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Property owners not supportive of proposed Community Improvement District in Perry

The plan to bring improvements to a busy corridor in Perry is no longer moving forward.

City manager Lee Gilmour says Director of Economic Development Robert Smith sent a memo to mayor and council recommending the Community Improvement District planned for Courtney Hodges Boulevard be abandoned.

The city's economic development leaders held two public meetings on the issue, but property owners had too many objections. Gilmour says the CID is supposed to be a property owner led initiative.

It's not necessary for city council to take any action. Gilmour says the idea is simply dead for now.

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FDNY visits Perry for disaster relief training

First-responders from eight different states, including New York and Indiana, are in Perry this week.

They're using the Guardian Centers for disaster relief training.

"This is far better than other places we've been," said Lenny Nesbitt of Task Force 6 from North Georgia.

He says the disaster relief training he's received at the center has prepared him for travesties like the parking deck collapse in Atlanta.

The facility provides real life scenarios for first-responders, and even goes to the lengths of having actors portray victims. Amenities like these are why fire fighters from as far as New York City travel down.

"This facility has an outstanding reputation," said Ronald Spadafora, Fire Prevention Chief at FDNY.

Perry business owners discuss improvements to district

Some property owners in Perry sat down to discuss improvements to General Courtney Hodges Boulevard on Monday evening.

City officials proposed a plan last month where property owners would pay more taxes to see a better strip. It's called a community improvement district (CID)

"I'm probably leaning more for it than many are, but I haven't had all of my questions answered either," said William Davis of Crossroads Medical Management.

He would like to see the roads enhanced and the area beautified.

There are 12 projects on the proposed list ranging from enhancing landscaping to enhanced patrol.

Kemp bringing first "Peanut Poll" to Ga National Fair in Perry


People flock to the Georgia National Fair at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry for food and rides, but to cast a vote?

That's the idea this October 8th through the 18th.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp 
plans to organize the first-ever "Peanut Poll".

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Sandler AG to bring 140 jobs to Houston County in 2016

A German textile supplier will build a manufacturing plant in Houston County, which will bring about $30 million and 140 new jobs to the county's economy.

Perry Music Festival unites community

There was plenty of music, good food and lots of dancing at the 6th Annual Perry Music Festival Saturday.

The theme of this year's festival was "We Know Music" and they certainly delivered on that promise, with 10 artists ranging from jazz and rock and roll, to gospel and R&B.

Jane Thomas helped organize this year's festival. She said the event helps bring the community together.

NYC Fire Dept. to train for earthquake disaster in Perry

The New York City Fire Department is coming to Guardian Centers in Perry at the end of September for a multi-agency disaster response training event.

According to a news release, the training is from September 30 to October 2. The 48-hour training, the release states, will challenge more than 400 first responders to handle a major earthquake at the local, state and federal level.

"It's extremely beneficial to have access to a state-of-the-art facility like Guardian Centers to rest and validate our response to a disaster before lives are on the line," the battalion chief of the FDNY, Joe Downey, said in a statement. "To be able to bring together responders from the local, state and federal levels in one place to work together and coordinate our efforts will undoubtedly hone our abilities to respond quickly when called upon."