County by county news for Monday


Learn to write mini-business plan for free

SCORE Atlanta will present a free workshop on writing a mini-business plan from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, 240 Interstate North Parkway.

Mini-plans include the same vital information as longer plans but may be used to introduce companies to prospective investors, lenders, etc.

Registration is required.

Information:, 770-980-2000.Carolyn Cunningham

Free nutrition workshops in Mableton

Eight free classes on nutrition will begin at noon Wednesday, on continuing Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Family Life Restoration Center, Inc., 6105 Mableton Parkway, Mableton.

Registration is open at the center on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information:, 770-944-1066.Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


Chamber lunch and learn about healthcare

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber will host its next Lunch and Learn 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Peachtree Corners. The topic will be “Healthcare Update — What’s 2015 Look Like?”.

Information: Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Cherokee chamber offering resume help

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce hosts “Resumes and More” 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. The free event features professionals helping to create resumes, resume critiquing and help with interview skills. Mini-workshops will also be offered through the day on networking and social media. Information: Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Forsyth kicks off reading program

The Forsyth County Public Library will kick off the Forsyth Reads Together program, where the community reads, discusses and has events involving the same book. Author Lisa See will discuss 2014’s pick, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. Admission is free. Other book discussions and performances are also set. Information: Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Increased recycling won’t affect taxpayers

Decatur’s 10-month extension of its recycling services agreement with Latham Home Sanitation raises the city’s cost to $89 per ton of recyclables from its current $78.16 per ton. But assistant city manager David Junger points out the increase won’t affect taxpayers. Mostly it reflects that “co-mingled recycling is taking a hit” because of fewer metro Atlanta processing plants than in past years. Decatur collects about 200 tons of residential recyclables a month, costing the city roughly $213,000 annually.

Bill Banks for the AJC

Reps to hear from residents at town halls

DeKalb County’s state representatives are holding a series of three town hall meetings in October.

The events will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Brookhaven City Hall, Oct. 21 at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur and Oct. 28 at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center in Decatur. Mark Niesse