Thursday, April 15, 2021
Huckaby served a brief stint in the state House of Representatives representing a Watkinsville-based district and before that spent years as an administrator at the University of Georgia.
He was named chancellor of the university system in 2011 and served in that role until retiring in early 2017
Investigators have been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office as to the progress of the investigation and the findings as they are developed. On Wednesday, April 15, the criminal charges were upgraded by investigators with the Department of Juvenile Justice to involuntary manslaughter for the 12 and 14 year old juveniles.
This case remains open and under investigation any further developments will be relayed when appropriate.
THE RESOLUTION MENTIONS A PEACHFUL PROTEST IN GRIFFIN MAY 31ST 2020 TO BRING AWARENESS TO BLACK LIVES MATTER, GOES ON TO MENTION THE GEORGE FLOYD CASE, AND ADDS ALL LIVES MATTER IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SYSTEMIC RACISM AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE MUST BE ERADICATED AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS A CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY.
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THE TEEN'S BODY HAS BEEN SENT TO THE GBI CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH. THE GRIFFIN-SPALDING SCHOOL SYSTEM DISPATCHED COUNSELORS TO COWAN ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND STAFF.
MEANWHILE SPALDING COUNTY S.O. AND FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE STATE INSURANCE AND FIRE SAFETY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
We will distribute 1100 boxes of food, weighing 25-30 pounds per box, on a first come first served basis. The boxes will contain meat, vegetables and dairy.
Distribution will begin at 10:30 at the Thomaston-Upson Soccer Complex located behind the Civic Center in Thomaston. The address is 101 Civic Center Drive. Participants should drive to the rear of the civic center and follow the signs to the distribution point located at the soccer field concession stand.
Volunteers from local churches will load the boxes into your vehicle in a drive-thru format.
Emergency crews were called to a turnoff into a wooded area just a few dozen yards off of Jackson Road in between Wallace and Bailey Jester Roads around 12:30 p.m. for a report of a brush fire, according to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix. Neighbors had spotted smoke in the area and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find an extended cab pickup truck on fire.
"They started to put the fire out and they noticed two bodies in the bed of the pickup truck," Sheriff Dix said.
"We had to wait for some time after because the metal of the truck was still so hot that we couldn't start processing anything," the sheriff said.
"It's a very calm area. A very quiet area. It does have pretty quick access to I-75 from where it's at, so I don't know if that plays a part in what happened or not, but this is very unusual for this area," Sheriff Dix said.
Investigators spent the afternoon combing over the vehicle and surrounding area for clues on what sparked the fire.
"We are treating this as a homicide. All indications are that that what this is," the sheriff said, adding that they will see where that investigation takes them.
The identities of the two found dead inside the vehicle have not been released and the sheriff said investigators were not sure what gender the victims were.
The bodies will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. There, forensic experts will work to identify the bodies as well as determine the cause and manner of death.
"We are asking for the public's help...If anyone saw anything or heard anything in this area," the sheriff said.
The incident remains under investigation.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
With passion for home and garden innovation and technology, Johnston has helped the popular, national network create a smarter, more innovative home which viewers can register for a chance to win.
“We’ve all spent so much more time in our homes over the past year and the desire for a smarter, more innovative and enjoyable space is at an all time high. The April HGTV Smart Home premiere will definitely inspire you to weave clever products and design into your home as it features big and small, adaptable ideas,” Johnston said.
Now more than ever, HGTV knows how truly important home is. It’s not just a place where we eat and sleep. For many of us, home is our family hub, our office, our place to learn, and our haven. So, this year’s HGTV Smart Home is designed to help consumers lead a life well-lived - mind, body and soul. From the latest tech innovations, to smart organization solutions, to rooms created with health and wellness in mind, join HGTV as they redefine what it means to “live smart.”
On the special, you’ll see Johnston working with the interior designer Tiffany Brooks, on innovative spaces for the family’s work and play while featuring wellness products to make your home a healthier and safer place. Johnston also takes to the water with home improvement veteran Ty Pennington.
“I had actually not kayaked before and had to buy one to practice on our family pond with my husband, Tommy! We now love it. The Smart Home features a garage lift for a kayak and we are giving one away via my social media and website,” Johnston said.
