County by county news for Tuesday


Roswell designates safe play areas

The Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department will provide safe play areas for children to enjoy new outdoor holiday gifts beginning today through Jan. 2. Parking lot areas in Roswell Area Park, Hembree Park and East Roswell Park will be blocked off so children can safely play with their outdoor presents received during the holidays. Arlinda Smith Broady

Senator announces page contest winners

State Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, has announced the winners of his 2014 Senate Page Video and Essay Contest. Grand prize winner Katia Gerasimenko, a 10th-grade student at Centennial High School, will serve as Senator of the Day for Albers in the upcoming session. She and five other winners will also serve as senate pages for the session beginning in January.

Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Councilman pays Marietta for legal fees

Marietta City Councilman Philip Goldstein has paid the city $50,000 for legal fees ending his three-year legal battle to build a five-story building on the Marietta Square. The council approved a policy in 2011 to seek fees for law suits that are determined frivolous or litigious.Marietta was awarded $47,000 a year ago in Cobb Superior Court after the city sued Waleed Jaraysi for legal fees. His attorney Richard Capriola, paid $10,000, but Jaraysi still owes $37,000, Marietta attorney Doug Haynie said. Jaraysi sued Marietta in 2005 after the city halted construction of a wedding hall he was building on South Marietta Parkway.

Tucker McQueen for the AJC


Cityhood financially sound for Tucker

A Georgia State University study has determined the proposed city of Tucker could provide services without a tax hike for residents. The study found the would-be city of 63,000 would generate about $16.6 million in revenue and need about $13.3 million to pay for parks, police and other services.

Those projections include revenue from the Northlake Mall area, which is hotly disputed the proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside.

Information: April Hunt


Forsyth to test for detention officers

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will administer a detention officer entrance exam 9 a.m. Jan. 16 at the county Public Safety Cemter, 3520 Settingdown Road, Cumming. Applicants must be at least 18, with a high school diploma or GED, and no felony convictions. Application deadline: Jan. 13. For a complete list of requirements, exemptions and to download an application: Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Dyslexia film screening for parents, teachers

The International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch and Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County will screen director James Redford’s The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Forsyth County Board of Education, 1129 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming. The film provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and famous dyslexics including Sir Richard Branson and Charles Schwab. To reserve a free seat: Event listed under Community Outreach. Info about film: Karen Huppertz for the AJC