Deal: State Government Will Remain Closed Tomorrow

Acting on a recommendation from the state Emergency Operations Command, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced state government will remain closed for non-essential personnel tomorrow, Jan. 18, across the 83 counties impacted by winter weather.

“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Georgians and to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to continue doing its job,” said Deal. “Due to yesterday’s winter weather and continued freezing temperatures, ice continues accumulating on our roadways. GDOT is responsible for the maintenance of more than 17,900 miles of state roads and interstates. Currently, there are more than 12,800 miles remaining to be cleared and treated. In light of this, I urge people to stay home, stay safe and remain off our roadways. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary.”

The 83 counties under emergency declaration may be found here.

Public Health Closings and Delays in North Georgia for Thursday, January 18

North GA – Due to possible residual hazardous road conditions tomorrow, Thursday, January 18th, the North Georgia Health District office in Dalton, GA and Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray and Whitfield County Health Departments will DELAY Opening until 12 PM. The Pickens County Health Department will be CLOSED all day on Thursday. These delays and closing will affect all public health services in these counties, including Environmental Health, WIC and Child Medical Services. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This information is subject to change. All updates will be sent to the media and will be posted to the North Georgia Health District website at

Rep. Graves Applauds House Passage of Cyber Policy Bill

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the Cyber Diplomacy Act (H.R. 3776), of which Rep. Graves is a co-sponsor. The bill details an international cybersecurity policy for the United States.

“This is a bipartisan, America-first cybersecurity bill. It will help protect Georgians and all Americans from foreign cybercriminals and other bad actors by ensuring the United States is a leading voice on international cybersecurity issues,” said Rep. Graves.

Specifically, H.R. 3776 instructs the president to secure commitments from other nations to act responsibly in cyberspace. It creates a new position at the State Department for an ambassador for cyberspace and instructs the ambassador to the United Nations to advance our nation’s cyber priorities. The bill also makes clear that the United States has the right to take proportionate countermeasures under international law when it’s victim to malicious cyber activities.

“This legislation is an important step forward for our nation’s cyber policy, and I look forward to making more progress on these critical issues this year, including the bill Rep. Sinema and I introduced to give Americans more tools to protect themselves online, the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (H.R. 4036),” Rep. Graves concluded