Local attorney and Dallas-Hiram Patch Local Voices blogger Jason Swindle says a recent Supreme Court case illuminates the boundaries that Georgia's General Assembly and courts have drawn for police officers and citizens.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
And the jackpot is $170 million for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing.
Georgia Lottery officials announced today that Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot has grown from $350 million to $360 million. The amount increased as a result of brisk ticket sales, Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Kimberly M. Starks said. Since April 3, the Powerball jackpot has rolled 12 times. The winner can opt to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years or collect about $229 million.
Officials say the head of the government office knew his agency was targeting tea party groups in May 2012. Tell us what you think of the agency’s recent admissions.
It’s bound to be no party for Internal Revenue Officials in the coming days. The Associated Press reported Monday that IRS officials revealed that acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller knew back in May 2012 that the agency had targeted tea party groups by unfairly investigating them to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. Monday’s revelation came on the heels of last week’s acknowledgment by the agency that the groups had been targeted during the 2012 election season. Organizations that faced IRS scrutiny included those that had “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. According to the AP’s report, about 300 groups were singled out for additional review; while about half of those cases had been closed and no group had …
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Paulding County graduates from the 2013 Region 1 Multi-Day Training Program.
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Paulding County graduates from the 2013 Region 1 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from twelve counties in Northwest Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels. Paulding County graduates at the May 7 ceremony included: Doris Devey, Mayor of Hiram; Earlene Graham, Teresa Philyaw, and Pep Rollins, members of the Hiram City …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Paulding County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Austin explains why the 1,050 Acres recently added to Sheffield Wildlife Management Area will be good for business.
Georgia natural resources leaders, including Paulding County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Austin, announced Wednesday the addition of more than 1,050 acres, known as the Howell Tract, to the Sheffield Wildlife Management Area in Paulding County. In the attached video, Austin explains why the 1,050 Acres recently added to Sheffield Wildlife Management Area will be good for business. Related Dallas-Hiram Patch content: 1,050 Acres Added to Sheffield Wildlife Management Area
Sunday, May 12, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves issued a statement in opposition to the internet sales tax legislation that the U.S. Senate is considering.
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement in opposition to the internet sales tax legislation that the U.S. Senate is considering: “Call me a conservative, but I believe the right approach to tax fairness is to reduce rates—not force higher rates onto others. States that want their businesses to be more competitive in the marketplace should engage in a race to the lowest tax rate rather than seek to level the playing field by imposing higher taxes and new burdens on competitors and consumers. The Senate legislation would throw a classic Washington wet blanket on the brightest frontier of our economy, the Internet. Life is hard enough in this Obama economy; let’s not make things worse with more taxes.”
Saturday, May 11, 2013
During three-day nature adventures at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, kids will discover live animals, go hiking, make crafts and play games.
Looking for the kids something to do this summer? Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville is offering three-day nature adventures for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, according to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. For $45 each, "Junior Rangers will discover live animals, go hiking, make crafts, play games, and meet new friends," according to Naturalist Marcus Toft. "All of the activities are geared toward helping campers earn one of three Junior Ranger badges." Activities for the two camps will vary and be age appropriate. The first, for children 6 to 8, is set for June 4 to 6, and the second, for kids 9 to 12, is June 11 to 13. Both camps are Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the park office at 770-975-0055 to …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
U.S. Reps. Tom Graves and Kevin Yoder have introduced H.R. 1852, the Email Privacy Act, which would protect consumer privacy interests by updating the privacy protections for electronic communication information that third-party service providers store.
U.S. Reps. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS-03) have introduced H.R. 1852, the Email Privacy Act, which would protect consumer privacy interests by updating the privacy protections for electronic communication information that third-party service providers store. The legislation ensures that the Fourth Amendment protections to privacy that Americans receive from regular mail and other paper documents are extended to electronic correspondence and other content stored in “the cloud.” Technology has changed dramatically since 1986, the last time Congress dealt with email privacy laws. “Government agencies should never be able to read our private emails without a warrant,” said Rep. Graves. “It is ridiculous for the IRS or any other …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves issued a statement on the announcement that Engineered Floors will invest $450 million and create 2,400 jobs over the next five years in Northwest Georgia:
U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on the announcement that Engineered Floors will invest $450 million and create 2,400 jobs over the next five years in Northwest Georgia: “The expansion of Engineered Floors is uplifting news for Northwest Georgians, who have persevered through the recent years of economic hardship. Many families will be relieved to hear about the thousands of new job opportunities, and we’re all proud to see Dalton and the surrounding area remain the Carpet Capitol of the World. I thank Governor Deal, the General Assembly and the local community for working together on pro-growth policies that keep Georgia business-friendly and allow us to compete nationally and globally.”
The home city of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is asking a funeral home director not to request a burial there. Should cities be allowed to turn down burial requests?
It’s been nearly three weeks since his death, but it remains unclear where the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev will be buried. The Associated Press reports that while Tsarnaev's mother says she wants the body returned to Russia, the funeral director in charge of Tsarnaev’s body believes the country will not accept the body. The funeral home director, Peter Stefan, said he plans to ask for a burial in the city where Tsarnaev lived, but officials in Cambridge, Mass., are urging him not to do so. "The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Cambridge…