Governor Kemp Signs New Mt. Airy Charter While in Habersham County


A second-generation Mt. Airy mayor got to watch history repeat itself for his family as Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law the city’s new charter in Cornelia Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Gary Morris is following in the footsteps of his father, Mayor Bolin G. Morris.

0:17 {MORRIS: “My father was mayor in 1947 when the last charter was done and I’m really proud and honored to be able to come in. I’m sure I don’t do the work that he did – he was a great man. It’s been an honor to be at the City of Mt. Airy for 35 years.”}

Morris and his entire council attended the signing.

The City of Baldwin again is advertising for a new police chief after several members of the department submitted their resignations.

In a written statement Thursday, Mayor Joe Elam said before the city could begin to implement changes recommended by the consulting firm hired by the council, the city received three unexpected resignations, including Interim Chief Matt Nall.

The city is holding a called meeting today that includes a closed session to discuss personnel.

Former Congressman Doug Collins this week shared with WCHM listeners why he is not seeking elected office in 2022.

Collins said poll numbers show if he wanted to win, he could but he believes helping other conservative candidates may be more valuable for everyone in the long term.

0:22 {COLLINS: “For me right now, I think there’s going to be some opportunities to help shape message, help drive where we’re headed in the next couple of years, which I’ve seen as I’ve crossed the country is really a problem with conservatives in not being able to articulate in how we deliver a message. So for me, it’s a step back for me from not running actively in public office, but I’ll be involved in a lot of other things that I think will help get us prepared for where I believe we’re going to have to go in the future.}

Collins plans to continue working with candidates he has in the past and is not closing the door to public life again at some point in the future if the timing of the opportunity is right.

The search for a missing woman came to a sad end in Banks County Wednesday when the body of Amanda Hall was discovered during a search of heavily wooded property there.

0:09 {CARISSA 1: “As an agency, we are very sad to report that Amanda Hall was discovered deceased by deputies of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office.”}

That’s Banks County Sheriff’s Major Carissa McFaddin discussing the discovery of Hall’s body.

0:10 {CARISSA 2: “The Banks County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Banks County Coroner’s Office are working a cooperative investigation to determine the cause and events surrounding her death.”}

Hall formerly worked in the Helen area.

And, the Habersham Chamber of Commerce invites residents to rediscover their community through the eyes of a tourist while visiting more than 40 local attractions during the “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” contest May 2-8. Passports and more information are available by calling the chamber at (706) 778-4654.