News for Thursday, December 3, 2009


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Jonesboro names new police chief

The City of Jonesboro has a new police chief, after the city council voted unanimously, Thursday, to remove the designation, "interim," from Interim Police Chief Tim Jessup's title.

Rivalry games on tap tonight in Southern Crescent

It's barely a week into the high school basketball season, and already there are some big rivalry games on the slate for tonight in both boys and girls action.

Legislative delegation predicts more budget cuts

With some state lawmakers expecting further cuts in the state budget, members of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation are urging local leaders to develop a comprehensive plan as how to best spend the county's state dollars.

Sheriff's office awarded federal grant

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a federal grant of $153,000 to offset the cost of housing illegal immigrants, according to sheriff's office officials.

Parents question district officials on K-8 school

Soon-to-be Eddie J. White K-8 Academy Principal Clarence Jackson stood before 65 parents and children at River's Edge Elementary School on Thursday, and proclaimed that the new school would have a family atmosphere.

Former Clayton Schools leader finalist in Birmingham

Clayton County Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Valya Lee, who was briefly the school system's interim superintendent, is one of five finalists vying to become Birmingham City Schools' next superintendent.

Bond denied to mall bomb-scare suspect

A man, who allegedly caused a bomb scare at the Santa Claus display at Southlake Mall on Wednesday -- while dressed as an elf -- was denied bond in Clayton County Magistrate Court Thursday.

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Careful Observation

Since his early twenties, Cicero "Willis" Swint has awakened early to perform his duties as a cooperative observer with the National Weather Service.

Two old souls - Ronda Rich

Sometimes, two old souls can find each other and form a friendship that is anchored in rock-solid respect and like thinking.

Let's run this up the California flagpole - Daryl Cagle

My home state has been kicking the budget can down the road for years, and is finally running out of road.

Clayton State men seek 300th-win in program's 20-year history tonight

It started way back 1990 at an obscure, out-of-the way, south Metro commuters' college in Morrow, with bleachers on one side of the gym in a converted roller rink.

Saving on gas and making new rivals

Fluctuations in enrollment should lead to more Southern Crescent rivalries and fewer financial strains after the Georgia High School Association released the new region alignments Wednesday.

Mortonson steps down at Morrow

The revolving football coaching job at Morrow is open again with Larry Mortonson confirming he no longer holds the job.

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Plato is two and a half year old Dachshund. He has been neutered and all vaccinations are current. Plato was given up by his former family when they decided to move to a new home. He is an extra, extra sweet little guy. He is affectionate and loving, and he enjoys curling up and sleeping under a blanket. He is playful and active, and he enjoys playing with other dogs of similar size. For more information, please call Clayton County Humane Society at 770/471-9436. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

Speaking the language of the land - Curt Yeomans

Speaking a foreign language, in a foreign land, is not an easy task to accomplish.

Let's run this up the California flagpole - Daryl Cagle

My home state has been kicking the budget can down the road for years, and is finally running out of road.

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When Animal Control called CCHS to ask for help with a cat who was in labor, CCHS staff immediately went to rescue the little "mom-to-be", and less than 24 hours later, Prince and all of his brothers and sisters were born. That was on March 27, 2007, and in the two and a half years since that day, the mom kitty and all the other babies have been adopted; only little Prince never made it out of the shelter. He has spent his entire life as a CCHS resident. Prince is a good boy, with a quiet, mild-mannered personality. Most recently, he has shown signs of sadness, depression and stress. We believe that living at the loud, crowded shelter has become overwhelming for this sweet boy. Prince needs a quiet, calm home where he can feel loved and secure. It would be wonderful if Prince could finally spend a Christmas in a real home, with a loving family. Prince has been neutered and fully vaccinated. For more information about how to make this a very special holiday for Prince, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.