ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed State Court Judge Philip Smith as Forsyth County's third Superior Court judge. Smith earned his bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University and his law degree at the University of Georgia. His spot on the State Court bench will be filled by Forsyth County's Solicitor General Leslie Abernathy, who becomes the county's first female trial judge.
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
Tax breaks for manufacturers and higher unemployment taxes for employers take effect with the new year in Georgia, but it remains to be seen whether the state's newest abortion restrictions will be enforced.
Ten Republican governors - including Georgia's Nathan Deal - want the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy to apply technology that can stop prison inmates from using smuggled cellphones.
The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one. Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.