President of Georgia State Conference NAACP steps down

Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia Conference NAACP, won’t seek a fifth term to the position when the 71st Annual Georgia State Conference Convention & Civil Rights Conference is held in Columbus this fall.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday

Rep. Phil Gingrey’s comments on gender roles raise eyebrows
Gingrey, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Marietta, suggested on the House floor this week that young girls and young boys should be split up in school and taught traditional gender roles.
Source: WSB-TV/weekend

Black officials and clergy rally around Rep. Tyrone Brooks
The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials is holding its convention this weekend, and Rep. Brooks, president of GABEO, says, “I didn’t want this to be about me.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

City Ink: Augusta Commission members ramble on and on
“Summer is officially here, but we’re still getting a snow job from Wash­ington. Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, testified that they weren’t trying to hide the government’s massive cyber snooping programs. They want to tell us what they’re doing. He said it’s all a matter of trust.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Smyrna mayor backs Bob Barr for congress
Bob Barr is running for the 11th District seat now held by Phil Gingrey, who has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal/Sunday

Political Notebook, Gwinnett: Tea party’s dual meetings to begin
“The first Tuesday session of the newly renamed Gwinnett Tea Party will be held this week.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

Kyle Wingfield: Finally, Georgia sees real, two-party competition. Which one is dumber?
“The saying in America’s two (major)-party system is that, at any given time, one party is the “evil party” and the other is the “stupid party.” Today in Georgia, there’s no need to debate which is which: They’re both acting pretty doggone dumb.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend

Georgia GOP considers convention election of nominees
Some elected Republican leaders and assorted power brokers are wary of an overhaul they fear could disenfranchise the roughly 700,000 people who vote in party primaries and cede power to a smaller group of activists.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Kenworth Trucking plans to build center in Oakwood
Kenworth Trucking is looking to build a 40,000 to 50,000 sq.ft. retail and service center in Oakwood.
Source: Gainesville Times

FDIC sues former board of directors of Community Bank of Fayetteville
The lawsuit is seeking $10.3 million in damages from the defendants including lost operating capital, lost profits and lost investment opportunities.
Source: Fayette Citizen News

Council for Quality Growth to relocate from Gwinnett County to Perimeter area
The Council for Quality Growth is a collection of developers, lawyers, real estate professionals and others in the growth and development industry.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

Gander Mountain to expand into Albany, Dothan
Source: Albany Herald/weekend

Hostess says Twinkies to return to store shelves by July 15
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday

Apartment real estate market still strong in Middle Georgia and nationally
Source: Macon Telegraph/Sunday

Delta CEO gives up seat for mom late to pick up daughter from diabetes summer camp
CEO Richard Anderson gave up his seat on a flight so that a mother could get home in time to pick up her young daughter from a summer camp.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Walter Jones: Analysis: PSC considers whether Georgia needs solar power
“A growing number of Georgians are supportive of solar energy for a variety of reasons, but the state regulators considering the state’s largest utility’s long-range plans are considering whether it’s needed.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

State’s film tax credits draw movie crews
The state’s tax incentives are attractive to filmmakers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution


‘Museum without walls’ preserves history of Carrollton schools
The exhibit is designed for a generation who cannot imagine the reality of segregated schools, but it also provides a home for the collected memories of parents and grandparents of schools that disappeared as integration dismantled the old system of separate schools in Carroll County.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Gainesville City BOE considers how to handle new testing guidelines
Source: Gainesville Times

College of Business at Clayton State wraps up summer program for high school students
The annual Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy for high school students was a week-long program designed to help prepare young people for life in the business world after high school.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

SACS satisfied with Brewton-Parker College progress
Source: Southeast Georgia Today

Georgia Southern University gets EPA grant
The EPA said Friday the nine School of Engineering students received the People, Prosperity, Planet (P3) Award for its work on designing a diesel engine that has even lower emissions. The EPA says the money will be used to further develop the team’s design.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Next president of Fort Valley State University named
Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, currently provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York, has been named the next president.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday


