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Big Project Will Cost DeKalb Ratepayers Big Bucks

Big Project Will Cost DeKalb Ratepayers Big Bucks

DECATUR-- DeKalb County has a water treatment plant pushing 50 years old.  It has regular water main breaks that tie up work crews for days at a time.  With that in mind, DeKalb County's board of commissioners approved a $1.4 billion water and sewage fix Tuesday. 

It will hike water rates 11% per year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That's in addition to a rate hike already scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011.

"In these economic times, a $1.2 billion capital improvement project was way too ambitious," said Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who argued unsuccessfully against the project and rate hikes.   "I get constant calls in my office about the water and sewer bills. And all of these calls say they can't afford a water and sewer rate increase."

The argument became more urgent after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered DeKalb to upgrade its treatment system or face daily fines.

DeKalb Agrees to Millions in Sewer Upgrades

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County has agreed to make sweeping improvements to its sewer system to curb overflows of untreated sewage.

The county estimates that the improvements could cost $700 million.

In addition, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that DeKalb will pay a civil penalty
of $453,000 to be split between the U.S. and the state of Georgia. The county also agreed to launch a $600,000 environmental program
that will provide additional environmental benefits.

The agreement resolves a joint federal and state complaint alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act.

Stan Meiburg of the EPA's regional office says the agreement will "benefit the local community and improve water quality in the
Upper Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee watersheds."

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

New Statewide Non-Profit Helps Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

New Statewide Non-Profit Helps Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

December 10, 2010, Atlanta, GA…..Startup businesses were responsible for sixty percent of all new jobs created in 2009, according to a recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine. Finding financing for a new business is one of an owner’s biggest headaches and is likely to be more challenging in the years ahead. 

That statistic points to the urgent need for training in better financial skill sets, which will jumpstart the long term success rate of small businesses,” says Charles H.

All A.J. Wright Stores Closing By February

NEW YORK (AP) -- TJX Cos. says it is shuttering its A.J. Wright discount stores by mid-February, cutting 4,400 jobs and converting some stores to other brands such as T.J. Maxx.

Ninety-one stores will be converted into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, and 71 will close entirely, along with two distribution centers. About 3,400 staffers will remain employed at the converted stores.

In Metro Atlanta, A.J. Wright will permanently close two locations: Decatur and Stone Mountain. Five other Metro Atlanta stores will re-open under names.

TJX said the move allows the company, based in Framingham, Mass., to focus on its more profitable businesses. Most positions are part time.

"All associates will have the opportunity to be compensated through the holiday season, and about half of the positions will be retained through late January," CEO Carol Meyrowitz said.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 10

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 10

DORAVILLE, GA -- On Friday, Dec. 10, Doraville Mayor Ray Jenkins, Mayor Pro-Tem Donna Pittman and the City Council will ring in the holiday season with the annual Christmas party and tree lighting at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, 30340).

The celebration will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; everyone is invited to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Santa Claus will also be present to hear children's wishes, and hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

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Doraville Participates in Mayors' Christmas Motorcade

Doraville Participates in Mayors' Christmas Motorcade

DORAVILLE, GA -- Once again, the City of Doraville is doing its part to make the holidays special for residents of Georgia's mental health and retardation hospitals.

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, items generously donated by the citizens of Doraville were delivered to Georgia Regional Hospital of Atlanta as part of the 2010 Mayors' Christmas Motorcade.

For 50 years, cities across the state have brought the joy of the holiday season to patients at Georgia's seven regional mental health and retardation hospitals through the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade.