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Cost of Fayette Vision: $850K

Fayette County Deputy School Superintendent Sam Sweat (R) and Assistant School Superintendent Terry Oatts (C) meet with Fayette citizens to discuss the vision and future of Fayette’s education system. Photo/Special.

Fayette Visioning Initiative Co-chair Bob Ross revealed two dozen “to-do’s” with a price tag of approximately $850,000 to about 100 residents who attended a climactic vision meeting at the Dolce in Peachtree City last week.

Ross’s presentation outlined the findings and recommendations of the initiative that began last October.

The committee recommends focusing on initiatives in the areas of community, place, education and economy and monitoring 24 areas of progress. Read More»

Fayette offered as pilot test site for driverless vehicles

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Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown wants the county to become a pilot location for autonomous vehicle design and testing.

Brown in a July 24 proposal would have Fayette become Georgia’s first pilot site for testing onboard computer-driven vehicles in live traffic conditions. Read More»

Bowling in PTC?

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On Peachtree City’s horizon: an indoor amusement center featuring competition and recreational bowling lanes, a gaming arcade area, and a sports bar and restaurant.

To be located on Widget Drive off TDK Boulevard inside the Peachtree City industrial park, Thunderzone at the Exchange is asking the Peachtree Planning Commission for conditional zoning approval for its 40,000-plus-square-foot building and 168 parking spaces. Read More»

DOL staging recruitment drive to help Newnan's Niagara plant fill 70 jobs

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Niagara Bottling fill 70 jobs for a new facility under construction in Shenandoah Park in Newnan. When operational later this year, the facility will package and distribute bottled water. The company is the largest supplier of bottled water in the country.

A recruitment event will be held Thursday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m. at the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus, 200 Campus Drive in Newnan. Read More»

More than 30K Georgians employed by film, TV work

Ga. Film, Music and Entertainment Office representative Craig Dominey spoke July 14 to a meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Photo/Special.

Members of the Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette on July 14 were given a wide-ranging update on Georgia’s film industry by Georgia Film, Music and Entertainment Office Senior Location Specialist Craig Dominey.

Dominey said that “Georgia has production incentives up to a 30 percent tax credit, state of the art infrastructures, highly skilled workforce, diverse shooting locations and direct flights through Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.”

Dominey said Georgia now has eight film and television studio facilities. Read More»

Coweta Chamber unveils its membership drive for July

While most chambers of commerce struggle through their annual membership drive, The Newnan-Coweta Chamber will host a “Membership Event” that is like none other. For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Read More»

Piedmont-Fayette Hospital affiliates with MD Anderson Cancer Network

‘I don’t think anyone else in the world has this kind of experience’

Piedmont Fayette Hospital has joined Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in becoming Georgia’s only hospitals affiliated with the MD Anderson Cancer Network.

A physician on the front lines of cancer care is Piedmont Cancer Institute oncologist Jonathan Bender, who commented on how the affiliation with MD Anderson has affected best practices and protocols. Read More»

World-class cancer treatment now in Fayette

Exterior photo of Piedmont-Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. File photo.

Piedmont brings expertise of MD Anderson Cancer Network to Georgia Read More»

Local unemployment rates spike for May

When it comes to unemployment rates, Fayette and Coweta counties saw a reversal of fortunes in May. Fayette’s rate increased seven-tenths of a point to 6.8 percent while Coweta jumped eight-tenths of a point to 7 percent.

Fayette’s jobless rate in April was 6.1 percent, but that number had climbed to 6.8 percent in May, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Fayette has a workforce of 53,096, with 3,617 people out of work in May.

Fayette’s unemployment rate in May 2013 was 7.3 percent. Read More»

Coweta OK's road abandonment for Fischer Crossing retail expansion

The July 1 vote by the Coweta County Commission to abandon a portion of Wynn’s Pond Road in east Coweta paves the way for the development of the large Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast quadrant of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34.

The measure called for a median cut on Ga. Highway 54 at Wynn’s Pond Road and the installation of a gated cul-de-sac on the west side of the roadway near the retail area for use by residents of the Featherston Fishing Club and emergency vehicles. Read More»