Our network

Politics

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Royal Wedding Viewing Parties around Gwinnett

Royal Wedding Viewing Parties around Gwinnett

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Commercial Property Assessment notices incorrect, corrected notices to be mailed April 6

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – (submitted by Gwinnett County) The commercial property value assessment notices that were mailed on Friday, March 25 by the Gwinnett County Board of Tax Assessors should be disregarded. The notices were sent to the incorrect owner due to a production error. Corrected notices will be issued on April 6. The Board of Tax Assessors contracted with a private company to print and mail the 13,944 commercial property notices. “On behalf of Gwinnett County and the Board of Tax Assessors, I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this error may cause,” said Steve Pruitt, Gwinnett County Tax Assessor.

The printing company will bear the entire cost of reprinting and mailing the notices of assessment to the correct property owners. Since the mailing date has shifted by more than a week, the last day to appeal commercial assessment values will be May 23.

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County's adopted 2011 budget included an $18 million deficit. While that gap represented less than one percent of the total budget, using fund balance to fill the deficit would have been unsustainable.

Commission closes $18 million budget gap

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – (submitted by Gwinnett County Government) The Gwinnett County Commission approved two recommendations on Tuesday that finished closing the County’s $18 million 2011 budget deficit.

Actions taken since the 2011 budget was adopted on Jan. 4 had filled all but about $2.6 million of the original $18 million shortfall. The items approved by commissioners during their March 15 meeting will raise the County’s 2011 revenue estimate by an additional $1.66 million and establish a new Budget Stabilization Reserve within the general fund that will allow the County to draw up to $3 million from this fund to pay for operations.

The increase in the County’s 2011 revenue estimate is based primarily on new judicial fees being generated through the County’s court system as a result of legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2010.