Other Attractions with Free Mobile App

ATLANTA -- There's a new way to experience the history of the Civil Rights Movement right here in Atlanta, and all it takes is a smart phone and a free app.

A new mobile app allows you to hear from Andrew Young, an Atlanta icon and civil rights movement legend, as he guides you through a walking tour of historic Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

"It's really a personalized tour showing his perspective of the Civil Rights Movement along one of the most historic streets in the Civil Rights Movement," said Paul Davis from My Tour Guide, the company behind the mobile tours.

My Tour Guide partnered with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau to produce the Auburn Avenue Tour.