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Conyers-Rockdale Library Speaker Series: Insights from the Probate Court



For Immediate Release

May 1st, 2024

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Rockdale County Probate Court Chief Judge Gary Washington and Conyers-Rockdale Library System Library Services Director Brenda Poku have announced the “Behind the Bench: A Speaker Series on Probate Court Functions and Services.” The five-part series addresses various probate court-related topics, from wills and estate planning to guardianships and orders to apprehend.

Aligned with Law Day, the series aims to explain complex legal concepts through expert presentations and a panel discussion, promoting access to essential probate court functions and services. All events are free and open to the public.

The “Unlocking Legal Insights: A Law Speaker Series” will be hosted at the Nancy Guinn Public Library at 864 Green Street, Conyers, Georgia. The schedule for the series is as follows:

  • In the Land of Probate: A ‘Mr. Rogers’ Inspired Overview of the Rockdale County Probate Court Services and Initiatives

Date: June 8, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • In Safe Hands: A Basic Guide to Guardianships and Conservatorships

Date: July 13, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Legacy Planning: Navigating the Basics of Wills, Estate Planning, and Funeral Preparation for Peace of Mind

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Untangling the Estate: A Basic Guide to Estate Administration

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • From Court Orders to Access: A Panel Discussion on Adult Emergency Mental Health Resources Available in Rockdale County

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“We are excited to collaborate with the Conyers-Rockdale Library System to offer this informative and much-needed speaker series to the community,” said Judge Washington. “These events allow individuals to learn more about the Probate Court and its vital functions.”

Director Brenda Poku added, “Affiliation with the Rockdale County Courts ensures that our services are interconnected with the local legal system and resources available in the library. This association strengthens the credibility and reliability of our resources and services. Overall, our efforts aim to provide free professional services through the Law Library series by addressing the legal needs of our community, contributing to the overall well-being and empowerment of its citizens.”

For more information on the law speaker series, please contact Eliott Mosely at (770) 388-5040, ext. 117, or email emosely@conyersrockdalelibrary.org.



Rockdale County Breaks Ground on New Judicial and Administrative Complex

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Rockdale County achieved a significant milestone on April 19, 2024, as officials, alongside county staff and distinguished guests, celebrated the groundbreaking of the County Judicial and Administrative Complex (JAC) in downtown Conyers. Marking the largest capital investment in the County’s history, the project encompasses a new Courthouse linked with existing courts and a modern Administration building aimed at consolidating numerous County support services.

“This project is monumental, and it’s crucial for all of us to ensure its success as it progresses,” remarked County Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt.

The JAC initiative addresses the urgent need to refurbish and enhance aging infrastructure while implementing substantial security upgrades, expanded parking facilities, improved accessibility, and enhanced public waiting areas. Additionally, the merging of services within the new complex is expected to streamline operations and maintenance.

“This investment reflects the County’s commitment to providing optimal working conditions for its employees,” noted Conyers Mayor Vince Evans. “It will enhance efficiency and morale among staff, ultimately benefiting the citizens of Conyers and Rockdale County.”

The renovation of the Courthouse Annex building is integral to the project. It will retain the project’s historic elements while providing modern amenities.

“In addition to enhancing safety and accessibility in judicial and law enforcement services, the new complex pays homage to our county’s legacy,” emphasized County Chief Operating Officer and JAC Project Manager Sue Sanders. “It serves as a source of pride, blending historical preservation with state-of-the-art facilities.”

The groundbreaking ceremony attracted representatives from various levels of government, the business community, partner organizations, and engaged citizens. Construction will commence in the summer and be completed in early 2027.

Chairman Nesbitt concluded, “Rockdale County extends gratitude to its citizens for their unwavering support in realizing this vision.”

The County has hosted one community session and three sessions focused on trade opportunities and engagement with the project. For more information, visit www.ReimagineRockdale.com.



Board of Assessors Offers Extended Office Hours on March 30th


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. –  The Board of Assessors’ office will be open on Saturday, March 30th, from 8 am to 12 noon. April 1st is the last day to file for Homestead Exemption.

The extended office hours will allow the residents to ask questions and get help from the Board of Assessors with filing their Homestead Exemption. If eligible, a Homestead Exemption can reduce the property taxes on a homeowner’s legal residence. Therefore, residents are encouraged to determine their eligibility, collect the necessary documents, and file their exemption before the April 1st deadline.

The Board of Assessors’ office is at 958 Milstead Ave, Suite 101, Conyers, GA 30012. For more information, contact the Board of Assessors’ office at 770-278-7676 or visit the Homestead Exemption page at https://www.rockdalecountyga.gov/homestead-exemption/.


Rockdale County Secures Vital Funding for Infrastructure Projects in Final Government Funding Package



ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Rockdale County celebrates a significant milestone as Congressman Hank Johnson delivers over $15 million in Community Project Funding to Georgia’s 4th District, which includes Rockdale County. Signed into law by President Joe Biden, this funding represents a crucial investment in addressing our community’s pressing needs and advancing key infrastructure projects.

“Rockdale County expresses profound gratitude to Congressman Johnson for working with us to secure funding for these critical infrastructural projects, said Rockdale County Chairman Oz Nesbitt. “This funding is not just a financial boost — it’s a vote of confidence in our community, our plans, and our citizens. It represents a pivotal moment to help us make significant improvements vital to the quality of life for the citizens of Rockdale County.”

The allocated funding encompasses diverse projects to bolster Rockdale County’s infrastructure and improve essential services for its residents. Some highlights include:

  • Almand Branch Wastewater Treatment Project: $959,752 to enhance wastewater treatment capabilities, ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment for Rockdale County.
  • Honey and Scott Creek Pump Stations and Force Mains Project: $959,752 dedicated to upgrading pump stations and force mains, enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the county’s water infrastructure.
  • River Street Water and Sewer Improvements: $959,752 has been allocated for essential water and sewer system upgrades, which will improve public health and safety.
  • Salem Lake Pump Station Replacement Project: $959,752 was designated to replace the Salem Lake Pump Station, bolstering the resilience and reliability of the county’s water infrastructure.

These projects, among others, will play a vital role in addressing critical infrastructure needs, promoting economic growth, and enhancing the overall well-being of Rockdale County residents.

Rockdale County is grateful to Congressman Johnson for his dedication and advocacy in securing funding for these essential projects, underscoring a shared commitment to building a stronger, more resilient community.

For more information about these projects and their impact on Rockdale County, please visit Congressman Johnson’s website here.



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