JONESBORO Clayton County’s government is hitting the Internet in a fight to improve the county’s image.
In recent years, the county has had several public black eyes, including the school system’s loss of accreditation in 2008. That coincided with a county police officer’s claim to have found Big Foot, which was ultimately considered a hoax, and former Sheriff Victor Hill’s indictment earlier this year.
In an effort to get people to see past those issues, the county has now launched a new eNewsletter, called SAGE, which is a collection of features about the county and its residents. Editor-in-Chief Tamara Patridge, in the inaugural newsletter’s “eNote from the editor,” said SAGE is an acronym for the words Sustainable, Accountable, Global and Experienced.”
“Every issue will highlight ways in which Clayton County government reflects each of these attributes,” said Patridge, who is also the film location scout and project manager for the county’s economic development department.
The inaugural edition contains stories about artwork at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the county-wide economic development strategic plan which is under development, the filming of scenes from Denzel Washington’s new film, “Flight,” in the county and a Historically Black College tennis tournament that was recently held at Clayton County International Park.
It also includes a guest column written by singer Ann Nesby.
While there are some new pieces in SAGE, many of the articles and features have previously been included on the county’s website as news releases. Patridge told readers the eNewsletter will show the county government at work.
“In each edition of SAGE, you will get to look ‘inside Clayton’ to see how we are working diligently for the betterment of our citizens,” said Patridge.
SAGE can be found online at http://issuu.com/sagenews/docs/sage/.