• Fort Valley State University names new president
“Dr. Griffith was the outstanding candidate,” Board of Regents Chairman Dink NeSmith said in a news release. “He has this board’s full support to provide the leadership Fort Valley State University needs at this moment.”
Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday

Cobb County BOE considers options after voting down Common Core
Source: Marietta Daily Journal/SaturdayMuscogee County BOE to hold Tuesday meeting on ‘personnel matter’
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday

Georgia GOP wants state to withdraw from Common Core education standards

State DOE approves high school ‘career pathways’ courses
The new system isn’t meant to put students on early tracks or force them to make up their minds early on, but to provide more real-world knowledge for students as they move toward high school graduation and beyond, according to state education officials.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Richmond Hill resident to head National PTA
Otha Thornton will head the National PTA — he’s also the first African-American to lead the association.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald


Paddlers arrive at Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge
The 350 paddlers were part of the “Paddle Georgia” excursion.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Mosquito control complex dedicated in Savannah
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Middle School teachers tour Superfund site in Brunswick
A group of middle school teachers ended a week-long program on coastal ecology with a tour of what had been one of the area’s largest threats to the environment, the LCP Chemicals Superfind site.
Source: Georgia Times-Union

How to avoid and deal with biting and stinging creatures
Africanized bees, bedbugs, mosquitoes, ticks, jellyfish, and sharks are explored.
Source: Macon Telegraph/Sunday

Rome to get serious about its rivers
As recently as 50 years ago, the rivers were a dumping ground; now, the river banks are being looked at as an economic development tool.
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Sunday


Web and phone rehab for tobacco users offered in Georgia
The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is provided to smokers 13 or older and pregnant women who want to stop smoking.
Source: Southern Political Report

Ethan’s Day fundraising event held in Columbus Sunday
Ethan Osterman, now 16 months old, is alive due to a heart transplant; the fundraiser is a Children’s Organ Transplant Association event with funds raised going directly to help heart transplant patients.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday

Maternal death rates highest in Georgia and Augusta
Augusta had the highest rate of losing mothers during pregnancy or the first year of the child’s life.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

WellStar plans 150,000 sq.ft. outpatient center in Cherokee
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reactions to ObamaCare tracked at Norcross business
The way a number of the workers at one Norcross small business reacted to a 20-percent jump in their insurance premiums this year could offer clues on how others will respond to ObamaCare — the mostly young, Hispanic laborers bailed out of the company plan.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia increases cancer awareness through screening and research
The state has treated 203 cancer patients and paid $6.1 million as part of its annual cancer-prevention program.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

South Georgia Farmworker Health Project makes yearly visit to Lake Park
The project offers free health services and health education to farm workers.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times


City of Suwanee gets bond rating of AA+
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Valdosta holds Juneteenth celebration
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Americus whistleblower responds to firing
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Smithsonian’s “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibit to open in Americus July 6
The Rylander Theatre will host the exhibit through August 17.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Forest Park city manager to leave office
John Parker, 75, will retire June 28.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough: SPLOST IV creates list of projects based on estimated $190 million in revenue
75% of the funds are allocated to county projects.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Statesboro Butts-N-Brews and Bubba Grills to compete in World Food Championships
Battle of the BoroQue is an automatic qualifying competition to the 2013 World Food Championships where Butts-N-Brews and Bubba Grills will compete in the World Barbecue Championship.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Jesup to pursue old state site as new agriculture market
The Jesup City Council unanimously approved the beginning steps to determine whether a regional farmers’ market can be established in Wayne County.
Source: The Press-Sentinel

DeKalb residents react to indictment of CEO Burrell Ellis

Food Network says it won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract
Her contract expires at the end of the month; Food Network officials say her video apology for using racial slurs is too-little, too-late.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday


• Paula Deen fans outraged over Food Network decision
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday/AP

