Monday, May 20, 2013
Marchex Institute says Ohio residents swear the most on consumer calls but Georgians are among the most courteous.
We're the Peach State - because we're so sweet...mostly. That's the finding from the Marchex Institute, a data analysis firm. Just in time for National Etiquette Week, Marchex released findings on the most courteous and the least courteous states in the nation. The Institute examined more than 600,000 phone calls from the past 12 months. You know, the calls that "may be recorded for training purposes." The calls were placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers and more, says Marchex. The Institute scanned for curse words from A to F to S (use your imagination). Analysts then linked the frequency of those words with all 50 states. Georgians …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
January's unemployment rate was a little better than the Georgia Department of Labor originally thought, at 6.9%.
Johns Creek's unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in February, with 2,628 people who were jobless. While that figure is not as good as rates for Alpharetta or Roswell, it's much better than the metro Atlanta or Georgia unemployment rates by mroe than a full percentage point. The jobless rate was revealed to have been a tiny bit better in January at 6.9 percent in revised figures also released today by the Georgia Department of Labor. The North Fulton city had 2,628 people unemployed last month, 21 fewer than in January. The labor force dipped by 81 people as well. This could be because those workers have been out of work for so long they are no longer counted as looking for work, or some of them may have moved out of the city. City…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
One out of every 14 people in the North Fulton city's labor force is out of work.
Johns Creek's revised unemployment figures for December 2012 were a tenth of a percent lower than originally estimated, but the January 2013 lost that gain and the cit's jobless rate fell to 7 percent. The city's labor force dropped slightly to 37,644, not quite offsetting the loss of jobs by 140 people. But things were worse a year ago when the city's unemployment was even higher at 7.3 percent. Johns Creek's labor force was calculated at 37,644, with 2,628 of those people counted among the jobless. That works out to approximately 1 out of every 14 people in the local labor force being out of a job. City Rate Alpharetta 6.4% Johns Creek 7.0 Roswell 6.5
Sandy Springs 6.5
Friday, November 16, 2012
Georgia's Governor cites unknown costs, lack of flexibility in federal regulations.
Gov. Nathan Deal today told the Obama administration that Georgia will not set up its own health care exchange, citing the administration's "one-size fits all" approach and the high cost that the law places on states. “I remain committed to common sense health care solutions that empower consumers to take responsibility for their own health, motivate the private sector and drive efficiencies for consumers, employers and governments alike,” Deal said in a press release. “I continue to hope that we might finally engage in a serious conversation about restoring meaningful flexibility to states around health care programs.” Deal said the federal government needs to loosen regulations that restrict states’ options. He said he would support a "…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Kemp has no legal authority to add promotional language to Georgia ballot, says the Transportation Leadership Coalition.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) took the first formal step towards litigation challenging Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp for adding promotional language to the official state ballot in order to promote passage of Referendum 1. Referendum 1, commonly called TSPLOST, is an $18 billion transportation program funded by a sales and use increase that is subject to voter approval in the July 31, 2012 primary election. On behalf of TLC, Atlanta attorney Pitts Carr has taken the initial action of questioning "political interference" on the upcoming ballot. Carr is a founding partner of the nationally recognized firm Pitts & Carr and served Georgia as a special assistant attorney general in the challenge to the …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Georgia Department of Education said Fulton Science Academy Middle School was strong on academics, but weak on everything else required.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School's state charter application got a recommendation for denial from the GA Department of Education. The school "fails to meet the standard for a high-quality charter school due to governance, financial, and accountability issues and thus does not merit a state chartered special school charter," a summary of the recommendation states. Lou Erste, director of the department's charter schools division, said the school's attorney asked if they could submit a response to this recommendation. What do you think of the state's recommendation? Tell us in the comments below. The state school board will be given the school's charter petition and the department's recommendation for denial at its May 10 meeting. A …
Monday, April 2, 2012
In his last weekly legislative address of the session, the Republican from Roswell went over some of the bills passed in 2012.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, who represents Roswell, parts of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Milton and Johns Creek, offers his address on the last week of the legislative session. Albers said during its current session, the state legislature passed a balance budget, made economic development a top priority and got serious about tax reform. Click on the attached You Tube video for the entire address. Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton County. He may be reached at his office at 404-463-8055 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The middle school still needs a charter to stay open past June, and approval of its building and site plans.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School has gotten approval for the school site its board chose, and has already paid off. "We've approved the site, that's all we've approved," said Lynn Jackson, facilities director for the GA Department of Education. Her staff is reviewing the facility plan. But that's not the only hurdle for FSA. "Everything is also still subject to whether or not the school is approve as a charter going forward then end of its charter term, I think it is in June," she said. School officials are confident, announcing the site approval this afternoon and saying the plan to move into the new building on the 44-acre campus for the 2012-2013 school year. "FSA Middle School has been operating with outstanding academic results in…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Complete text of Gov. Deal's address to the General Assembly
Lt. Governor, Mr. Speaker, President Pro Tem Williams, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, Members of the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers, Members of the Judiciary, my fellow Georgians: In centuries long past … in a world far removed from the one we know today … the Age of Exploration captivated the minds of brave, young men. These individuals traveled through distant waters to identify the unknown, their will to explore outweighing the countless dangers, hardships and tragedies they faced. It is an age we now define by these names: Columbus, da Gama, Vespucci and Magellan. These brave adventurers, with only primitive tools at their disposal, charted a course by looking to the stars for guidance. The nights were not always clear … the …
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