A Columbia County man was cleared by health officials Thursday afternoon after causing a scare when employees at the Columbia County tag office thought he may have the Ebola virus, according to Columbia County emergency management director Pam Tucker.
“The gentleman had been in another country and officials at the tag office became very concerned when they saw him coughing,” Tucker said. “They thought he may have contracted the virus while in Africa.”
Augusta commissioners will venture into uncharted territory as they consider increasing the franchise fee charged against water, sewer and garbage revenue to fund some $1.6 million in pay increases at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Interim Administrator Tameka Allen and Finance Director Donna Williams said staff will present options for increasing the fee, which has remained at 3.5 percent of gross revenues for many years, at a Friday commission retreat.