Cov­ing­ton's Whit­ney named DNR as­sis­tant di­rec­tor

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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.

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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

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