Sen. David Lucas to Host Second Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting

State & National


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Elisabeth Fletcher, Communications Specialist
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Sen. David Lucas to Host Second Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting

ATLANTA (August 7, 2017) | Sen. David Lucas (D – Macon) will hold a two-day Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting to discuss broadband, healthcare, telecommunications and developing tourism TOMORROW from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and WEDNESDAY from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The meeting will be held at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

WHO: Sen. David Lucas and Rural Georgia Study Committee Members

WHAT: Two-day Rural Georgia Study Committee Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
               9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
               Wednesday, August 9, 2017
               9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: University of North Georgia
Continuing Education Center in Dahlonega
25 Schultz Avenue
Dahlonega, GA 30597


Sen. David Lucas, Sr. represents the 26th Senate District, which includes portions of Bibb, Houston and Jones Counties and all of Hancock, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson Counties. He may be reached at 404.656.5035 or by email at[email protected].

Lt. Governor Cagle to Host Health Care Reform Task Force Meeting

State & National

ATLANTA, June 30, 2017 – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with Sens. Renee Unterman, Dean Burke, Chuck Hufstetler, Ben Watson, Kay Kirkpatrick, Jack Hill and Doc Rhett, will hold a meeting of Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force at Tift Regional Medical Center on MONDAY, July 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Members will discuss innovative reforms to advance Georgia as a national leader in delivering patient-centered health care.

The Task Force will be hear presentations from representatives of Tift Regional Medical Center, Emory University, and Dr. Keith J. Mueller, Interim Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Who:                     Lt. Governor Casey Cagle

What:                    Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force Meeting

When:                  Monday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Where:                Tift Regional Medical Center
901 18th St. Tifton, GA 31794


Cherokee County School Board to Update Policies in August 2017

Cherokee County Schools

CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C.- Cherokee County School Boards upcoming meeting on August 10th, 2017 policies to be reviewed: 3410 Testing and Assessment Program, 3470/4305 Alternative Learning Programs, 5008 Automated Phone and Text Messaging, 5030 Community Use of Facilities, 6320 Use of Student Transportation services, 6450 Purchase of Services, and 7930 Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal.

Proposed changes to Policy 3410 on Testing and Assessment Program include clarifying the standard for exempting students from CTE Post-Assessments, adding to the list of permissible exceptions to the testing window to be consistent with the DPI testing handbook, updating the SBE policy cited in the legal references, and adding the DPI testing handbook to the list of “other” references.

Proposed changes to Policy 3470/4305 on Alternative Learning Programs/Schools include revising provisions for the involuntary assignment of students to alternative programs/schools to better align with procedures established by the SBE. The revisions address: the role of the multidisciplinary team in making assignment decisions, the process for assigning and transitioning students with disabilities, and the appeals process.

Changes proposed to Policy 5008 on Automated Phone and Text Messaging, and Policy 5030 Community Use of Facilities were not available online. They seem to be new or unchanged. Will follow up on this, and will keep you posted.

Updates to Policy 6320 Use of Student Transportation Services include clarifying the appropriate use of school buses in Sections A and B and updating terminology, policy cites, and hyperlinks. One new footnote was added as well.

Policy 6450 on Purchase of Services was updated to add a provision to clarify that this policy does not apply to certain professional services contracts, which are instead subject to Board Policy 9110.

Updates to Policy 7930 on Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal include adding a statement of performance standards and other expectations for professional employees and updating the cross references.

These policy updates will be in review for the 2nd reading at the next Cherokee County School Board meeting to be held on August 10th, 2017 at 6:00p.m.


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Georgia gubernatorial candidate visits FYNTV

Election, Politics

BKP interviews Georgia candidate for governor and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Among many topics, Kemp discusses immigration, Georgia voting machines, paper ballots, pay for law enforcement, and Kemp’s opinion of the negotiations to bring Amazon HQ2 for Georgia.


Pesticide Safety Month and Apple Producers Meeting


Hundreds of people get sick each year from inappropriate pesticide use.  Pesticides are used in homes, workplaces, apartments, farms and other places where humans need to control pests such as weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and even viruses. Of the 11 states participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pesticide safety program, workers reported 853 serious injuries from pesticides in 2011.  During National Pesticide Safety Education Month this February, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel are urging homeowners, and all Georgians, to learn more about the safe use, storage and disposal of pesticides.

