Fighting poverty, finding new leadership for the police force, and providing job opportunities for Savannah's youth were the key themes of Mayor Edna Jackson's "State of the City" address Tuesday. Speaking in a nearly-full ballroom at Savannah's Civic Center, Jackson said the local economy is recovering. She touted expansions by several local businesses and the city's record-breaking tourism rate last year.
Tybee Island officials have been receiving lots of negative feedback about a proposal to track visitors with cameras. The beachfront city is considering recording the license plate numbers of all the cars going on and off the island. But Mayor Jason Buelterman says officials may reconsider in light of public opinion.
Despite the rain, volunteers with the Atlanta Track Club have been working around the clock to prepare for 44th running of the Peachtree Road Race. Organizers have added extra security to the event in the wake of April's Boston Marathon bombings.
Leaders of a newly-created city are working with DeKalb County officials to determine how much they should pay for certain county services. Leaders of Brookhaven — which incorporated in December — say $500,000 should be enough to pay the county for police and park maintenance service for about six months, much less than an initial agreement between the two governments.
Police in Georgia are rolling out increased enforcement patrols as part of their summer safety campaign. The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. campaign is designed to reduce fatal crash counts from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The extra enforcement began Monday and runs through Sept. 2.
The new police chief in Brookhaven is looking to hire more than 50 sworn police officers. Brookhaven police Chief Gary Yandura, who started last week, says he's looking for officers who match the makeup of the city, including bilingual officers.
Georgia sheriffs are working to reduce the number of traffic crashes involving officers responding to emergency calls. So their state association bought two high-tech simulators and state training officials are developing a new program to reinforce driving skills and safety.