ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a long-awaited transportation bill on Wednesday that will allow Georgia voters to decide whether to hike the sales tax to pay for roads and infrastructure.
The legislation, three years in the making, divides Georgia into 12 regions and will ask voters during the 2012 presidential primary whether to hike the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for roads, bridges and rail projects in that part of the state. Only those regions that approve the sales tax increase would have the money to spend.
ALBANY - Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens will spend five days in jail and pay a fine after a judge determined he ignored an order to bring inmates to court.
Judge Dane Perkins says Bowens intentionally created a lack of personnel on a day inmates were due in court. Perkins says Bowens then claimed he didn't have enough workers to transport inmates safely. The Sheriff's office has 32 employees.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is preparing to sign legislation requiring adults riding in pickup trucks to wear seat belts.
Perdue is scheduled to go to Dalton, Ga., to sign the measure Thursday afternoon.
Authorities are expecting no charges – and little if any other information – to come out of the investigation into a murder suicide early Tuesday morning at 20500 Hwy. 144 in South Bryan.
Carol Porter, Democratic candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor, will be the keynote speaker at the Liberty County Democratic Committee's Annual Awards Banquet.
RICHMOND HILL -- Authorities say a South Bryan man killed his wife, fired shots at a nearby home and set fire to his home before killing himself early Tuesday.
The Pembroke police officer that landed a brief spot in a rap video out of Savannah has no ties to any gangs, according to Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe.
The appearance of Sgt. Billy Gray in the video for the song "Savannah Anthem," which posted to YouTube on May 14, was really just an unintentional bad idea on the part of the video's director, Crowe said.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation board has decided to seek more than $16 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to plan rail projects, including a passenger line that would loop around the eastern half of the state.
A committee of the board recommended asking for federal grant money on Wednesday, and the full board approved making the request on Thursday.
County law enforcement and animal control officials on May 11 rescued more than a dozen dogs and puppies that had been living alone in a Wellington Oaks subdivision home in Richmond Hill.
JEKYLL ISLAND - The Jekyll Island Authority chose three developers Monday to take over key pieces of the state park's extensive makeover, which hit a snag six months ago when its main private partner backed out of the project.
Rather than hire another single developer to tackle all the privately funded components of the island's redevelopment - an investment estimated at $80 million to $100 million - Jekyll Island's board of directors voted to divide them among different firms.
ATLANTA - Kathy Cox is stepping down as Georgia's school superintendent to take over a new national education nonprofit.
A tearful Cox said Monday that she will resign as the state's school's chief June 30.
The Pembroke City Council voted Monday to reduce water and sewer tap and connection fees for one year, as a way to help residents weather tough economic times.
Candidates discussed states rights, the fair tax, illegal immigration and mercury in Georgia's freshwater fish during Friday night's Statesboro Republican primary gubernatorial debate. About 325 residents and supporters came out to Statesboro High to hear five of the seven GOP candidates for governor stake out their positions on statewide issues.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed legislation that would increase dozens of Georgia user fees and slap a new tax on hospitals to help balance the state's struggling budget.
The legislation Perdue signed Wednesday would also cut taxes for property owners and upper-income senior citizens.
ATLANTA - The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has won a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday night.
Jason Carter became the first in his family to win elected office since his grandfather took the White House more than three decades ago.