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The White House Visits Powertalk

The White House Visits Powertalk

It was an exciting day on Powertalk w/ Lorraine Jacques White today, as Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, stopped by to chat about the American Jobs Act and how it will impact and benefit African Americans.

As you know, the African American community is the one group that has been hardest hit by the economic crisis, and despite the fact that private sector jobs have been added over the past 19 months, still, too many Americans are without work. Valerie Jarrett had a few words to say that helped to clear up the issue and let the Powertalk audience know where we’ll go from here.

Click here to listen to her conversation with WAOK’s Lorraine Jacques White!

What are your thoughts on the state of the economy? Will President Obama be able to pull out a save for African Americans and the nation as a whole? #SoundOff

Atlanta to vote on Sunday sales in November

Atlanta to vote on Sunday sales in November

ATLANTA -- Atlanta voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether retailers in the city should be allowed to sell beer, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays.

The Georgia Legislature voted this year to give communities the option of allowing Sunday sales. Many cities and counties around the state have scheduled votes on the issue.

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to authorize Mayor Kasim Reed to enter into a contract with Fulton County to conduct the tally.

Atlanta voters also will vote that day on a school tax extension and to fill a vacancy on the school board.

The city agreed to pay the county up to $17,050 to run the election.

DOWNTOWN: Atlanta Press Club to get $1 million for debates

DOWNTOWN: Atlanta Press Club to get $1 million for debates

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Press Club says the founder of Aaron's Inc. has pledged $1 million to permanently endow the organization's election year political debates.

R. Charles Loudermilk will bestow the gift in $250,000 increments over four years, the press club announced Thursday.

In honor of Loudermilk's friendship with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the debates will be called the Atlanta Press Club's Loudermik-Young Debate Series.

The funding will be restricted to the club's debates, which include major political races and issue-oriented programs.

The press club and Georgia Public Broadcasting have collaborated for the last 20 years to organize political debates for Georgia races every election year.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.
 

Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A debate over retail sales of alcohol on Sundays erupted during Monday's Atlanta City Council meeting.

The council voted Sept. 6 to put local-option legislation passed by the General Assembly on the November election ballot. If Atlanta residents vote yes, supermarkets, convenience stores and liquor stores would be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

At the time, council members believed the referendum could be put on the ballot at little or no cost to the city because there was going to be an election anyway.

But since then, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections has informed the city that its services in conducting the referendum won't be free.

Monday's debate was the second such incident in three weeks.

The council voted 9-1 to pay the county up to $17,050 for the Sunday sales vote, but not before Councilman C.T.

President Carter Talks to First-Year Emory Students

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks to all first-year Emory College and Oxford College students, answering questions from the audience, during the 30th Annual Carter Town Hall. Highlights from the hour-long talk include what he thinks about Sarah Palin, Governor Rick Perry, and what he loves about Emory.

Fulton County to teach seniors how to guard themselves against scams in Sept. 14 workshop

Fulton County to teach seniors how to guard themselves against scams in Sept. 14 workshop

Fulton County Seniors can take advantage of continuing workshops on how to protect themselves against home repair scams.  The next session of “Be Aware of the Tricks of the Trade: Guarding against Home Repair and Other Scams Targeting Senior Citizens” will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. 

The one-hour program will be held at the New Horizons Senior Center from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

New Horizons is located at 745 Orr Street, Atlanta, GA 30314. The Fulton County Office of Housing and Community Development, a division of the Department of Housing and Human Services, sponsors the sessions.

For more information, or if you need special accommodations to attend this meeting, call Audra Pender at 404-612-3024.