A Houston County man is sentenced to 10 years for Drug Possession.43 year old Johnny Thomas of Perry was found guilty in Houston Superior Court for Possession of Hydrocodone and Possession of Codeine and Drugs Not in an Original Container. Because he has prior convictions, Thomas is sentenced to 10 years and ordered to serve 7 without the possibility of parole. He is also banished from Houston County once he is released.
Officials say the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon is scheduled to close June 12.
The hall of fame's authority board voted 4-3 Tuesday to close the museum next month after Macon agreed to fund the museum for 3 years."I just can't understand how this is a step forward for our music heritage in our state," says NewTown Macon Executive Director·Mike Ford.··
Several authority board members wanted to keep the museum open saying· the state had nothing to lose.
Authorities say collections and memorabilia now at the museum will be moved to the University of Georgia.
According to Executive Director Lisa Love, the Tubman Museum in Macon is looking into keeping a few items from·the collection that represent Middle Georgia.
"Today's decision is a difficult one and it's sad, but I think today is also the day we move forward. Nothing here today, changes the fact that Macon, Georgia, is the birth place of American music," says Love.
State funding for the museum ends June 30. The state had asked for proposals from cities to take over the museum's operations and wound up rejecting bids from Macon, Athens, Dunwoody and Woodstock
School systems around Middle Georgia have taken a hit the last couple of years.
Monday night the Bibb County Board of Education talked about what they have to work with, and how it should be spent.
The board did pass a tentative budget for 2012 totaling 296-million dollars. However, the general fund, which handles the operating costs, comes in at 178-million dollars.
After federal cuts and a lower tax digest, the board had to make some cuts district-wide.
The majority came in the form of staffing. A total of 84 positions are slated to get cut and 52 of those are teaching jobs. The reduction will save the district an estimated 4.4-million dollars, and will help stop employee furloughs.
The Pension board voted 3 to 2 to disapprove the proposal by the Mayor's administration, that would have allowed giving the fund 71-thousand dollars a month over the next 5 years, beginning in July.
The total payment would end up being 3.5-million dollars, plus 8 percent interest. The pension board had a number of concerns with this plan, they noted the fund would miss out on gained interest money from stock market increases of July 2009 until January 2011.
If you've got an artistic eye, you could see your work on license plates across the state! Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Revenue announced a contest today, for residents to design Georgia's new tag. Mr. Deal says he wants to embrace the creative talents of Georgia citizens. The contest is open until June 17th.
If you think you've got what it takes, you can e-mail your design to :
or, mail it in: License Plate Design Contest
Georgia Department of Revenue
Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 7420382
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