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Kathy Jefcoats

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Akins claims race disparity in wages

Councilwoman Latresa Akins claims there is disparity in wages between black and white city workers and wants an investigation into salaries.

Akins alleges race disparity in wages

Councilwoman Latresa Akins claims there is disparity in wages between black and white city workers and wants an investigation into salaries.

Forest Park officials eye $19 million in SPLOST projects

City officials are hoping for $19.38 million in 2015 SPLOST revenues to fund 24 projects across seven departments, according to the list released recently.

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Practice gets Henry student to Carnegie Hall

Clayton County senior Brandi McIntyre is headed to Carnegie Hall for the second year in a row to sing with American High School Honors Performance.

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Students rake leaves for Forest Park residents

With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday morning, members of Teen Council and Clayton State University’s AmeriCorps could have easily stayed in their warm beds.

Former Clayton County police officer pleads guilty to drug charges

A former Clayton County police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilos of cocaine.

Clayton police detective on leave pending investigation

Clayton County police are investigating one of their own for alleged misconduct, officials announced Thursday.

Forest Park rejects lobbyist request

In a confusing series of votes Tuesday, city council members rejected a proposal to hire a lobbyist at $8,000 a month to represent their interests in Atlanta.

Council defeats raises for Forest Park workers

A heated discussion on a 4 percent across-the-board raise for more than 250 Forest Park city employees ended in defeat Tuesday night but the issue could be re-visited next month.

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Man faces 20 years in prison after guilty verdict in HIV case

An Atlanta man faces 20 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday morning of two counts of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.

Trying to keep kids out of emergency rooms

Even with four kids, we managed to mostly avoid the emergency room. There was the time on Christmas Eve when Amy was a baby and running a fever. Nothing sends a young mother to the hospital faster than a baby with a fever.

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MLK: A day on, not off Georgia Power workers give back to community

Georgia Power technician Emmanuel Kumi-Ansu could have spent MLK Day with his children at the movies, bowling or enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures Monday.

Man faces child sex charges

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a man on multiple charges involving the allegations he tried to molest a child.

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Davis testifies that woman knew he had HIV

Craig Lamar Davis took the stand in his own defense Thursday and told a Clayton County jury that a woman he had sex with for a year knew he was HIV-positive.

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EMT on unpaid leave after drug arrest

A Clayton County firefighter and EMT is on unpaid leave after her arrest Monday on drug charges in Atlanta, said officials.

Two get life without parole in murder

Two men convicted in a gang murder at a Forest Park motel won’t leave prison outside a pine box.

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Clayton County jury returns Tuesday to deliberate HIV case

Prosecutors said Friday it’s “absurd” to believe a woman would knowingly have sex with a man who is HIV-positive but defense attorneys called the woman a liar.

Jonesboro man held in area robberies

Less than a year ago, Anthony Paul Smith pleaded guilty in Clayton County Superior Court to 13 crimes and got a suspended sentence.

Jury hears from woman who allegedly got HIV from minister

The woman on the stand alternated from quietly bowing her head to sadly but firmly telling the story of how she said she contracted HIV from her minister boyfriend.

Getting over a fear of flying

I was afraid of flying for most of my life but after spending a grueling two days on the road driving to New York for the first time in April 2002, I decided to bite the bullet in the interest of time and hop a plane for my second trip.

Florida man indicted in pizza, wings theft

A Florida man held in Clayton County Jail has been indicted in the July alleged theft of pizza, wings and cash.

Police looking for driver in fatal accident

A Covington man was killed in a four-vehicle accident Wednesday near the airport and Clayton County police are looking for the driver of a car that left the scene.

Council puts appointments in 60-day limbo

Board also discusses hiring lobbyist

What was expected to be routine annual appointments turned out to be anything but during the city council’s first meeting of 2014.

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Callahan honored by domestic violence group

When Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan answered a domestic violence call at a Stockbridge motel Dec. 17, 2012, he didn’t question his own safety — that wasn’t his job.

