Our Time and Place:
A History of
Jackson County, Ga
A complete history of Jackson County, Georgia
from 1796 to the present. Written in narrative style for easy
reading. Includes material not found in other books about Jackson
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Lady Dragons' repeat bid falls short
Going in to last weekend's state Class A slow-pitch softball
finals, there was little doubt as to who the top contenders were.
Defending champ Jefferson returned virtually all of its team
from 2000, and runner-up Bryan County was likely the only team
that could stand in the Lady Dragons' way.
Panthers pick up region win, 21-14
Homecoming this week
The Jackson County Panthers claimed their first varsity football
win in more than a year Friday, with a 21-14 victory at Franklin
County. The win was also Jackson County's first in region competition
since the 1997 season, when the Panthers finished 3-4 in Region
8-AA and 4-6 overall.
A Successful Run
Softball Team's Postseason Journey Ends With Fourth-Place Finish.
The clock struck 12 on Commerce's Cinderella post season run
Friday, but not before they made an impression in the big dance.
Neighboorhood News ..
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
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.
Commissioners to again seek bids on construction of two
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
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FATALITY IN I-85 WRECK
One man died in an eight-vehicle
wreck Tuesday afternoon on I-85. Six people were also injured
in the wreck that led to both lanes of I-85 being closed for
several hours. Scott Mock, 34, Mt. Airy, N.C., who died in the
crash, was driving a tractor-trailer truck that rear-ended a
flatbed tractor truck driven by Willie Mack Jr., 46, York, Ala.,
who received minor injuries. The crash between the two trucks
caused a chain reaction with several more vehicles becoming involved
in the wreck, according to Sgt. Mark Cox of the Georgia State
Patrol. All of those who were injured were treat at the scene
and released. Mack's truck, which was carrying gallons of paint
and aerosol cans, began to burn and exploded after the wreck
occurred. The second truck was carrying long boards. A portion
of I-85 was closed until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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.
Henderson is asking to rezone 117.1 acres at 8146 Highway 53
from PCFD to I-2 for the landfill project. He also requested
a conditional use permit for the property. This is the second
time Henderson has requested these changes for the property on
Hwy. 53. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners denied his
requests earlier and the matter went to Superior Court after
Henderson filed a lawsuit. Judge David Motes ruled that Henderson
would have to re-apply for the changes because he didn't present
all of the necessary information in his earlier application.
Other items on the agenda include:
·I.V. Young to rezone 1.83 acres at 3984 Athens Highway
from A-2 to B-2 for general commercial use. Young said he plans
to locate a real estate office on the property.
·Matrix Development to rezone 50 acres on Brockton Loop
Road from A-2 to R-1 to locate 36 single-family site-built home
lots. Terry Powell of Brockton Loop spoke on concerns about the
water table in the area.
Walk Oct. 31
The Jefferson Area Business Association plans to hold its annual
Halloween Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Area children are invited to stop by participating businesses
in the downtown area from 4 to 6 p.m. to get candy or other treats.
JABA members will take photographs at the Dutch Petaler on Washington
Street, located beside of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson.
The group will also sponsor a decoration contest for businesses.
A pizza party for the staff will be given as a first place prize.
A second place prize will also be given.
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
The Commerce Police Department alleges that Frankie Bishop Burns,
42 who goes by the street name "Chunk," shot and killed
James Gregory Patrick, 29, of 1083 Ila Road at about 2:00 a.m.
on Cedar Drive.
The incident was paged out as a one-car accident on Cedar Drive,
but Patrick was found to have been shot once, Gaissert said.
His body was in the driver's seat of his blue Ford Mustang as
the vehicle was headed toward Homer Road.
"It appears that there was apparently a confrontation on
Cedar Drive resulting in shots being fired. One round struck
the victim," said Gaissert. "The investigation indicates
that the event was drug-related."
Cedar Drive is known as an area where drugs are bought and sold
Apparently using information provided by witnesses at or near
the scene, officials identified Burns as the primary suspect.
A warrant was issued on Monday, and on Tuesday at about 2:00
p.m., Burns surrendered to a deputy at a location outside of
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the police are continuing
the investigation, said Gaissert, who asked that anyone with
information about the incident contact the police or GBI.
Mike Beatty To
Run For Lt. Governor
Mike Beatty has served two years in the
Georgia House of Representatives and two years in the Georgia
State Senate. Now he's looking forward to serving four years
as Georgia's second-ranked elected official.
Beatty filed papers this week with the secretary of state to
form a campaign committee to seek the office of lieutenant governor
in the 2002 election.
Widely regarded as the legislative leader in the successful campaign
to make video poker illegal in Georgia, Beatty hopes to use the
exposure he got in that effort to propel himself to higher office.
"The people were way ahead of the politicians in the video
poker debate," Beatty said in a written statement. "The
people spoke and the politicians finally heard them."
The early theme of the campaign seems to be inclusiveness.
"We need to open the door of government to the people. There
is a difference between governing and dictating," said the
Jackson County Republican. "Government shouldn't be some
kind of 'members only' club that mandates and dictates things
that affect people's lives without their input. I look forward
to meeting with the people of Georgia as we begin this effort
to restore an open and responsive government."
State Senator Corey Cagle has agreed to serve as Beatty's campaign
chairman and Senator Tommie Williams will serve as the campaign
treasurer. Cagle is from the north Atlanta area and Williams
is from south Georgia.
