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Commerce Finishes Second In District Tournament
The Commerce 16-and-under baseball team finished second in the
district for the second time in five years. The Commerce recreation
team made it into the finals of the weekend tournament against
Banks County after defeating Lumpkin County Monday, June 24.
The games were played in Homer.
Jackson County all stars win state USSSA championship
JEFFERSON and Commerce High Schools may have combined for four
state championships during the 2000-01 school year, but a group
of softball players from Jackson County, Commerce and Banks County
claimed the USSSA Georgia All Star championship Saturday in Macon.
Neighboorhood News ..
Mistrial declared in Wymbs case
For a day-by-day summary of the murder
trial of Albert Wymbs, see this weeks Madison County Journal.
Despite approximately five hours of deliberation, a Madison County
jury could not agree last week on the guilt or innocence of Hull's
Albert Wymbs, who was accused of killing Angela Harris in her
parents' mobile home off Hwy. 106 in 1996.
BOC chairman seeks funds for Hwy. 98 sewer system
Madison County commission chairman Wesley Nash said he is still
seeking grant money for a sewer system for the Hwy. 98 corridor
to service a jail now under construction as well as several established
Four children injured in church van accident
Four children were taken to BJC Medical Center Saturday morning
following an accident at Highway 441 South and Interstate 85,
according to Banks County volunteer assistant fire chief John
Creasy. The four victims had visible bruises and lacerations
and possible broken bones, he said.
Homer plans July 4 fireworks
Grab a picnic basket and a blanket and head
to Homer on July 4 for the 18th annual fireworks display.
It will begin around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The display
will be held at the home of Mac and Sandra Garrison on Highway
51, across from the Banks County Public Library.
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HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE
Phil Pepper's home on Johnson Mill Road was destroyed
by a fire Monday morning. There were no injuries. Fire departments
responding to the blaze were Arcade, Jefferson, Jackson Trail
and the Jackson County Correctional Institute.
Rogers files lawsuit
against Jackson County man
Hearing set Monday before Judge David
Country music star Kenny Rogers has filed a lawsuit against a
Jackson County man and his brother for breach of contract in
the purchase of his Oglethorpe County home.
Thomas and James Threatt were the high bidders, at $6.3 million,
in the November 1999 auction for Rogers' home, Beaver Dam Farms.
Rogers is suing the brothers for breach of contract. He is also
suing their attorney, George E. Butler II, in connection with
A hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Jackson County Superior
Court before Judge David Motes.
The lawsuit filed by Rogers alleges that the $634,250 "good
faith" check the brothers gave was "bad" and that
insufficient funds were in the bank. Rogers alleges that the
Threatts stopped payment on the first check and issued a second
one to be held by Butler.
"When the time came to close on the purchase agreement,
the Threatt defendants reneged and failed to attend the closing,"
the lawsuit reads. "Butler failed to deliver the earnest
money funds at the closing...Butler disclosed that at some point,
he gave the replacement escrow check instead to the Threatts
without the consent, permission or knowledge of the plaintiff."
The Threatts have filed a counterclaim against Rogers charging
him with fraud and stating that personal items were removed from
the home after the auction. Rogers says that only three items
were removed, a mirror, a small figurine and two wall prints
worth approximately $1,200.
"Those items were not listed in the purchase agreement,
nor were they on the active equipment list that was part of the
contract," according to reports. "Nevertheless, the
plaintiff offered to deliver to the Threatts all of the items
they complained about."
In their response, the Threatts allege that they were told several
golf carts and other personal items were part of the purchase,
but later found out that they were not. Thomas Threatt stopped
payment on the "earnest money check" because these
personal items were being removed from the home, according to
"At the time of their initial post-auction visit to Beaver
Dam Farms on Nov. 10, 1999, the Threatts observed that a number
of items that were not 'personal effects' of Mr. Rogers had been
removed from the property since the conclusion of the auction,
including numerous golf carts, decorative accessories, works
of art, weight room and dark room equipment, etc.," the
response reads. "Ironically, his clothes and other 'personal
Beaver Dam Farms includes 360 acres in Oglethorpe County. On
the property is a mansion, an equestrian facility, a guest house
and other buildings and an 18-hole golf course. Rogers advertised
in several media outlets about the auction, including the Wall
Street Journal, the Atlanta Constitution and CNN. The National
Auction Group handled the auction and conducted several open
houses of the property.