Carmen Johnston Gardens is giving away three tech and wellness products from the home beginning with a Rise Garden which she added to the home’s kitchen pantry.
“Who doesn’t want fresh herbs, greens and produce year-round. This hydroponic garden with smart grow lighting makes it easy and we are now giving one away. The winner will be announced April 21 immediately following the special and announced on my social media channels,” Johnston said.
Beginning April 21, you’ll be able to enter online for a chance to win the HGTV Smart Home 2021. The grand prize is worth over $1.1 million and includes the home and all furnishings, a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and $100,000 from LendingTree.
The one-hour special airs Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. EDT. There will be special encores on Tuesday, May 4 at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 13 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m., Monday, May 31 at 8 a.m. and Friday, June 11 at 1 p.m. All times are Eastern and be sure and check your television guide for any changes.
For more information, visit CarmenJohnstonGardens.com.
ANOTHER BIG BOOSTER OF BROADBAND, STATE REPRESENTATIVE BETH CAMP ATTENDED THE MEETING.
GHSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DR. ROBIN HINES CONFIRMED THE SANCTIONS ON ESPN, TUESDAY MORNING. VALDOSTA HIGH SCHOOL HAS FILED AN APPEAL.
THE GHSA PROBE WAS BASED ON COMMENTS MADE BY VALDOSTA HEAD COACH RUSH PROPST ON A SECRETLY RECORDED CONVERSATION WITH THE EX-DIRECTOR OF THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB ASKING FOR WHAT HE CALLED "FUNNY" MONEY TO PAY PLAYERS. FUN 101 FM WAS THE FIRST MEDIA OUTLET TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE TAPE. COACH PROPST WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE LAST MONTH
THE MILITA GROUP WAS UNDERGOING FIREARMS TRAINING BUT WAS ORDERED OFF THE PROPERTY BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO BE THERE AND THE GROUP COMPLIED. NEIGHBORS TALKED TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP AND SAID THEY WERE FRIENDLY, AND THE GROUP SHOWED CONCERN FOR NEAR-BY CATTLE AND MADE SURE THEY FIRED AWAY FROM THE HERD.
THEIR LEADER JOHN FITZERALD JOHNSON, KNOWN AS GRAND MASTER J. REPORTEDLY IS UNDER FEDERAL INDICTMENT FOR AIMING A RIFLE AT THE SECRET SERVICE. HE SAID THE GROUP IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO WHITE MILITIA GROUPS, BUT ITS AIM IS TO BE PEACEFUL.
THE PENNYMAN FAMILY IS RELATED TO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER, LITTLE RICHARD PENNYMAN OF MACON WHOSE HIT SONG "RIP IT UP" WAS REMIXED AS THE THEME FOR "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" THIS PAST SEASON.
MCINTOSH TRAIL EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EARLY HEAD START, HEAD START, AND PRE-K PROGRAMS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.
Our Early Head Start program is for expectant mothers and children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old. Expectant mothers and pregnant teens are highly encouraged to apply. The Head Start program is for children who have or will turn 3 or 4 years of age by September 1, 2021. Pre-K is for children who have turned 4 by September 1, 2021.
Head Start and Early Head Start are free programs and require everyone to meet Federal Guidelines. Our program offers a variety of services which include Nutrition, Health, Mental Health, Education, Social Services, and Parent Engagement. Pre-Kindergarten is a free program with no income guidelines.
Applications may be completed online at www.MTECDC2020.org. We offer Head Start and Early Head Start in Butts, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding, and Upson Counties. Pre-K is available only in Henry, Spalding, and Newton Counties.
Applications are required to have the following information included when completed and turned in:
*Income verification (1040, paystub, W2, etc.) *Immunization Certificate (form 3231)
*Birth Certificate *Medical Card (Medicaid, Peachcare, or Private Insurance)
You may contact Andrea Brownlee or Tonya Blackmon at 706-648-4391 at the Upson county Early Head Start/Head Start/Pre-K program.
McIntosh Trail ECDC, Inc. does not discriminate against race, creed, sex, color, natural origin or religious preference.
