LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS BAND TOGETHER TO PREVENT CHILD AB– USE, KEEP KIDS AT HOME

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Local organizations continue their efforts to raise awareness of child abuse during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The Child Abuse Prevention Partnership is a conglomeration of local organizations joining forces to provide the education and support necessary to prevent child abuse in our community.  Sue Lagermann co-chairs the organization.  She is also the director of Floyd County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).  She says that one thing that many folks don’t know about victims of child abuse is that the children really just want to be at home.

DEAL SIGNS BILL INTO LAW REQUIRING DRUG TESTING FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law yesterday legislation that requires drug testing for welfare benefits.  According to a release from the Governor’s office, the law is intended to safeguard the public purse.  The legislation requires applicants to pass a drug test in order to qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits.  Florida passed similar legislation back in 2010, decreasing their welfare applicant pool by 48 percent and saving their state $1.8 million.