Issue 14.39 | Aug. 12, 2014
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Aug. 12, 2014 -- The new president of Gwinnett Technical College is Dr. D. Glen Cannon, a veteran of the Georgia Technical School system, who was most recently president of Chattahoochee Valley Technical College in Phenix City, Ala.
The announcement came from Commissioner Ron Jackson of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Cannon's first day on the job will be September 1. He is the third president of Gwinnett Tech. Alvin Wilbanks and Sharon Bartels have previously served in this role.
Board member Michael Sullivan of Lilburn, who serves as the representative from the state's Seventh Congressional District, moved the appointment of Cannon. The position has been open since Sharon Bartels retired in May.
told the board that Cannon is no stranger to the technical college system
and has a long and well-proven track record as a leader and executive.
He said: "I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Cannon
for many years. He's a talented administrator and dedicated educator who
wants to help his students discover their potential and find success in
the workforce. He's been involved in every aspect of college operations
during his career."
He was the vice president of administrative services at DeKalb Technical College (now Georgia Piedmont Technical College) in Clarkston from 2007 to 2011. He served in the same position at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon from 1994 to 2007, and at Moultrie Technical College in Moultrie from 1993 to 1994. He was the director of accounting at Carroll Technical Institute (now West Georgia Technical College) in Waco from 1989 to 1993.
Cannon earned his Doctor of Education with a concentration in occupational studies from the University of Georgia. He received his Master of Business Administration from Mercer University and Bachelor of Business Administration from West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia).
Gwinnett Technical College serves Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. In addition to the Lawrenceville campus, the college is building a new campus in Alpharetta near the intersection of Georgia 400 and Old Milton Parkway. When fully built out, the new campus could serve up to 10,000 students.
Last year, GTC enrolled 10,013 students in certificate, diploma and degree programs, making it the second-largest credit enrollment of the 23 TCSG colleges. The college serves thousands more students each year through a wide variety of continuing education programs. In addition, GTC provides classes in adult basic education, adult secondary education, English as a Second Language, and GED preparation. More than 6,000 adult learners took part in those programs in 2013.
About the TCSG: The 23 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of low tuition, outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today's in-demand jobs.
AUG. 12, 2014 -- You often hear of couples living in Metro Atlanta who met and married here.
One recent addition of a couple to the Gwinnett scene met not here, but in California, even though one of them was a graduate of Parkview High.
41, the new city manager of Duluth, was very much a Californian, born
in Arcadia, the site of the Santa Anita racetrack.
Later Riker graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., majoring in urban planning. He had anticipation of going into development. He also enrolled at the University of Southern California, getting a master's degree in planning and development.
It was in 2004 while at USC when his twin brother was dating a co-ed at UCLA, the two campuses being 13 miles apart. His brother's sorority sister was Parkview Grad Karla Bloodworth, whose mother is Diana Carson of Lilburn, and her dad is Wayne Bloodworth of Johns Creek. She was then a UCLA student studying communications. They were married in 2002, and in the meantime Karla graduated from law school at Vanderbilt. Today she raises funds for the Atlanta Girls School.
After their wedding, the couple moved to the Atlanta area, where Riker's first job was in Flowery Branch as the planning manager. He joined the City of Duluth as its planning director in January 2013, and officially became the city manager in May 2014.
We wondered what a native Californian would see as the difference in life in Metro Atlanta and in California.
Riker says: "Of course, the cost of living is higher in California, but the friendliness is what I find so nice in Atlanta. There's also an excellent quality of life here, and I feel much closer to nature here. This area has as much population diversity as LA, which contributes to the qualify of life also. Plus Atlanta is a big-league city, too. There's also a tremendous amount of resources in the arts, and also a far deeper connection to history than there is in California."
What Riker would miss from California is the proximity of the beaches. And, though Atlantans continually gripe about traffic, it is so much more challenging in Los Angeles. He adds: "Metro Atlanta may have traffic problems but it's nothing like in California. Not only that, but let me say also that the first five minutes I spent in Atlanta I saw more greenery than I ever did in Los Angeles!"
Now settling into his new job in Duluth, Riker is excited by the continual re-development of downtown Duluth. "We are seeing this re-development mature these days," he says. "There are new sites for re-development on tap. One thing we anticipate is that the old city hall block on Main Street across from the Town Green may be redeveloped as a restaurant district. One group has been working on that plan now for about 40 days, and it's due out in 90 days. It's exciting."
Welcome, James Riker, to Duluth and Gwinnett County!
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Editor, the Forum:
Just finished your essay about American corporations leaving for other countries, and I had to toss in my two cents. It is obvious to me that you are working on the wrong problem!
