Newspaper Page Text
Set to sell
Chamber of Commerce
ready for business
City hires first
Group brings warmth,
love to homeless
MAKING A DIFFERENCE 8
Gun control discussion
Tennis center contract
Literary society reveres
Scan here to get
in your inbox
or sign up @
www. Reporter Newspapers, net
JAN. 11 - JAN. 24,2013 • VOL. 5 - NO. 1
Hands held high
Jenny Morgan, member of the Skyland United Methodist Church and altar prayer team, soaks up the “Friday Night
Fire Worship service,” on Jan. 4 in Brookhaven. The contemporary service, held the first Friday of each month, is
an open gathering without an agenda or order, attracting people from all communities. Another photo on page 30.
Legislators gearing up Council delays vote on
for return to Gold Dome strip club regulations
BI MELISSA WEINMAN
As state lawmakers head back to the Gold Dome in 2013, they
have a lot to think about.
Each year, the state budget looms as a daunting task, and this
year is no different. Georgia is a balanced budget state, meaning
that tough cuts must be made when revenues are down.
“It’s going to be a difficult financial year for the state. The bud
get picture in particular looks bleak,” said Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-
The hospital bed tax, which collects funds for indigent care, ex
pires this year, Holcomb said.
“That is going to be a pretty intense debate about whether that
tax gets extended or not extended. There’s some pretty extensive re-
SEE LEGISLATORS, PAGE 36
BY MELISSA WEINMAN
Brookhaven City Council voted Jan. 8 to delay a controversial
decision on adopting a new ordinance to regulate adult businesses.
On Dec. 17, its first day of opeartions, the city adopted all of
DeKalb County’s ordinances, including one regulating adult en
tertainment businesses. But council is looking to replace the coun
ty’s ordinance with one that has been adopted by other cities in the
metro area, including Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, and
most recently, Doraville.
Attorney Scott Bergthold said the new ordinance is similar to
the one already in place in DeKalb County. It would ban the sale
of alcohol and prohibit contact between dancers and customers.
But Bergthold said “there are a number of constitutional de-
SEE CITY COUNCIL, PAGE 38