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Leaders want GM plant redeveloped

ATLANTA — Several metro Atlanta leaders are meeting with President Obama’s so-called “car czar” as they try to move ahead with plans to redevelop an abandoned General Motors plant in Doraville.

Jay Williams, the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, planned to meet Wednesday afternoon with Doraville and DeKalb County leaders to discuss the plans.

The plant is still owned by the Detroit automaker, which is working toward a sale of the property.

“We’re continuing to work with the local government officials to set things up so we can sell the property,” said Bill Grotz, a General Motors spokesman.

Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman said she hopes it can be redeveloped to bring back jobs. About 4,000 jobs were lost when the plant closed in 2008.

Cemetery to design crematory memorial

NOBLE, GA. — Walker County officials have decided to use Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park cemetery to design a memorial that has been in the works for 10 years for Tri-State Crematory victims.

Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell reviewed bids this week from three north Georgia companies that had proposed designs for a monument in honor of the 334 bodies found discarded at the crematory in 2002. The discovery changed the way crematories are regulated.

The monument will be built using $45,000 allocated by the Georgia Legislature when the bodies were discovered.

– Associated Press


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