It’s July 1 and that means the Hands-Free Georgia Act is in effect. The new law says you cannot hold or touch your cell phone while driving. That means no talking, texting, watching or recording video, or taking photos. You can still talk, text and use GPS navigation systems if you use voice commands. Emergency calls are exempt from the new law. Violators will get tickets and have points taken off their drivers license. Find out more at this link.

The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works (DPW) announced the roll-out of its new Solid Waste Services schedules and routes beginning July 9.  The city’s current four-day collection schedule will change to a five-day, Monday through Friday schedule. This change will impact approximately 100,000 households and 10,000 commercial property owners. DWP has created a new web portal and a free mobile app, Atlanta Solid Waste Services. Both are designed to help residents quickly find their collection day schedules. The portal and app can be found at www.atlantaga.gov/solidwaste. Residents who have questions about the new collection schedule should contact ATL311 by dialing 3-1-1, or (404) 546-0311 outside city limits.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed retired Lieutenant Colonel David L. Wilson, II, as the City’s new Chief Procurement Officer.  He comes to the Administration from the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base where he served as the Deputy Division Chief for the Installation Contracting Division.  A recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, Wilson supported 40 diverse organizations that managed $1.2 billion in commodity, service and construction contracts.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.