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Council fails to OK URA for Gillem project

City council members took issue with the mayor’s nominees for an Urban Redevelopment Agency and refused to approve a resolution aimed at forming the group.

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Jonesboro woman ringleader in tax fraud scheme

A former Department of Revenue worker from Jonesboro has admitted to being the leader of a fraudulent income tax ring that netted about $200,000 from the state, said officials.

Four-vehicle crash has interstate blocked, say deputies

Clayton County sheriff’s deputies are reporting a four-vehicle crash at I-285 east and I-75 south. All lanes are blocked, according to the report.

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Callahan honored by domestic violence group

When Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan answered a domestic violence call Dec. 17, 2012, he was walking into one of the most dangerous situations faced by law enforcement.

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Dozens witness swearing-in Monday in Forest Park

Dozens packed into Forest Park City Hall council chambers Monday night to witness the swearing-in of mayor and two councilmen.

Recalling the journeys of a 1946 nickel

I found a 1946 nickel the other day and immediately began wondering about its travels lo these 68 years.

Police investigating Jonesboro man’s death

Clayton County police are investigating the death of a man found Monday evening.

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New CCFES chief has big designs for department

Landry Merkison grew up in Clayton County with one dream — to be an architect.

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Council members to be sworn in Monday

The first meeting of 2014 will be held Monday and topping the agenda is the swearing-in of mayor and two council members.

Saturday is last day for tree recycling

Saturday is the last day in Clayton County to dispose of an unwanted Christmas tree through an annual recycling program.

Fire officials offer cold weather safety tips

The weather outside is frightful but protection from the elements can be delightful, given the right equipment.

Forest Park man admits role in drug ring

Scheme nets more than a dozen convictions

A Forest Park man is among more than a dozen defendants convicted in what federal officials said was an elaborate, nationwide multi-million dollar money-laundering scheme originating from a now-defunct Sandy Springs restaurant.

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Police looking for absconded sex offender

Clayton County police are looking for a convicted sex offender who has apparently absconded.

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New Year’s resolutions

Resolutions from folks on my beat.

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Theft-related crimes decline by 46 percent in 2013

By the end of November, theft-related crimes in Clayton County had dropped a cumulative 45.9 percent over 2012’s numbers, said Chief Greg Porter.

Police seek man missing since Thursday

Clayton County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man missing since the day after Christmas.

Christmas trees ready for recycling

Once the gifts have been unwrapped and dinner consumed, it’s amazing how fast that once-adored, lovingly decorated Christmas tree becomes the elephant in the room.

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Clayton County’s top 10 stories of 2013

Clayton County had its ups and downs and saw no shortage of headlines in 2013.

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In other Clayton County news this year …

Clayton County had many more stories in 2013 than those included in the Clayton News Daily’s Top 10.

Christmas trees ready for recycling

Once the gifts have been unwrapped and dinner consumed, it’s amazing how fast that once-adored, lovingly decorated Christmas tree becomes the elephant in the room.

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Officials share in RICO windfall

The weather outside might be frightful but Clayton and Fayette officials are delightful about sharing a pot of cash taken from a criminal enterprise.

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Group OKs road project start on Fort Gillem

Members of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority green-lighted the start of a road project inside the former Army base.

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Callahan remembered as hero a year after his death

Slain Clayton County police Officer Sean Louis Callahan was remembered a year after his death as energetic, dedicated and hard-working.

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Teen Council, Kiwanis support homeless shelter

There are 2200 homeless children attending classes in Clayton County schools but they are no different from their fellow students.

Coyotes sighted in Forest Park

Coyotes have been spotted in Forest Park but they do not run a risk to humans, said City Manager Frank Brandon.

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Wal-Mart funds Christmas for Jonesboro family

LOVEJOY — The five kids hurried through the clothes department of Lovejoy Walmart, grabbing shirts, socks, underwear and pajamas.