Newsmakers

Chattahoochee Bend State Park opens in northwest Coweta

To say it is scenic would be an understatement. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattachoochee Bend State Park, Georgia’s first in nearly 20 years, opened July 1 in northwest Coweta County. Located off Flat Rock Road, the park with seven miles fronting the Chattahoochee River provides a host of amenities and wilderness area for hikers and campers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was some time in the making, but Georgia’s newest state park opened July 1. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located off Flat Rock Road in northwest Coweta and includes a number of amenities and seven miles of property fronting the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia’s largest, covering 2,910 acres, according to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, providing visitors with what has been called a spectacular tract of protected wilderness area. The park will be a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers, DNR said. Read More»

Feds launch program on radon gas exposure

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments for America’s families. The plan announced in June brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect the health of Americans through leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. Read More»

Brown's Mill Battlefield group to host several Confederate lectures

July was a historic month in the year 1864 for Newnan, Coweta County. Not only were Newnan's seven hospitals filled with hundreds of Confederate wounded brought in from other battles, on July 30, a cavalry battle was fought 3 miles south of town at Brown's Mill. Both Confederate and Union wounded were brought in to be treated by the doctors and nurses located here. Life was never the same in Newnan after that day. Read More»

Brooks councilman named police chief in Chatt Hills

Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper was recently hired as the new Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief. Harper brings to the job a working knowledge of municipal matters and more than three decades in law enforcement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper retirement after a career in law enforcement was not enough. Harper was recently hired as the new police chief in Chattahoochee Hills.

Harper’s career in law enforcement to date spans more than three decades. He started work in College Park in 1973 and retired from the department in July 2006.

Harper said he was contacted in November about assuming the position of interim chief in the south Fulton County city. Read More»

Will Fayette Commission kick public comment to the meeting’s end?

At its workshop meeting Wednesday, the Fayette County Commission will begin to tackle a detailed updating of the ordinance that governs how meetings are run.

Although there has been some sentiment to move the public comment portion of the meeting to the end of the agenda, the ordinance prepared by county staff keeps it near the beginning of the meeting. Read More»

Director Chris Snell out at F’ville Library

Chris Snell has been the face of the Fayetteville Library for years. But a June decision by the Flint River Library System board could change all that by year’s end unless the Fayette County Commission can find the funds to retain the position. Read More»

Feds charge 2 Fayette air traffic controllers in $1.4 million foreign currency trading fraud

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, D.C., on June 30 announced the filing of charges against two air traffic controllers, Louis J. Giddens, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., and Anthony W. Dutton of Peachtree City, Ga., as well as commodity trader Michael Gomez of Valrico, Fla., for operating a fraudulent off-exchange foreign currency (forex) scheme in which they solicited and accepted approximately $1.4 million from the general public. Read More»

SCHS grad prevents drowning

Katie McKennon. Photo/Special.

On June 7, Katie McKennon was on her first day as a lifeguard at the Southampton subdivision pool.

It didn’t take long for her mettle to be tested as the only lifeguard on duty. And she passed with flying colors, with an assist from another pool patron.

Her eyes on the lone swimmer, McKennon leapt into the pool after he stopped moving while underwater. She found the 16-year-old boy unconscious, so she pulled him out using a technique that adapts her body to serve as a sort of “rescue board.”

McKennon then shouted for someone to call 911 and a nurse came forward to help. Read More»

Sandy Creek HS grad Carter honored by W.E.B. Du Bois Society

Sandy Creek HS grad Carter honored by W.E.B. Du Bois Society

Fayette County resident and Sandy Creek High School graduate Camara Carter (center) and her sister and novelist Noni (at left) visit with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed June 29 at a Recognition Week event held by the W.E.B. Du Bois Society. Camara Carter was recently honored for her high scholastic achievements by the W.E.B. Du Bois Society and leaders in the political, educational and business communities. Read More»

Senoia firm receives state Renaissance Award

Senoia’s Historic Development Ventures received the Georgia Cities Foundation Renaissance Award in Savannah June 27 for its contribution in the revitalization of the city’s downtown area. Accepting the award for Paul Lombardi and Scott Tigchelaar are (from left) Historical Concepts partner Terry Pylant and Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chair Suzanne Helfman along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Georgia Cities Foundation President Mike Starr. Photo/Special.

Senoia’s Historic Development Ventures, LLC received statewide recognition June 27 when it was presented with the Georgia Cities Foundation Renaissance Award in Savannah. The award recognized the community contributions of company principals Paul Lombardi and Scott Tigchelaar. Read More»