The Threatts, who have owned and operated Ace Sand Company for
42 years, reportedly learned of the sale on the day it was held.
They attended to find out if equipment would be sold and had
no intent to purchase the property, according to the lawsuit.
In the past three decades, Rogers has recorded more than 58 albums
which have sold over 100 million records worldwide. His honors
include four Grammy Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 18 American
Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and five
Country Music Association Awards.
It's City Lights
Country Music Legends Perform Thursday And Friday; Festival Moves
Downtown On SaturdayThe city of Commerce will bask in the lights
cast by country music legends this week. A celebrity golf tournament,
"dinner with the stars," the fourth annual City Lights
Concert and a downtown festival Saturday are all part of Commerce's
annual City Lights Festival.
This year's headliner Charley Pride may be the best
known artist yet to accompany Bill Anderson to the festival,
proceeds of which will go toward the eventual construction of
the Bill Anderson Center for the Performing Arts.
Pride has recorded 36 number one songs and has more number ones
for RCA records than any artist except Elvis Presley. He is best
known for "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" and "Crystal
Anderson, himself a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame,
will also bring Little Jimmy Dickens (also a member), who is
best remembered for "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up your
Nose," which climbed to number one on the country charts
and number 15 on the pop charts; and Jeannie Seely, whose "Don't
Touch Me" was number one and helped her win a Grammy Award
for the Best Female Performer in 1966.
"I can't think of another concert that will have three members
of the Country Music Hall of Fame," said Anderson when he
announced the concert lineup earlier this year. Pride is also
a member of that group.
By the time the gates open at 6:00, it is likely that only the
$5 general admissions (grandstands) seats will be left for the
concert, which will open with The Jordans, a well-known local
The first event in the festival is the celebrity golf tournament
Thursday morning at 10:00 at Eagle Greens Golf Course.
There will be 18 five-member teams and each team will have "the
nearest thing we can get to a celebrity," says Jim Purcell,
who is in charge of the event.
Celebrities include concert headliners Pride and Anderson, country
musicians Jan Howard and Billy Walker, former National Football
League star Terry Allen, Channel 32 news anchor Chuck Moore,
WSB-TV sports personality Kristy Deere, former Commerce Tiger
football and basketball standout (now a Tennessee Volunteer)
Michael Collins, former University of Georgia quarterback Mike
Bobo, former Commerce High School football coach and athletic
director (currently a UGA football official) Ray Lamb and a yet-to-be
named representative of the Georgia Tech athletic department.
The tournament features a lauderdale format and offers $2,500
in prize money. Dennis Brown will cook barbecue for sandwiches
for lunch, and there will be prizes for closest to the pin on
par three, longest drive and a raffle for a variety of prizes.
DINNER WITH THE STARS
The focus returns to music with the "Dinner with the Stars"
Thursday night at 7:30 at the fellowship hall of the First United
Methodist Church of Commerce.
There, some 250 people will enjoy a four-course meal followed
by informal acoustical sets by Anderson, Seely and Walker. Every
$50 ticket has been sold.
The third day of the festival is strictly local, but it's also
centered around music. From 9:00 to 2:00 there will be music
on two stages in the downtown, one on State Street and the other
on Little Street in front of the Commerce Post Office.
Between them and throughout the downtown will be scattered more
than 30 booths or tables offering food, merchandise, crafts,
plants or information.
The entire festival is aimed at raising money for a performing
arts center to be located on school property. Previous concert/festivals
have earned about $20,000 a piece, and efforts have been made
to boost the revenue.
Anderson's publicist Betty Hoffer gave it a $2,500 shot in the
arm, raising that much money by auctioning off a pair of Ronnie
McDowell prints for $1,300 and getting Martha White Flour and
Sony to donate a total of $1,200.
