Over the past few weeks police have arrested teenagers in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon and Warner Robins and charged them with violent offenses - in adult court. With Georgia reforming juvenile justice and the nation starting to roll back get-tough laws, some say its time to reform the so-called "seven deadly sins" law.
After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. What wasn't widely reported was how common views like Hanlin's have become in law enforcement.
More than a year ago, Macon-Bibb government announced a new fire station for East Bibb County. Neighbors said the news was long overdue. But today there is no fire house in East Bibb. Now people living there and the legislators representing them are wondering why.
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.