n Where: Professional Drive at Gwinnett Medical Center•What: A new parking lot to serve the hospital employees and doctors. Some 310 parking spaces are being added.
My husband and I recently returned from northern Wisconsin where we spent a week with his brothers Jon and Kim and their wives.Our cabin was so far from civilization that even Garrison Keillor never heard of the place. No cell service. No Internet hook-up. No cable TV. I don't even think our Global Positioning System knew where we were.
BaseballAug. 19, 20: The Atlanta Baseball Club, home of the Atlanta Blue Jays travelling baseball teams, will host tryouts for the fall 2006/summer 2007 seasons on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Atlanta High School. Go to www.atlantabluejays.com for more information.
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In Vino Veritas. In Wine is Truth. At least that's one layman's translation of the Latin phrase.
firstname.lastname@example.orgThe interior of Georgia's defensive line, already missing seniors Ray Gant and Marquis Elmore, now has another player on the sidelines.
ure, visiting the Big Apple is exciting. Sometimes, a bit too exciting.
NORCROSS - The most important thing - whether it's for businesses, shoppers or residents - is that an area be clean and safe.
U.S. House Democrats only need a net gain of 15 seats this fall to recapture the majority they lost a dozen years ago in the Republican onslaught led by Newt Gingrich.
Happy 90th birthday, Braselton.
ATLANTA - Ten years ago this week, then-President Bill Clinton made good on a pledge to "end welfare as we know it" by signing landmark legislation creating a new work-based welfare program that set lifetime limits on public assistance.A decade later, with work participation by welfare enrollees hovering near 70 percent, Georgia's program is being cited by human services bureaucrats and public policy wonks across the country as a model for what welfare reform was intended to achieve. But a new report charges that behind the state's rosy work participation numbers lie plummeting welfare caseloads driven not so much by adult recipients being put to work as by families being thrown off the rolls. The study, released by the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, warns that trend could grow worse as stricter work requirements adopted by Congress last winter take effect this fall. "Georgia is being held up as a bellwether,'' said Liz Schott, a senior policy analyst with the center and the report's author. "But so much of this caseload decline that gets touted is people who aren't working and are not on welfare.'' But B.J. Walker, Georgia's commissioner of human resources, said it makes no sense - given the state's four-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits - to allow recipients to remain on the rolls indefinitely, using up their eligibility, if they aren't ready to get and keep a job. She said most enrollees who leave the program for that reason have plenty of eligibility time left and can come back when they are ready. "It's better for us to help them figure out how to ride the horse,'' she said. "We would do no good saying, 'Come on to (welfare) and sit.''' History of reform Clinton moved to overhaul the nation's welfare system in a larger context, as part of an effort to balance the federal budget that eventually paid off. Eliminating the red ink was hard to do while welfare caseloads were soaring. Politically, the legislation also paid dividends for the Democratic president, as he took a campaign issue away from Republicans in an election year. The bill scrapped the old program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and replaced it with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, a better sounding name to voters grown frustrated with welfare spending. Structurally, welfare was converted into a program of block grants to states, giving them more flexibility in how to spend the money. The one key mandate from the feds was that it carry a work requirement. To motivate enrollees, there also had to be a lifetime limit on eligibility. "The major problem was the system itself,'' said state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, who helped oversee the beginnings of welfare reform in Georgia as director of the state Division of Family and Children Services. "It wasn't a work-based program. It encouraged dependence.'' Early payoff Georgia's experience with welfare reform in the early years mirrored that of other states. Thousands of adult recipients found jobs, with the state's help, and the welfare caseload dropped quickly. Between 1997 and 2000, average monthly caseloads fell by more than one half. The numbers bumped back up during the recession early this decade. But Thurmond, who was elected labor commissioner in 1998, said the economy wasn't the only factor. By 2001, he said, the welfare recipients who were easiest to employ were gone from the rolls. That left people who couldn't get or keep jobs because they