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New CHS Is Bigger, Bolder And Better
Monday, 26 January 2015 23:59
School Officials Are Excited As Projects Moves Forward

If all goes well, students will walk the halls of a new Chattooga High School starting the first day of school in August 2015.
The new high school will be bigger and better than the current facility that sits in the shadow of the new two-story building.
"It's sort of like that new car smell," Chattooga School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman said.
That new facility, however, comes with a $22,706,378 price tag. The superintendent said that is a bargain and much cheaper than he first thought.
"We thought it would come in around $29 million," Supt. Lenderman said.
Comparatively, the price is cheaper than other new high schools around the state, according to the superintendent and the system's director of operations and facilities, John Worsham.
'Soon' Motorists Will See New Traffic Light
Monday, 26 January 2015 23:57
"They should be starting any week," Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters said about the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Dot Johnson Drive in Pennville.
Winters said he is disappointed it's taken more than eight years to get the light installed but is pleased that in the next few days NABCO Electric, Chattanooga, will start stringing wires across Highway 27.
"I contacted Commissioner Winters and we thought he had some very exciting news," Chattooga County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman said. "A contract has been awarded and the bid has been accepted.  They are expected to move forward with this red light within weeks and having poles set. We should be up and gong in a short period of time. So that is good news."
The traffic light will benefit the parents of the 800-plus students that attend Leroy Massey Elementary. It's becoming the largest school in the county and officials suggested that school's enrollment could hit 1,000 within five years.
Transportation Draws Interest Of County Leaders
Saturday, 24 January 2015 02:08
Despite predictions of a busy legislative session in Atlanta, local political leaders say there is very little specific legislation drawing their attention.
The Georgia General Assembly opened its 40-day session last week.
“There’s not any specific legislation I am following for the county,” said Commissioner Jason Winters. “There has been talk about a law giving Superior Court judges a raise. We need to keep an eye on that because what we pay the judges affects what we pay other positions – like DA – as well. That could cost us some money.”
Improving the state’s transportation infrastructure has been one of the most talked about issues leading into the current General Assembly session.
Chattooga County and its municipalities receive about $450,000-500,000 a year from the state in gas tax revenue. However, according to Winters, the county puts more than $700,000 into the fund.
“Like a lot of counties we lose money,” said Winters. 
In discussions about transportation spending, the idea of raising the gas tax has surfaced.
Currently every gallon of gasoline sold in Georgia is taxed by federal, state and local governments. A typical gallon of regular (non-diesel) gasoline sold in Georgia includes an 18.4 cent federal tax, a 7.5 cent state tax, an additional 4 percent per gallon state tax and a 3 percent local tax which goes to the county.
In Chattooga County, two of every three cents of that local sales tax is dedicated to public education. The third penny goes to general government for operations.