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LaFayette to allow alcohol sales at special events

David Hamilton

During the Thursday, Oct. 10, LaFayette City Council meeting, the council passed a motion on a 3-1 vote to allow alcoholic beverages to be sold at special events.

The city code alcohol ordinance was amended to allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages at special events on either public or private properties after purchasing a permit through the city or state.

A special-event permit application would have to be submitted with a site plan where the event would be held.

Distance requirements would have to be adhered to, as the special event would have to be at least 300 feet from any school grounds or alcohol treatment center.

Security and containment plans would have to be in place in order for alcohol to be served at events such as concerts, fairs and festivals.

The application for a special event must be submitted to the city clerk for review at least 30 days prior to the date of the special event. Each alcohol permit application must include a $100 fee.

"This ordinance mirrors state law," City Manager David Hamilton said.

"We took the vote to the people and the response was overwhelming," said Mayor Andy Arnold of the results from the November 2018 vote allowing for package sales of alcohol in stores as well as Sunday sales.

"It's an opportunity to be progressive, more progressive than we have been. It's long overdue," the may or said. "This has been in the process for awhile. It's an ordinance, so if it goes awry, it can be tweaked.

The motion carried 3-1, with council member Beacher Germany voting against it.


Provisions of the LaFayette city code are available online at www.municode.com/library/ga/lafayette/codes/code of ordinances.

Couple robbed at gunpoint; 4 suspects arrested

Authorities have arrested four people who, police say, robbed a LaFayette couple.

Arrest warrants were issued last week on four males, ages 17-19, believed to have robbed the couple at gunpoint in LaFayette: Mathew Avery Asbeury, 19; Kameron Gage Shropshire, 17; Quintavious Knox, 17; and Larell Dashon Hampton, 18.

Charges in the warrants include armed robbery, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, battery, and criminal trespassing.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Saturday, Oct. 5, about 7:40 p.m., the couple pulled their vehicle into the old LaFayette High School parking lot off First Street

and were arguing when they were approached by four males.

One male was brandishing a handgun and demanded his wallet, die male victim told police. The four males repeatedly struck him, demanding his wallet, until he complied, he said. They attempted to take die keys to the vehicle, he said.

The female victim told police she tried to stop one of the suspects from taking the keys, but one of them held a gun to her and said, "111 empty the clip on you."

Before fleeing, the suspects struck die passenger-side window, causing the entire window to shatter, die couple told police.

The victims said tiiey called Walker County 911 shortly after die suspects fled on foot.

Upon arrival police discovered minor injuries to the male victim, including blood on his shirt and shorts, as well as damages to the passenger-side window7 totaling around $500.


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Kemp names Williamson solicitor general for Walker Co.

Matthew Williamson

Gov. Brian P. Kemp, on Oct. 10, announced his selection of J. Matthew Williamson as the new solicitor general of the State Court of Walker County.

Williamson's appointment fills the vacancy created by Chris Townley's recent resignation. In accepting this appointment, Williamson will leave his current role as legal and policy director for Walker County.

"Matthew's extensive experience and commitment to his local community make him an ideal choice for this important role," said Gov. Kemp. "I look forward to the positive impact that Matthew will have on Walker County in his service as solicitor general."

"It is my great honor to serve the people of Walker County in

this capacity," said Williamson.

As a Georgia Bulldog and experienced lawyer, Williamson has held a number of leadership roles in the Walker County community. Employed as the legal and policy director for Walker County, Williamson formerly served as an attorney with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Office of the public defender and as an associate in private practice with Womack, Gottlieb, and Rodham P.C.

Matthew recently served as LaFayette Rotary Club president and was recognized as one of the 2013 recipients of Walker County's "40 under 40" award. He is currently a participant in Leadership Walker County's Class of 2020.

LaFayette's Scare on Square is Oct. 31

LaFayette's Scare on the Square will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The downtown square will be closed to traffic during the event.

If you have any questions about Scare on the Square, or would like to be a vendor, fill out the online form at the link below or contact the LaFayette Main Street office at 706-639-1550.

Please fill out the form at http:// www.mycityoflafayettega.org/residents/events/scare_on_the_square if your business would like to participate.

Scare on the Square is sponsored by The Bank of LaFayette and the City of LaFayette Main Street/Downtown Development Authority board.

Local business owners fill the downtown street on Halloween and give out candy to all the children of the community.

This is a safe alternative from going door to door as you and your friends will load up on all the candy you need during Scare on the Square.

Come out dressed in your Halloween costumes and enjoy the fun!

This is an event brought to you by the downtown merchants however all local businesses are invited to participate.

Downtown participants set up in front of their stores, and an area also will be provided for other Scare on the Square participants.

Some candy is provided to the downtown merchants to give out. However, it is not provided to other businesses that choose to participate.

Rossville's Opportunity Zone program promotes reinvestment in community

Rossville has a "super chance to make a difference" to redevelop declining areas, according to a Chattanooga accountant.

Ken White, a certified public accountant with Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough, on Oct. 8, explained the federal Opportunity Zone program to community leaders and local realtors. Rossville has the county's only designated zone.

The program is "great for the investor, and it's great for the community," White said.

Elizabeth Wells, Rossville's economic development consultant, said this program can be layered with some other city developments she expects to announce soon.

The program incentivizes private investment in low-income and economically disadvantaged areas. Taxpayers receive federal tax benefits for investing capital gains in these designated zones, which are identified by state governors and approved by the federal government.

Wells explained that Rossville holds the only Opportunity Zone designation in a five-county radius, the 10-year designation expires in 2028, and under current policy no new federal zones are expected to be designated until 2028.

The program is "an advantageous incentive ... but it won't make a bad deal good," Wells said.

She explained that the program is among a package of incentives that Rossville is using to attract investment in the city, including working with the Appalachian Regional Commission on a local investment toolkit to show investors opportunities for investment, as well as available local and state incentives.

The city is building leads on businesses that may be interested in relocating to Rossville.

Rossville is also looking at ways to leverage program funds and grants to implement priority projects in infrastructure, streetscape, transportation planning, housing, building rehabilitations and capital investment to enhance quality of life.

McFarland Avenue and South Mission Ridge Drive are in the Opportunity Zone.

White cited the Western Electric office building, at 410 Chickamauga Ave., as a building that could be redeveloped as offices, condominiums or apartments utilizing the program. The building has nearly 62,000 square feet.

White explained the program at an information session of the Walker County Development Authority. Due to the lack of a quorum, the other business on the agenda for the authority's meeting was deferred.

Wells said the county owns several parcels in the zone, and the information session was an opportunity for the city and county to promote these properties to investors.