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Things to know this week - Sept. 16-22

MONDAY

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION PANEL: The Dougherty County School Board’s transportation committee meets at 8:15 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the School Administration Building, 200 Pine Ave.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets for a work session at 10 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. Items on the agenda include opposing sides on a proposed gas transmission line that would come through Dougherty County Brian Fahremthold, state government affairs director for Spectra Energy/Sabal Trail will update the commission, to be followed by local residents with concerns about the project. Commissioners will also get an update from Dougherty Police Chief Jackie Battle on the National Night Out celebration and hear recommendations for its next business meeting on the county’s group health plan and an actuarial services agreement for its pension plan.

DOUGHERTY SCHOOL BOARD: The board meets at 7 p.m. at the School Administration Building, 200 Pine Ave. The board’s briefing session is at 5 p.m.

ALBANY AVIATION COMMISSION: The commission normally meets on the third Monday of the month, but the meeting has been postponed until 5 p.m. on Sept. 23.

TUESDAY

CONSTITUTION DAY: It's the 226th anniversary of America's blueprint of democracy, the U.S. Constitution. It marks the day the document was signed at the Constitutional Convention.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The commission meets at 8:30 a.m. in a work session in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda are notice of an auction of L’Jua’s restaurant, 704 Radium Springs Road; a HOME-funding allocation for R&M Marketplace; an update on the multi-modal center; an update from the Georgia department of Transportation on the Jefferson Street interchange project. The board is also planning to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation.

STATE OF ATC: Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker will give his annual State of the College address at 10 a.m. at the Kirkland Conference Center on the Albany tech campus. Parker will talk about statistics, successes and upcoming challenges at ATC.

JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSIONER: Georgia Commissioner of Juvenile Justice Avery Niles will be at a Juvenile Justice Forum at 1 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center at West Oglethorpe Boulevard and Washington Street. Avery will discuss statewide juvenile justice issues and Dougherty Juvenile Court Judge Herbie Solomon will talk about local trends. The meeting is open to the public and Albany and Dougherty County commissioners, along with other local elected officials, are expected to attend.

JEFFERSON INTERCHANGE FORUM: A public forum about the planned work at the Jefferson Street interchange with the Liberty Expressway will be conducted 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. The work, which is expected to take about three years to complete once the project gets under way, is expected to significantly impact traffic flow in the area. Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation and city and county officials will be at the meeting to discuss the project and to take questions afterward from those attending.

WEDNESDAY

THIRD WORLD SEMINAR: Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus is hosting its first Third World in Perspective Program Seminar of the 2013-14 academic year. “Using Community Theatre to Promote Diabetes Education and Prevention in the South Pacific Islands” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the GSW Education Center, room 100. featured speaker at the free program will be Philip I. Szmedra, Ph.D., GSW professor of economics and director of the study abroad program. Anh-Hue Tu, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at GSW will be the respondent. A question/answer/discussion session will conclude the seminar.

THURSDAY

NO DRIVER TEXTING: Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has declared No Text On Board Pledge Day in Albany. The mayoral proclamation is part of an effort to get people to take the online pledge to never text while driving.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES: The Dougherty County School System has parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. Schools will dismiss early both days. Elementary schools dismiss at 12:30 p.m., middle schools at 1:30 p.m. and high schools at 2:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

PADDLE THE FLINT: Explore a scenic section of the Flint River and learn about this amazing natural resource. Minimum age is 10. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant should bring a sack lunch and water. Trip lasts 6-8 hours. Cost: $50 per canoe. Contact Flint RiverQuarium at (229) 639-2650 for start time and location.

SUNDAY

WELCOME TO FALL: You likely won’t know it from the thermometer, but autumn officially starts at 4:44 p.m.