Serving: Butts, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding, and Upson Counties
Friday, April 9, 2021
“I believe this will be a tremendous asset to our community as we continue to grow,” said Senior Pastor Benny Tate. “We are so grateful to those who have so graciously donated to make this exciting development possible.”
Phase one of the recreational complex project was completed March 2020 and phase two is expected to be completed by fall 2021.
In addition to the current developments, Rock Springs Church is projected to add other features to phase 2 of the recreational complex including indoor batting cages/training facilities, tennis courts, pickleball courts, outdoor basketball court, playgrounds and concessions facilities. There also may be the potential to build a state-of-the-art building for Rock Springs Christian Academy high school.
For more information about Rock Springs Church, visit www.rockspringsonline.com.
For more information about Rock Springs Christian Academy, visit www.rsca.info.
PHIL COACHED FOOTBALL FOR 47 YEARS AT SEVERAL HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES INCLUDING UGA UNDER COACH JIM DONNAN AND WAS HEAD COACH AT SHORTER COLLEGE IN ROME.
Governor Kemp, Attorney General Carr, and our state legislators worked hard this legislative session to pass reforms to address issues arising from the 2020 election, secure each and every ballot, and provide broader access to voters while still securing the integrity of the ballot.
Unfortunately, what Delta Air Lines, Major League Baseball, other corporate CEOs in the Peach State, and even our own Senators Warnock and Ossoff are saying about the new Georgia law is shockingly inaccurate and downright irresponsible. It is a blatant disinformation campaign, and they ought to be ashamed. Continuing to push dishonest and intentionally misleading statements are only driving division and hurting Georgians and the American public.
Let’s lay out the facts. The new election law established a 17-day early voting period, including two Saturdays and two optional Sundays, for each locality in Georgia. Drop boxes will be available in every county at early voting sites to ensure widespread availability. Voters will also be able to receive an absentee ballot without having to provide an excuse. The same cannot be said about blue states like Connecticut and New York, none of which have no-excuse absentee ballot requirements.
Voter ID, which 35 other states require, is included in the new law. This simply calls for folks to present either a driver’s license or free state ID number. The state of Georgia has mechanisms in place to assist individuals in obtaining a voter identification to make it as simple, easy, and straightforward as possible to get an ID.
Drinking water and food is not banned in voter lines. These items - along with campaign materials - simply cannot be provided by advocacy groups soliciting votes. Statements made by Senator Warnock that exaggerate and mislead voters about the intent and actual language of the bill are nothing more than attempts to induce hysteria and outrage among the Democrat base.
Looking at the bigger picture, this whole charade to demonize Georgia’s law is being used by progressives and outside groups to build a narrative of fear and outrage in order to justify the federal takeover of state election laws. I will continue fighting against these unconstitutional attempts at every turn because at the end of the day, this is about making sure that every single Georgian —and every American — has the right to have their voice heard and their vote matter.
As we fight back against this coordinated disinformation campaign on our state’s election law, we won’t back down and we won’t cave to woke corporate CEO’s. Rest assured, this debate will be won on the facts, not on the phony narrative being perpetrated by the far Left.
TYE HAS TOLD FRIENDS IN THOMASTON, HE WAS DISSATISFIED WITH PLAYING TIME FOR THE BULLDOGS. THIS PAST SEASON HE RANKED 2ND ON THE TEAM IN REBOUNDS AVERAGING 4.4 PER GAME BUT HE STRUGGLED WITH HIS SHOOTING AT TIMES, 27 % FOR 3'S 55.6% FROM THE FOUL LINE, 40 TURNOVERS AND 29 ASSISTS.
TYE STARTED 24 OF 25 GAMES AND RANKED 5TH IN MINUTES PLAYED LAST SEASON. THE DAWGS BEAT OLE MISS BOTH GAMES AND TYE HAD 19 POINTS IN THE FIRST GAME AT OXFORD AND 13 POINTS IN ATHENS.
In each direction, the proposed typical section would consist of a 12-foot travel lane and a 10-foot shoulder that includes four feet paved and six feet unpaved.
