Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 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 >>
December 20, 2007
Lee County -- Georgia Power customers are bracing for an increase to their bills. This week, the Public Service Commission approved a rate increase that will allow Georgia Power to increase revenue by more than 300 million dollars a year.
The utility says they need the extra money to pay for upgrades to the power grid and to meeting stricter environmental standards.
Georgia Power sub-stations hum with the power that a growing South Georgia demands. The Public Service Commission approved a plan that increases Georgia Power's base rates by nearly 100 million dollars a year, to deal with the state's growth. Georgia Power Distribution Manager in Albany, Jay Smith, said "we need some more big units, and what we are looking at is nuclear. But yes, looking forward, we are going to have to build those plants to be able to supply our energy needs."
The new rate plan would also give Georgia Power money to deal with tougher environmental standards on their coal fired power plants like Plant Mitchell south of Albany, establishing an environmental recovery tariff of another 222 million dollars per year for the utility. Smith said "we feel like our plants are clean now. They are going to be cleaner. Particularly to meet the new emission standards coming up in the future."
Georgia Power asked for almost double the amount of money the PSC granted. Commissioner Angela Speir, who voted against the increase, said the new rates will provide a higher profit margin to Georgia Power than utilities in some other states.
The average bill will go up more than 5-dollars per month. If Georgia Power's earnings exceed expectations, the company will have to reduce rates.