As Published by the Newnan Times-Herald: Coweta County’s employment increased by more than 2 percent, adding 923 jobs since last year. Most of those job gains occurred in food, health care, retail trade and administrative support, according to an economic overview presented by the University of West Georgia’s Dr. William (Joey) Smith, chairman of the university’s economics department. Additional panelists included Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber of Commerce president and CEO and Sally Wallace, dean of the Andrew Young School of...READ MORE
As reported by the Macon Telegraph: MACON, GA  Leslie Johns waited 13 years to hear her son, Darrell, call her “Mama.” Darrell was born with hydrocephalus and epilepsy, two neurological conditions that have stunted his development and made it nearly impossible for him to get through the day without a seizure. When Georgia legalized some medical marijuana in 2015, Johns immediately applied for a medical card. Six days after Darrell’s first dose of the cannabis oil, he said “Mama” for the first...READ MORE
As reported in the Cobb Business Journal: Patients, parents and organizations on either side of the debate on expanding access to medical cannabis oil will be the first to testify for a legislative study committee Aug. 29 in Atlanta. The committee hearing will limit the subject to medical marijuana use and not consider the subject of marijuana for recreational use, said District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville. Gravley, co-chairman of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil...READ MORE
As reported by the Cobb Business Journal: Cobb-based Delta Community Credit Union opened on Aug. 16 its 28th retail branch. The new branch is located at 90 Glenda Trace in Newnan in the Coweta Crossroads shopping center. It is the credit union’s second location in Coweta County. At a ribbon-cutting celebration, Georgia Sen. Matt Brass, Newnan-Coweta Chamber president Candace Boothby and others joined Delta Community CEO Hank Halter to formally open the branch, which is centrally located between the credit...READ MORE
As reported by the Newnan Times-Herald: Coweta State Sen. Matt Brass has been named co-chairman of the Joint Study Committee on Low THC Medical Oil Access. The committee, created by legislation that Brass, R-Newnan, shepherded through the Georgia Senate, is tasked with identifying ways to give access to medical cannabis oil to Georgians who have state-issued cards allowing them to possess the oil. Though the oil has been legal for certain conditions since 2015, there is no legal way for...READ MORE

State park cabins open

June 16, 2018

As reported by the Newnan Times-Herald: Just a few hours after a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new “adventure cabins” at Chattahoochee Bend State Park Friday, the first cabin guests arrived. The three cabins are booked every weekend through July 4, and there are several reservations for weekdays as well, according to Erin Kenner, park manager. “We’re thrilled about that,” Kenner said. The three cabins are the first phase of proposed cabin development at the state park, located along the...READ MORE
As published in the Times-Georgian: ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed the bill that grants Villa Rica a revised city charter, bringing the document into the 21st century with new powers for both the mayor and city council. The governor signed the legislation in a ceremony at the state capitol with the city’s mayor and council present, as well as members of the west Georgia’s legislative delegation. It is the first revision in nearly 40 years for the...READ MORE
As published in the Newnan Times: Coweta County is sixth among Georgia counties in opioid abuse and misuse, according to a 2017 study commissioned by the state’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The question is, what are Cowetans prepared to do about it? Local lawmakers met with representatives of Coweta’s business, government, medical, law enforcement, addiction recovery and education community on Tuesday to discuss the need for an advisory council to address the alarming rise in drug abuse...READ MORE
As published in the Newnan Times: ATLANTA (January 9, 2018)  |  Sen. Matt Brass (R – Newnan) was recently appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee and to serve on several influential committees for the 2018 Legislative Session by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Senate Committee on Assignments. “It’s an honor to be appointed to serve as Chairman of the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee for the 2018 session,” said Sen. Brass. “I want to thank...READ MORE
As published in Newnan Times: As he begins his second year as a state senator, Matt Brass, R-Newnan, will be chairman of a committee. Brass has been named chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee. The committee won’t be too busy yet, but after the 2020 Census, the committee will be responsible for redrawing state and federal election districts. Coweta’s Mitch Seabaugh, who previously represented District 28 in the Georgia Senate, was chairman of the committee during redistricting after...READ MORE