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Sen. Tolleson Reports from the Capital

--Submitted by the Senate Press Office, written by Senator Tolleson.

Every year, I enjoy visiting with all the bright and talented students from the 20th Senate District who visit the State Capitol.  This week I met with the Youth Leadership of Warner Robbins, a program designed by the local Chamber of Commerce to expose young leaders to the dynamic community and encourage their input and creativity.  Also from Warner Robbins were several members of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who visited the Capitol during National FCCLA Week to celebrate this student organization that helps young men and women become leaders.   

Governor Perdue Receives FAA Kitty Hawk Award

Governor Sonny Perdue is getting honored in a big way for supporting local airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region (FFA) announced Perdue as the recipient of its highest honor, The Kitty Hawk Award today.

The award recognizes significant contributions to aviation in the Southeast.

According to a release from the Governor's office, the Georgia State Airport Aid Program contributed $55.6 million to general aviation airports throughout Georgia during Perdue's tenure.

AIRGeorgia, the Airport Initiative in Rural Georgia Fund, granted $32 million to rural airports during the past eight years, with matching funds from other sources resulting in a $90 million total investment in Georgia airports under AIRGeorgia.

The funding enabled general aviation airports to extend runways, install lighting and navigational aids, construct new terminal buildings, hangars and an airport maintenance building that enabled retention of 300 jobs.

Single-lane Closures on I-16

Single-lane closures began Friday on I-16 both East and Westbound.

The closures are in place between mile marker 26 and 30, near Exist 27, the Georgia Department of Transportation release says.

The single lane closures will occur continuously through 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23.