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Around the Region: TSPLOST Promotional Tour, Gunshot Detection Technology and Cox Enterprises Layoffs

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

 

– East Cobb Patch

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams were two supporters of the transportation sales tax referendum who made their way to Alpharetta earlier this week to lobby for its passage.

The  hosted a fundraiser at its offices to answer questions about the transportation referendum, which will go before voters on July 31. They also were ready to collect checks on behalf of the Citizens for Transportation Mobility to continue what they call an education process.

Andy Macke, who heads the local chamber's push to get the transportation referendum passed, touted the predicted four-to-one return on investment the estimated $8 billion collected over 10 years will bring.

 

– East Atlanta Patch

Three East Atlanta residents have spent months trying to end celebratory gunfire through deployment of gunfire location technology.

ShotSpotter gunshot location technology is capable of detecting the source of gunfire within inches and distinguishes between actual gunfire events and other sounds which mimic gunfire, such as fireworks. 

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond has proposed an ordinance that would allow for funding of the ShotSpotter technology in Atlanta. 

 

– Smyrna-Vinings Patch

Cox Enterprises has filed paperwork with the Georgia Department of Labor indicating that it will lay off 102 employees from its Atlanta Journal Constitution home delivery distribution center in Smyrna.

The GDOL layoff log also listed 150 AJC layoffs in Kennesaw, the location of the paper's north Cobb distribution center. 

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