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Gov. Kemp Signs Midyear Amended Budget

AP News ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a midyear amended budget that includes $100 million in emergency funding to combat the new coronavirus. The emergency money was pulled from the state’s $2.8 billion reserves for the budget that the governor signed Tuesday (March 17). Despite that new money, the […]

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Tax Deadline Extension: What You Need to Know

Due to the stress that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is putting on the economic system and society at large, the federal government is giving Americans an extra 90 days to work on their taxes. That means everyone has until July 15 to prepare, file and pay their taxes. This means you can technically heave […]

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Fannin Excels at TSA Conference

By Bubba Gibbs Congratulations to the Fannin County High School (FCHS) and Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) students who were able to compete from March 11th through 13th at the Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Athens, GA. The TSA State Conference hosts over 2,000 students competing in events ranging from robotics, to electric cars, […]

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City Approves $750,000 Purchase to Move Maintenance Shop

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer — A $750,000 purchase of property to relocate the City of Blue Ridge’s maintenance shop was approved March 10, opening up new possibilities for the current shop location. A city shop move, rezoning request approval and steps toward enacting a storm water management ordinance and watershed protection plan […]

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Kemp Authorizes Call of Georgia National Guard for COVID-19 Response

Atlanta, GA – Today (March 14) Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.14.20.02 authorizing Adjutant General Tom Carden–at the request of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Homer Bryson–to call up as many as 2,000 Georgia National Guard troops to State Active Duty to address novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Georgia. “Through extensive […]

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Bills that advanced or failed in Georgia General Assembly

By Elaine Owen, Editor — ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly faced a deadline last Thursday (March 12) to advance legislation from one chamber to the other. While issues can be resurrected later using legislative rules, the crossover deadline between the House and Senate tends to significantly narrow the issues in play. […]

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Kemp Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed a public health state of emergency to address novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Georgia. Kemp gave a televised address to Georgians with the following remarks: “My fellow Georgians: Over the past few weeks, our state has been facing an unprecedented public health threat with the spread […]

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Trump Declares National Emergency To Fight COVID-19

By Elaine Owen, Editor President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday (March 13) to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up billions of dollars to fund the response and help states, small businesses and individuals while allowing for a broader federal role in coordination. The emergency declaration allows agencies to waive rules and allow […]

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Rep. Brett Harrell to Introduce 2020 Budget and Tax Reform Package

ATLANTA – State Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, today announced that he will introduce tax reform legislation which seeks to cut personal income taxes. Chairman Harrell made the announcement at the Atlanta Press Club today with Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and House Appropriations Chairman […]

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Army institute developing COVID-19 diagnostic test, vaccine

By Patricia Kime, Military Times It’s been all hands on deck since Jan. 10 at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, WRAIR, working to develop a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus, now responsible for 91,000 illnesses and at least 3,000 deaths worldwide. The date marks the first publication of the virus’s genetic makeup — […]

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