Drawings, maps or plats of the proposed project as approved are available at the area Georgia Department of Transportation office for public inspection. The contact information for the engineer at the District 3/Area 1 office:
Kraig Collins, District 3/Area 1 Engineer
101 Transportation Boulevard
Thomaston, GA 30286
Any interested party may obtain a copy of the drawings, maps or plats or portions thereof by paying a nominal fee and requesting in writing to:
Kimberly W. Nesbitt
Office of Program Delivery
Attn. Ken Wicks, Project Manager
600 West Peachtree St. NW, 25th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308
Thursday, April 8, 2021
ONE MOTORIST SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES AND WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED BY COMMUNITY AIR TO THE MACON MEDICAL CENTER, 50 YEAR OLD USHABEN PATEL WHO LOST THREE FINGERS ON HER LEFT HAND. TWO PASSENGERS IN HER 2010 TOYOTA VENZA WERE INJURED AND TRANSPORTED TO URMC BY VETERANS EMS, 47 YEAR OLD NITA PATEL AND 21 YEAR OLD TRISHA PATEL, ALL THREE OF THE SAME ADDRESS, 1833 19 NORTH, THOMASTON.
ACCORDING TO GSP TROOPER OLIVER, THE MOTORIST AT FAULT, DAKOTA JACOB KLAUSS, AGE 22 OF 797 HAGAN'S MOUNTAIN ROAD, MEANSVILLE, DRIVING A 2007 DODGE CHARGER AND A PASSENGER, 28- YEAR OLD ALLISON BURBEE OF THE SAME ADDRESS, WERE TRANSPORTED TO UPSON REGIONAL BY COMMUNITY EMS.
THE REPORT SAID KLAUSS WAS MAKING A LEFT TURN INTO THE CHICK-FIL-A ENTRANCE FROM U.S. 19 AND THE PATEL VEHICLE WAS TRAVELING NORTH. THE CHARGER FAILED TO YIELD AND CRASHED INTO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TOYOTA, CAUSING IT TO OVERTURN.
KLAUSS WAS ISSUED A CITATION BY TROOPER OLIVER FOR FAILURE TO YIELD WHLE TURNING LEFT.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Peek, who has spent his professional career at the Georgia DOT, most recently served as the district traffic engineer for District 3. He has also worked as District 3's traffic operations manager, assistant utilities engineer, and as a project manager for the Georgia DOT's Office of Program Delivery.
"Tyler possesses the leadership qualities that will continue to provide for success in District 3," said Mike Dover, deputy commissioner.
Peek is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Georgia. He also successfully completed the Georgia DOT's Management Development Program. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Peek is a lifelong resident of the West Central Georgia region, having grown up in LaGrange and Thomaston before settling down in Barnesville with his family.
Advisory: Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app. Our maintenance team members who repair roads and bridges and our project teams who oversee construction projects are continuing their essential work, while following sanitary work practices prescribed by health agencies to protect themselves and the public from the coronavirus, as are most state DOTs in the U.S.
PUBLIC COMMENT WILL ALSO RESUME. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO MAKE IN-PERSON PUBLIC COMMENT SHOULD CONTACT CITY CLERK OASIS NICHOLS FOR A FORM TO FILL OUT, A FORM THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO CITY HALL BY THURSDAY NOON PRIOR TO THE NEXT TUESDAY MEETING.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Monday, April 5, 2021
REPORTEDLY, A MALE PICK-UP TRUCK DRIVER CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND HIT A 19 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM BARNESVILLE.
THE SHERIFF SAID THE ACCIDENT WAS TURNED OVER TO POST 26 GA. STATE PATROL FOR INVESTIGATION.
THE TWO OTHER RESIDENTS, CODY ROGERS AND MICHAEL GARRISH WERE NOT AT HOME. GARRISH SAID ALL HIS MILITARY UNIFORMS AND GEAR WAS INSIDE AND WAS LOST. A POWER SOURCE IN THE REAR OF THE HOUSE COULD BE THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE..POLICE SAID.
From the Georgia Department of Public Health (https://dph.georgia.gov)
It has been a year since Upson County reported its first COVID-19 cases on March 27, 2020. Over the past year Upson has seen a total of 1,765 confirmed cases and 103 deaths. Three waves of the virus have hit Upson, one in April 2020, one in August 2020, and the worst by far in January 2021.