• Cousin of Paula Deen, living in Marietta, defends her
Using a racial slur would have been out of character for Deen, according to Johnnie Gabriel.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal/Saturday

• Political Insider: Paula Deen and judgments on a changing South
“This is a weekend of pins and needles for the South, so it is only appropriate that Paula Deen should figure into it.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend

• Many willing to forgive Paula Deen in the South
Fans waiting outside Deen’s restaurant The Lady and Sons talked of boycotting the Food Network.
Source: New York Times/weekend

• Plaintiff in Paula Deen’s case says ‘never heard a racist remark’
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

• Paula Deen documents offer details on lawsuit, racist assertions
In the deposition, Deen denied telling racial jokes or tolerating racial harassment in her family-run enterprises, including her The Lady & Sons restaurant.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

• Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed comments on Paula Deen remarks
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reed said “we all have to change.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend

• Attorney challenges race-based claims in Paula Deen case
Source: Savannah Morning News

• Deposition of Paula Deen offers details
Source: Augusta Chronicle

• Video: More accusations against Paula Deen
Source: WXIA-TV

• Deen employees talk to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

• Paula Deen — A plate of bigotry with that fried chicken?
“Many of the very dishes Southern foodways ambassador Paula Deen fetishizes – fried chicken, fried okra, biscuits – have slave roots, remnants of an African culinary culture co-opted by an entire region, and defined and marketed to the world as ‘Southern cooking.'”
Source: Christian Science Monitor

Giant xylophone installed at Savannah’s Forsyth Park
Source: Savannah Morning News/SaturdayThousands attend fundraiser for Columbus Police Captain Jack Long
A member of the Columbus Police force for more than 25 years, Long was recently diagnosed with cancer. Since then, public safety officials have pulled together to raise money to help cover lost income and medical expenses.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday

‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta
The new exhibit featuring Dutch painters runs through September 29.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

City of Nicholson to hold Fourth of July fireworks celebration
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Rome-Floyd Fire Department requests new $700,000 burn building
A new burn building would replace the old and out-dated one at the department’s training complex.
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

Political newcomer announces candidacy for Gainesville mayor
This is the first year that residents will vote on a mayor; Charles Alvarez is the sole candidate so far.

CarFit to be in Gainesville Monday
Developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association partnership, CarFit’s trained professionals take older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommending minor adjustments that help make their cars “fit” better for comfort and safety.

35 show horses killed in fire at stables on Ga.-Tenn. line
The fire at Happy Valley Farms in Rossville was reported at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Source: Georgia Times-Union/AP

Gay soldiers at Fort Gordon see little discrimination since ban on serving in military
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Gas explosion at Denny’s in Lake Park injures five
A gas explosion in a Denny’s at a Flying J truck stop at Exit 2 along I-75 Friday afternoon left five injured and caused severe damage to the interior of the building.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

UGA law student a star in new HBO documentary
Trav Williams is one of three public defenders profiled in the movie “Gideon’s Army.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

ZooAtlanta to open new water feature July 4
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

World’s ugliest dog a mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound
Walle was the upset winner in the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in California.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

ATV accidents: 16 year old girl dies in Houston County
Source: Macon Telegraph/Sunday

Murder of an unknown Macon man: A six year investigation continues
Source: Macon Telegraph/Sunday

Lawrenceville-based charity disputes ‘worst charity’ designation
The Committee for Missing Children was ranked 13th by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

26-year old Navy officer drowns in Thurmond Lake
The man was swimming with five friends at the Augusta Sailing Club in Appling when the group tried to reach a buoy about 50 yards from the roped-off swimming area at West Dam.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Girl Scouts face dissension and fiscal problems within organization
Problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grass-roots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit, and an uproar over efforts by many local councils to sell venerable summer camps.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Macon-Bibb County Workforce Investment Board losing its director
Executive Director Kathy Thompson is leaving July 12; the staff will become employees of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and will cut ties with the city of Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Rabun County Commission Chairman Stanley “Butch” Darnell, 64, died Friday
The Rabun County Courthouse will be closed during the chairman’s funeral this afternoon.

