News for Wednesday, August 1, 2012


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Summie Gail “Barney” Watkins

Summie Gail “Barney” Watkins, of Forest Park, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

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Business brisk at Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

Chick-fil-A's may be closed on Sundays, but, boy, are they ever open today. This was the scene early this afternoon in the parking lot of the Jonesboro Dwarf House.

Buckner leads Davenport; other races not so close

With 33 of 60 precincts counted in Tuesday’s election, the partial results from districts relevant to Clayton County — all with only Democrat candidates running — indicated the following:

Indicted sheriff’s candidate in run-off with incumbent

JONESBORO — A sheriff’s candidate facing a 37-count felony indictment for alleged criminal activity related to his previous term in office has apparently garnered enough votes Tuesday to challenge the incumbent to a runoff.

BOC races mostly undecided

JONESBORO — Clayton County voters have nearly another month of campaigning to look forward to in the races for two out of three Clayton County Board of Commissioners races.

T-SPLOST loses in Clayton

Oswalt: ‘Sit in traffic. It’s not going to get any better’

JONESBORO — A metro Atlanta measure to add a 1-cent sales tax to finance transit projects did better in Clayton County than most other counties — but it still went down in flames across the region by a 2 to 1 margin.

Lawson returns to office

JONESBORO — Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson returned to office for another four years, according to unofficial preliminary returns Tuesday night.