News for Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Byrd on admin leave over ‘withdrawal discrepancies’

The head of Clayton County’s Senior Services department is on unpaid administrative leave after an internal audit raised questions about a bank account associated with the department.

Reginald Ray Mitchell Sr.

Reginald Ray Mitchell Sr. of Rex, born Jan. 23, 1956, in Martinsville, Va., passed away July 13, 2013, at 57.

Reception today for retiring fire chief

A reception will be held today to honor retiring Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jeff Hood.

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Singleton recognizes Junior World Series runner-up

Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton presents a proclamation to the Rex TEAM Braves 4U baseball team Tuesday.

Juvenile Court pension issue surfacing

Judges were not made aware of spousal benefits

An ongoing flap about a $50,494 reimbursement payment to District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson has raised questions about whether Clayton County has been meeting its obligations for pension fund payments in the past.

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Fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks — CURT YEOMANS

Everyone loves it when fireworks explode in the sky.

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Dwayne Jackson will be fire department’s first African-American chief

Named interim leader Tuesday

Dwayne Jackson got a nice present from the Clayton County Board of Commissioners on the 23rd anniversary of his hiring by the county’s fire department Tuesday.

Turner: Morale factored into interim fire chief search

Clayton County commissioners weighed complaints some firefighters made to Chairman Jeff Turner about department morale during their search for an interim fire chief.

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Car smashes into Georgia Power lobby

Ruby Morris had just stepped out of line at the Georgia Power office in Jonesboro Thursday when a beige Mercury Grand Marquis crashed through the lobby.

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STOVALL: Southern Crescent sports emerging from the shadows

People are starting to find out about the athletic abilities that lie in the Southern Crescent.

Report reveals local economic impact of higher education

Economic output from the area’s higher education institutions has remained steady or improved the past five years, according to a report from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

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Teacher loses bid to retain job

A three-member panel ruled against a teacher seeking to keep her job Tuesday afternoon during a Clayton County Public Schools employee hearing.

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