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Property Tax Increase Public Hearings

The City of Douglasville has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will increase property taxes by 52.13 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Council Chambers in the Douglasville Conference Center 6700 Church St, Douglasville, Ga. 30134 on July 31st ,2014 at 10:00 am and 6:45 pm . Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Douglasville Council Chambers at the Conference Center ,6700 Church St. Douglasville, Ga. on August 7th 2014 at 6:00 pm. This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 5.784 an increase of 1.982. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 3.802 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a Fair market value of $ 125,000 is approximately $ 99.10 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $118.92.

Douglasville police chief will get to keep his job


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- A big controversy came to a vote in Douglasville Monday evening when the city council decided not to fire Police Chief Chris Womack.

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He had said publicly that officers are quitting the force because of low pay.

Some council members took that as a slap at the city.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Officers disciplined after leaving teens in holding cell over weekend


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- The sheriff of Douglas County has taken disciplinary action against five officers he says were responsible for leaving two teens locked in holding cells at the county's courthouse an entire weekend.

Sheriff Phil Miller told 11Alive that a captain and a sergeant were suspended and transferred. A lieutenant was written up and two deputies were suspended.

The suspensions ranged from one week to one month. The sheriff says he's also made some policy and procedure changes to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

Motorcyclist dies in Powder Springs crash

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed a 42-year-old motorcyclist.

The wreck happened Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. on Richard D. Sailors Parkway at New Macland Road in Powder Springs.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Gaiter of Mableton was approaching the intersection on his Harley-Davidson FLHX when a GMC Acadia turned into his path.

Police said Gaiter's motorcycle collided with the right side of the Acadia. Gaiter was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Acadia driver, 39-year-old Oyin Mitchell of Lithia Springs, was not hurt. A child strapped into a car seat inside her SUV was also uninjured.

Cobb County Police said they expect to file charges in this case.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.