Thursday, April 29, 2021
DEVELOPER HARVEY PILKENTON HAD REVISED THE SITE PLAN FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT -- SINCE IT WAS TABLED TO OFFER MORE BUFFER TO THE OAK GROVE ROAD AREA AND THE NEW PLAN WAS RECOMMENDED BY PLANNING AND ZONING STAFF.
DURING A PUBLIC HEARING, FORMER MAYOR DICK MORROW SPOKE IN FAVOR OF THE 150 UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX , DENYING IT WILL BE SECTION 8 HOUSING . NEAR-BY HOMEOWNERS OBJECTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT CITING TRAFFIC ISSUES THAT ALREADY EXIST IN THAT SECTION OF WILLIAMSON ROAD AND ITS POTENTIAL TO LOWER PROPERTY VALUES.
THE COMPLEX WILL BE FUNDED BY LOW-INCOME TAX CREDITS AND A COMMERCIAL LOAN PARTNERING WITH AN ATLANTA HOUSING FIRM.
Among our local counties, Upson takes the lead with 18.5% fully vaccinated residents, followed by Talbot and Taylor Counties at 14%, Meriwether 10%, Crawford 7%, Pike and Lamar 4%, Spalding 3.5%, and Monroe County trailing at 3%. All people in the United States age 16 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccines are free.
Source Links: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/3d8eea39f5c1443db1743a4cb8948a9c https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
“Everyone who is a part of Upson Regional has been important in helping us achieve this honor yet again. I continue to be in awe of everything our staff does for those who depend on us,” said Upson Regional Medical Center CEO Jeff Tarrant.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Upson Regional Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Upson Regional Medical Center was awarded an “A” grade on April 29, 2021, when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see Upson Regional Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime
Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce
Drug Related Objects
ON FACEBOOK A FRIEND OF TORRI MCCONNELL, MOTHER OF ONE YEAR OLD BRAXTIN MCCONNELL SAYS THE FAMILY IS AMAZED AT WHAT DOCTORS WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH. A PIT BULL RIPPED OPEN HIS LEFT CHEEK AND TORE TWO OTHER WOUNDS ON HIS FACE AT 118 RU AL MAIN CIRCLE ON SUNDAY. ACCORDING TO UPSON S.O. UPSON ANIMAL CONTROL TOOK CUSTODY OF THE DOG.
THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL RICHARDSON TOLD 101 NEWS TUESDAY, A 5 YEAR OLD FEMALE CHILD ATTACKED INSIDE A HOME AT 126 B. STREET MONDAY NOONTIME, IS RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY, ACCORDING TO HER FATHER. POLICE COUNTED 11 SHELL CASINGS IN THE RESIDENCE AT 224 R. STREET AFTER THE RESIDENT, CORBIN JONES SHOT AND KILLED THE DOG WITH HIS AR-15 ASSAULT RIFLE WHEN THE PIT LUNGED AT HIM AFTER BITTING HER IN THE FACE. THE TODDLER WAS AT THE JONES RESIDENCE WHILE HER MOTHER, MEGAN DENSON OF COVINGTON, GA. WAS DOG SITTING THE PIT BULL, WHILE THE OWNER, TYLER SMITH WAS ON VACATION.
Monday, April 26, 2021
THESE STORES BANNED FROM SELLING FOR 30 DAYS:
THE NEWSPAPER SAYS THE HOLLOWAYS WERE OPERATING A DRINK WAGON IN A VENDOR-STYLE TRAILER IN FRONT OF A WALK-UP BAR B Q RESTAURANT AND FROZEN DAIQUIRIS WERE SOLD FROM A WINDOW TO WALK-UP CUSTOMERS.
SHERIFF HOWARD SILLS, SAID HE GOT REPORTS THEY WERE SELLING TO MINORS SO AN 18 YEAR OLD FROM HIS DEPARTMENT WENT UNDERCOVER AND BOUGHT ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS WITHOUT HAVING TO SHOW I.D. ALSO A 13 YEAR OLD BOUGHT THE SHERIFF SAID.
RALEY HOLLOWAY BAUGHCUM, POSTED $980 PROPERTY BOND FOR FOUR COUNTS, TOTALING $3920. PAIGE HOLLOWAY POSTED A $980 PROPERTY BOND FOR ONE COUNT AND THEY WERE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY. THE RESTAURANT OWNER WAS ALSO CITED FOR VIOLATING A COUNTY ORDIANCE AND 8 PEOPLE WERE CITED FOR OPEN CONTAINER VIOLATIONS.
SHERIFF SILLS SAID SOCIAL MEDIA ACCUSED HIM OF RUINING EVERYTHING AND ADDED HE WAS SHOCKED WHEN THE DRINK WAGON REOPENED AFTER THE HOLLOWAYS WERE RELEASED FROM JAIL.
