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March 2, 2021 marks 1 year since Symone Thompson vanished from Union City, GA at age 16. She would now be 17 years old.   The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, and Thompson’s family are seeking the public’s help in finding the teen.   Thompson was […]


By Terri Denison SBA Georgia District Office Director     The U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) continues to take steps to make the Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) more equitable for small businesses and underserved communities. Since the latest round of funding opened six weeks ago, the program has successfully reached smaller borrowers.   As of Feb. 28, […]


CONYERS, GA– Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) will offer a virtual option for K-12 students in addition to the five-days-a-week in-person default option for the 2021-2022 school year.   The elementary virtual option will have teachers solely designated for virtual classes. The middle and high school virtual option will be through our existing Rockdale Virtual […]


Progress report on District 7 initiatives and updates on county services among topics to be discussed   DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will host a virtual town hall for residents to provide a progress report on District 7 initiatives currently established, those in development and those estimated for the near future.   The DeKalb County […]


ROCKDALE, GA—Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) high schools – Heritage and Rockdale County – were named 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by State School Superintendent Richard Woods, a distinction RCPS high schools have achieved for more than 11 consecutive years.   Superintendent Terry Oatts  praised RCPS for its  accomplishment.   “Our unwavering commitment to […]


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has released the application for new and returning providers of Georgia’s Pre-K Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications to provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program for the next school year must be received by DECAL by Friday, March 19, 5 p.m. EDT.   Georgia’s Pre-K […]


CONYERS, GA—Associate Probate Court Judge Gary Washington is now the official Judge of the Rockdale County Probate Court. Washington’s appointment on March 1 follows the appointment of Judge Clarence Cuthpert, Jr. to Rockdale County State Court. Washington assumes the duties effective immediately.   “I am excited to take this next step in serving my fellow […]


ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Tacarra Gant, 26, for one count of Insurance Fraud and one count of Forgery in the 1st Degree. Ms. Gant is wanted in connection with a Henry County Case. “Our Criminal Investigations Division […]

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