According to Dr. Mickey Taylor, UGA Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator, “pesticide safety education is key to helping homeowners and pesticide applicators, both commercial and agricultural, safely and effectively use available pesticides to protect their homes and crops and livelihoods.  At the same time, they want to protect themselves, their employees and colleagues from any potential ill effects of pesticide use in addition to protecting their families and neighbors. As good stewards of the land, pesticide users want to preserve our environment for the future.”

UGA Extension’s PSEP promotes the safe, responsible use of pesticides by individuals and commercial groups by providing training programs, materials and educational resources covering pest identification, personal safety, safe storage and disposal of pesticides, environmental protection, pesticide drift and runoff prevention, threatened and endangered species protection, water quality protection, and food safety.

One way that UGA Extension reinforces safe pesticide usage is to conduct workshops, meetings, and trainings in which pesticide usage and safe handling is taught.  One such course coming up is the North Georgia Commercial Apple Production meeting.  It will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at the Gilmer County Public Library on Calvin Jackson Drive in Ellijay.  There are other regional trainings held for producers.  If you would like information about those trainings, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

Dr. Taylor is also the editor of the UGA Extension “Georgia Pest Management Handbook.”  The handbook is revised and published annually.  It has information about labeled pesticides that can be used by homeowners and commercial producers. Copies of the handbook are available for purchase through the UGA market place at and there are copies in the UGA Extension county offices if you would like to view one before purchase. Remember to always read the label before you use or store any pesticide.

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BKP Interviews Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

State & National

On FYN TV, BKP interviews Georgia’s Speaker of the House for District-7 Representative David Ralston, as they discuss Georgia’s aggressive plan for a large infrastructure investment that was presented and highlighted at a meeting for Republican leaders including Ralston, over the weekend at The White House. Speaker David Ralston comments on what that means for Georgia.

Pictured below: Speaker of the House for Georgia District 7 David Ralston at this past weekends Infrastructure Meeting at the White House with Republican leaders and President Donald Trump.

Overall Summary & Full Video of Cherokee Co NC BOC meeting


MURPHY, N.C.- ​September​ ​19,​ ​2017​ ​at​ ​6:30 p.m.​ the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Commissioners​ ​held​ ​a​ ​meeting​ ​on​ ​Tuesday,​ ​discussing​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​county’s​ ​tumult​ ​topics.​ ​

Some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​topics​ ​included​ ​finances​ ​and budget,​ ​taxes,​ ​and​ ​animal​ ​control.

Representatives​ ​from​ ​many​ ​fields​ ​were​ ​present​ ​to​ ​verify​ ​budget​ ​spending​ ​and​ ​cash​ ​flow. During​ ​this​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​meeting,​ ​the​ ​Cherokee​ ​County​ ​Detention​ ​Center​ ​requested​ ​an​ ​amount from​ ​their​ ​influx​ ​of​ ​recent​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​use​ ​towards​ ​new​ ​equipment​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​the​ ​centers​ ​operation, one​ ​element​ ​being​ ​a​ ​new​ ​transport​ ​vehicle.​ ​

Many​ ​other​ ​budgets​ ​were​ ​drawn​ ​out,​ ​this​ ​just​ ​being one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​longer​ ​topics​ ​of​ ​interest.  The​ ​most​ ​considerable​ ​topic​ ​of​ ​the​ ​evening​ ​consisted​ ​of​ ​those​ ​concerned​ ​with​ ​animal control.​ ​

Sheriff​ ​Derrick​ ​Palmer​ ​spoke​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​for​ ​the​ ​proposed​ ​animal​ ​control​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​the county.​ ​His​ ​speech​ ​included​ ​animal​ ​owner​ ​responsibilities,​ ​animal​ ​control​ ​officer​ ​operation,​ ​and a​ ​budget​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​considered​ ​expenses​ ​it​ ​entails.​ ​

Public​ ​figures​ ​also​ ​stood​ ​up​ ​and​ ​spoke​ ​on their​ ​thoughts​ ​about​ ​the​ ​plan.  The​ ​meeting​ ​overall​ ​disclosed​ ​many​ ​important​ ​topics​ ​to​ ​be​ ​considered​ ​to​ ​help​ ​improve the​ ​county​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole.​ ​Tune​ ​into​ ​the​ ​video​ ​below​ ​for​ ​more​ ​in-depth​ ​information.



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