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Newnan to open new Public Safety Complex

Newnan to open new Public Safety Complex

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The city of Newnan will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Public Safety Complex on Friday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.

The new 37,000-square-foot facility is located at 1 Joseph Hannah Boulevard. It will contain the Newnan Police Department and Municipal Court, as well as additional office space, a training room, a squad room, a fitness center and a secure evidence storage space.

Members of the public are invited to attend an open house for the new facility on Saturday, Jan. 31 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours and refreshments will be offered.

SPLOST money made it possible for the city to build the new complex.

"I would like to thank the citizens for supporting the SPLOST for the funds to build a new Public Safety Complex," Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows said in a release. "This will help us to provide better service to our community and will be more user friendly than the present department."

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Goodwill offering free tax preparation

Goodwill offering free tax preparation

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Goodwill will offer free tax preparation services to families in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 20, taxpayers can visit the Goodwill Newnan West Career Center for help from the River Valley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition.

The service is available to individuals and families who earn less than $53,000 a year.

Free tax preparation hours include 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Last year, the IRS-trained volunteers prepared nearly 500 returns for local families.

The Newnan West Career Center is located at 228 Bullsboro Drive.

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Suit filed in Jacksonville against Jimmy John's, alleging unfair labor practices

Suit filed in Jacksonville against Jimmy John's, alleging unfair labor practices

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A federal class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla., against Jimmy John's, alleging that the sandwich chain illegally underpaid assistant store managers throughout the country.

According to the complaint, "Regardless of the number of hours worked, Jimmy John's fails to pay [assistant store managers] any overtime compensation."

The chain has 24 metro Atlanta stores.

The company requires assistant store managers to perform food preparation and provide customer service as their primary duty, but classifies them as "executives" exempt from the overtime pay provisions, the lawsuit alleges.

Piedmont Newnan nurse wins DAISY Award

Piedmont Newnan nurse wins DAISY Award

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Peggy Troyer, a nurse in Surgical Services at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, has been named the winner of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Troyer was nominated as a result of her care of a patient who had received a devastating diagnosis. Troyer was drawn to tears by the patient’s situation and visited daily, even on her days off, to offer her support.

“Peggy is a fine example of the type of nurse we have working here at Piedmont Newnan Hospital,” said Jason Smith, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Newnan. “Nurses are everyday heroes and the DAISY Award is an important way to let our nurses know their work is highly valued.”