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Senate update from Sen. John Wilkinson - Now Habersham Today the Senate wrapped up its first week of the 2020 Legislative Session and started preparing for the 36 days to follow.

Legislative update from State Representative Terry Rogers - Now Habersham The first week of the legislative session is in the books and obviously the highlight of the week was the Governor's State of the State speech. I thought the Governor did an excellent job! He laid out a bold and challenging vision for where we should be going while acknowledging at the same time we have our work cut out for us.

Possible light wintry mix early Saturday - Now Habersham Extreme northeast Georgia and the western Carolinas could see a light wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain early Saturday. Forecasters say any snow or ice accumulation should be light and confined to the higher elevations.

Robber pulls gun on store employees, makes off with thousands in merchandise - Now Habersham Authorities are searching for the man who held up an area cellphone store at gunpoint this week. The Hall County Sheriff's Office says the robbery occurred around 8:10 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Verizon Wireless store on GA 347/Lanier Islands Parkway.

Forsyth County Kitchen Inspections: Enzo Sushi, First Watch, Thai Basil Kitchen and more 6-10 by the Forsyth County Environmental Health Department. Foodservice establishments scored to earn a letter grade that corresponds with their score percent: "A", "B", "C", "U" 69 and below. These food-service establishment inspections operate based on risk categorization.

Different Tone in Brooklet Under New Administration It was anything but 'business as usual' Thursday evening at the Brooklet City Council meeting where local officials convened for their first meeting of 2020 and the first gathering for official business since the turnover to the new administration.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Brief brush fire sends smoke over I-85 bridge A brief brush fire Friday afternoon sent smoke over I-85 south of the Ga. 400 ramps.

Delta donates $400K to renovate King National Historical Park "The National Park Service is honored to partner with Delta Air Lines again in providing visitors an encounter worthy of the great treasures preserved and interpreted here at the Martin Luther King Junior National Historical Park." Last year, the Delta Air Lines Foundation gave an $83,500 grant to keep the park open during the government shutdown.

2 suspects fleeing U.S. Marshals killed in SE Atlanta crash Two people were killed in a wreck Friday morning while fleeing U.S.

Escaped Georgia inmate recaptured in Marietta, authorities say Authorities on Friday captured a felon with a lengthy criminal history who was reported missing from…

College Park man killed in fiery crash with tractor-trailer A College Park man was killed Thursday evening in a fiery collision with a tractor-trailer outside a…

Kemp’s budget may make it harder to cut Georgia income tax rate again in 2020 So if lawmakers decide to cut income tax rates again, they may have to either come up with $550 million more in budget cuts or find ways to raise other revenue and get the governor to sign off. Or a combination of both.

ATL Audit Committee Chair: committee will stop meeting in private The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Thursday that the committee, which oversees the city's independent auditor, has met for years met in private, an apparent violation of the state's open meetings law. The city's auditor is charged with making government more accountable cost-effective and transparent.

Out of service? Food trucks, health dept. clash over permitting When Joe Garcia, co-founder of NoFo Brew Co., opened a brewery in north Forsyth County with two friends in 2019, they had a vision of creating a local space where people could come to enjoy a nice beer, food and fun with friends and family, in a laid-back inclusive environment.

USDA Proposes Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations These regulatory burdens had been required by then-President Obama's Executive Order No. 13559. Consistent with President Trump's Executive Order No. 13831, the USDA's proposed rule would eliminate them from USDA regulations.

CRD to host presentation on coastal resiliency The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend a presentation on coastal resiliency at noon Jan. 28.

Atlanta airport ranks No. 3 in nation for dining options Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ranked No. 3 overall for best airport food in the nation, according to a new report from travel company Wanderu.

Baby among 3 rescued from burning southwest Atlanta apartment An Atlanta firefighter gave his own mask to help a mother escape from the second floor of a burning…

Georgia Ranks High for Physical Inactivty in Adults All states and territories had more than 15% of adults who were physically inactive and this estimate ranged from 17.3 to 47.7%, according to new state maps of adult physical inactivity prevalence released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alpharetta to remove stately oak from downtown corner A large water oak that’s a familiar fixture in downtown Alpharetta has been discovered to be s…

Forsyth County schools set job fair for certified educators Prospective teachers are invited to Forsyth County’s 2020 Certified Educators Job Fair, an ann…

Cherokee County schools open 3rd food pantry This is just the beginning." Students now are working on a "care center" that will include the food pantry; an expanded clothes closet; and a school garden to provide fresh food for families.

Roswell opposes state limits on local building regulations Roswell is among the latest metro jurisdictions to object to proposed state legislation that critics…

CDC: 28% of Georgia adults admit to being physically inactive "And we are in good company with all of the Southern states." By region, the South had the highest prevalence of physical inactivity, followed by the Northeast, Midwest, and the West, according to maps drawn up using self-reported data over a three-year period ending in 2018.

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