lacked education, job skills and, in some cases, were substance abusers. His agency launched GoodWorks that year, a job-training program aimed at those hard-to-serve enrollees. "They've been on (welfare) the longest and have the least educational attainment and work experience,'' Thurmond said. "It's a more intensive strategy.'' As the economy has rebounded during the last several years, Georgia welfare caseloads again have fallen significantly, and the program's work participation rate has skyrocketed. Gov. Sonny Perdue announced at the end of May that since he took office in 2003, the number of welfare recipients either working or in a work training program has risen from 8.2 percent to 69 percent. "Georgia is setting the example for the entire nation thanks to our thriving economy and (the Department of Human Resources') targeted welfare reforms,'' the governor said at the time. Behind the numbers But both the report and Georgia-based advocates for the poor say the rising work participation rate is happening because fewer families are on the welfare rolls, whether they still need assistance or not. Lisa Krisher, director of litigation for Georgia Legal Services, said some thinly populated rural counties are reporting that they don't have a single adult on welfare. "It's suspicious to me that they don't have any people with disabilities who can't get jobs because of their disabilities,'' she said. The report charges that the DHR is putting pressure on county welfare offices to hit certain targets for reducing caseloads. "The agency touts culture and message change as a big part of the caseload drop,'' the report said. "That, at a minimum, raises questions about whether this message has been translated at the local office level into caseworkers actively discouraging families from ... applications for TANF assistance and encouraging families to leave the program.'' Walker denied that her agency is encouraging anyone to do "bad work'' to reduce caseloads. She said there's no need to resort to anything like that because Georgia has long been well within compliance of work participation requirements set by the 1996 federal law. In fact, she said the percentage of welfare recipients leaving the program because they're earning too much to remain eligible for assistance has risen in the last two years from 26 percent to 36 percent. "We continually ask ourselves where we are, who's on the caseloads and what we need to do,'' she said. Walker also dismisses fears that county welfare workers will start throwing people out of the program in October, when the stricter federal work requirements kick in. She said Georgia's already about where it needs to be to meet the tougher standards. "I could see how it could be a problem in some states,'' she said. "Two years ago, we started doing the work we thought would get our people more involved in work activity.''
TuesdayJeff Abbott, author of "Fear," will sign copies of his work at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapter 11 Bookstore at at 220 Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs. The event is free. Call 404-256-5518.
Cousins Properties must be smiling.
We are living in treacherous times, and terrorists well understand that even when one of their murderous plots is uncovered, the fallout from the aborted action is a big win for them. After British authorities prevented a couple of dozen Muslim fanatics from blowing up a number of American jetliners, the ensuing airport chaos caused pain and inconvenience for thousands of people. Unfortunately, that will continue for the foreseeable future.
On the moveThad Ellis has joined Cousins Properties Inc. as senior vice president. Ellis will head Cousins Properties Services, the third-party office management and leasing arm of Cousins Properties. The developer created the Avenue Webb Gin, an upscale outdoor mall that opened this week at Scenic Highway and Webb Gin House Road in Lawrenceville.
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SUWANEE - It's the dog days of summer, and nowhere could that be more evident than at Suwanee's Town Center Park on Saturday.
Suwanee fountain to close for repairsSUWANEE - The Big Splash interactive fountain at Town Center Park will be closed beginning Monday.
McDowell - HewattJulia R. McDowell and the late Jimmy M. McDowell of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Michelle McDowell of Bethlehem, to Daniel Lee Hewatt of Winder, son of Dorsey and Bobbi Hewatt of Hoschton.
GAINESVILLE - With a 5-1 win over Commerce on Saturday, Providence Christian took fifth place at the Lake Lanier Invitational.
and email@example.comLAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools beat the national and state average on the latest ACT college achievement tests and tied its own record for the highest scores on the exam, according to newly released results. Scores on the college entry exam rose in Barrow County and the Buford City Schools, but the districts' average scores are still below the state's.
