//Morning News Briefs for 8-31-16

Morning News Briefs for 8-31-16


Lowndes County government official Paige Dukes reports that forecasts call for storms in the area as the result of what may become a tropical storm impacting local weather. Six to eight inches of rain is expected in southern Lowndes County, with an impact of four to six inches for the rest of the county. Tropical storm force wind gusts should be expected. Citizens are encouraged to secure outdoor furniture, toys, trampolines, etc. The rain is expected to begin Wednesday evening and last throughout Thursday. In an effort to minimize local flooding, please make sure storm drains, ditches, and other drainage structures around homes and businesses are clear of debris, equipment, or other obstructions. Citizens are encouraged to sign up for CodeRed, Lowndes County’s free emergency notification system, by visiting www.lowndescounty.com, and Emergency Management recommends that citizens maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio to receive alerts and weather information directly from the National Weather Service.

The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the funding will focus on reducing over-prescribing of pain killers, increasing access to treatment and making sure the antidote naloxone is widely available. The administration is also calling on Congress to provide $1.1 billion in new money, saying legislation recently signed into law didn’t do enough to expand treatment. That bill authorized $181 million in new spending.

A Cook County High School student was arrested after it was reported to authorities that he had brought a gun to the campus. The 15 year old had thrown the Beretta in a garbage can. The student was referred to juvenile authorities.

The Colquitt County High School Band began the year with over 100 members but that number began to fall as many parents and guardians could not afford to purchase instruments for their students. Now, school officials and Band Director Liz Savage are calling upon the residents of the immediate and surrounding area to donate instruments to the students who want to participate. Savage says that the band members learn more that music making-they also learn life lessons as members of the Packer Nation.

Answering questions coming from posts on social media regarding school buses on the Interstate State Trooper Chris Kelch responds that Georgia law permits the buses to travel on the interstate. Specified speed limits apply to drivers of the buses restricting speeds to under 70 miles per hour and drivers cannot exceed the allowed limit.

Helping former prison inmates transition from incarceration back into productive society is one of the main goals of the Department of Community Supervision. The Re-Entry Services Unit works to help former inmates to find work within 60 days and officials say that finding a job lessens the possibility of the now freed prisoners returning to crime and incarceration. The program directors and supervisors across the state are calling on business leaders to hire the released inmates.