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 >>
April 10, 2006
Albany - Albany Tomorrow Inc. faces a major money shortage if Dougherty County leaders decide not to give them money this year. For years, Dougherty County has given ATI $150,000 a year to develop its sales tax projects from Riverfront Park to the First Tee Golf Course. County commissioners say they only have one new project in the works, so they might not give ATI as much, if any, money this year. That could leave ATI scrambling to make up 25% of its budget.
Riverfront Park, the Flint Riverquarium and the Oglethorpe Gateway are all projects paid for with sales tax money and developed by Albany Tomorrow.
ATI President Tommy Chatmon said, "Most of ATI's funding comes from management fees and development fees."
Every year, the City and County each give ATI $150,000 for their services. But with few projects on the county's to-do list, county commissioners might not hand over that money this year.
Commissioner Lamar Hudgins said, "We don't want to pay for services that we don't need."
ATI board members packed Monday's commission meeting, as President Tommy Chatmon asked commissioners for $100,000. That's $50,000 less than last year.
"It would go into our general fund for operational services and expenses incurred by ATI. It represents approximately 25% of our overall budget," said Chatmon.
Commissioners say the renovations to the Bridge House is the only sales tax project the county would need ATI's help with. And some don't think overseeing that project should cost $100,000.
"ATI serves us in many ways in a positive way," said Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. "But we must literally look at our budgetary spending from what are we getting for our money and how far tax money going in terms promoting and growing Albany and promoting and growing jobs."
"The funding is critical," said Chatmon. Chatmon says ATI has already cut back its staff and spending, even getting rid of lunches at board meetings. But he says ATI continues to handle county's projects and should be financially compensated.
"We provide all landlord services for all the rental properties in the west paring deck. We interface with the public and manage the booking of Riverfront Park," said Chatmon.
The county's finance committee will now look into how the money would be spent and then make a funding recommendation to the commission.