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Reduce Water Bills. Dekalb County Watershed Management Hosts Rain Collection Workshop 9/25

Atlanta, GA--  The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Road in Tucker.

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills.  During the workshop, citizens will be instructed on rain barrel maintenance and water conservation landscaping. 

The Rain Barrel workshop is open to the first 30 DeKalb County residents that sign up.  This is a “hands on” workshop where residents will make their own rain barrels with DWM assistance.

The cost of the workshop is $65, which includes all the materials to make your very own barrel. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept.

Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization Meets Every Month and Invites All to Particpate

Atlanta, GA--  Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization (KNO) is a racially and economically diverse civic organization devoted to the revitalization of Atlanta's historic Kirkwood community. KNO meets on the 10th of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Turner Monumental A.M.E. Church, 66 Howard Street NE. Everyone is welcome!

KNO members work together to make Kirkwood a better place to live for all of us. Our programs include an ongoing tree-planting program, neighborhood cleanups, a neighborhood newsletter and other community projects. In 1999 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of Kirkwood by sponsoring the Kirkwood Centennial Festival and Tour of Homes.

Governor’s Office Accepting Applications for DeKalb County Solicitor-General

Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that his office will begin accepting applications for Solicitor-General of DeKalb County to succeed the Honorable Robert D. James in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 15-18-60.

Individuals qualified for the position under O.C.G.A. § 15-18-62 must complete and submit an application to the Governor’s Office by Thursday, September 30, 2010. Applications may be sent by mail to 201 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 or by fax to 404-656-5948. Electronic submissions to rgreenway@gov.state.ga.us will also be accepted.

For more information, interested applicants should contact Rhonda Greenway, Executive Legal Assistant to the Governor, at 404-651-7715 or via email at rgreenway@gov.state.ga.us .

A copy of the Solicitor-General Application is attached to this release.

Meet Your Judicial Candidates of Cobb, Dekalb, and Fulton Counties, Sept. 21 6pm

Atlanta, GA--  Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm is the perfect time to meet and hear from your judicial candidates that will be appearing on the November 2nd ballots.

The event is free to the public and takes place at the Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur. It will be moderated by Lisa Rayam.

County Jobs for Fulton Residents

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the county’s first Job Source Policy, at its September 15 meeting.  By enacting this policy, the county will create a pool of employable Fulton county residents who would be eligible to fill jobs created by certain projects funded by the County.

“The Board of Commissioner feels that it is our responsibility to try and help the citizens of Fulton County as much as we can during these hard economic times. This policy will help to provide stable economic opportunities for families throughout the County” stated Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves.

This policy will apply to all contracts procured through the Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance valued in excess of $200,000.

Early Voting Locations Announced

Atlanta, GA--  Early voting for the General Election begins Monday, September 20, 2010 at three locations: Fulton County Government Center (141 Pryor Street, SW Atlanta, GA 30303), Fulton County North Annex (7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30350), and the South Fulton Annex (5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Voters can cast their ballots at three additional locations beginning Monday, October 18, 2010. Those locations are: Adamsville Recreation Center (3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30311), Ocee Branch Library (5090 Abbots Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005) and Roswell Branch Library (115 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA 30075).

Advance voting for the General Election will be held at all six locations listed above beginning Monday, October 25, 2010 through Friday, October 29, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.

Mayor Reed Names New City Attorney for Atlanta

ATLANTA --  Mayor Kasim Reed named Cathy Hampton as his pick for City Attorney on Friday.

Hampton most recently served as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary at RARE Hospitality International, a restaurant franchisor. Before that, the Spelman and Harvard grad served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Earthlink and Counsel at Turner Entertainment Group and the National Basketball Association. 

"Cathy Hampton brings an impressive breadth and depth of legal experience to the City of Atlanta," Reed said in a statement. "Her knowledge of government compliance issues, corporate law, negotiation and contract administration will be an invaluable asset to the City of Atlanta. She is a seasoned attorney who will make an important difference in the management and leadership of the City's Law Department."