Friday, February 5, 2016

THOMASTON HAS AN INTERIM CITY MANAGER

AT A CALLED MEETING FRIDAY, FEB. 5TH, THE THOMASTON CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO HIRE BILLY BECKETT OF PEACHTREE CITY AS INTERIM CITY MANAGER. THE 90 DAY CONTRACT STIPULATES PAY OF $65 PER HOUR PLUS MILAGE.


BECKETT, AGE 67 , HAS 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND WILL BE ON BOARD MONDAY, FEB. 15TH. 

RADAR BACK IN SERVICE FOR THOMASTON PD

Press Release  

On February 4, 2016 the Thomaston Police Department received the certification from the State of Georgia Department of Public Safety which would lawfully permit this department to utilize speed detection devices (RADAR Units) in the City limits of Thomaston. During this process this department updated the information with the State of Georgia related to the approved city streets and state routes that are permitted by the Department of Public Safety to use speed detection devices on. Effective on February 5, 2016 this department will start enforcing speeding violations and we encourage all citizens to please obey all speed limits within the city of Thomaston to ensure everyone’s safety while driving.
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2016 PIO:  Lieutenant Andrew Pippin
Thomaston Police Department

Thursday, February 4, 2016

POSSIBLE ROLLING METH LAB IN LAMAR COUNTY THURSDAY


At approximately 6:25 a.m. on 2/4/16, the Lamar County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a single vehicle accident on I-75 southbound at the 200 mile marker.  The vehicle hit the guardrail and came to rest in the northbound lanes of I-75.  Officers responding to the scene arrived at approximately 6:34 a.m. Contact was made with the driver and occupant of the vehicle who were checked by emergency personnel at the scene.  Neither occupant received any injuries.
Upon further investigation, officers found containers with possible hazardous materials inside which raised suspicions of a possible mobile Meth lab.   At this time, Sheriff Brad White expressed extreme concern for the motoring public. The Lamar County Sheriff's Office quarantined the area and contacted the GBI HAZMAT and EOD officers for assistance securing the suspected hazardous materials.  The GBI HAZMAT and EOD officers arrived and properly secured, removed and transported the suspected hazardous materials away from the scene.
Sheriff Brad White expresses his regret for any inconvenience experienced by the motoring public for delays which occurred during the closing of I-75 northbound.


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Ginger Story
Executive Assistant
Lamar County Sheriff’s Offic

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DAVID MARSHALL OF UL GOING TO UGA

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE, AN UPSONIAN WILL BE IN ATHENS PLAYING FOR THE GA. BULLDOGS.


DURING CEREMONIES AT UL HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN DAVID MARSHALL ANNOUNCED HE WILL SIGN WITH UGA. HE HAD COMMITTED TO AUBURN, BUT HE SAID THAT CHANGED WHEN COACH WILL MUSCHAMP LEFT TO COACH SOUTH CAROLINA.

TWO UL STUDENTS SENTENCED FOR ARMED ROBBERY

ACCORDING TO ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER, TWO 15 YEAR OLD UL HIGH STUDENTS ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS FOR ARMED ROBBERY AT KELLY'S CORNER CONVENIENCE STORE ON JAN. 26TH, WEDNESDAY IN UPSON JUVENILE COURT.

THE TWO WERE SENTENCED TO THE MAXIMUM , 60 MONTHS TO SERVE IN A JUVENILE FACILITY BY JUVENILE JUDGE BEN MILLER JR.


SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAID THE TWO SKIPPED SCHOOL THAT MORNING AND ROBBED THE FEMALE OPERATOR AT KNIFE POINT.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THOMASTON COULD BE HIRING AN INTERIM CITY MANAGER

FOLLOWING AN EXECUTIVE SESSION—TUESDAY NITE—THE THOMASTON CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO HIRE AN INTERIM CITY MANAGER—BILLY BECKETT OF PEACHTREE CITY—PENDING CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS.

COUNCIL SAID BECKETT HAS 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND COMES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE GA. MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION.

HE LAST SERVED AS COUNTY MANAGER OF CATOOSA COUNTY, GA. AND HAS BEEN EMPLOYED BY AMERICUS, RIVERDALE, ADAIRSVILLE, MCDONOUGH, AND HIRAM, GA. IN EITHER A FULL TIME OR INTERIM BASIS.


MAYOR PRO TEM DOUG HEAD SAID BECKETT IS NOT INTERESTED IN BECOMING THE FULL TIME CITY MANAGER OF THOMASTON.

Monday, February 1, 2016

TORNADO DRILL POSTPONED TILL FRIDAY

ACCORDING TO MARTHA ANN MCCARTY—UPSON EMA DIRECTOR—THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED A STATE WIDE TORNADO DRILL SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY DUE TO POSSIBLE BAD WEATHER.

IT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY FEB. 5TH. THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER EXISTS FOR PARTS OF GEORGIA EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.


THE DRILL IS BEING HELD IN COORDINATION WITH GEORGIA'S SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK.

NEW CATH LAB AT URMC

Set to open this week, Upson Regional Medical Center's new cath lab.  The brand new 1.5 million dollar cath lab is equipped to diagnose blockages in both the heart and the legs, including the latest in treatment for leg blockages (peripheral vascular disease).  

Surgeon Robert Solyomvari, MD,  and Cardiologist Mark Dorogy, MD, are ready to lead an experienced team of technologists and nurses to provide outstanding diagnostic care close to home.