Beatty served one year in the Georgia House of Representatives
in 1991-92, found himself locked in the middle of a school merger
effort in Jackson County and did not seek re-election. He ran
for the 47th District Senate seat last year, easily defeating
long-time incumbent Eddie Madden.
County to accept
applications for new manager through Nov. 15
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will accept applications
for a new county manager through Nov. 15.
BOC chairman Harold Fletcher said ads have been placed in several
government publications and websites and area newspapers on the
position. The BOC will screen the applicants and interview the
The BOC agreed last week to seek a county manager to replace
Skip Nalley, who has been serving as interim county manager since
Jan. 1. Fletcher said the new manager will not be hired on an
interim basis as Nalley was.
Nalley was hired in January and given a one-year contract. The
BOC was to review his performance in nine months and decide whether
to offer him another contract. The commissioners have not said
why Nalley isn't being offered another contract. He is the first
county manager Jackson County has had.
Beatty to run for Lt. Gov.
Sen. 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.
Of Raw Sewage Spill Into Creek
A city of Commerce sewage line stopped up with grease from Banks
Crossing restaurants caused about 7,000 gallons of raw sewage
to spill into Crooked Creek at the city's Banks Crossing oxidation
Bryan Harbin, the city's director of water and sewerage, said
city workers had been by the pond earlier that morning but discovered
the spill when they returned at about noon. The line serves all
of Banks Crossing.
"The influent line going into the oxidation pond clogged
up with grease. Sewage backed up through the manhole cover and
got into Crooked Creek," Harbin explained.
The pond is located about a mile north of U.S. 441 on the west
side of Interstate 85.
Under regulations of the Environmental Protection Division, Harbin
was required to alert the media. However, since the EPD threshold
for "major" spills is 10,000 gallons, Harbin said this
is considered a "minor" spill.
"The blockage was cleared using the sewer jetting machine
and line clearing solvent. The area has been cleaned and disinfected,"
Harbin told the EPD in a memo on the subject.
According to Harbin, the city has been studying the pond for
some time in an effort to improve its performance.
"We know we've got a grease problem with all of the restaurants,"
he explained. "We're undertaking several things to try to
solve it. We will change some of the operating procedures of
the pond and inspect the line more frequently. Ironically, yesterday
Stephenson and Palmer, our engineers, sent a draft copy of a
new sewer ordinance, which is going to be very, very strict.
We'll probably implement that later in the year."
Commerce has two oxidation ponds at Banks Crossing. The EPD has
been trying to get the city to work with Banks County to close
the one on the opposite side of the interstate, and the city
is operating the one where the spill occurred under an EPD consent
order, under which it pays a $250 monthly fine.
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To Be Filled With Ghosts And Goblins Wednesday
Goblins and ghouls will stalk the streets of downtown Commerce
next Wednesday night in the Commerce Area Business Association's
annual Downtown Trick or Treat.
From 4:30 to 6:00 children will solicit treats from the 40-50
merchants participating in the 2001 event, which customarily
draws 1,500 to 2,500 costumed children into town.
Many of the merchants wear costumes as well, creating the spectacle
of witches and hunchbacks handing candy to Power Rangers, angels
and a weird array of creatures great and small, cute and hideous.
The Commerce Police Department will provide traffic control and
In addition to the downtown businesses, the event draws other
groups into town to give away candy. Prior to the downtown event,
the Commerce Public Library will host a Halloween party for its
Story Hour participants at 3:30.
EJMS teacher receives
An agriculture technology teacher at East Jackson Middle School
went to an assembly last week not knowing that he would walk
away with a $25,000 award.
Ronald "Micah" Story received the award in a surprise
ceremony Wednesday at EJMS with state school superintendent Linda
Schrenko making the announcement. He is one of two educators
in Georgia to receive the Milken Family Foundation National Educator
Award this year. In 2001, only 120 educators nationwide will
receive the award, which is an unrestricted $25,000 financial
"Micah Story makes learning fun," Schrenko said. "He
is a remarkable teacher who completely captivates you when you
walk into his classroom. He is exceptional in every way and knows
how to relate to his students. He makes you want to learn and
it is more than obvious that he is committed to making a difference
in the lives of his students."
She added that he is one of those teachers that "exhibits
his love for teaching in every day situations."
"It is obvious to anyone who meets Micah Story that he was
born to teach," she said. "The students at East Jackson
Middle School truly have been given a gift in the talents of
In addition to the $25,000 financial award, Story will receive
an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles in June 2002 for participation
in the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference.
They also become part of the Milken Educator Network, a group
of more than 1,770 educators who have access to a variety of
professional resources to help cultivate and expand innovative
programs in their classrooms and schools.
The recipients of the award are recommended to the foundation
by an independent panel that is appointed by the Georgia Department
of Education. Criteria include: exceptional educational talent
as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom,
school and profession; outstanding accomplishments and strong
long-range potential for professional and policy leadership;
and engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts
students, colleagues and the community.
Story is the second Georgia educator to receive the Milken award.
Several years ago, Janet Adams received the award.
Time to change
Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John W. Oxendine is urging
Georgians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the
same time they change their clocks when daylight-saving time
ends on Sunday, October 28.
Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, October 28, at 2 a.m. when
clocks are set back one hour.