Category Archives: Uncategorized

Collins Discusses Rosenstein Briefing and Tax Reform

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference and member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Fox News today to discuss the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He also spoke with Fox Business about the status of conservative tax reform and potential for infrastructure development in 2018.

On whether the Deputy Attorney General offered satisfactory answers at the oversight hearing:

“No, I’m not satisfied at all. In fact, Mr. Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, shouldn’t be satisfied.”

“We’ve not even answered simple things like is [Strzok] still in communication with the Mueller team? Does he have a security clearance? Why was he put in human resources where he could influence other people?”

On the status of tax reform:

“We’re on the . . . very verge of getting exactly what we’ve told the American people we’re going to do and what the president said—by the end of this year, by Christmas actually, we’re going to pass a tax reform package that begins the process of doing what I’ve said before. We’ve got the best workers in the world, we’ve got the best ideas in the world, we’ve got an energy independence—we’ve got the worst tax system.

“Now we’re able to start saying we’ve got a tax system that puts us competitive not only with the world but [that] puts money into people’s pockets come the first of the year, and that’s something we’re excited about.”

Volunteer of the Year Award Presented to Chattahoochee Tech Volunteer Susan Stephens, Champion of Technical Education

A constant champion of technical education in Georgia, Susan Stephens of Cartersville was presented with the Technical College Foundation Association 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the leadership conference of the Technical College System of Georgia held in Savannah.

Susan Stephens of Cartersville received the TCFA 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Susan Stephens of Cartersville received the TCFA 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award.

“For over 30 years, Mrs. Stephens has been a tireless advocate for technical education and the difference that it can make in the lives of students and their families,” said Jennifer Nelson who serves as Executive Director of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and as the College’s Vice President for Student Affairs. “She has spent countless hours volunteering at various special events and functions held by Chattahoochee Tech and the Foundation, and always arrives with an enormous smile on her face.”

While serving as chair of the Development Committee for the recent Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Reverse Raffle fundraiser, Stephens personally generated a large percentage of the funds raised by this event through her commitment to selling tickets, securing sponsors and obtaining door prizes. The event raised $36,887 and these funds will go toward scholarships and to emergency tuition and emergency assistance grants for deserving students.

According to Stephens, a volunteer is a person who gives to the greater good – someone who spreads hope and presents opportunities to others.

“I have personally witnessed what training and education can do for a person, a family and a community,” said Stephens. “I think my vocation is helping people to help themselves. It makes me happy to see people succeed.”

Stephens currently serves on the Executive, Development and Finance committees of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees. She has served the Technical College System of Georgia in some capacity for most of her life.

After graduating from Cartersville High School in 1966, Mrs. Stephens worked at Coosa Valley Tech for 25 years before taking a position at the former North Metro Technical College. Upon her retirement, she had completed 33 years of service and then continued to serve as a volunteer. When North Metro Tech merged with Chattahoochee Technical College in July 2009, she began volunteering with the newly merged Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees and has served there ever since.

For more information, visit ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

2017 Georgia Hunting Seasons & Regulations Guide Available

Now online and in print, the 2017-2018 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

2017-2018 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide

This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more.  You may view, download and print the guide at http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations. Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.

Some of the major changes to the hunting regulations this year include:

  • Georgia Game Check: In an effort to further improve upon the reporting of game, you can now record your harvest with the Outdoors GA app, even if you do not have service or wifi. Enter the information, then sync it once service or wifi available to get your confirmation number.
  • New WMAs and Areas to Hunt: Alapaha River WMA (Irwin County) and Alligator Creek WMA (Wheeler County) are two new WMAs. Additionally, there are new Voluntary Public Access (VPA) locations open and available for all kinds of hunting, including deer, turkey, dove and waterfowl.
  • Bear and Deer Seasons: The South Georgia bear season added a 3-day hunting period (2nd to last weekend in September) and the Central Georgia bear season will be the 2nd Saturday in January. This year’s deer season ends on Jan. 14. Either-sex day deer opportunities increased by 21 days in Ridge, Valley and Piedmont regions, and by 14 days for the lower coastal plains region.
  • Feral Hogs/Coyotes on WMAs: There will be a new opportunity to help control coyotes and feral hogs on WMAs from May 16-31, 2018 using any legal big or small game weapon. This is in addition to continuing to allow hunters to take both coyotes and feral hogs as incidental take during big and small game hunting dates on WMAs.

Members of the Board of Natural Resources enact hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by the Division’s professional wildlife biologists.  Georgia’s game and fish laws are enacted by the elected members of the General Assembly.

For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations or contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office (http://georgiawildlife.com/about/contact).