Kemp Bus Tour stops at Truett McConnell Tuesday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s “Road to Victory” bus tour visited the campus of Truett McConnell University, a Christian liberal arts and sciences school in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, Tuesday morning.

Following morning chapel service led by Anthony George, senior associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, in the beautiful George Blaurock Student Wellness Center, Kemp briefly addressed students and staff and delivered a message of faith and hope.

The Republican candidate for governor said, “I know God has a plan for our family and I’m just here living It out. We’re going to know shortly what that plan is and we’re trusting in the Lord every single day. That is giving me a lot of peace in my heart. Its people of faith – in a lot of ways – this campaign is about.”

Kemp said he was encouraged to see how many young people are interested in the campaign.

“I’m optimistic that we see a lot of young people all over our state that are interested in who their leaders are going to be. They want good government. They want to have good opportunities and that’s why I’m running, so my kids and you all and your kids, one day, will have all the same opportunities that I have had.”

Many government heavy-hitters at both the state and local level were on hand to show their support for Kemp, who will face Democrat Stacey Abrams and Libertarian Ted Metz in next Tuesday’s election.

Governor Nathan Deal told attendees he is aware that politics has a bad rap but he said, “The truth of the matter is our great nation is based on the idea we are not just a democracy. We are a republic in which people have the right to elect their leaders. If those leaders do not reflect the moral values that our nation should have, our nation will not remain strong.”

Other leaders who visited with Kemp included, Congressman Doug Collins, State Senator Steve Gooch and White County commissioners Travis Turner, Terry Goodger and Edwin Nix.

 

 

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Gov. Deal swears in Joy Parks as superior court judge

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Superior Court Judge Joy Parks

ATLANTA, Ga. – Gov. Nathan Deal swore in White County’s Joy R. Parks at the State Capitol Tuesday as Enotah Judicial Circuit’s new superior court judge. She replaces Judge Murphy C. Miller who announced his resignation in July.

Parks becomes the first female superior court judge from White County and only the second person from White County to serve in that capacity.

Until Tuesday, she was White County’s magistrate judge. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Parks earned her law degree from Walter. F. Georgia School of Law at Mercer University.

The superior court judges in White, Lumpkin, Towns and Union counties will meet soon and name her replacement to the magistrate court.

Parks and her husband Robert have one child and live in Cleveland.

 

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Judge Parks appointed to Enotah Judicial District

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Governor Nathan Deal has announced that White County Chief Magistrate Judge Joy R. Parks has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the Enotah Judicial Circuit that was created when Judge Murphy C. Miller resigned.

Parks, who owns her own law firm, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

Parks, her husband Robert and one child reside in Cleveland.

The Enotak Judicial District includes White, Lumpkin, Towns and Union counties.

 

 

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Large voter turnout reported in White County so far

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County’s Chief Registrar Lisa Manning said Wednesday (July 18)  she is extremely happy with the large voter turnout during the advanced voting period which ends Friday at 5 p.m.

“Considering we lost two voting days due to the Fourth of July and the fact we had no Saturday voting this time, I’m excited. I don’t ever remember a time when a runoff election drew more voters than the primary election,” she said.

As of 3:30 Wednesday, 804 White County voters had cast their ballots in person compared to 1,009 who voted in the May primary. With two days left, it is likely the turnout for this runoff election will exceed the number who voted in the May primary.

“Here in White County, the governor’s race and the local school board race have drawn a lot of attention,” Manning added.

The governor’s race has been a no-holds-barred battle between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Both candidates have attracted last-minute endorsements with Cagle getting the endorsement of Gov. Nathan Deal and Kemp earning Hunter Hill’s endorsement.

The only local race on the ballot is for the White County School Board between incumbent Charlie Bryson and John Solmon.

The poll will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Election Day is Tuesday (July 24) when the poll will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

 

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Georgia General Assembly Back in Session

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ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly convened today.

Legislators say there is a long list of issues to consider, including how to proceed following President-elect Donald Trump’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, regional transportation planning, expansion of the medical marijuana bill and a renewed effort by Gov. Deal to pass an altered version of the Opportunity School District (OSD) that was soundly defeated by Georgia voters last year.

It is unclear what Republicans plan to dismantle with regard to Obamacare since Georgia did not expand Medicaid or create an exchange.

Republicans have placed crafting a regional transportation plan at the top of their agenda. But there will also be a strong push for an initiative to bolster job training programs in high schools as well as an effort to get the Georgia Lottery to reduce the prize money it offers to winners in order to direct extra funding to the HOPE scholarship program.

As they have in the past, Democrats are likely to push for gun safety, voting rights an expansion of the medical marijuana bill passed in 2015, and added protection for the environment.

Deal, who is in his final year in office, appears determined to ignore the will of the voters and pass some form of his unpopular OSD.

The governor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week he is working with lawmakers on a plan that would give the state more power to let students transfer from the 153 schools on the state’s failing list.

Conservatives may push for a religious liberty bill for the fourth year in a row. House Bill 757 passed both the House and Senate last session before Deal sided with the LGBT and Chamber of Commerce lobbies and vetoed it in April.
The bill protected pastors from having to perform a same-sex wedding ceremonies and allowed businesses to refuse service to couples if they cited a sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions regarding marriage.

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Some Schools Close Early Today as Winter Storm Approaches

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ATLANTA — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a storm warning just after midnight as schools, road crews and public safety officials in Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties prepared for the first winter storm of 2017.

Schools in White and Lumpkin counties announced they will close at noon today and some schools have altered their athletic contests scheduled for today.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal plans to declare a state of emergency for 79 counties – including Dawson, Lumpkin and White.

The NWS said that some areas could get up to four inches of snow. Lumpkin County Emergency Services Director David Wimpy said one official told him the higher elevations of Lumpkin could get up to eight inches.

The winter weather is expected to begin early Friday evening as rain, snow or a mixture of both, becoming all snow overnight tonight. Officials say snow should end Saturday morning. Temperatures Friday evening will be in the low to mid 30s, making roads slick and travel hazardous.

White County is expecting snowfall of between four and five inches. White County Public Safety Director David Murphy advises the county Emergency Operation Center will activate at 7 PM Friday and will remain on partial activation until the weather threat has ended.

All fire stations will be manned beginning Friday evening and until such time the response phase of this event is completed. According to Murphy, all Public Works crews are prepared and ready to respond and pre-treat if necessary, they will begin shift operations Friday as well.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin pre-treatments for our area and region at 7a.m., Friday morning. First focus will be on interstate highways, and main state routes such as US Hwy 129. The DOT will work 12 hours shifts beginning Friday morning for 24 hours operations.
Fetchyournews.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

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Governor Reappoints Baker to State Board

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ATLANTA, Ga. — ATLANTA, Ga. — Governor Nathan Deal has reappointed White County Probate Judge Garrison Baker to serve on the Georgia Historical Record Advisory Council. Baker lives in Cleveland and is chairman of the board of directors for Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. He also sits on the board of directors for the White County Historical Society and the board of commissioners for the Judges of the Probate Court Retirement Fund of Georgia.

Baker has served as Probate Judge since Jan. 1983. He is actively actively involved in the preservation and conservation of Northeast Georgia’s local history and cultural heritage and has authored two books on local history.

Previously, he worked with the Georgia Department of Labor and served as the county planner for White County. He is a member of the National College of Probate Judges and the board of directors of Regions Bank of Cleveland. Baker attended Gainesville College and the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Susan, have two children.

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