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Top 10stories for the week of March 25-31

1. Clayton News Daily restructuring announced

JONESBORO - Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., owner of the Clayton News Daily, announced a reorganization plan Monday that changes several top positions at the company’s seven newspapers.

2. Officials: School system hopes to avoid layoffs

Chief Financial Officer Ken Thompson said the 6,653 individuals employed by Clayton County Public Schools will be the last options in trimming the district’s annual budget.

3. Riverdale city manager resigns

Longtime Riverdale City Manager Iris Jessie has resigned her position after almost nine years on the job, said officials.

4. Turner announces CFO, COO finalists

Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner revealed the names of five people who are finalists for the county’s new chief financial officer and chief operating officer positions this week.

5. BOE adds ‘emergency security’

Tensions rose Monday night as board members split their votes on “emergency school security” contract.

6. Former Morrow PD interim chief headed to FBI

Morrow police Capt. Greg Tatroe didn’t recognize the phone number of the person calling him at a training seminar in Florida last November, but a little voice told him he needed to take the call.

7. Clayton schools announce early release for last day

Clayton County Public Schools will release students early the last day of school May 23.

8. Free resources available for unemployed jobseekers

As unemployment benefits decline alongside rising costs-of-living, jobless workers have added inspiration to pursue career training.

9. Bust nets 1K pounds of pot, two arrests

Two men are being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond after police seized about 1,000 pounds of marijuana from an Anvil Block Road home.

10. Airport lobbyists gave to Knight’s campaign

Clayton County government and schools could lose a collective $12.6 million in ad valorem tax revenue from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It may be unrelated, but the state representative whose bill may eliminate that revenue received a $10 lunch and nearly $5,000 in campaign contributions from lobbyists connected to airport concessionaires.