Issue 11.91 | Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
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Ga., Feb. 21, 2012 -- Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash presented
the annual State of the County speech to a gathering of community and
business leaders last week at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. The annual
luncheon is hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the Council
for Quality Growth. A video recording of the speech is available on both
the County's Web site and on its cable TV channel.
her address with thanks to County and city officials for their willingness
to work together and approve the service delivery strategy agreement.
She pointed out how the county's firm foundation from past leadership
and investments have made Gwinnett attractive to businesses. "I'm
not pretending we have no challenges. However, we already have the key
to continued prosperity in our hands, building on the firm foundation
this community has created to this point," she said.
mentioned the financial stability of the county. The board of commissioners
adopted a balanced 2012 budget that does not use reserves nor make additional
cuts in services despite the declining tax digest. The county is responding
to less revenue for services by prioritizing, innovating and looking for
more cost-cutting measures for all operations that have the least impact
on residents, businesses and visitors, she said.
launched the Volunteer Gwinnett program, which was designed to engage
residents in volunteer activities to support government operations and
potentially save money. The Volunteer Gwinnett program offers an easy
way for interested residents and businesses to read about countywide volunteer
opportunities, sign up online, track service hours and submit project
requests on www.volunteergwinnett.net.
At www.tvgwinnett.com, computer users can view the entire speech on demand. It will also be shown frequently on television over the County's government-access channel, TVgwinnett, which is available on cable systems in Gwinnett. Or readers can read the entire text of the State of the County talk by clicking here.
Electric stimulated, continued growth of Gwinnett
FEB. 21, 2012 -- In economic development, you often hear of the term "multiplier effect." That translates into a dollar figure of the impact of the location of a new industry.
With the announcement of a new major industry in Jefferson County recently, one guy wanted to know "What did the arrival of Western Electric in Gwinnett County mean for your county?"
Western Electric announced in 1970 that a new cable manufacturing plant would be located at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Interstate 85. The impact has been tremendous on Gwinnett, in that it (and Bell Labs) eventually became the largest single industry ever in Gwinnett, employing 3,800 persons. Wow! What impact!
But it goes much further than that. It has had impact that has lasted over the years. Its location became a prime example of just how important a major industry can be for a community.
Here are random thoughts about the impact of Western Electric moving to Gwinnett.
Perhaps you can add other significant developments from the location of Western Electric.
Interestingly, today the former Western Electric tract, now operated by OFS, is the anticipated site of a projected redevelopment, which will re-stimulate the county when it is implemented. It's only a matter of time. Eventually the site will be a multiplier once again.
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GGC alumnus Jason Lee recently visited campus to give his former classmates an encouraging message: medical school is a very achievable goal. He told them: "Six months ago, I was sitting in your seat and now I'm a medical student."
major who graduated from GGC last June with a 4.0 grade point average,
Lee has maintained that 4.0 average as a first-year medical student at
the Medical College of Georgia. When he spoke to his former classmates,
he emphasized the importance of balancing studies with personal growth.
used to ask myself, 'Am I good enough?' A doctor has to know so much stuff,'"
he said. "But yes, you are good enough. You can learn this. I want
to reassure that everyone is capable of doing this if you have the right
of study and play also hit home with the audience. "You have three
choices in med school: study, have fun, or sleep. But you can only choose
two. If you choose all three, you will forfeit your goal. So, choose to
study and sleep," he said, laughing. "If you manage your time,
you'll still have some fun."
to becoming a doctor began in elementary school when he witnessed a man
falling in his native Taiwan. At the time, bystanders stared at the injured
man, but did nothing to help him. In spite of his young age, Lee approached
the man, who was hysterical, discovered that he had a serious injury and
family moved to Gwinnett County in 2000, Lee attended Mill Creek High
School, where he took AP science classes and filed more than 150 hours
of volunteer work, some of which were at VistaCare Hospice. Lee said this
sort of volunteer work is noticed by medical school admission officials,
but he emphasized the impact it can have on personal development.
will satisfy you to do this kind of job," he told his audience. "It
will make a big difference in your life."
Eastside Hospital breaks ground on new $59 million tower
Last week Eastside Medical Center Officers, the Snellville mayor and four city council representatives convened beside a construction site to celebrate the groundbreaking of Eastside's $59 million, three story, 48 private room patient tower.
Patient rooms will be configured for comfort and include the latest innovations for clinical staff to provide optimal care. In addition, there will be plenty of space for families, who are vital to the healing process. The new patient rooms will be "adjustable acuity," which means that a patient could remain in the same room regardless of the level of care required.
From left are Russell Treadway, city manager; Diane Krause, city council; Kim Ryan, Hospital CEO; Mayor Kelly Kautz; Jane Forsythe, CNO; Dustin Greene, COO; Tom Witts, mayor pro tem; Bobby Howard, city council; Tom Jackson, CFO. Phase One of the project is scheduled for completion in December 2012.
Rosa Lee Carson, better known as Moonshine Kate, was one of the first women to record country music during the 1920s and one of the genre's earliest female comedians. Her father, Fiddlin' John Carson, made the first successful country record in 1923 and went on to become one of the most extensively recorded country stars of the 1920s.
Rosa Lee Carson sang and played guitar and banjo with her father and his band, the Virginia Reelers, first on radio broadcasts and then on more than 100 recordings for the OKeh and Bluebird labels between 1925 and 1934.
Rosa Lee Carson, born in Atlanta in 1909, was the youngest of nine children of Jenny Nora Scroggins and John Carson. She began singing and buck-and-wing dancing at stage shows and political rallies as part of her father's musical act when she was five years old. During the early 1920s she began performing with her father on Atlanta's flagship radio station, WSB, and touring with him and the Virginia Reelers at stage shows throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
Carson made her recording debut in June 1925 at the age of 15, when she accompanied her father on guitar on four songs for OKeh Records.
For the next nine years Carson accompanied her father and the Virginia Reelers on tour and on recording sessions. In 1928 Polk Brockman, OKeh's Atlanta records distributor and talent scout, gave Carson the nickname Moonshine Kate to enhance her hillbilly image, and she embraced it proudly for the rest of her life.
collapse of record sales during the Great Depression ended their recording
contract, Carson and her father worked as campaign entertainers for Eugene
Talmadge's 1932 Georgia gubernatorial campaign and in several of his subsequent
campaigns. When she wasn't performing, Carson worked for the Atlanta Department
of Recreation during the 1930s and 1940s.
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IN THE COMING WEEK
Capturing the Light: Open daily through Feb. 22. This new artists' show, a project of the Buford Artists' Group, will be held at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Highway 23, Suwanee.
Seniors Virtual Travel Club: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23, George Pierce Park Community Center in Suwanee. Come share your travel experience at this kick-off event of the George Pierce Travel Club. Dinner included at $8 per person.
Gynecologic Robotic Surgery Presentation: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Feb. 24. Free presentation Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth at the 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway to discuss gynecologic conditions that can be treated using the minimally invasive da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. To RSVP, call 678-312-5000. Registration required.
Art, Wine and Jazz At DE Fine Art: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Feb. 25, 5933 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. Sponsored by the Norcross Business Association, the event tickets are $20 and benefit the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership.
NEXT WEEK AND ONGOING
Exhibit Continued: The Living in Space exhibit at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will continue now through March 3. Extremely popular with visitors and school groups, the exhibit now is open for an additional two months. More.
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