THE CHILD, BRAXTIN MCCONNELL OF 126 B. STREET N.E. WAS LIFE FLIGHTED TO EGLESTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA AFTER THE DOG RIPPED OPEN HIS LEFT CHEEK, BIT HIM BELOW THE LEFT EYE, AND AROUND THE MOUTH
ACCORDING TO THE S.O. REPORT- THE FAMILY WAS VISITING AND THE CHILD'S FATHER DAVID MCCONNELL WALKED HIM OVER TO A NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE WHERE THE DOG WAS ON A RUNNER. THE DOG OWNER JOSEPH MASON WARNED THE FATHER NOT TO BRING THE CHILD OVER, BUT MR. MCCONNELL SAID IN THE PAST THE DOG HAD BEEN FRIENDLY.
BEFORE THEY KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING, THE DOG GRABBED HOLD OF THE CHILD'S FACE AND WOULD NOT LET GO. THE TWO OF THEM FINALLY FREED THE CHILD AND HE WAS TAKEN TO THE E.R. AT URMC.
THE REPORT SAID AFTER THE ATTACK, THE MASON FAMILY TOOK THE DOG TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Severe thunderstorm watch issued for southwest Georgia until 10 pm tonight.
There are several severe storms moving through central and southern Alabama at the present time, at least one of which has spawned a tornado.
Friday, April 23, 2021
According to the latest orders from the Georgia Department of Public Health, indoor visitation and non-medical trips outside the facility are not allowed unless there have been no new resident or staff COVID-19 cases for the past 14days.
Georgia Department of Community Health (https://dch.georgia.gov)
Georgia Department of Public Health https://dph.georgia.gov/administrative-orders
Thursday, April 22, 2021
A 4-WHEEL DRIVER, DYRANM BANKS, AGE 30 OF THOMASTON WAS AMONG A GROUP OF STREET RACERS TRAVELING ON SOUTH GREEN STREET NEAR OLD TALBOTTON ROAD. BANKS FLED FROM THE LAW AND ABANDONED THE 4-WHEELER IN LINCOLN PARK AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER A BRIEF FOOT CHASE. BANKS ALSO HAD AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT IN LAMAR COUNTY. HE'S CHARGED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING, NO LICENSE, FELONY FLEEING, OBSTRUCTION, AND SEVERAL OTHER TRAFFIC AND EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS.
A DIRT BIKE RIDER, DANQUAVIS WALKER, AGE 27 OF THOMASTON DUMPED HIS BIKE ON SOUTH GREEN AT UPSON AVE, FLED ON FOOT AND WAS APPREHENDED AFTER A BRIEF FOOT CHASE. WALKER WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING, FELONY FLEEING, OBSTRUCTION, NO LICENSE, NO HELMET, NO INSURANCE, NO REGISTRATION AND OTHER TRAFFIC AND EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS.
CHIEF RICHARDSON SAID THE DIRT BIKE AND 4-WHEELER WERE IMPOUNDED BY THE P.D. THE CHIEF SAID STREET RACING HAS BEEN ON THE RISE IN THE COMMUNITY, WITH GROUPS SPEEDING THROUGH PARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND HE URGES CITIZENS TO CALL 911 IF THEY OBSERVE STREET RACING, THAT'S THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET OFFICERS TO RESPOND .
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Mr. Bates was born on November 30, 1936, in Meansville, to the late George Frank Bates, and the late Bobbie Bates. He served his country in the United States Army for 20 years, and then went on to be the Superintendent for Upson County Schools for 32 years, and 10 years at Mary Persons in Forsyth. He was a member of Yatesville Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Passmore, son, Michael L. Bates, brother, Robert Bates.
Survivors include his wife, Linda L. Bates of Yatesville, son, Todd (Linda) Bates of Yatesville, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m from Yatesville Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Fincher Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Coggins Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital in Atlanta.
Coggins Funeral Home
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
There has been slight improvement in Upson’s average 2-week test positivity, dropping from 5.5% the last half of March down to 5.3% the first half of April, which is closely in line with the state’s 5% positivity rate. Upson’s mortality rate has increased slightly from 5.8% at the end of March to 5.9% mid-April. The state’s mortality rate is much lower at only 2%.
Within the CDC’s Levels of Community Transmission (Low, Moderate, Substantial, or High), which are determined by case rate and test positivity, Upson County is in the Substantial Level.
Apr 16 – 30, 2020
June 1 – 15
June 16 – 30
July 16 – 31
Oct 16 – 31
Nov 1 – 15
Nov 16 – 30
Dec 1 – 15
Jan 1 – 15, 2021
Jan 16 – 31
Feb 1 – 15
Feb 16 – 28
Mar 1 – 15
Mar 16 – 31
Apr 1 – 15
Source: Daily Reports from GA Department of Public Health
THE BOARD SAYS IT CAN'T RECALL A TIME WHEN REAL ESTATE SALES AND INCREASED PROPERTY VALUES ARE AT THE CURRENT LEVELS.
