Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Georgia Department of Labor says the jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in February.
Cherokee County's unemployment rate continued its downward trend last month. The rate in February dropped to 6.9 percent, down a hair from 7.1 percent in January and 7.8 in February 2012. Out of the county's 115,182 workers, 7,914 went without jobs last month, which is less than were counted as unemployed in January and February 2012. Cherokee's rate is the second lowest in the region, just behind Forsyth's rate of 6.4 percent. Other surrounding counties in the metro Atlanta area include: County Rate Bartow 9.0% Cherokee 6.9 Cobb 7.4 Douglas 8.8 Forsyth 6.4 Fulton 8.9 Paulding 7.8 Metro Atlanta 8.3
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The group is asking Deal to suspend the arrest and prosecution of marijuana possession cases.
Advocates for marijuana law reform are calling on the state of Georgia to suspend the arrest and prosecution of marijuana possession cases, according to a recent release from Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform, & Education (Georgia CARE). The call comes after state prosecutors said they lack the resources to prosecute a backlog of child exploitation cases in a January press conference. In Georgia, possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana carries up to 10 years in state prison. Roswell Police deal with their share of marijuana cases on a daily basis. A letter to Governor Nathan Deal from James Bell, director of Georgia CARE, asks the governor to direct state agencies to suspend the arrest and prosecution of marijuana possession cases …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Georgia C.A.R.E. wants legislators to look at reforming marijuana laws, beginning with the drug's medical use.
A group seeking reform of Georgia’s marijuana laws will head to the state capitol on today, Jan. 14 to begin an educational campaign for its legalization, beginning with medical use of the drug. James Bell, director of Georgia C.A.R.E., said the marijuana reform coalition wants to start a public discussion on the impact marijuana laws have on the criminal justice system and the public. According to their website, Georgia C.A.R.E. is a project of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Inc. They have a link to NORML, a national group that advocates for the legalization of marijuana, on their website. Bell said with the Georgia General Assembly studying reform of the criminal justice system and criminal sanctions, marijuana law reform should also be…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Extended unemployment benefits will end for some recipients after Saturday, Jan. 12.
Thursday, January 10
The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that some recipients of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) in Georgia will lose extended unemployment benefits after Saturday, Jan. 12. Georgia will “trigger off” EUC’s Tier 4 unemployment insurance program during the week ending Jan. 12 because the state’s jobless rate has declined in the last three months, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Georgia’s jobless rate was 9.0 percent in September, but declined to 8.7 percent in October and 8.5 percent in November. Federal law mandates that a state in which EUC is provided must have a three-month seasonally adjusted unemployment average of 9.0 percent to remain “on” …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Woodstock is among several metro Atlanta cities named in the report.
Two complaints of alleged child sexual abuse at the hands of Boy Scout leaders were allegedly reported in Woodstock. That's according to allegations of child sexual abuse that have been made against 97 Georgia men who were in leadership roles from the '60s through mid-80s. They make up a small portion of the total number of men -- over a thousand -- recently outed by documents released Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America. The number of boys molested by these men is over 4,000. Two cases, one brought to light in 1986 and another in 1993, were discovered in Woodstock. A total of 44 Scout leaders from the metro-Atlanta area were named, including men from Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Conyers, Smyrna, Decatur and Marietta. Cherokee County …