For Gwinnett County, open space is the final frontier.
June 8Ava Grace Kennedy was born on June 8, 2006, to Ana Marie Brown and Timothy Todd Kennedy of Bethlehem. She weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 191⁄2 inches long.
Maybe once a year Kyle Mack went to the golf course as a teenager.
DULUTHREED, ONA Bill Head announces the death of Ona B. Reed, age 92, of Duluth, GA. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726. * GRAYSON WILLIAMS, CARLTON Carlton Lee Williams, age 76 of Grayson went to be with the Lord on August 19, 2006. He was the first son of Leroy R. (Red) Williams and Elizabeth Wages Williams who preceded him. He was a Baptist and member of Pythagoras Lodge and the Yaarab Shrine Temple. A native of Decatur, GA he was associated in business with his father at Williams Motor Company and retired from the Revenue Department of DeKalb County. He had one son James Leroy Williams and is survived by his sister, Beth W. Dewberry; brothers, Larry D. Williams, L. Michael Williams all of Grayson; 2 nieces, Suzanne and Emily Williams of Alpharetta. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 21 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Larry D. Williams officiating. Interment Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 until 8pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the Children's Health Care of Atlanta, in memory of Carlton L. Williams. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com HOSCHTON KENERLY, THOMAS Thomas M. "Tom" Kenerly, 69, of Hoschton, Georgia, went to be with our Lord on Saturday August 19, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends at his home. Tom lived in Gwinnett County all his live until he retired to Jackson County in 2003. He was the owner of Kenerly's General Merchandise of Lilburn which he and his family owned for 77 years. He was of the Baptist faith and was the son of the late Plennie and Mamie Kenerly. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Tom is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann Kenerly; daughters, Theresa Kenerly and Kay Kenerly; grandchildren, Angie (BJ) Bragg, Christie (Taylor) Landers and Tommy (Lisa) Boyd and 6 great grandchildren, all of Hoschton; two close cousins, Dan Kenerly and Jack (Becky) Kenerly; niece, Dee Ann (Eddie) Brown; nephews, Keith (Margaret) Kenerly, Kevin (Beth) Kenerly, Kenneth (Jen) Kenerly, Ked (Aimee) Kenerly; two aunts, Utrah McDaniel of Lawrenceville and Gerry (Harold) Johnson of Grayson; one uncle, John T. Kenerly of Hoschton; four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law. He was a very loving and outgoing person, loved and respected by all, and he will be missed by many. We will celebrate his life at Luxomni Baptist Church on Monday, August 21, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. with the body placed in state at 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom's name to the Luxomni Cemetery Trust Fund, c/o Dale McGinnis, 1805 Woodberry Run Drive, Snellville, GA 30078. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00-8:00 P.M. at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726. SNELLVILLE HAMILTON, DEBORAH Deborah Wayton Hamilton age 46 of Snellville, GA died August 19, 2006. She was preceded in death by her father, John Wayton and is survived by her husband of 12 years, Allan V. Hamilton; son, Brian Keith Smith, Jr. of Snellville; mother, Myra Wayton of St. Petersburg, FL; brother, John Wayton of Piscataway, NJ; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hamilton was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, active in her son's school and was a former employee of the Emory Clinic as a medical receptionist. Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 26 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Dale Sillik officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Leukemia Society, 6201 Powers Ferry Road NW, Suite 380, Atlanta, GA 30309, in memory of Deborah Wayton Hamilton. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com TUCKER ORMAN, RAYMOND Raymond Arthur Orman, age 89 of Tucker, GA died August 18, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joyce Orman; step son, Charles N. Weldon all of Tucker; sister, Martha Gursky of Crown Point, Indiana; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Orman was a member of the VFW Post 7007, American Legion Post 66, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, and Grand Knight of the year for the State of GA 1988. He managed the St. Vincent De Paul store in Lilburn, GA. A Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 21, 2006 at 11am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, Lilburn. Fr. Patrick Donaghey will serve as the Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society or the Charity of your choice. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com
NORCROSS - The Jimmy Carter Boulevard area has another empty big box to fill.
