Increasing numbers of police officers are leaving a suburban Atlanta county, and many of them say low pay is the reason. Former Gwinnett County officer Mike Puglise said the numbers are alarming. He said the county is also losing the experience and training of the officers who leave.
Gwinnett County has renewed an agreement allowing its officers to enforce some federal immigration laws. Since 2009, Gwinnett County sheriff deputies have been able to check the immigration status of arrested people.
The school board for Georgia's largest school system has voted to increase taxes for homeowners in the suburban area northeast of Atlanta. The Gwinnett County School Board approved the measure at its meeting Thursday night.
Police in Georgia say that when a gunman took four firefighters hostage in his home, his demands became unreasonable and negotiations were going nowhere, so officers stormed the house. Authorities on Thursday provided new details on Wednesday's hostage-taking north of Atlanta.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought. The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.