Nik Wallenda completes tightrope walk across Grand Canyon

Few candidates for mayor of Brunswick and city commission seats
To date, only one candidate has publicly announced his intention to run for mayor – North Ward Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Cornell Harvey. Another city resident, Starling Sutton, chairman of the Glynn County Democratic Party, is putting out placards saying he is running for the nonpartisan post.
Source: Brunswick News

Michael Vick speaks to crowd in Milledgeville
Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder


County spending: Take a closer look
“Chatham County commissioners are wise to audit the sheriff’s department to see if public tax dollars are being wasted or if there are ways to economize. But why stop there?”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Harold Brown: Rising sea levels? It’s complicated
“Hurricane Sandy has been described as a harbinger of what comes with rising seas: the inundation of coastal cities, devastating storm surges and destruction of coastal wetlands.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Cartoon: Mark Streeter — Betting the farm
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday


• Mike Lester: Finger on the pulse news
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

• Mike Luckovich: Cooking up trouble
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution/weekend

Dimon Kendrick-Holmes: The art of closing the deal
“In case you’re wondering, my family now has a new van in which to take our 3,000-mile family road trip. Actually, it’s a used van, but it’s new to us.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/SaturdayMarilyn Hill: Sequestration threatens health care in Georgia
“Across the country, steep federal “sequestration” cuts are beginning to kick in. This year, Medicare will face almost $10 billion in cuts, including deep reductions in reimbursements to doctors for the drugs they administer to their patients.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Matt Towery: U.S. policy toward Arab world makes little sense today
“Sarah Palin is often criticized for misstatements or controversial comments. Of course, were she a female Democrat with a flamboyant style, she would be labeled “brave” and “courageous” by the press. And Palin has once again made a bold statement, one I am sure will enrage those who love to stay upset with her. Speaking on the topic of whether the United States should arm Syrian rebels, Palin suggests that we ‘let Allah sort it out.'”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Tax can count your blessings
“By now all property owners in Floyd County will have received, opened and admired their new assessments, upon which taxes due this fall will be based.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

Sewer found in magic hat
“Whatever ‘in lieu of taxes’ might be that the new not-for-profit Floyd/Polk hospital venture will be paying, it sure isn’t in the form of wooden nickels. The first $4.5 million will go to build a sewer line to the planned facility, cleverly sited at a location where such a modern convenience was not available (although the existing hospital in Cedartown was so equipped).”
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

Taxpayers hooked with line
“Is it news when the sun comes up in the morning? Some events are entirely predictable. Pardon us for going into ‘told you so’ mode. An Atlanta newspaper’s in-depth, front-page dissection was recently headlined: ‘State on hook for Go Fish. Taxpayers prop up Perdue’s brainchild that can’t pay its way.'”
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

Extra pay to get out of bed
“Here is an idea whose time should never come. The DeKalb County School District is considering budgeting $1 million as bonuses for workers who show up to do their jobs.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

Evil can lurk in texting too
“The handwriting analysis team of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is being disbanded despite its long history of success. Why? Seems with less snail mail, and cursive handwriting not being used any longer, there is less and less to analyze.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday

Darrell Huckaby: Mason-Dixon Line, the language barrier
“I was doing really well at my new career of trip planner and tour guide. I really was. I got 50 people to Boston and back safely on my maiden voyage, without creating an international incident — or even a sectional one. Well, there was that one Yankee in Faneuil Hall, but that wasn’t so much of an incident as an annoyance.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

