metro news for Tuesday

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that DJJ staff members have collected hundreds of pounds of warm clothing donations for women and children victims of domestic violence.

The effort began Nov. 26 with staff from facilities around the state — including the DeKalb and Metro Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), as well as the Gwinnett and Marietta RYDCs. Some facilities were so overwhelmed with donations that they arranged for early drop-offs to their community domestic violence shelters. Drop-offs will be completed by Jan. 9. ANDRIA SIMMONS

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The Georgia Free Clinic Network has changed its name to the Georgia Charitable Care Network to better reflect its partnerships with charitable and free clinics, hospitals and private medical practices across the state.

The network has served free clinics since its founding in 2003 but has grown to support other medical professionals who provide care to low-income and uninsured Georgians. An estimated 1.9 million Georgians are uninsured. Network members served more than 350,000 patients in 2010.

MISTY WILLIAMS

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Tax breaks for Panola project

The DeKalb County Commission recently approved tax breaks and other incentives for a mixed-use development in the southern part of the county.

By designating Panola Crossings as part of its Enterprise Zone program, the project is exempt from state and county property taxes for 10 years.

The county also can award a one-time waiver of up to $10,000 on building permit fees, business license fees and tap fees for the water and sewer system.

The incentives will be passed onto small businesses in the development as part of an overall effort to attract investment to the Panola Road corridor.

April Hunt

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