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Lt. Governor Cagle and Sen. Grant Welcome Chaplain of the Day

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sen. Johnny Grant (R-Milledgeville) welcomed Dr. Benny Tate, senior pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga. to serve as the Chaplain of the Day on January 31 in the State Senate, a Senate Office news release says.

“It was an honor to welcome Pastor Tate to the Senate today.  The tradition of the Senate to begin each day with a devotional and prayer allows us to set our mind and heart in the right direction as we make important policy decisions.  As we face daunting challenges during this session, I’m confident that the Senate will answer the call to serve.  Today, Pastor Tate’s message encouraged Senators and inspired each of us to lead our state in the right direction,” Lt. Governor Casey Cagle said.

“It was my pleasure to introduce Brother Benny to my colleagues in the Senate,” said Sen. Grant. “His inspirational message will help guide us as we face tough choices this legislative session.”

Grant: The Buzz from the Gold Dome

By Senator Johnny Grant, submitted by the Senate Press Office:

Sen. Johnny Grant serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. He represents the 25th Senate District which includes Baldwin, Butts, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam, and Taliaferro counties and portions of Jones and Warren counties.

Session is underway at the State Capitol. We had a slow start due to the ice and snow that blanketed Atlanta at the beginning of this month. New members were welcomed and Governor Deal was inaugurated. We heard the governor’s annual State of the State address, where he outlined his agenda and budget recommendations for the Amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget and FY 2012 budget. The long process of trimming our budget to account for the large revenue gaps the state currently faces will be our first priority as we push through legislative days.

State of the Union Viewing Party

When President Barack Obama uses his State of the Union Address to speak to the country, the Rho Mu Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha and the national political honor society of Georgia College & State University will host a viewing party at Knight Community Innovation Center.

The event is scheduled for January 24 at 8:30 p.m

The Knight Community Innovation Center is located at 127 W. Hancock St. in Milledgeville.


Sen. Grant Named Chair of Public Safety Committee

ATLANTA (January 14, 2011) – Sen. Johnny Grant (R-Milledgeville) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee for the 2011-2012 Term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.  Sen. Grant will also serve on the Appropriations, Health and Human Services, State Institutions and Property, and Higher Education committees.  


“I am honored to serve the people of Georgia in my capacity as a member of these important committees,” said Sen. Grant.  “I am especially honored to be named Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. The safety of our citizens is one of the core responsibilities of government and I look forward to working with the many men and women throughout our state that work hard every day to make our communities and our state safe and secure.”


Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Washington Coal Plant

A public hearing on pollution levels for proposed Plant Washington coal-fired plant will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Ridge Road Elementary School.

Georgians for Smart Energy (GSE) will host an information session at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will conduct a public hearing about Plant Washington.

Proposed by Power4Georgians, LLC, the coal-fired power plant would be located near Sandersville in Central Ga.

The hearing subject is the water withdrawal permit and the water discharge permits (NPDES permit).

According to a news release, if Plant Washington is built, the water would be piped in 30 miles from the Oconee River and draw from 15 groundwater wells near the proposed plant site.

GSE is a coalition of energy, citizen and environmental organizations from across Georgia, including Washington County residents.

Cagle Announces $3 Million in Funding for Career Academy

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle today announced $3.16 million in College and Career Academy funding for the Baldwin County Career Academy, a partnership between the Baldwin County school system and Central Georgia Technical College. 

The school was among 3 chosen today by the State Board of The Technical College System of Georgia to receive a grant that will be matched with local funding. 

In a news release from the State of Georgia's Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle said, "As Lt. Governor, I am committed to providing every student in Georgia access to a college and career academy.  Their proven success at providing our children the relevant, job-related skills they need is more important than ever in these tough economic times."