Buzz: ‘March to the Mountain’ to commemorate victims of Sept. 11, honor military, first responders. Transparency Committee chaired by Hufstetler, Dempsey meets Friday. Road closure on Kingston Highway next week.

Buzz: ‘March to the Mountain’ to commemorate victims of Sept. 11, honor military, first responders. Transparency Committee chaired by Hufstetler, Dempsey meets Friday. Road closure on Kingston Highway next week.

For the fourth consecutive year, nearly 300 people are expected to gather at the base of Pine Mountain to prepare for the March to the Mountain 9/11 Memorial Walk. Opening ceremonies will include the Pledge of Allegiance, a performance of the National Anthem, and a flyover. The march is a 6.5 mile walk to commemorate the victims of Sept. 11 and to honor military members and law enforcement officers. It begins and ends at the West Loop of Pine Mountain, and travels through Downtown Cartersville. Registration will open at 8 a.m., with the walk beginning promptly at 9:11 a.m.  There is no cost to participate in the walk and the first 300 registrants receive a
complimentary T-shirt for their involvement. Registration details along with the updated route can be found at
http://marchtothemountain.org/ or call Dustin Dickens at 678-382-7453.

Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R – Rome) and Rep. Katie Dempsey (R – Rome) will co-host the first Joint Transparency and Open Access in Government Study Committee Meeting on Friday, Sept. 8, at the State Capitol from 1–3 p.m. The 15-member committee was created by Senate Resolution 130, sponsored by  Hufstetler and carried in the House by Dempsey. The study committee will examine the benefits of sharing data between and within government agencies to allow for more informed, educated and efficient policymaking, while reducing waste and inefficiencies. The first meeting will review the goals and objectives of the study committee as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of collecting data. The meeting will include testimony from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Corrections, Department of Public Health, the Division of Family and Children Services and Department of Human Services and others. Site: Coverdell Legislative Office Building – Room 606, 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta.

Kingston Highway at Canard Road will be reduced to one-lane traffic and the north end of Canard Road will be closed on Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The lane reduction and road closure will be in effect for Public Works to replace a cross drain to make drainage improvements. Anyone travelling in this area during these times should expect minor delays. During this time, traffic using Canard Road to access Kingston Highway may detour using Broken Arrow Trail to Fallen Branch Circle, and then North Quarters Drive to Garrard Road.

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