News for Thursday, December 17, 2009


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County fires up new engines today

The Clayton County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is adding three, shiny, new fire engines to its fleet of trucks.

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Annual Tradition: Clayton Rotarians assemble holiday fruit baskets

Nearly 20 Clayton County Rotary Club members, and a couple of members of Friends of Clayton County, gathered at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center in Jonesboro on Thursday to joke with each other, discuss their lives, and to assemble 360 fruit baskets.

Grand jury indicts alleged gambling parlor operator

The woman accused of running an illegal Jonesboro gambling operation, who was arrested in August, has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury.

Local group still seeking donations for meal baskets

The Riverdale-based, non-profit organization, Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc., will give out 350 meal baskets to needy families this Christmas, but the organization's leaders are hoping the holiday spirit will encourage community members to help pay for the baskets.

Bell rebuffs new oversight of police department

Clayton County Board of Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell released a statement Thursday opposing the Board of Commissioners' recent vote to give him full control of the maintenance and operation of the county's police department.

Scott announces funds for two Clayton projects

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) recently announced that $850,000 in funding for two projects will be coming to Clayton County as part of the 2010 federal budget.

Chuck Miller Classic tips off tonight at Henry County

Christmas carols, bright lights and parties aren't the only holiday traditions in the Southern Crescent.

North Clayton's Jackson named Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year

North Clayton running back Clarence Jackson was named the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year by the league's coaches. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior rushed for 1,954 yards and 31 touchdowns in leading the Eagles to the Class AAAA quarterfinals this season.

Rozier, Smith to participate in GACA North-South All-Star game

The postseason season accolades keep coming for Henry County, and this time coach Mike Rozier and wide receiver Shavarez Smith are the recipients.

America, and the nearly nude 'Page 3 girl' - Curt Yeomans

I have to hand it to the staff of the British tabloid, The Sun. They sure know how to come up with an attention-grabber.

The beauty shop and the beast - Ronda Rich

Every trip to the beauty shop is, for me, an adventure in some way. And, without fail, it's immensely entertaining.

Lead by example - Martha Carr

The TV talking heads, on both sides of the political fence, have started yammering about whether or not it's been a good idea of President Obama's to be taking on so many big issues in his first year in office.

Wait for success is over at Luella

Luella boys basketball coach Jamond Sims waited for a season like this to come. Since he joined the Lions program as an assistant coach when the school opened in 2001, Luella has done little to distinguish itself in boys basketball in the county. Last season, the Lions struggled to an 8-18 record, its fourth with less than 10 wins in the past five seasons.

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Ruthie is a 7 year old Snowshoe Siamese mix. She has been spayed and fully vaccinated. Ruthie and her baby, Little Bit (also available for adoption), were illegally abandoned at the front door of the CCHS shelter. No information was left by the offenders, except for a note bearing the cats names and ages. Both cats are extremely loving and friendly. However, they are a bit shy around the many other cats at the shelter, so they stay in a cage, every minute of every day. It will not be required that they be adopted together, but that would be a wonderful situation for this mother/daughter duo. CCHS is especially anxious to get Ruthie adopted, as a shelter situation is less than ideal for a cat of her age. Please consider offering a home to one or both of these beautiful girls. If interested, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

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Morrow Police program benefits local children

Julie Downs, of Morrow, said she cried when she learned that her children were among more than two dozen youngsters who would receive gifts from Santa, as part of the Morrow Police Department's annual Christmas party, which was held Wednesday at Morrow Elementary School.

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Sheba is a 9 month old Terrier mix. She has been spayed and fully vaccinated. Sheba was surrendered to CCHS when several members of her family became ill, and caring for a pet became a hardship. This sweet little girl is very sweet and does well with children. She is very intelligent, walks well on a leash, and should be very easy to train. For more information, please call Clayton County Humane Society at 770/471-9436. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.