October is National Fire Safety Month

October is National Fire Safety Month and DOAS is encouraging everyone to promote fire safety with these best practices.

  • Ensure that your smoke alarms are working properly by performing monthly tests and replacing batteries at least once per year.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice home fire drills twice a year.
  • Teach children about fire safety.
  • Have a fire extinguisher available in case of emergency.
  • Keep flammable materials in a safe area.
  • Be alert in the kitchen.
  • Blow out candles and store matches in a safe area, out of children’s reach.
  • Do not over plug electrical outlets.
  • Make digital copies of important documents.

In the event of a fire emergency, evacuate immediately, stay away from the area, and call 9-1-1 for help.

Shawn Ryan appointed Commissioner of the Dept. of Administrative Services

On September 18, 2017, Governor Deal announced the appointment of Shawn Ryan as the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) effective October 1.  Ryan previously served as  president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers the state’s post-secondary scholarship, grant and financial aid programs. He also served as the director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System, the largest information technology project in state history, and as director of communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Ryan has more than a decade of experience in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atlanta and are parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Martin Luther King Jr. State Unveiled at Georgia’s Capitol

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statue Unveiled at State Capitol

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed, members of the King family and other Georgia officials gathered on state Capitol grounds for an unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue.

After a three-year wait, the 8-foot-bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was unveiled on what marks the 54th Anniversary of his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Sculptor Martin Dowe, had a main goal of making the statue “look like the man” and sculpted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in mid-stride, signifying the importance of looking towards the future. The statue stands at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; facing the King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Auburn area, where Dr. King was born and engaged in much of his civil-rights activism.

“Dr. King’s legacy is one of hope. He gave, and continues to give, men and women a reason to believe and to dream. He expanded the aspirations of future generations,” stated Governor Deal. “The America we know is a better place because one man followed his conscience. Erecting a monument in his memory, both facing Liberty Plaza and on the grounds of the Capitol of his home state, is a fitting and long overdue honor. Today is an historic occasion, one made possible through the vision, cooperation and collaboration of many.”

The event was open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.