County by county news for Monday


South Cobb Business Association meets

Bernard W. King, public programs coordinator of the Cobb Emergency Management Agency, will be the luncheon speaker for the South Cobb Business Association 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Village, 2000 East-West Connector, Austell.

Costs: $12, members prepaid online; $15, members at the door; $20, nonmembers.

Information: or 678-224-7300. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


New healthcare facility coming soon

A groundbreaking ceremony for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan was held Thursday in Newnan. The freestanding hospital is being built on Newnan Crossing Boulevard and will provide clinical services for patients that suffer from stroke, neurological disorders, hip fractures, joint replacements, trauma, amputation and cardiac conditions. The hospital is expected to generate approximately 125 new, full-time jobs and is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2014. Information: Arlinda Smith Broady


Duluth announces new city manager

The Duluth city council has approved city planning director James Riker as the new city manager. Riker will move into the new position immediately. Prior to his appointment as city planning director just over a year ago, Riker spent eight years as planning and community development manager in Flowery Branch.

Information: Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Southeast Asia conference at GPC

Georgia Southern University professor Paul Rodell will host a Teaching Southeast Asia conference for college and university faculty members in the state April 11 and 12 at Georgia Perimeter College, 555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston.

The conference is sponsored by the Asia Council of the University System of Georgia. The workshop is free but registration is required by March 31.

Information: Kent A. Miles for the AJC


Legislative session topic of educator meeting

State Sen. Ronnie Chance will discuss the recent legislative session at the next meeting of the Fayette County Retired Educators Association. All TRS of Georgia retirees and their spouses are welcomed to the event 10:30 a.m. Thursday at  Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (next door to the old Courthouse).  The meetings are also a drop off station for items for Fayette Samaritans and teaching materials.

Information 770-487-7731 or Arlinda Smith Broady

Exhibitors wanted for Fayette Earth Day

Fayette County’s annual Earth Day Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Courthouse Square in downtown Fayetteville. The event will feature information, products and activities related to environmental awareness and sustainability. Green Market vendors, food vendors and educational exhibitors can sign up for booth space until Friday.

Information: Jill Howard Church for the AJC