Covington's Whitney named DNR assistant director
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has named Mark Whitney of Covington its assistant director. He assumes the position left vacant by Terry West, who was recently promoted to serve as DNR's administrative services director.
“Mark brings a wealth of knowledge from his professional career to this position,” says Dan Forster, director of the Wildlife Resources Division. “I am excited to have the benefit of his experience as we lead this agency in conserving and managing the natural resources of the state.”
The assistant director is the key wildlife and fisheries resource management adviser to the director. He supervises and monitors the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the agency, coordinates drafting new wildlife legislation, reviews proposed legislation for its impact on the state’s wildlife program, and assists the director with other legislative matters.
Whitney will supervise all agency functions and personnel in the absence of the director, manage correspondence for the director, represent the agency at meetings and conferences and approve contracts and environmental documents.
Also, the assistant direc-
Mark Whitney, of Covington, was named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' assistant director, a position left vacant by the recently promoted Terry West. tor manages Wildlife Resources Division’s annual budget, supervises personnel management functions associated with the 300+-person workforce, and provides guidance for computer services and public relations activities.
Whitney, who began working for the agency in 1997 as a wildlife biologist, most recently was head of the Game Management Section. He has served as a game management region supervisor in northeast Georgia and program manager of the Private Lands Program. He holds a master’s degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia.
Whitney lives in Covington with his wife, Shawn.
For more information on the Wildlife Resources Division, visit www.georgiawildlife.com.
ATLANTA — Atlanta officials have reached a $19.5 million preliminary deal to buy the property of one of two churches needed to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday.
The agreement to buy Friendship Baptist Church using money from the Atlanta Falcons amounts to a partial victory for stadium supporters. To complete the deal, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority would still need to reach an agreement with a separate church, Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Those talks broke down Aug. 1. Afterward, the state authority said it would explore a different site north of the current Georgia Dome.
Reed wants the stadium built on a site south of the existing stadium. The Democratic mayor said in a news conference that the originally proposed site would be better served by two public transit stations, alleviating game day traffic jams in the city.
Reed said that he asked former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young to serve as an intermediary to help relaunch talks between the state agency and Mount Vernon Baptist.
"For us to impose an artificial deadline when a significant part of this transaction has been closed, the hardest part, I think does not make sense," Reed said. "We can walk and chew gum at the same."
Georgia World Congress Center Authority officials did not say whether the agency would reopen talks with Mount Vernon Baptist, as Reed requested.
"The authority congratulates the mayor on his efforts with Friendship and recognize(s) it was a heavy political lift," GWCCA spokeswoman Jennifer LeMaster said in a statement. "We welcome a conversation with the mayor in regards to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Authority officials told a lawyer for Mount Vernon during negotiations that state law forbids it from paying more for a property than its appraised fair market value. Reed told reporters that he understood the legal restrictions. "But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to figure this out as a community," Reed said.
released Falcons RT Johnson suffers apparent leg injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons right tackle Mike Johnson was carted off the practice field and onto an ambulance with an apparent left leg injury.
Johnson, listed first on the depth chart at his position, was injured on a running play Tuesday. He dropped immediately to ground and rolled over on his back before medical personnel arrived within one minute.
The Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals were practicing together for the second straight day.
Both teams will be missing some starters when Atlanta hosts Cincinnati in Thursday's preseason opener.
Falcons receiver Julio Jones has sore hamstrings and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left finger.
Receiver A.J. Green has a bruised knee and left tackle Andre Whitworth a sore knee going into the game against Cincinnati.
- George Henry