For too long, pickles have been relegated to a supporting role - we grab one out of a jar and plop it on a plate next to a sandwich, under a pile of fries.It's time to bring pickles into the spotlight. The salty, crunchy vegetables and their juice are flavorful enough to merit recipes of their own.
Last week, I came back from visiting my sister in Seattle. I don't want to move there, but I love that town. It's a great place for people who love books.
Brown - OverdykeHolly Janet Brown and Edward William Overdyke were married June 3 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Elizabeth Baldwin, a friend of the couple, officiated the ceremony.
Town HouseToppers Town House has created a new snack cracker that comes with a raised ridge to help dips and topping from sliding off. The oval-shaped crackers are also a little crisper than traditional snack crackers, which sometimes crumble under the weight of heavy dips. The Toppers crackers are available in Original and Garlic & Herb flavors.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Glenda Martin read in the newspaper about an extra stormwater fee attached to property tax bills this year.
Keenan Price has been styling hair ever since she butchered the locks on her Barbie dolls, but she never imagined that she'd own her own salon by age 22.
In light of the recently foiled terrorist plot and heightened security at airports around the country, you may be relieved to know that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has implemented a number of measures designed to make air travel safer, such as singing sinks.No, seriously. The sinks in the men's restrooms at Hartsfield-Jackson now sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" while patrons wash their hands. Personally, I would have chosen "Splish, Splash I Was Taking a Bath," but nobody asked me. At first, this struck me as rather odd. Then I remembered all those old World War II movies I used to watch on TV when I was a kid, where American GIs employed pop culture trivia as passwords. You know, they'd ask an unfamiliar soldier they encountered a question like, "Who won the World Series?" And if the stranger answered, "The Atlanta Braves," our boys would fill him full of lead, unless they were laughing so hard they couldn't shoot straight. So anyway, it occurred to me that this new form of bathroom entertainment could actually be a deviously clever security measure based on the same concept. After all, what popular song is more quintessentially American than "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"? Nearly every guy who came out of the restroom was humming that tune under his breath - and I became immediately suspicious of anyone who wasn't. You see, someone who doesn't know that song can hardly consider himself an American. And if he's not an American, then there's a chance he could be a terrorist, plotting to blow up a plane with a tube of exploding hair gel. If all this sounds ridiculously complicated, you must understand that such arcane measures are necessitated by the fact that we can't simply examine certain people more closely as they pass through security just because they're, say, of Middle Eastern descent. We have to treat everyone the same, whether the person is a Pakistani "student" or a 78-year-old grandmother from Cleveland. This is true despite the fact that, of the last 52 people who have either tried to blow up an airplane or have succeeded in doing so, not one has been a grandmother or from Cleveland. In fact, nearly all have been young men of Middle Eastern descent.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Crews are planning to stop traffic three times this week for blasting on Interstate 85.
Imagine a recent high school graduate walking onto a college campus and having a course load that includes genetics, advanced organic chemistry and an English class with a reading list of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Faulkner.
n Arnold Road at U.S. Highway 29 will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August for road widening and alignment improvements.
Raymond Arthur Orman, age 89 of Tucker, GA died August 18, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joyce Orman; step son, Charles N. Weldon all of ...
Thomas M. Tom Kenerly, 69, of Hoschton, Georgia, went to be with our Lord on Saturday August 19, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends at his home ...
Carlton Lee Williams, age 76 of Grayson went to be with the Lord on August 19, 2006. He was the first son of Leroy R. (Red) Williams and Elizabeth Wages ...
Bill Head announces the death of Ona B. Reed, age 92, of Duluth, GA. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.
Deborah Wayton Hamilton age 46 of Snellville, GA died August 19, 2006. She was preceded in death by her father, John Wayton and is survived by her husband of 12 ...