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Residents Living Near New MotorSport Park Voice Their Opinions in Town Paper

Residents Living Near New MotorSport Park Voice Their Opinions in Town Paper

A total of four Motions for Summary Judgment were heard in the matter of Hamryka v. the City of Dawsonville.

On November 30, 2010, Senior Judge John Girardeau denied a motion for Interlocutory Injunction that would have halted construction at the site of the new Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP).

Although the Court conceded the “potential” existed for the park to be a nuisance, the Plaintiffs (West and Helen Hamryka) had not shown enough of a current nuisance to merit an immediate injunction, according to the judge.

CLICK HEAR TO READ THE FULL STORY ON WHAT RESIDENTS THINK OF THE NEW PARK

Helping a Family Displaced by Fire

GAINESVILLE -- Cynthia Vaster and her 18-year-old daughter lost everything when the home they were renting overlooking Lake Lanier burned to the ground.

The home was destroyed during the recent snow storm, when Vassar said flames shot out from a dishwasher and spread quickly through the house. She said within ten minutes the entire home was in flames.

"I've lost everything. Can't save anything. We did save a few pictures that were in metal filing cabinet," Vasser said.

The biggest issue now for Vassar and her daughter -- finding a place to stay.

"I've been going from house to house trying to stay close to my job so that I can be there and get there every day, "she said.

Ex-Bank Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An ex-bank officer has pleaded guilty to
receiving kickbacks for real estate loans in a multimillion dollar
fraud scheme.

The guilty plea on Thursday by Randy Jones, a former vice
president of Cornelia-based Community Bank & Trust, is part of a larger effort by federal prosecutors to crack down on bank fraud in Georgia. The state is home to more bank failures during the financial crisis than any other state.

It also comes amid more scrutiny of Georgia banking practices.

Attorney General Sam Olens said he's backing legislation that
would give him the authority to launch investigations into
foreclosure fraud. And federal regulators investigating another
failed bank slapped a key state legislator and seven others with a civil lawsuit seeking $70 million in damages.

U.S. Postal Service Press Release regarding North Georgia Mail Service Delays

U.S. Postal Service Press Release regarding North Georgia Mail Service Delays

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by the US Postal Service) 

Mail Service to North Georgia Residents Continues To Improve

Monday Deliveries Help Address Backlogs

 DULUTH, GA  – The U.S. Postal Service reports that nearly 100% of north Georgia residents have received mail delivery over the past several days, despite some of the most challenging weather conditions to impact the area in more than a decade.

“Thanks to the many hard working and dedicated employees – and with some cooperation from the weather --  we were able to make more than 99% of all deliveries in ZIP Codes 300, 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306, over the past several days,” says Atlanta District Manager Kate F. Wiley.

Coast Not Quite Clear - Watch for Black Ice

ATLANTA -- Mother Nature gave Metro Atlantans a bit of a break Friday, with the longest stretch of above-freezing temperatures since Sunday's storm. 

Temperatures will get back above freezing by midday Saturday, allowing road conditions to continue to improve. Daytime temps will go well into the 40s for Saturday and Sunday, while lows Saturday night will only briefly drop below freezing.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says most main roads and highways in North Georgia are now passable, but icy patches remain, particularly on side streets and in neighborhoods. To report hazardous road conditions or traffic signal problems within the City of Atlanta, call 404-546-2615 or 404-853-3200.

Schools Must Make up Lost Class Time

ATLANTA -- As school systems in Metro Atlanta cancel classes for another day, some are looking for ways to make up for lost time.

Unless the state provides a waiver, metro school systems will have to use all of their designated snow days and more to make up for lost class time caused by this week's ice and snow.

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Georgia DOT Commissioner Defends Snow Removal; Atlanta Mayor Hires Snow Removal Contractors

Georgia DOT Commissioner Defends Snow Removal; Atlanta Mayor Hires Snow Removal Contractors

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Tuesday afternoon, approaching 48 hours since Sunday night's storm caused snow and ice to clog roads across half of Georgia, Georgia's Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith said DOT workers are doing everything humanly possible to clear all the roadways.

"To motorists who think the roads should be clear by now, what do you say to them?" 11Alive News asked Smith.

"Be patient. There will always be a sunnier day than what we've had in the past couple of days."

Commissioner Smith said DOT crews had already spread 5,300 tons of salt and 7,000 tons of gravel on icy roads, and more salt and gravel has been ordered and is on the way.