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In the zone
This is hard for me to talk about, but I have to do it. Everyone
tells me I need to express my emotions at a time like this. But
how do you tell a bunch of strangers that you just lost your
Cell phones don't cause wrecks, singing does
People I see out on the streets come up to me all the time. Some
of them throw money and gifts at me, but most just stop and talk.
Directions to Area Schools
Leopards heading into the mountains
Banks to take on undefeated Union County. The Banks County Leopards
will have a long bus ride awaiting Friday evening.
The Leopards are traveling to Union County to take on the undefeated
Hearing on landfill set for Thurs.
A public hearing on a request to locate a construction and demolition
landfill in the county will be held Thursday.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hear the request
from Kelly Henderson and several other zoning requests when it
meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Administrative Building in Jefferson.
Murder Suspects Turns Self In
Frankie 'Chunk' Burns Charged In Drug-Related Slaying Sunday
The suspect in a shooting death that occurred early Sunday morning
in Commerce surrendered Tuesday afternoon to a Jackson County
County taxpayers feel the pinch
Mill rate up 19% in unincorporated areas.Taxpayers in unincorporated
areas of Madison County will face a 19 percent tax rate increase
for the county government.
School board passes 17% tax rate increase
Madison County's Board of Education adopted millage rates for
the 2001 tax year. The Maintenance and Operations assessment
is 16.94 mills, up 2.97 from the previous year, or 17 percent.
The bond tax was set at 1.26 mills, a reduction of .33 mills
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Firefighters extinguish tractor blaze
Banks County firefighters finish off flames
that destroyed a tractor-trailer after the engine caught fire
on I-85 north.
Gridlock on I-85
Tractor-trailer fire snarls traffic Friday afternoon.
A tractor-trailer fire on I-85 North Friday afternoon caused
a back-up of traffic on the expressway for miles.
No one was injured.
Sean and Debbie Kennedy and their cat, Thumper, were traveling
from Florida to South Carolina with a load of greens and eggs
when the accident occurred.
"We were heading for a repair shop because the engine of
the truck had been acting up," said Kennedy. "My wife
noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood and I started to
slow down to pull off to the side of the road."
Within seconds, he said, smoke began filling the cab and flames
erupted from the hood.
"It got really bad and I told Debbie to get out of the cab,"
She said she jumped out and yelled at him to get out, too. But
he replied, "Not without the cat." He searched the
cab for their cat, reaching around on the floor behind him. Flames
were coming inside the cab as he felt the soft fur of Thumper
flattened to the floor in fear.
"I grabbed the cat and jumped out," he said. "This
cat has gone with us on all our trips, I wasn't going to just
All three escaped without injury, though Debbie was shaking from
"You were supposed to get out," she scolded. "What
was I supposed to do, lose you and the cat? Then where would
Their truck and all their belongings, including a small TV and
refrigerator, were completely destroyed in the fire. A molten,
smoldering mass lay where the truck had been.
Fire had broken through to the cargo they had been carrying and
firefighters hosed down the cartons containing the eggs and greens.
As they stood watching the firefighters at work, a woman from
Gainesville approached them and scolded them for holding up traffic.
"It's hard to believe someone would say such a thing,"
said Debbie in tears. "We almost lost our lives in that
Kennedy said they had decided before they left their home in
Rochester, N.Y., to give up life on the road and that this was
going to be their last trip.
"It's just too dangerous," she said. "People don't
think about pulling out in front of you. And when you're carrying
a load, it's hard to stop. It's hard on the nerves sometimes."
again seek bids on construction of two fire stations
The Banks County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to throw
out four bids on the construction of two new fire stations and
seek new bids.
The four companies who submitted bids will be invited to rebid
and other companies will also be allowed to submit bids, leaders
The four bids were discussed in depth at Friday morning's BOC
meeting. County leaders said there was some confusion during
the bid procession and the same procedure was not used by all
who submitted bids.
Those who bid will be asked to attend a pre-bid meeting with
county leaders and the architect.
In other business Friday, the BOC:
·received a contract from tax commissioner Margaret Ausburn
from DTSI, the company which will collect back taxes for the
·agreed for fire/emergency management service director
Perry Dalton to submit a bid for purchasing seven breath apparatuses
from the City of Baldwin.
·agreed for Dalton to take bids for replacing a furnace
at the fire station across from the courthouse and accept the
·agreed to a request from Billy Griffin concerning the
paving of a portion of his road, Griffin Drive. Griffin will
pave the portion of the road that goes from John Morris Road
to his shop. He will fund the project, but the county will cover
the costs of the base. County leaders pointed out that the county
pays for the base for anyone who agrees to cover the costs of
paving their road. It was pointed out that Griffin must meet
county regulations since the county will be responsible for maintaining
·agreed to seek bids for a new recreation director following
the resignation of Barry Brooks.
·heard that a new accounting system has been set up for
the recreation department, due in part to Brooks being charged
with embezzlement last week. The funds collected at the recreation
center will now be turned in daily and the county will match
up all registration forms and fees. All checks for fees must
also be made out to the county and not the recreation department,
·held a pre-construction conference over the sewage plant
expansion project at I-85, near the race track. Work on the project,
by contractor Billy Griffin, was expected to begin this week
and be completed within 240 days. The project, which will be
funded with a $1 million loan and $300,000 grant, calls for increasing
the capacity of the system from 70,000 gallons a day to 300,000
gallons a day.
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run for lt. governor
Senator Mike Beatty filed papers last week with the Secretary
of State forming a campaign committee that will allow him to
raise funds for the 2002 lieutenant governor race.
Beatty was the legislative voice in the effort to ban video poker
in Georgia during the regular session and the second special
session of the General Assembly earlier this year.
Senator Casey Cagle has agreed to chair Beatty's campaign. Senator
Tommie Williams will serve as treasurer of the campaign.
Red Ribbon Week
marked in county
Red bows decorate county signs as part of 'drug-free' campaign
Red bows are being placed around Banks County by Family Connections
and the sheriff's office in honor of the effort to fight illegal
drug and alcohol use.
The eight-day national campaign is officially known as Red Ribbon
Week. It runs October 23-31 and is supported by the National
Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth (NFPDFY) and federal
and state governments, said Robin Trotter, Banks County Family
Trotter and Banks County Sheriff's Office resource officer Clint
McCoy began putting the bows on county signs last week. At each
of the schools in Banks County, bows are being placed on the
flagpoles to bring the effort to the attention of the students.
"We want to do our part to stop drug, alcohol and tobacco
use," said Trotter.
Red Ribbon Week originated in 1988 by the NFPDFY after the murder
of a federal drug agent, Enrique Camarena, according to Red Ribbon
Week organizers. He had been infiltrating Mexican cartels for
four-and-a-half years before his true identity was discovered.
Authorities say he was kidnapped, tortured, then murdered in
1985. His family and friends wore red ribbons to honor him. As
word of his story became known, others began wearing the red
ribbons. Today, millions of Americans wear the red ribbons to
show support for the war against drugs, alcohol and tobacco,