A Georgia Senate committee has approved two bills that could allow the Buckhead neighborhood to secede from the city of Atlanta. It's the first time that an issue freighted with fears about crime and racial and economic division has moved forward in the General Assembly.
The proposed city of East Cobb failed by the largest margin with 5,900 in favor, good for 26.6% of the vote to 16,289 opposed, or 73.4%. Lost Mountain in west Cobb failed 42% to 58% with the anti side up over 4,000 votes, and Vinings in the south came closest to passing at 55% to 45%, decided by 255 votes out of 2,555.
Political tensions bubbled up but remained respectful as both sides of the East Cobb cityhood movement debated Wednesday night before a crowd of more than 200 residents at Pope High School.
Georgia's Republican-controlled state Legislature has passed legislation that would give three mostly white areas of a metro Atlanta county the chance to form their own cities this year. Critics see a racial and political backlash.
More than 140,000 Cobb County residents could soon have new hometowns as a wave of cityhood bills moved forward in the Georgia House Thursday.
East Cobb could be the first of several new Georgia cities to emerge from this year’s legislative session as a House committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss whether residents of the affluent Atlanta suburb should have the opportunity to vote to create their own government.
Crime is spiking across the city of Atlanta, and perhaps most visibly in Buckhead. Some residents there are saying it's time to secede from Atlanta and that forming their own city is the best way to protect their citizens and keep a close eye on their tax dollars. Opponents of Buckhead cityhood believe that this could be a tremendous hit to the economy of the city of Atlanta. On the latest episode of Georgia Today, we talk to J.D. Capelouto, news reporter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, about the push by some residents for Buckhead to secede from Atlanta.
The City of Stockbridge is suing the state in an attempt to keep itself together. Stockbridge city officials are asking a federal judge to stop a vote...