Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Albany - House Bill 218 would allow closed door sessions for negotiations for economic development, allowing recruiters to entice prospective businesses without the public's knowledge.
Procter and Gamble, and Miller Brewing company could have chosen anywhere in the world to set up shop, but they chose Albany. Many other businesses are choosing the "Good Life City" as well, but there's stiff competition to get them here.
Tim Martin says, "The way it stands now, we're at a competitive disadvantage. We're forced to play this important game with our cards face up, and other states aren't." Competing against other states to attract new businesses.
That's why economic developers like Tim Martin want House Bill 218 to become law. He says, "House Bill 218 does not take anything at all away from public hearings for zoning or ledges planning or environmental permitting. All it does is provide us a climate where conditional negotiations can take place."
Conditional being the key word. Once a business decides to locate in Georgia, they would still be subject to public hearings for zoning, land use, environmental permitting, and bond validations, so the public wouldn't be completely out of the loop, but it would leave others out. "Other states principally," says Martin. "We're competing against Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and other states. They can call and ask for information. What our incentives are, what our negotiations are revealing, and in many instances, these could reveal trade secrets from the private sector."
And Martin believes by protecting the private sector, the public will benefit. He says, "Well, I think the tax-payers interest in this is a job, and the nameless, faceless individuals involved in this are those people who want a job, need a job, cannot get a job, because these companies go some place else, instead of locating in Georgia."
Critics say the bill could allow something like a chemical plant to open near your neighborhood that could be exempt from paying the same taxes you're required to pay. And you'd never know about it until the plant was reality. But supporters say the bottom line is the bill would mean more jobs for Georgia.
Representatives Ed Rynders of Lee County and Freddie Powell Sims of Albany, both voted against the bill. They were not available for comment.