The celebrity golf tournament is a new wrinkle this year and
is expected to increase the total take for the festival. In addition,
groups performing at the festival and groups with booths will
pay a nominal $10 fee to boost the take.
Actual turnout at the concert could depend a lot on the weather.
All 1,000 of the $25 seats have been sold and most of the 1,000
$10 seats are already sold. What remains to be seen is how many
general admission tickets will be sold.
"It's hard to tell, but I'd say we'll do at least as well
as last year; probably better," said Gerald Jordan.
DOT to spend $46
million in county
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to spend $46.1million
in road and bridge improvements in Jackson County over the next
In a report released last week at a DOT meeting in Carnesville,
a list of projects including streetscape enhancements, road widenings
and bridge replacements was given to the public.
Officials at the meeting said Georgia's increased population
growth has led to demands on the statewide transportation system.
This need to provide adequate and safe travel on Georgia roads
led to the establishment of a program called the State Transportation
Improvement Program, or STIP. "Each year Georgia gets around
$1 billion from the federal transportation department to help
finance these road improvements," said DOT engineer Todd
The sum is split evenly among the 11 congressional districts
DOT District 1 gets anywhere from $90 to $100 million, he said.
That has to be split among 19 northeast Georgia counties, including
That federal money has to be matched by state funds in an 80
percent/20 percent split, Long added. The DOT gets the money
through the 7.5-cents-per-gallon state gasoline tax and three
cents of sales tax, totaling 10.5 cents on every gallon of gas.
Jackson County will benefit from STIP with several projects.
One project will be the widening of 4.62 miles of US Route 129.
Currently, the $12.434 million project is in the engineering
phase. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2004.
Another is the widening of 11.9 miles of US Route 441 from the
Clarke County line to the Commerce by-pass. At a cost of $31.396
million, this project will be funded through a new program, under
the Governor's Road Improvement Project (GRIP).
"The idea of GRIP is to take 19 existing routes and link
mid-size cities with four-lane highways," said Long.
The DOT is expected to begin purchasing property for the project
next month. Construction is scheduled for 2004.
The planned road projects could have taken up to 30 years to
complete due to waiting on yearly funding from the federal government,
Long said. But Governor Roy Barnes decided that was too long
to wait and said he wanted the projects under construction in
the next seven years. So a $400 million bond issuance, known
as Grant Anticipated Revenue Vehicle (GARV), was introduced to
the legislature by Barnes. The bonds will be repaid as federal
funds are received, though only 40 percent is allowed to go to
The Georgia Road and Toll-way Authority, created during the last
legislative session, will handle the sale of the bonds. Next
month the bonds will available for purchase by the public, said
Also in the planning stages are the refurbishing of one bridge
and replacing of two others at a cost of $2.270 million. The
bridge at Big Curry Creek on Alt. SR 15 is scheduled for refurbishment
in 2004. Another bridge over Big Curry Creek on Jefferson River
Road is scheduled for replacement in 2002. The third bridge,
over Dry Fork Creek on Harmony Church Road northeast of Talmo,
is also scheduled for 2002.
Long also said Jackson County residents need to be prepared for
the $10.4 million resurfacing project of Interstate 85 starting
from Barrow County north through Jackson and Banks Counties.
"That is going to be a traffic nightmare," he said.
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A New City Hall For
NICHOLSON -- Is a new city hall in Nicholson's future?
At its June meeting Monday night, the Banks-Jackson-Commerce
Hospital Authority voted unanimously to sell to Nicholson the
building formerly housing a clinic. The price is $135,000 for
a building appraised at $160,000.
"I move we take the money and run," said authority
member Forrest Hagan.
The medical center authority has been trying to get rid of the
building for about a year following a decision to close the clinic,
which was seldom used.
"We met with representatives of the Nicholson City Council
and they expressed interest (in the building)," said David
Lawrence, administrator. "They indicated $135,000 would
be acceptable to them."
Lawrence also said city officials told him they were "looking
at buying this or building something on their own."