These corporations employ attorneys and accountants whose sole purpose is to maximize shareholder returns and company value. These enterprising folks found a way to make the rules work to their advantage. Imagine that! The sheer audacity!
Here's a suggestion: instead of complaining that somebody found a way to save on taxes, why not ask what made that step necessary? The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, by most measures. We can dither about the details, but the fact remains that we as a taxing authority do not value the goose over the golden egg!
Did you stop to wonder why so many companies have moved their corporate headquarters to Ireland? The corporate tax rate there is 12.5 percent. American companies have to compete for customers and profits in the global market, which most folks agree is necessary for our continued success.
Why then should nations not be able to compete for business in the same manner? Your argument is similar to the State of New York complaining when businesses leave the state for a lower-tax location in another state. Will you seriously argue that companies, or individuals, be prohibited from moving to the most advantageous location to pursue their dreams?
Suggest problem, then realizes that he already knows the answer
Editor, the Forum:
In reading your piece on tax loopholes and lambasting those businesses who take advantage of them, I was struck by the following thought: is it stealing from another state or municipality when a tax break is granted (by a city, county or state) in order to entice a business to move its operations there?
Instead of standing on a soapbox and blowing in the wind, why don't we encourage (by voting) our elected representatives to close those loopholes within the tax laws? Oh yes, I forgot, we have a do-nothing Congress and a President who skirts around the edges of the law.
Wants less emotion and more facts concerning inversion
What changes is a U.S. company's access to its future foreign earnings that were generated outside the U.S. tax system. Ironically, a company can use those earnings that otherwise would have been paid to the U.S. government for investment right here in the United States, which can help expand a company's business and employ more Americans. It also levels the playing field with their foreign competition, which isn't double taxed. That's a good deal for America, and it's nothing about which to get your "dander up."
Maintains firms fleeing U.S. for tax benefit have done nothing wrong
Editor, the Forum:
driving down Interstate 85 and you're stuck in traffic. You could drive
down the access lane on the side, but that would be illegal. You could
take the next off ramp and take an alternative route suggested by your
phone map app, and that would be legal.
Rant, rave, send us a letter
A book discussion and workshop for aspiring writers will be held Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. The free workshop will be led by Author Joe Samuel Starnes, and will focus on "Research: A Writer's Best Friend and A Writer's Worst Enemy- Using Research in Your Fiction."
was born in Alabama and grew up in Georgia, but has lived in New Jersey
and Philadelphia since 2000. His parents continue to live in Cedartown.
He is a journalism graduate of the University of Georgia, has a master's
degree in English from Rutgers University in Newark, and a masters of
fine arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. He was awarded
a fellowship to the 2006 Sewanee Writers' Conference. He has taught writing
courses at Rowan University, Saint Joseph's University, and Widener University.
Starnes will discuss how fiction can come alive with details acquired from research, giving short stories and novels a sense of verisimilitude. He will offer practical advice to aspiring writers about conducting research, and he will offer writers tips on avoiding the pitfalls and delays that doing research can bring to fiction writing. The Suwanee branch is located at 361 Main Street Suwanee.
Suwanee plans 3 public meetings on proposed tax revenues
Three public meetings on proposed tax revenues in Suwanee are scheduled in the coming days.
The millage rate public hearings will be in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at:
of Suwanee has proposed a millage rate of 4.93 mills, the same rate used
by the City over the past two years. That rate, however, is higher than
the calculated rollback rate of 4.70 mills - this is the rate that would
be expected to generate the same total revenue as the previous year.
If you have a cell phone, you've probably gotten a message that "You've Won a Free Gift Card." This spam text messages are so common; you may not think anything of them. But be careful, responding to these texts could accidentally sign you up for a $9.99/month charge.
Here's how the scam works.
You get a text message saying that you just won a $1,000 gift card from a major retailer. It sounds too good to be real, but you decide to check it out anyway. You follow the link in the text, and it leads to a legitimate-looking website with the colors and logo of the real company.
On the website is a form that prompts you to "claim your prize" by entering your name and address and confirming your cell phone number. When you enter your phone number, you receive a text message with a "secret PIN." You type the PIN into the form and hit submit. Your gift card is on the way or not!
no gift card. "Winners" found themselves unknowingly signed
up for $9.99 per month premium text messaging service. The scam, known
as cramming, happens when a company uses your cell phone bill like a credit
card, adding a charge for services that you never knowingly purchased.
This scam is so prevalent that the FTC got involved and shut down six
Just hit delete! Receive a suspicious text message? Ignore instructions to confirm your phone number or visit a link. Other scam text messages instruct you to text "STOP" or "NO" to prevent future texts. But this is a common ploy by scammers to confirm they have a real, active phone number.?
