published Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Region Digest: Area airports get aviation grants

CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Area airports get aviation grants

Airports in Cleveland and Winchester, Tenn., each received a share of aeronautics grant funding through the Tennessee Department of Transportation, according to officials.

A TDOT release states that the Cleveland Municipal Airport received a $73,125 grant to create a new business plan for the facility. The Winchester Municipal Airport got $155,250 in grant funding for an environmental assessment and preliminary engineering for access road relocation, pavement sealing and crack repairs, according to the release.

Cleveland must match the grant with $24,375 in local funds, while Winchester must match its grant funding with $17,250 in local money.

Other facilities to receive grants included Greene-ville-Greene County Airport, Henry County Airport and the Maury County Regional Airport.

FLORENCE, Ala.

Jurors are asked to forgo pay

Court officials say jurors in Alabama are being asked to forgo their pay to help the state save money.

The TimesDaily reports that Lauderdale Circuit Court Clerk Missy Homan Hibbett said jurors in the Muscle Shoals area are not being pressured to give up their pay, but are being asked at the request of the state. She said few are doing so.

In Alabama, jurors receive $10 per day and 5 cents per mile for travel from their home to the courthouse. Alabama spends about $2 million to pay jurors each year.

In April, Sue Bell Cobb, who was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court at the time, ordered Circuit Court clerks and judges to ask jurors to forgo their pay.

ATLANTA

Technical colleges eye global links

The Technical College System of Georgia is opening a center to expand the global outreach of the state’s 25 colleges.

Commissioner Ron Jackson says the International Center for Technical Education housed at the system’s office in Atlanta will focus on creating international partnerships to help with curriculum, faculty training, system management and accreditation.

He said the center also will work with the state Department of Economic Development and the University System of Georgia to help the state recruit international businesses.

Sanford Chandler, president at Chattahoochee Technical College, will lead the center. At Chattahoochee Technical, he has formed partnerships with colleges in China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Kenya.

Chandler has served as president of Chattahoochee since November 2008. In 2009, he oversaw the merger of that college with North Metro Technical College in Acworth and Appalachian Technical College in Jasper.

The new Chattahoochee Technical College is now Georgia’s largest technical college, enrolling more than 20,000 students during the 2011 school year. The college has eight campuses serving Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties.

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