Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
February 20, 2007
You know one of the main reasons the public does not trust government leaders. It's because of issues just like this.
The State of Georgia is being given $167 million this year, in the 1998 tobacco settlement with national manufacturers, with the stated purpose to assist the state in education for the prevention of smoking.
Were these dollars used for what they were designed for...heck no...not even close...
How much will actually be spent by Georgia? $2.2 million.
The Governor's Office says they want to use those funds for rural economic development. The state has got to do that anyway, but it should not at the expense of the education of our young people.
Georgia has dropped down to 44th , almost lowest in the U.S., measuring the dollars spent on educating children about the dangers of smoking cigarettes.
The State of Georgia collected nearly 142 million dollars from the Tobacco Manufacturers national settlement in 2006, and spent only 2. 3 million dollars in anti-smoking efforts....less than 2 percent.
This fiscal year the state will receive more than 167 million dollars from the tobacco industry, but spend just 2.2 million dollars in efforts to stop smoking.
The Centers for Disease Control says Georgia should be spending at least 42 million dollars a year fighting smoking. The American Cancer Society said the number of those smoking is about 18 percent, and actually went up just a little bit recently.
One factor is the tobacco industry has more than doubled the amount they spend on marketing from 1998 to 2004, 15 ½ billion dollars.
Someone has got to provide this education, the parents you see driving around town smoking in their cars, with their children, sure aren't telling them it's dangerous.