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News Release: Early Voting Begins Monday, Feb. 25 for District 3 Special Election. Read the full release here:… https://t.co/3p1pQJ2eZH
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News Release: Early Voting Begins Monday, Feb. 25 for District 3 Special Election. Read the full release here: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/News/News/618/175?backlist=%2f
Council member Matt Westmoreland gives a proclamation to Druid Hills High School student/Ebenezer Baptist Church Troop 213 Boy Scout Zachary Bryant. Bryant rescued a 12-year-old fellow scout from drowning during a whitewater rafting activity. Bryant thanked his parents for being great mentors and the Council for the honor.
Presidential Trivia, Fun Facts and Firsts • George Washington was the only American President to be unanimously elected. He was also the first President to visit Georgia. • William McKinley is the only sitting President to address a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly. • Woodrow Wilson spent part of his youth in Augusta and practiced law in Atlanta. • James Earl Carter Jr. (Jimmy Carter) served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Raised in Plains Georgia, Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree and joined the United States Navy, where he served on submarines. He served as governor of the state of Georgia from January 12, 1971 to January 14, 1975. • Franklin Pierce was the first President to have a Christmas tree in the White House. • John F. Kennedy was the first President to hold a press conference on television. • The Presidential Election of 1800 between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson was one of only two elections that resulted in the House of Representatives deciding who would be President of the United States. It was also the only time where there was a tie for President in the Electoral College. Although it wasn’t a tie, the House of Representatives also had to decide the President in the election of 1824, between Adams son John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson, when no candidate reached the required majority of electoral votes. • In Georgia, 7 counties are named for U.S. Presidents and 1 for President of the Confederacy. • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1826. Not knowing that Thomas Jefferson has already passed John Adams was quoted as saying “Jefferson survives,” when he whispered his last words. • William McKinley was the first President to campaign by telephone. • Franklin Pierce gave his 3,319-word inaugural address from memory, without the aid of notes. • Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to call his residence in Washington, D.C. the “White House.” Prior to his term, it had been called the Executive Mansion or the President’s House. • Lyndon B. Johnson was the first American President to name an African American to his cabinet. • Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House. • Andrew Jackson was the first President to ride a railroad train. • Barack Obama, America’s first African-American President, collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books. • Zachary Taylor received his nomination for presidency late because he refused all postage due correspondences. • Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph never mentioning that he served as President. His epitaph read, “Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia. • Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only American President to be elected four times. After his service, the 22nd Amendment ratified in 1951, limited the Presidential office to two terms. • Abraham Lincoln was a man of perseverance. Before Lincoln’s election as the 16th President of the United States he failed as a business man, storekeeper, and farmer. He also failed in his first attempt to obtain political office, when he sought the office of speaker, in his first attempt to go to Congress, when he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office, when he ran for the United States Senate and when friends sought for him the nomination for the vice-presidency in 1856. • Harry S. Truman use to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning to practice the piano for two hours. • Zachary Taylor was the second President to die in office. Taylor spent July 4, 1850, at a ceremony at the Washington Monument. He became ill from the heat and died five days later of intestinal ailments. Recently, his body was exhumed because some believed he was poisoned, but this was proved to be false. • William Taft, who weighed 332 pounds, got stuck in the White House bathtub the first time he used it. A larger one was ordered. • Calvin Coolidge refused to use the telephone while in office. • Grover Cleveland personally answered the White House phone.
Today we honor those who have served as Commander in Chief and helped shaped our great nation. #PresidentsDay
Council member Jennifer Ide would like to donate $1,000 from her council account to Intown Collaborative Ministries. The $1,000 could provide fresh produce for 200 Food Pantry patrons for one month, according to the ministries’ donations impact statement. The legislation will be voted on at Monday's full council meeting. Read more about it here: https://saportareport.com/atlanta-councilmembers-donation-from-council-account-to-serve-homeless-hungry/
NEWS RELEASE: Council Member Marci Overstreet Issues Statement on Legislation That Would Establish a Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust ATLANTA—Legislation introduced by Council member Marci Collier Overstreet to create the city’s first-ever Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust passed out of the Finance/Executive Committee Wednesday. “The city of Atlanta has worked tirelessly over the past 13 months to restore public trust. Efforts to ensure transparency in our business practices and accountability for compliance at every level of our organization is vital to our success as a city,” Overstreet said. “We are looking closely at where we are in terms of transparency, ethics, accountability and compliance as a city. This task force will use its expertise to elevate our accountability. I’d like to thank Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for her proactive approach to this legislation as well as her swift donation of pro bono services from Bloomberg.” The task force will consist of ten appointees from the public and private sectors who are experienced in government, corporate ethics and/or compliance. The council and mayor will each get five appointees. “Over the past year, we have done many things to head in the right direction. We established a transparency officer, lobbying policies, strengthened the credit card policies and program, identified open records custodians and codified procurement practices,” Overstreet said. “I want to make sure that all of the things we’re doing independently aren’t overlapping in any way so that we can better address the needs and concerns of our city employees and Atlanta residents.” The legislation now moves to Committee on Council, where it will be discussed Monday, Feb. 18 at 11:15 a.m. in Committee Room No. 1. If it passes out of Committee on Council, the legislation will go before the full council at 1 p.m. Monday in the Council Chamber.