Gainesville's request to annex a section of Interstate 985 has some people worried that the city is simply looking for a new revenue stream by writing more speeding tickets. In Sunday's edition, The Times will be taking an in-depth look at speeding tickets and speed traps, including:
How does the law define speed traps?
How many speeding tickets are written by Hall County, Gainesville and Oakwood?
Which Georgia towns just can't outgrow their reputation as speed traps?
Is the Gainesville Police Department writing more or fewer speeding tickets today than a few years ago?
Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.
The sheriff's office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that 96,306 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in March, an increase of 126.3 percent from March 2008.
Andrew John Smith, 29, of Cleveland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley in Gainesville to serve more than three years in prison on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.