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House Bill 673 also known as the “Hands Free Law” was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal.  The Hands Free Law took effect on July 1, 2018.  The following is a brief description what the law states. For more information, exceptions and frequently asked questions Visit Heads Up Georgia.  A link to the complete law can be found at

  • A driver cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone.  Drivers can only use their phones to make or receive phone calls by using speakerphone, earpiece, wireless headphone, phone is connected to vehicle or an electronic watch.  GPS navigation devices are allowed.
  • Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment.
  • A driver may not send or read any text-based communication unless using voice-based communication that automatically converts message to a written text or is being used for navigation or GPS
  • A driver may not send or read any e-mails, social media or other internet content
  • A driver may not watch a video unless it is for navigation.
  • A driver may not record a video (continuously running dash cams are exempt 

The City of Clarkston, DeKalb Police Athletics League (P.A.L. Plus) and Clarkston First Baptist Church have formed a partnership to bring a Summer After Dark Basketball League to the city of Clarkston.

“This summer league allows the city to check off several boxes of its civic and community engagement goals and objectives,” said Keith Barker, Clarkston City Manager. “The City gets to expand our partnership with Clarkston First Baptist Church and to partner, for the first time, with PALs a national organization that already has the infrastructure, experience and abilities to implement and manage this program and league. We, the City, get to provide additional recreational offerings and lastly, but more importantly, the City continues its efforts to prevent youth violence.”

Clarkston’s Summer After Dark Basketball League, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will start on June 26th and is scheduled to end on August 2nd.  Clarkston First Baptist Church Gym is the location for the 9:00 p.m. mandatory Life Skills Workshops and 10:00 p.m. games that will result in championship rounds to determine which team will be awarded the winners’ trophy.  Participants must be 14 – 19 years of age.

To register and for more info, contact: Det. Khary Ricketts,, 404.664.1225;

Terry Sanders,, 470.244.5355 

Or just show up on at 9:00PM, Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 26th – August 2nd !!    

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snip muralThe Clarkston City Council  understands the important role of art in the cultural enrichment, the aesthetic quality of its physical environment, the mental wellbeing of residents, and community character and identity of the City of Clarkston. The City Council has formed the Clarkston Public Art Advisory Committee to promote a sense of ownership and community pride through public art contributions in public facilities and spaces for residents and guest that come to the City of Clarkston. The Public Art Advisory Committee will work to facilitate access to and appreciation for art and cultural heritage and enjoyment of public places.
The Clarkston  Public Art Advisory Committee membership will consist of Ten (10) Clarkston resident members - Four (4) will be appointed by the Mayor, and Six (6) who will be appointed by the City Council.  Additionally, one City Council members (appointed by a majority vote of the City Council) will serve on the Public Arts Committee and will act as the primary liaison between the Public Art Advisory Committee and the Clarkston City Council and staff.
Residents of the City of Clarkson, 18 years of age and older,  may submit an application for Public Art Advisory Committees.
All appointments to the Public Art Committee shall be for a two (2) year term. Members may be removed or replaced at the discretion of the Mayor or City Council, consistent with the original appointing authority. 
The Public Art Advisory Committee is tasked:
Advise the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager with recommendations on the arts for approval.
study, assess, and render advice on projects, plans, partnerships, and City programs related to art, and shall bring forth any issues or concerns to the City’s elected officials about public art
will recommend art projects that may be implemented within the City and collect data and disseminate information on city art in other communities for further development of art initiatives
will work to promote private-public partnerships for the benefit of art along trails, streets, and within public parts
City of Clarkston residents wishing to be considered for appointment to the Clarkston Public Art Advisory Committee must complete the Public Art Advisory  application ** and submit by mail, or email to Tracy Ashby at, or via Google Docs -Public Art Advisory Committee Application.  You may include a letter of interest and resume or statement of qualifications with your emailed application.  Applications will be accepted until the Committee positions are properly filled.  Please check back for the status of the Committee formation.
** PDF Application can be typed in and printed out or saved as a pdf (Not a direct submit form).  Only Google Docs version is a direct submit form. 
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