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Fulton County Board Pilots Alternative Growing Method to Address District 5 Food Desert Challenges
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to conduct a $35,000 Geological Agriculture (GeoAg) pilot to help expand dietary options for District 5 residents in order to address food desert challenges. The GeoAg pilot program will educate and train District 5 residents on how to successfully sustain their households through the fall and winter months by giving them access to nutritious foods using river rocks to grow food items. With this model, residents can easily grow micro greens, sprouts, beans, peas, as well as other food items.
 
Click here to register for one of the free workshops at the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center.

Click here to register for one of the free workshops at the Bowden Senior Center.

Click here to register for one of the free workshops at the Wolf Creek Library.
Commissioner Hall Partners with The Basketball Tournament (TBT) for ‘Day of Giving’
As a part of Fulton County’s Strategic Plan priority “All People are Healthy”, Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall, District 4, will partner with the Fifth Annual The Basketball Tournament (TBT) for an upcoming ‘Day of Giving’ on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the City of Atlanta’s Anderson Park Recreation Center located at 120 Anderson Avenue, NW in Atlanta.

Commissioner Hall, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms, community residents, NBA veteran and resident, Kent Bazemore and other former NBA athletes, will participate in activities that will include a court dedication, computer donations, and a clean-up of the Anderson Park Recreation Center.
The recreation center will also receive a new electronic scoreboard, six new baskets, new shot clock, and improved lighting.

Vice Chairman Ellis to Speak at Opioid Summit
Vice Chairman Bob Ellis will be taking part in a panel discussion at the 2nd Annual Opioid Summit. The event will be on Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. The District 2 Commissioner will be on the panel discussion that will discuss: H ow employers can prevent addiction among employees and how employers can work with health providers. To RSVP to the free event go to 2ndannualopioidsummit.eventbrite.com
Commissioner Hausmann Appointed as Vice Chairman of National Transit Subcommittee
Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann has been named as the Vice Chair for the Transit Subcommittee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Committee on Transportation.
 
NACo President Greg Cox named Commissioner Hausmann to the post. Over the last year she has served on the NACo Transportation Committee, and served on the Georgia House Commission on Transit Funding and Governance for 2017-2018. She has played a key role in Fulton County’s Transit Study, including organizing trips for local leaders to Dallas/Plano, Texas and Los Angeles, California to review their transit system.
 
In addition to the Transportation Committee, Commissioner Hausmann will serve as a member of NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus Steering Committee, International Economic Development Task Force, and Arts & Culture Commission.
Georgia Restaurant Association Joins Chairman Pitts
In Fight Against Sex Trafficking
During a press conference with Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts, officials with the Georgia Restaurant Association requested all restaurants in Georgia help fight sex trafficking by posting potentially life-saving information in their restrooms. The signs raise visibility of the issue of sex trafficking and include the National Trafficking Hotline. The Georgia Restaurant Association serves as the voice for over 18,000 restaurants in Georgia.
Tuesday is Election Day
Early voting locations will close on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 7 p.m. Click here for the early voting locations.

Residents who did not vote early for the 2018 General Primary/Nonpartisan and Special Election Runoff will have to vote at their assigned polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Residents should verify their polling place at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov before heading out to vote. Residents should als o click here view their sample ballot.
FGTV's Highlighted Show:
New Second in Command at Jail
The Fulton Sheriff now has a longtime former Atlanta Police Department official as second in command at the Fulton County Jail. FGTV has the story. 
Click on the image above or copy and paste the link to view. https://youtu.be/2_GRTXdjGMw?t=4m18s
Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office and Emory University Conduct Suicide Survey
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office and Emory University are studying beliefs about suicide in our community. Suicide is a tragic act and often a taboo topic of conversation. In a relative vacuum of open discussion, misconceptions and myths surrounding suicide have evolved. To learn more about suicide perceptions in the greater Atlanta metro area, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has helped create a survey of 17 open-ended and multiple choice questions based on myths about suicide that employees have heard at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. Your answers are anonymous. The hope is to work towards dispelling any myths in our community and share the data with physicians, social workers, and county officials. The answers from the survey will be compared to 10 years of data about suicide collected at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. The results of the study will be shared before the end of 2018.
 
Southwest Arts Center Presents Dot
Dot is now on stage at the Southwest Arts Center. The play focuses on Dotty and her three grown children who gather for Christmas. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her failing memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. The play runs until August 12, 2018.

Ladies Rock Camp at the Library
Employees Recognized
During the 1st and 2nd Quarter Service Awards, Fulton County recognized 165 employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service with Fulton County Government. The event was held at the Fulton County Government Center.
New Job Openings
There are new job openings this week with Fulton County Government. Full-time and hourly jobs are available. Application deadlines vary. Click Here for the latest job openings.
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