News for Wednesday, July 27, 2011


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Thursday Thunder headed for some dramatic endings

By Doug Gormandgorman@news-daily.comAfter tonight's Thursday Thunder races, there will be only one week left in the summer racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and one thing is certain, the next two weeks should produce some dramatic finishes.Heading for another showdown: Last year's Semi-Pro Division came down to a two-driver race between Luke Behnke and William Plemons III.

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BOC narrowly approves millage-rate increase

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners approved a controversial 34.18-percent increase in the county's property tax rate by a razor-thin, 3-2 margin on Tuesday, despite threats from residents that they would vote commissioners out of office, if the increase passed.

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Gallery of Choice

Moms may choose Jiff peanut butter, but one choosy Georgia governor chooses Arts Clayton as the source for his office's decorations.

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Clayton County alternative school going virtual

Clayton County school officials presented several updates to the Board of Education during Monday night's scheduled meeting, but the highlight of the evening was the district's alternative center's plans to go "virtual."

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School Notebook - 7-27-11

School district hosts 'SACS' party for communit

Hogan, Christine Hilder

Age: 47

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Football match-up benefits Securus House

The Clayton County Police Department will face Clayton County firefighters in a flag football match Sunday, July 31, to benefit Securus House.

Daley, Cliff

Age: 53

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Datebook 7-28-11


Jeffries, Howard

Age: 83

Thompson, Herman "Tommy"

Herman "Tommy" Thompson, of Morrow, passed away on July 27, 2011. He was raised in Cedartown, Ga., where he was member of the Bulldog football team, graduating in 1957. Tommy joined the U.S. Army out of high school and spent four years with the military police unit. After discharge, he spent 47 years in the grocery industry in the Atlanta area, most recently as a family member of the Super Value on Memorial Drive. He was an avid sports fan, including college football, the Atlanta Braves, and NASCAR. His two sons attended The Citadel, on football scholarships, after both received appointments to West Point. He is survived by a sister, Sue Mobley, of Rome, his spouse, Gail Knight, of Morrow; four children, Lance Thompson, of Knoxville, Tenn., Scott Thompson, of Vinings, Ga., Abby Wiggins, of Birmingham, Ala., and LuAnn Knight, of Troy, Ala.; and five grandchildren, Alexandra, Christina, Lane, of Knoxville, and Lauren and Harrison, of Birmingham. The family will be holding a memorial reception at the Lester Litesey funeral home, in Cedartown, Ga., this Sunday, between 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Atlanta Humane Society ,at, in memory of Herman Thompson.

Legal guns would make Norway safer - Michael Reagan

How long would the Norway gunman have lasted in Texas, or any state where concealed-carry laws are on the books?

Robins, Martha

Martha Robins, of Jonesboro, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. A service will be held in the chapel at Thomas L.Scroggs Funeral Directors Saturday, July 30, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Bob Dukes officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will be accepting friends on Friday evening, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m. Survivors include her daughter, Melanie and Billy Powers, of Jonesboro; son, Eddie and Sherrill Robins, of McDonough; sister, Kathryn Graham, of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Bart and Jennifer Robins, Dr. Daniel and Elaine Robins, Katie Powers, Alex Powers; great-grandchildren, Abby Robins, Caleb Robins, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Good Samaritan Baptist Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 430, Villa Rica, Ga., 30180-0430. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828.

Jones, Bobby Coe

Bobby Coe Jones Mr. Bobby Coe Jones, 78, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Born in Alabama and raised in Franklin, Ga., he was the first- born of Coe and Imogene Jones, who preceded him in death. Bobby worked in residential and commercial construction throughout his life, after working as a young man with his father in a sawmill. He loved playing golf and even played in the “Bobby Jones” Golf Tournament on occasion. He also loved gardening and the home he shared with his beloved wife, Elsie, which was visited by many garden clubs and admirers throughout the years. He was a member of First Baptist Church Jonesboro and for many years taught Sunday School to the elderly at the former Baptist Inn, with his dearest friend Bob Baker. He also served as an usher. He loved his family dearly, and family reunions were an absolute joy for him. He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 60 years, Elsie Harrison Jones; three children, Bobby Coe “Rob” Jones, Jr., Carole LuAnn West (Bogie), John Keith Jones (Renee); his grandchildren, Christopher Coe Jones, Justin Jones and Jessica Jones, Mary Megan West and Matthew Carter West, Jennifer Allison Jones and Kevin Harrison Jones; and one great-granddaughter, Alexis Faith “Lexi” West. He is also survived by siblings, Carole Crowder (Mark) and Michael Jones (Lynn), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro on Friday, July 29, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Dean Haun officiating. Interment at Jonesboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 28, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service. Flowers were very special to Bobby, however if desired, donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Ctr. E. Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga., 30346, (404) 728-1181, Or: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 1(800) 805-5856, or Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc. Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700.

Back in the fold - Will Durst

Give Congress the benefit of the doubt and say they do work out a compromise on the debt ceiling extension. This country could still slip into default, leading to the worst possible scenario imaginable –– we have to move back in with England. Who's going to be happy then? Nobody.

Naval Sea Cadet Corps seeks recruits

The McDonough-based 1124th Construction Battalion is seeking recruits for the Naval Sea Cadet Corps Program in time to kick off programming for the new school year.

Summer tradition

It wouldn't be summertime in McDonough without the Roberto Clemente American Amateur Baseball Congress 7- 8-year-old World Series coming to town.

Norsworthy, Walter Cleveland “W.C.”

Walter Cleveland “W.C.” Norsworthy, age 80, of Jackson, died Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011. He was born in Butts County Aug. 6, 1930, son of the late Howard (Dauber) Norsworthy and Mildred McClure Norsworthy. W.C. was in the United States Army from 1950 to 1956. He retired in 1976 from Robins Air Force Base, following 26 years of service. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jeanette Lunsford Norsworthy; children, Teena and Wayne Lawhon, Tondi Norsworthy, Tanzi and Dennis Morgan; grandchildren, Misty Carmichael, Tondi (T.J.) Norsworthy and Kyle Norsworthy; great-grandchildren, Brittany Carmichael, Mylah Swann, Thomas Carmichael, Ian, Haley and Damon. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Troy, Tebo and Buddy. Funeral services were held Friday, July 29 at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in Jackson. Dr. Ed Hoard officiated with interment in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and at other times at the Norsworthy residence on Nelson Street. Those that would like to sign the online guest register may go to Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, was in charge of arrangements.

Two face weapons charges

Two people were arrested in separate incidents Tuesday for allegedly trying to carry weapons through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Pile it on: Why stockpiling makes sense - Jill Cataldo

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

Financial Brinkmanship - Martha Carr

This weekend's news cycle was either an indication that we have become over the top self-absorbed, or more accurately, a really good indicator of how much trouble the U.S. economy will be in if we falter and default on our obligations, even if it only lasts for a few days.

The GOP's cynical bluff - Tina Dupuy

GOP leaders in Congress don't want a balanced-budget amendment. The party, which rails against government bureaucracy, is counting on government bureaucracy to prevent them from successfully changing our founding documents.