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Two homeowners in Georgia have filed a lawsuit over emissions of a chemical used by a company that sterilizes medical equipment. The Journal-Constitution reports that the attorney for the couple who filed the suit says it’s the first of many such cases.

The lawsuit was filed by Bridget and Andrew Kurt of Cobb County against Sterigenics. It seeks damages for lost property value due to emissions of ethylene oxide, a toxic gas the company is legally authorized to use. The company declined comment when contacted by the newspaper.

The Mayor and Commission will have a special called session at 6 pm tonight.


The purpose of the meeting tonight is to approve a designation of the construction company that will be working on the Firefly Trail Project. 

Other items on the agenda include the ratification of the local emergency order as well as real estate acquisition and disposal.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Project Safe is launching a new campaign celebrating all kinds of positive relationships. The organization’s Executive Director Joan Prittie explains how the 'Who Are You Thinking Of?'  campaign works and how it provides community members an opportunity to assist others. 

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 The number of COVID-19 cases is rising in Georgia, although infections in the state are not climbing as fast as those nationwide. The daily average of infections is more than 10% below the recent low on Oct. 8, and the average number of people in the hospital with the illness has been rising for a week. 

The number of counties where the state said COVID-19 may be spreading the fastest rose from 43 last week to 56 this week. Georgia has recorded more than 340,000 confirmed virus cases since March. As of Monday, the state had confirmed 7,657 COVID-19 deaths.

Georgia’s highest court ruled Monday that votes cast for a candidate who dies before Election Day are void. The Georgia Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion upheld a lower court ruling that said votes cast for a candidate who died three days before the June election for a seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission were not valid.

Jerry NeSmith, who died on June 6, got the most votes. The county elections board declared his opponent Jesse Houle commissioner-elect, relying on Georgia law and state Supreme Court precedent saying all votes for NeSmith were void because of his death.