February began a downward trend in cases and deaths, and that downward trend has continued through March. Cases have declined from 112 in February to 60 in March, and deaths are down from 10 to 7; however, the March numbers still don’t beat Upson’s all-time lows, which occurred for cases in October 2020, and for deaths in November 2020. The death rate per 100,000 population remains high and ranks Upson at #9 among Georgia’s 159 counties.
Upson’s new hospitalizations are down from 22 in February to 7 in March. The percentage of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Region F, which includes Upson County, averaged 21% in February, and is down to 14% in March, which is quite a bit higher than the State’s average of 9%.
Average 2-week test positivity has declined from 10.8% in February to 6.7% in March, which is slightly higher than the State’s average test positivity of 5.7%. All of the counties in this area have moved out of the Red Zone for test positivity. Most are still in the Yellow Zone but 3 counties, Monroe, Taylor and Talbot, have moved up to the Green Zone.
Source: Daily Reports from GA Department of Public Health
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Both suspects are currently incarcerated and facing 109 counts of forgery. Williamson is currently on felony probation for a prior conviction.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
The two juveniles indicated they were inside the business working on vehicles. It was determined that they had committed a burglary to enter the premises. These two juveniles have been charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, entering auto, and reckless conduct.
Names of the juveniles have been withheld.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
CITY OF THOMASTON MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
AGENDA APRIL 6, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.
THOMASTON-UPSON GOVERNMENT COMPLEX
VIRTUAL MEETING VIA CITY OF THOMASTON YOUTUBE PAGE
A. Call Meeting to Order / Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance.
B. Approval of Minutes of March 16, 2021.
C. Adoption of Agenda.
D. City Attorney’s Report.
E. City Clerk’s Report.
F. City Engineer’s Report.
G. City Manager’s Report.
1. Discussion and Approval of Acceptance of Donation of Property from B. F. Goodrich (Raytheon Technologies).
2. Approval of a Joint Use Attachment Audit between the City and TRC (utility poles).
3. Appointment to Thomaston-Upson Library Board
4. Approval of Amendment to the Sign Ordinance.
5. Discussion of Animal Control Ordinance.
I. Other Business.
J. Executive Session / Discussion/Potential Action
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
1030 Delta Blvd.
Atlanta, GA, 3032O
Dear Mr. Bastian,
As CEO of Delta Air Lines, one of Georgia's largest employers, you took to the airwaves to denounce the state's election reform law and in the process offered a shockingly inaccurate and irresponsible assessment of the law.
In your internal memo and throughout the entirety of your interview, it became increasingly clear you have been misinformed — or are simply uninformed — about what the bill actually accomplishes. To be clear, the Georgia bill will not make it harder to gain access to the polls, despite your claims to the contrary.
Following your misinterpretation of the new election law, I wanted to outline a few facts:
Large precincts will be required to add voting machines and election personnel to shorten voting lines.
Early voting days are increased to include two mandatory Saturdays instead of one and the option of two Sundays for all localities, unlike Delaware where there are zero mandated days of early voting.
Voter ID requirements — supported by 74% of Georgia voters, including 63% of Black voters — simply call for either a driver’s license or free state ID number.
Drop boxes, never utilized before the pandemic, are preserved and will be available in every county at early voting sites to ensure the integrity of the process.
Drinking water is not banned in voter lines as has been reported, it just can’t be distributed at the polls by groups advocating for votes.
People with hidden agendas suggesting these reforms are targeted to suppress the votes of African Americans so Republicans can win elections do so incorrectly and irresponsibly. According to a 2019 paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonpartisan research organization, “strict ID laws have no significant negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any subgroup.”
This suggestion also wrongly and stereotypically assumes that all African Americans are Democrats. Since Republicans have gained higher numbers of African American voters, suppressing these votes should not and cannot be assumed to benefit only Republicans. Republicans want to protect and restore the rights of all of our citizens to vote. Such efforts are quite the opposite of suppressing the votes of political opponents.
Without question, free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy, and the security of our electoral system is vital to preserving its integrity. We should no longer accept the false choice between voter access and voter integrity. We should demand and achieve both.
