Project wish lists for Georgia’s 12 transportation regions are almost complete. In 2012, voters will decide whether to pay a penny sales tax to fund the work. The process of whittling-down the lists -- and convincing voters to support them -- is a challenge for municipalities trying to serve voters locally, and support the region.
Wednesday is the deadline for 12 regions of Georgia to submit transportation wish lists to the state. It represents the first step toward putting the lists before voters. Sometime next year, voters would decide whether to approve a penny sales tax for their region's projects.
A marker now commemorates the only site in Georgia where African-American soldiers fought during the Civil War. On October 13, 1864, 800 black Federal troops were poised to defend Fort Hill in Dalton from 40,000 advancing Confederates. Heavily outnumbered, they surrendered with tragic results. Southern troops executed many of them, and re-enslaved others.