THEY STOPPED THE PICK-UP ON A LOUD MUSIC COMPLAINT AND DISCOVERED THROUGH VEHICLE REGISTRATION HE HAD A TRAFFIC VIOLATION WARRANT FROM OHIO AND WAS FLAGGED AS A DANGEROUS SUBJECT. TURNS OUT, OHIO WAS NOT INTERESTED IN SERVING THE WARRANT FROM HIS PAST AND WILLIAMS SAID THE SITUATION WAS QUICKLY AND PROFESSIONALLY RESOLVED. THE CHIEF SAID WILLIAMS LATER CAME BY THE POLICE STATION TO TALK WITH THE OFFICERS AND THANKED THEM FOR REASSURING HIS FAITH IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
CHIEF RICHARDSON SAID WHEN CITIZENS AND POLICE RESPECT ONE ANOTHER, GOOD THINGS HAPPEN.
John is a 20-year employee of the City of Griffin and throughout his career, he has been more than a coworker to those that know him. For most of us, he has become a friend. With this in mind, John’s fellow employees of the City of Griffin have decided to organize a GoFundMe page to raise funds to assist with funeral expenses and to help with his recovery process. Understanding that we can offer more assistance as an entire community, City of Griffin employees are asking the public to join them in their efforts to support John during his time of need.
“As employees of the City, we view each other like family” said City Manager, Jessica O’Connor. “Coming together to support one of our own in a moment of tragedy like this is just the right thing to do. While no amount of money can ease the pain, we’re hoping our financial contributions can relieve some of the burden John is facing.”
Those wishing to make a contribution to John can visit cityofgriffin.com or click the link to his GoFundMe page.
Monday, April 19, 2021
POST-TORNADO 3500 INSURANCE CLAIMS HAVE BEEN FILED FOR MORE THAN $55 MILLION IN DAMAGES, INCLUDING DAMAGE TO NEWNAN HIGH AND ATKINSON ELEMENTARY.
This past week, we launched three weeks of jury trials in Spalding County, and on April 19th, we will begin two weeks of jury trials in Fayette. There are hundreds of cases still waiting to be tried, but I am so proud to tell you that we are getting started.
This was a collaborative effort among Judges, Court Services, my office, and defense attorneys. We worked together to focus on presenting the cases that would be most agreeable for a “trial run” in the new normal. For this reason, we did not attempt to try a murder case or crime involving a child. Those cases will be tried after we successfully conduct this round of jury trials. Instead, we focused on cases that could be tried in one or two days, which also did not require out-of-state witnesses. Our goal was to minimize any impact COVID might have should a problem arise mid-trial. It was a success. While trial looked very different than in years past in Spalding County, with masks, social distancing, and a converted Jury Assembly Room in the basement for our courtroom, we overcame these challenges and presented two cases.
The first case involved a possession of methamphetamine and resulted in a hung jury, as the jury could not reach a verdict, or a final decision as to guilty or not guilty. This means the case can be tried again later. The second case involved a charge for a large quantity of methamphetamine against two defendants. A Spalding County Jury convicted them of possessing the methamphetamine, and the Honorable Scott Ballard sentenced each to 10 years with the first 5 years to be served in prison. So many of the cases on this calendar involved the use and distribution of methamphetamine. After the conclusion of trials, in one of my later columns, I will be discussing methamphetamine and its effect on our communities. It’s a conversation that needs to occur.
Aside from the cases that were tried, dozens of other cases resolved that had been pending while we awaited reopening. As is often the case, when a defendant is out on bond, it is not until the risk of a conviction before a jury that he or she seriously considers accepting a plea offer or taking their case to trial. We have resolved hundreds of cases with guilty pleas, dismissals, entries into a pre-trial diversion program, or entry into an alternative court. It has been amazing to watch.
I am extremely proud of Chief Assistant District Attorney David Studdard, Assistant District Attorney Monique Harris, and my Spalding County Office for their hard work on these cases this week. I am also very proud of the citizens of Spalding County who reported for Jury Duty and sacrificed their time to allow our justice system to work. Without you all, our jobs would not be possible.
Next week, Fayette County steps up to the plate, and Spalding County continues to try cases. We are finally moving forward, and you can feel the energy in the courthouses.
I look forward to updating you on how much more progress we’ve made in a few weeks. Until then, be kind to one another and answer the call for Jury Duty
ONE INDIVIDUAL WAS TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION ACCORDING TO THE S.O. REPORT.
CITY OF THOMASTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTEER UNITS WERE DISPATCHED AND UPSON EMC WAS CALLED IN FOR POWER LINES DOWN AND SPARKING IN THE DRIVEWAY.
THE RED CROSS WAS NOTIFIED TO ASSIST THE FAMILY .
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.