Georgia’s law does just that. I represent a large number of Delta employees, and on their behalf, I request that you provide a detailed list of your issues with the new election law in writing. Establishing trust with your customers, employees, and our constituents starts with telling the entire truth in an open and transparent manner.
To this point, you have not been truthful, and it’s time to change the tact.
A. Drew Ferguson IV, DMD
Member of Congress
UPSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Commission Work Session
Thomaston-Upson County Airport
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
1. Call to Order
2. Discussion Regarding Countywide Broadband Projects
3. Discussion Items with County Manager
A. Presentation by Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Inc.
B. Purchasing update:
i. Civic Center Flooring
ii. Civic Center Mowers
iii. Other purchasing items with Finance Department
C. Training Education and Development Policy
D. Discussion of SPLOST 2022
4. Discussion Items with EMC Engineering
E. Update on TSPLOST Phase II
F. Update on 2021 LMIG Project
G. Update on Sprewell Bluff Projects
H. Other Items
5. Discussion Items with Commissioners
I. Other Items
6. Discussion Items with Attorney
J. Pobiddy Road Property transfer from Office Building Authority and City of Thomaston
K. Lien filings for demolition of bighted property
L. Other items
7. Executive Session – Discuss Real Estate Acquisitions
POWER WAS OFF FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND TWENTY MINUTES.
CARLISLE DEVELOPED THE OLD COCA-COLA BUILDING AND ALSO THE DAIRY SUBDIVISION IN GRIFFIN. HIS WIFE CAROLE AND TWO DAUGHTERS ALSO LIVE IN GRIFFIN.
A PICK-UP TRUCK DRIVER SAID HIS BRAKES FAILED AND HE VEERED INTO THE REAR OF A PARKED VAN AND IT CRASHED THE BACK OF A PARKED RENTAL CAR, A LATE MODEL FORD. BOTH THE PARKED VEHICLES WERE UNOCCUPIED. NO SERIOUS INJURIES REPORTED.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
|Photo By Lisa Ryals|
FIRE CHIEF RENEE HARRIS SAID DUE TO THE STRENGTH OF THE BLAZE, HER DEPARTMENT TOOK A DEFENSIVE POSITION AND DIRECTED SEVERAL FIRE HOSES AT THE FLAMES.
ONE OF THE RESIDENTS, JESSICA O'NEAL WAS INSIDE WHEN IT STARTED AND TOLD FIREFIGHTERS SHE NOTICED SMOKE AT THE REAR OF THE HOUSE AND RETREATED WITH HER DOG. OTHER OCCUPANTS INCLUDE MICHAEL GARISH AND CODY ROGERS
THE HOUSE, VALUED AT $83,000 ON THE UPSON COUNTY TAX BOOKS, APPEARS TO BE A TOTAL LOSS. OWNER LISTED AS PLEDGER D. REEMS.
TRAFFIC WAS SLOWED IN THE AREA WHILE FIRE UNITS WORKED ON THE BLAZE. ONE WITNESS TOLD US HE HAD NEVER SEEN A BIGTIME HOUSE FIRE AND IT WAS QUITE A SPECTICLE.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
UPSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS OFFERING FREE COVID-19 VACCINE IN ZEBULON AT THE URMC MEDICAL BUILDING AT 7171 19 SOUTH BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 FROM 12-5PM / ANYONE AGED 16+.
CALL MONDAY-FRIDAY 9AM TO 4PM TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 706-646-5727
Monday, March 29, 2021
Ard remains in the Upson County Jail.
“The damage to the Newnan community caused by the tornado is absolutely heartbreaking, and my prayers continue to be with our all those impacted by the devastation,” Rep. Ferguson said. “In the midst of the destruction, we are seeing the fortitude that exists here in Coweta County. People are shining through. Volunteers are coming to help this community recover, and I’m confident we can and will rebuild stronger than ever. We are very fortunate as Georgians to have incredible first responders, emergency management personnel, public safety, and local leaders who will go to bat for our state.”
Representative Ferguson, Governor Brian Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, and Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director James Stallings receive a briefing on the tornado destruction in Newnan
Congressman Ferguson joins Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn to learn about Newnan’s most damaged areas from Coweta County 911 Center Emergency Center Director Michael Terrell