Read your phone bill: Check all charges on your phone bill each month for products and services you haven't ordered. Some charges may appear only once, but others might be monthly "subscriptions." Pay special attention to sections labeled "Miscellaneous," and the "third-party" charge sections on your bill.
Unterman on High School Athletic Overview Committee
State Sen. Renee Unterman (R- Buford) has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to serve on the High School Athletics Overview Committee. This committee was created pursuant to Senate Bill 288 and is tasked with periodically reviewing the operations of Georgia's high school athletic associations. The appointment is effective immediately and will last until Jan. 1, 2017
The author of this first novel from Grayson is to be commended for attempting the complicated story line, and multiple characters. In future endeavors, I would encourage him to develop characters that the reader can identify as their own, and develop the events that occur in a flow that connects one to the next. By the end of the book, I didn't care for any of the main characters. I had no emotional investment. Another distraction was the profanity-laced dialogue. Profanity has its place, and I am no prude, but it is more effective when used appropriately, and with discretion.
There are several popular stories of the beginning of Georgia's gold rush; but in fact, no one is really certain who made the first discovery or when.
According to one anecdote, John Witheroods found a three-ounce nugget along Duke's Creek in Habersham County (present-day White County). Another says that Jesse Hogan, a prospector from North Carolina, found gold on Ward's Creek near Dahlonega.
Yet another finds a young Benjamin Parks kicking up an unusual-looking stone while on the lookout for deer west of the Chestatee River in 1828. Despite the popularity of these claims, no documented evidence for gold in Georgia is found until August 1, 1829, when a Milledgeville newspaper, the Georgia Journal, ran the following notice.
"GOLD.-A gentleman of the first respectability in Habersham county, writes us thus under date of 22d July: 'Two gold mines have just been discovered in this county, and preparations are making to bring these hidden treasures of the earth to use.' So it appears that what we long anticipated has come to pass at last, namely, that the gold region of North and South Carolina, would be found to extend into Georgia."
By late 1829 north Georgia, known at the time as the Cherokee Nation, was flooded by thousands of prospectors lusting for gold. Niles' Register reported in the spring of 1830 that there were four thousand miners working along Yahoola Creek, near Dahlonega, alone.
While in his nineties, Benjamin Parks recalled the scene in the Atlanta Constitution (July 15, 1894):
The sudden influx of miners into the Cherokee Nation was known even at the time as the Great Intrusion. One writer said in the Cherokee Phoenix, "Our neighbors who regard no law and pay no respects to the laws of humanity are now reaping a plentiful harvest. . . . We are an abused people." But there was little the Cherokees could do; it seemed the louder they protested, the more eagerly the miners came.
Gold rush towns sprang up quickly in north Georgia, particularly near the center of the gold region in present-day Lumpkin County. Auraria became an instant boomtown, growing to a population of 1,000 by 1832. The county seat, called Licklog at the time, in 1833 became known as Dahlonega, for the Cherokee word tahlonega, meaning golden. Within a few months after its establishment nearly 1,000 people were crowded into the settlement, with about 5,000 people in the surrounding county.
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Herbs in the Garden class taught by Gwinnett County Extension Service. It will be held August 14 at noon (one hour) at the Extension office at 750 S Perry Street in Lawrenceville. Herbs are excellent garden plants that require minimal maintenance and come in a variety of scents, flavors, and colors. There is no cost, but register by August 12. Contact Timothy Daly or call 678-377-4010.
Workshop for Aspiring Writers, at Suwanee Public Library, Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. Leading the workshop will be Author Joe Samuel Starnes (author of Fall Line), using the topic: Research: A Writer's Best Friend and A Writer's Worst Enemy- Using Research in Your Fiction. For more details, visit www.gwinnettpl.org.
(NEW) Creative ways to harvest and grow Social Security benefits through retirement is the theme of an August 19 program at 9 a.m. at The 1818 Club in Duluth. The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia is putting on this program, sponsored by Sugarloaf Wealth Management LLC. Maximize your Social Security income stream with significant tools, such as sound education, good planning and the application of smart decision-making tools.
Gwinnett Police Job Fair, Saturday, August 23, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Police Training Center, 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The department seeks candidates for police officer and E-911 Communication positions. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before attending the fair on the Police Employment webpage.
Forum for 2014: Thursday, October 16, 7: 30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Studio Movie Grill, Duluth. Topics include maximizing re-development,
financing and opportunities through Public-Private Partnerships. Keynote
speaker will be Ellen Durham Jones of Georgia Tech, talking on "Sustaining
vibrant communities." To
register, click here.
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Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.
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