Low-risk catheterization and peripheral studies will be performed in the cath lab. One procedure, which is frequently referred to as a “cath”, is a diagnostic test used to find blockages. This procedure is called an angiogram (an x-ray of an artery) and should not be confused with an angioplasty, where stents are placed in the arteries to open blockages.

Through a small incision in the groin, a thin tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel, which is guided to the coronary arteries of the heart. Once dye has been injected into these coronary arteries, the physician can see, through x-ray monitors, any blockages, their location and severity.

During the procedure, medication is usually administered for sedation and pain management. Upson's specially-trained and experienced cath lab staff are always available for continuous monitoring, reassurance, and skilled care.

Upson  also is equipped to provide peripheral vascular diagnostic tests such as abdominal aortograms, carotid artery angiograms, and additional angiograms that show blood flow through the arteries.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

THOMAS HIGHTOWER UL STAR STUDENT

THOMASTON KIWANIS CLUB HAS ANNOUNCED THE 2016 STAR STUDENT AND STAR TEACHER AT UPSON-LEE HIGH SCHOOL.
THOMAS HIGHTOWER HAS BEEN NAMED STAR STUDENT AND HE SELECTED THE LATE JAMES ARGROVES AS HIS STAR TEACHER

TO OBTAIN THE STAR NOMINATION, HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS MUST HAVE THE HIGHEST SCORE ON A SINGLE TEST DATE ON THE THREE-PART S.A.T. AND BE IN THE TOP 10 PERCENT OR TOP 10 STUDENTS OF THEIR CLASS BASED ON GRADE POINT AVERAGE.

THOMAS HIGHTOWER WILL REPRESENT UPSON-LEE AT THE DISTRICT STAR STUDENT LUNCHEON.


IT IS THE SIXTH TIME THE LATE JIM ARGROVES WAS SELECTED STAR TEACHER.

ARMED ROBBERY IN UPSON CO.

News Release From Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore

On January 26, 2016 at approximately 8:40 a.m. an armed robbery was committed at Kelley’s Corner convenience store on Yatesville Highway in Upson County. Two males, one white and one black, entered the store and robbed the clerk at knifepoint of an undetermined amount of cash. Deputies responded and identified the suspects from the store’s surveillance system. The suspects were determined to be 15 year old juvenile students from Upson Lee High School.  It appears the suspects reported to school this morning, left school without permission, took a relative’s vehicle without permission, drove to the store,  committed the Armed Robbery and returned to the school to check in as “tardy”. Deputies responded to the school and located the vehicle used in the robbery as well as the suspects. Both juveniles were arrested and remain in custody. Each suspect will be charged with Armed Robbery.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A WRECK AND METH LAB BUST MONDAY FOR PIKE CO SO

A BUSY MONDAY FOR THE PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE---TWO PERSONS WERE INJURED IN A WRECK MONDAY AFTERNOON ON HIGHWAY 18—A MALE JUVENILE AIR-FLIGHTED TO EGLESTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND ANOTHER PERSON TRANSPORTED BY EMS TO SPALDING REGIONAL HOSPITAL.


AN SUV OCCUPIED BY AN ADULT AND TWO JUVENILES LEFT THE ROADWAY—HIT A CULVERT AND FLIPPED—OVER.


PIKE DEPUTIES BUSTED A MOTORIST FOR A MOBILE METH LAB ON U.S. 19 MONDAY MORNING. 43—YEAR OLD EVERETTE PIERSON THE THIRD WAS BOOKED INTO THE PIKE COUNTY JAIL . A DEPUTY OBSERVED A STRONG CHEMICAL ODOR COMING FROM THE CAR AFTER A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP AND FOUND COMPONENTS OF THE LAB AND DISPATCHED A HAZ-MAT TEAM TO CLEAN-UP.

WEST POINT MAYOR ANNOUNCES FOR CONGRESS

  WEST POINT, GA – West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson announced today that he will be a candidate for the United States Congress representing Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District. “Washington is broken and as a small businessman I know that what our communities need from Congress is that they get out of the way and let us create jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens,” Ferguson said. “We are a conservative place, and I want to put conservative principles to work for the whole district like we have in West Point where we have cut taxes and utility rates while creating an economic development boom.” Biography of Mayor Drew Ferguson A. Drew Ferguson IV, DMD 1985&1988 Attended!University!of!Georgia 1988-1992 MCG,!Degree!in!Dental!Medicine 1992&Present General!Practice!in!West!Point,!GA Member!of!Western!District!Dental!Society Member!of!Georgia!Dental!Association Member!American!Dental!Association 1998&Present Adjunct!and!Faculty!member!of!Medical!College,!Georgia! School!of!Dentistry 1999 Secretary/Treasurer!Western!District!Dental!Society 2000 President!elect!Western!District!Dental!Society 2001-2002 President!Western!District!Dental!Society 1997-1999 City!of!West!Point!Board!of!Alderman 2003&2008 Capital!City!Bank!Community!Board!of!Directors 2004&2007 Lanier!Memorial!Hospital!Board!of!Directors 2004&Present Pierre!Fauchard!Academy!(An!International!Honor!Dental! Org.) 2005&Present International!College!of!Dentist 2006 Elected!into!Honorable!Fellowship!by!the!Georgia!Dental! Association 2008&Present Elected!into!Fellowship!of!American!College!of!Dentist