Arrest Made in Threat to University Professor

(Lumpkin County, GA) August 8, 2018 – On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the University of North Georgia Police Department to assist in an investigation involving threats of violence made to a university professor. The threats, made by email and letter, involved a threat of gun violence to the professor, other staff, and students if the professor did not resign. An extensive investigation by the GBI and the UNG Police Department resulted in the arrest of Jose Gomez, 23, of Alpharetta, for Terroristic Threats and Acts. Gomez was arrested at his Alpharetta home on August 4, 2018 by the Alpharetta Police Department.

Gomez was transported to the Lumpkin County Jail where he will face the charge in Lumpkin County Superior Court.

Georgia 400 Trail (PATH 400) Project Wins American Transportation Award

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (Georgia DOT) $9.2 million Georgia 400 Trail (PATH 400) project received the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Category Award Tuesday at the 2018 SASHTO Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The Georgia DOT partnered with the PATH Foundation and Livable Buckhead to develop the 5.2-mile bikeable and walkable greenway through the heart of Atlanta’s north side. The partnership resulted in cost efficiencies and design innovations.

“The PATH converted unused right of way property into something functional and beautiful, offering wonderful health and recreation benefits to the community,” said Meg Pirkle, Georgia DOT’s chief engineer. “We are proud to have helped make this vision a reality”

The 11th Annual America’s Transportation Awards are sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes transportation projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation, and Operations Excellence. Project categories are broken down by size: small (less than $25 million), medium (between $25 and $200 million) and large (more than $200 million).

Georgia DOT built the PATH on the right-of-way of GA 400 and the public land adjacent to Metro Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA). The PATH reclaims what was a highway-only corridor and creates a multimodal trail by turning underutilized gray infrastructure into a useable green space. It connects neighborhoods, offices and retail locations and provides users with an easy way to explore, exercise, commute and engage.

Georgia DOT worked with the Atlanta Police Department to install security cameras at every major point of entry to the PATH. These cameras tie into the City of Atlanta’s state-of-the-art Video Integration Center, providing enhanced safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the PATH.

For more information on the award, or to see other winning projects, please visit: https://news.transportation.org/Pages/NewsReleaseDetail.aspx?NewsReleaseID=1510.

Congressional Survey on Securing Southern Border and Federal Government Employee Standards

Congressman Barry Loudermilk is conducting a brief survey. Two questions on survey listed below.  
 
Should Congress ensure our southern border is secure? (i.e.:adding physical barriers, increasing the number of border patrol agents, and employing advanced technology to stop the human trafficking, drug smuggling, sex trafficking and terrorists entering the United States) Yes | No
 
Should those employed by the federal government be held to the same standards as those who work in the private sector?
Yes | No






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