When a serious emergency happens near you, you’ll be glad to know that Gwinnett County can now alert you on your cell phone.

Several popular retailers announced they would not open on Thanksgiving this year, and one remained closed on Black Friday, to allow employees to spend time with their families.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to recognize county employees for doing terrific work. Last month, I had the pleasure of presenting our Department of Fire and Emergency Services with the American Red Cross Good Neighbor Award, which is given to organizations that build strong, safe, and vibrant neighborhoods and promote volunteerism.