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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.

Early voting available now for city elections

Early voting available now for city elections

 

The municipalities of Kennesaw, Powder Springs and Smyrna will hold elections Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting is open now through Nov. 4. Any voter in any of the three cities may vote in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the main Elections Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Advanced voting will also be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the following locations:

Perdue to address Coles College of Business

Perdue to address Coles College of Business

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will address alumni, faculty, staff, students and business partners of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

Perdue's talk, entitled "From Chopsticks to Wood Pellets: Made in Georgia Goes Global," marks the 20th annual Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series for the business college.

The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta).

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.

Cobb Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Cobb Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Cobb County --  The Cobb Board of Commissioners will host a special called public hearing 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the fiscal year 2012 proposed budget.

Goals for the upcoming budget are to restore funding to public safety, hold benefit costs level, eliminate funding for vacant positions and maintain current service levels.

These goals were set while still reducing the budget by $7 million from the previous year. The adopted fiscal year 2011 budget was $328 million and the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is $321 million. The meeting will be held in the BOC Room, on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.