News for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Seay out of intensive care

State Sen. Valencia Seay has been released from intensive care at an Atlanta hospital where she has been since late last month.

BOE narrowly approves budget-reduction plan

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley's plan to reduce the district's expenses by $84 million over the next two years was approved -- in a close vote -- by the county's board of education on Tuesday.

Southern Belle gets late start on crop

Spring activities at Southern Belle Farm in McDonough will get a later start than normal because of abnormally cold weather last winter, according to its operators.

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Airport celebrates milestone in construction of terminal

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport celebrated the "topping out" of the 1.2-million-square-foot Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., International Terminal on Tuesday, with City of Atlanta officials and local leaders on hand.

Former Clayton cop is new 'Animal Planet' star

For local snake handler Jason Clark and his family, the way to encourage more people to value nature is to get them to embrace its "disgusting" side -- particularly snakes.

Riverdale creates planning director post

In anticipation of a possible wave of new business opportunity upon the completion of the Riverdale Promenade, the Riverdale City Council voted this week to create the position of a city planning and zoning director.

Donations lag for Humane Society's yard sale

For several years, the Spring 2010 Mega Yard Sale, hosted by the Clayton County Humane Society, has been its most important fund-raiser. The activities of the no-kill animal shelter are largely supported by money the agency gets from fund-raisers it holds in the spring and fall.

Trust in the GOPs dearth of experience - Tina Dupuy

When Republicans warn that a policy is a job-killer, Americans should listen. If any group of lawmakers and thinkers know about killing jobs, it's the Grand Old Party. In 2008, the final year of the Bush Administration, after two terms of careless deregulation implemented with bastardized pseudo-free market battle cries, the economy lost 2.6 million jobs. An annual job loss not equaled since 1945. When it comes to job extermination, the GOP's display case has a full assortment of trophies. So, of course, Republicans are now the best authority on how not to kill jobs. Basically, don't do what they did.

Leaders discuss coordinating disaster response

In an effort to increase cooperation among city and county officials during emergencies, the Henry County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) held a Crisis Training and Decision-Making Workshop last week, at Heritage Park in McDonough.

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Dispatchers fed at 911 appreciation lunch

Vicki Smith enjoyed a slice of red velvet cake Tuesday, while taking a short break from her duties as a dispatcher at the Henry County 911 Center, where she has worked for 16 months.

The currency bubble - Martha Carr

One of the bigger obstacles to the U.S. economy gaining substantial numbers of jobs is the battle over valuation of currency among different nations. The amount a currency is valued at is largely tied to the strength of their economy, but it's possible for individual countries to manipulate the pricing in either direction so that they can gain an advantage on the international markets when exporting their own goods and services.

Hands On Henry Day set for Saturday

Organizers of Hands On Henry Day are hoping for good weather, and record crowds, this weekend at the 12th annual community service event.

A response to Tina Dupuy's April 1 column - D. J. FULTON

"The most pivotal scene in our nation's recent civil rights history ... in fact, the self-proclaimed Tea Party protesters hurling racial epithets at members of Congress," is how a recent column (Tina Dupuy's) in your paper begins. Except, that there were no racial epithets hurled.

Bond denied in attempted-robbery case

Criminal charges were bound over to Henry County Superior Court, Tuesday, against a woman accused of trying to rob a restaurant employee at knifepoint.

Where coupons go after they expire

I receive many letters from readers who share the same sentiment. They want to use their expired coupons ... somehow! Here are notes from two readers:

Stockbridge supports hotel-motel tax hike

The Stockbridge City Council has offered its support to Henry County officials, in their bid to get lawmakers to support raising the county's hotel-motel tax from 5 percent to 8 percent.

Donations lag for Humane Society's yard sale

For several years, the Spring 2010 Mega Yard Sale, hosted by the Clayton County Humane Society, has been its most important fund-raiser. The activities of the no-kill animal shelter are largely supported by money the agency gets from fund-raisers it holds in the spring and fall.

Former Clayton cop is new 'Animal Planet' star

For local snake handler Jason Clark and his family, the way to encourage more people to value nature is to get them to embrace its "disgusting" side — particularly snakes.

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