Newton County's unemployment rate decreased from 10.6 percent in July to 10 percent in August, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor. This number is down from August of 2011 when the unemployment rate was 11.8.
The Newton County Grand Jury investigated Chairman Kathy Morgan's actions in the 2011 Cook Road resurfacing project, and its findings, which were released last week, recommended a change in the policy for road projects and the shifting of the public works department away from the chairman's control.
Livingston Elementary School second-grader Ethan Israel Martinez died from blunt force trauma Sunday, and the father to his baby sister, and mother's live-in boyfriend David Mann Jr., is in the Newton County Jail, facing charges in the murder of the 7 year old.
In a press conference, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hopes that an effort to expand the curbside recycling program in Atlanta makes not only the city of Atlanta greener but transforms the state of Georgia into the leading state in the nation with the smallest carbon footprint.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the county, the city of Covington and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority to fund a supervisory control and data acquisition system at their Sept. 18 board meeting.
IN BRIEF: Parts of Olde Town Conyers are being transformed into New Orleans as the CW's show "Vampire Diaries" shoots scenes for its fourth season. The shoot, scheduled to run until Friday in Olde Town, will be mainly at night and will shut down parts of some streets at night. Traffic will also be directed during a few times in the day, according to Main Street Conyers' Monica Coffin. Much of the indoor shooting will take place at the Celtic Tavern. Some of the main stars of the hit television show will reportedly be on set for these scenes.