Susan Catron: Fast news vs. factual news
“You may have wondered about the newspaper’s deliberative approach to the news that Paula Deen admitted she’s used racist terms in her lifetime. It’s a fair question.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Phil Kent: Immigration ‘fix’ more like a dagger
“Experience is a great teacher. Ask U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. He voted for the 1986 ‘Immigration Control and Reform Act’ based on promises. But since it granted amnesty to illegal aliens first and promised border security and employer sanctions that never occurred, the senator vows never to be ‘fooled again.'”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Geveryl Robinson: Paula Deen offers something we all can chew on
“A few years ago, one of my white friends (her race is important) called me and was very upset.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Larry Peterson: Sending Big Brother to the woodshed
“I’m no squish on national security issues. I cheered when George W. Bush took on the Taliban and when Barack Obama took out bin Laden.”
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

Obama, then and now
“Barack Obama received what could legitimately be described as a messianic welcome to the presidency.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday

Tim Chitwood: Get to know your neighbors the alligators
“Here’s a summer safety tip: If you’re down by the river and the ground seems to move, get away fast. You could be too close to an alligator, and it’s best to keep a safe distance.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday

Superintendent search moves on after setback
“It would be useful, both to the Muscogee County School District and to the taxpaying public, to know exactly why an apparently promising candidate for superintendent decided against coming here.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday

Bill Cummings: Phony baloney
“The first time I heard this term I was 6 years old. My parents took me to visit my great-grandmother on the south side of Chicago. This gray-haired old lady was completely blind but very wise.”
Source: Macon Telegraph/Sunday

There is a bright side
“Smack through the Rollins Ranch remains the most logical way for Greater Romans, citizens and enterprises alike to reach the interstate network. The best way for a road to go is the shortest distance, the fastest and most fuel-efficient, which always means via the straightest line.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune/Sunday

Understanding your tax bill
“Thanks to Thursday’s vote by the board of education, your tax bill will be higher this year. And with the settlement of the lawsuit between the county and cities in Gwinnett regarding service delivery, the county portion of your bill will also have a different look.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

Stephanie Cutter: City manager explains art center choice
“The next time you’re outside City Hall, look up and you’ll see two figures on the fourth floor balcony standing watch over Bull Street.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Streetcar expansion: Making tracks
“Investments in public transportation should yield dividends, including efficiency, ease of travel and new opportunities for positive development.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mistreating marriage
“If aliens from another galaxy are monitoring our news and entertainment media, then they probably think gay marriage is the norm and that man-woman relationships are a horrid idea.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Tim Chitwood: Try running the ‘Washing Machine’
“Naming our Chattahoochee rapids has powered some brainstorms here, too. I don’t know what we’re going to name our signature wave-shaper — Pemberton Falls, Phoenix Falls, Lint Falls, etc. — but it won’t be Ruby Falls, because that’s taken.”
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Helene Halstead: Rivera book should stay on Clarke reading list
“I’d like to thank Clarke County Schools Superintendent Philip Lanoue and Deputy Superintendent Noris Price for their original decision to allow the Tomas Rivera book “And the Earth Did Not Devour Him” on the seventh-grade reading list. As a teacher, I’m thankful for their trust in this district’s educators to make informed and careful decisions about what should be included in our classroom curriculum.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Don McKee: School board chairman on right track with online resources focus
“Controversy over Common Core national education standards in Cobb County revolves around the issues of local control and costs.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

New day, new way
“If the governor is indeed assigning the highest state road priority to linking Greater Rome to the interstate network, and if anything disturbing or annoying the Rollins Ranch folks is now taboo, it is time to look at this never-ending issue with some fresh perspective.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Jay Bookman: A musical shoutout to our sister city of Savannah
“It’s been a tough month for Savannah icons, most recently for cookbook author and restaurateur Paula Deen. I can only imagine what her lawyers must have been thinking as their client basically self-destructed in a legal deposition while trying to defend herself and her company against charges of racism and sexual harassment.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Authority is successful with good incentives
“The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority is doing what every other locally anchored economic development team is doing in this country today. It’s offering companies incentives to move their operations and jobs here, to Glynn County.”
Source: Brunswick News

Remembering Dr. Parrott
“Not many communities have the great good fortune to have citizens in their midst who are willing to give of themselves simply because it’s the right thing to do.”
Source: Valdosta Daily Times


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