The Nicholson City Council has a work session set for Thursday
night at 7:00 and its regular meeting is Monday night at 7:00.
Mayor Ronnie Maxwell and councilmen Billy Kitchens and Chuck
Wheeler have expressed interest in buying the building, while
council member Margaret Ward has said she is opposed to the purchase.
Former city councilman Thomas Gary was also opposed.
The building has been vacant since June 30, 2000, when it was
closed. It has some water damage, Lawrence said.
Hagan indicated that he thought the appraisal was a little out
"I always thought it was appraised a little high and the
one in Jefferson a little low," he said.
The widening of U.S. 441 will take some 10 feet off the front
of the property, officials said.
Also on Monday night, the Nicholson council is scheduled to approve
its new budget and to resolve the matter of whether Elm Street
should be reopened as requested by Charles Allen.
4th celebration set Saturday
The nighttime sky will light up Saturday night in Jefferson when
the annual Jefferson Independence Day celebration is held.
It will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, in the downtown
area. Plans include a band, children's activities, concessions
The children's games and activities will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
Other plans for the younger crowd will include a giant slide,
a moon walk and a train.
The Jefferson Area Business Association, which sponsors the event,
will offer homemade ice cream, soft drinks, bottled water and
grilled hot dogs. Other concessions will also be offered.
Entertainment will be provided by the BTUs, a bluegrass band
from Athens. The fireworks, which are sponsored by the City of
Jefferson, will be at dark.
The news and advertising deadlines for The Jackson Herald have
been moved up due to the July 4 holiday.
The deadline for news articles, including church, weddings and
social events, will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 29. The deadline
for advertisements, including classifieds and displays, will
be at noon on Friday, June 29.
The paper will be published on Tuesday, July 3, and will be available
on the newsstands that night. Subscriptions will arrive in the
mail on the regular schedule.
The Jackson Herald office in Jefferson will be closed on Wednesday,
July 4, in observance of the holiday.
Issue to be on BOC agenda at July 2 meeting.
County commissioner Emil Beshara told the Humane Society Monday
night that animal control is an inevitable reality for Jackson
County because of its growth. He said he expects animal control
legislation to be in place by January.
Beshara addressed the society after chairman Bob Wells asked
him for the status of animal control legislation at the monthly
meeting of the society Monday night.
Beshara said the board of commissioners will review an animal
control ordinance he drafted at the BOC's work session Monday,
July 2, at 7 p.m. Copies of the draft ordinance are available
at the county manager's office.
At the July 2 meeting, the commissioners will discuss funding
and the language of the ordinance. Beshara said the next step
would be to approach the nine municipalities in Jackson County
to adopt the same ordinance so that when someone calls 911, the
law would be the same everywhere. He said that he believes that
all of the municipalities would like a countywide program, but
the county would need to meet with the cities to discuss fair
ways to fund the program.
In his plan, Beshara said, the county would create another county
department responsible for animal control that would report to
the county manager. At this time, he said only two officers would
Beshara did not discuss the ordinance in detail, but he did say
that he is not in favor of a leash law.
"Jackson County is still mostly rural," he said. "I
think the bare minimum ... is for pet owners to have control
of their animals. If you live in a subdivision that will mean
you will have to use a leash or put up a fence, but if you're
in a rural area, you just have to keep your animal on your property."
Beshara acknowledged that the animal control ordinance would
meet opposition from people who believe the county does not need
to spend money on animal control. But he said the animal control
is necessary with the rate of the county's growth.
"Everyone knows that the county is going to get animal control
eventually," he said. "We're not going to have officers
out patrolling for dogs crossing the road. If there's a complaint,
they'd go out."
Wells also asked Beshara about plans to build an animal shelter
to house dogs that would be picked up under the new ordinance.
Beshara said he found a plan left over from the old commission
for a $60,000 shelter. The plan calls for inmate labor and it
is an unfurnished building.
Beshara raised the possibility of the Humane Society going hand
in hand with the county to build the shelter so that the society
could use part of the building for its purposes. He said the
society could approach corporations to make donations.
If the rest of this story see this weeks Jackson Herald.