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COVID vaccination program expands, new provider tool launched
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JONESBORO — The Georgia Department of Public Health has launched a COVID vaccine locator, allowing residents to search by county for a vaccine provider.

Clayton County has two locations — one in Jonesboro and the other in Forest Park. Both locations are open only to those who have an appointment. To make an appointment, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCCWRRD or call the COVID vaccine line at 678-479-2223.

The state kicked off phase 1A+ of its vaccine distribution on Monday. Vaccinations are available to healthcare workers, long-term care facilities staff and residents, adults ages 65 and older and their care givers as well as law enforcement and fire department personnel.

DPH officials said additional locations will be added to the website when providers are ready to “safely administer vaccine and as vaccine supply allows.”

DPH noted that administering the COVID-19 vaccine is more complicated than other vaccines because it required providers to have more resources available and space to allow for monitoring following the shot.

“As both Pfizer and Moderna are able to ramp up production of vaccine in the coming weeks, supply should better meet demand for each phase of allocation and administration,” Georgia DPH officials said in a release. “Until that time, providers and the public are urged to be patient as we work together to get vaccine distributed in the most efficient and equitable way possible.”

Residents statewide, including those who have been vaccinated, are asked to continue following basic preventative measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands.

To use the new locator tool, visit www.dph.georgia.gov.

Clayton Parks and Recreation hosting virtual visit tours of centers
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JONESBORO — Clayton County Parks and Recreation is bringing the recreation centers to you via virtual visits.

Parks and Recreation officials kicked off the new program offering creative ways to get fit or stay fit at home.

Don’t have weights at home? No problem, use a laundry basket, a gallon jug or a can of beans. Folding chairs can be used to build numerous upper body muscles and toilet paper rolls help build abs.

Vincent Stegall, Jim Huie Recreation Center manager, said he and others from Clayton County Parks and Recreation got together to brainstorm creative ways to bring rec centers to residents during the pandemic.

“The whole idea is about staying where you are and working with what you have to exercise,” he said.

Additional videos will include tours of recreation centers showing what they offer, self care and arts and crafts.

The videos, Stegall said, are also a way to bring a sense of community and connectedness among Clayton residents while many are staying home due to COVID-19.

Participants should use the hashtag #ClaytonFit when posting to social media to help facilitate community and monitor progress.

The recreation team will release a new video weekly at www.claytonparks.com. Videos will also be available on YouTube at www.youtube.com and search Clayton Parks.

Jonesboro police, Sheriff's office announce arrest of 'Cash App Caper'
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JONESBORO — The Jonesboro Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a man known as the “Cash App Caper” on Saturday.

According to a release from the JPD Criminal Investigations Unit, Jody Johnson, 19, was arrested along with his alleged accomplice, 39-year-old LaJarvis Askew, on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault of two men at the Home One Extended Stay on Dec. 12.

On Dec. 17, Johnson is alleged to have broken into a car and stole a firearm. Police say he committed three additional robberies with four different victims with the stolen gun.

Sheriff Victor Hill said a search of Johnson’s home found “evidence linking Johnson to the robberies including a firearm.”

Hill stated that Johnson later confessed to the robberies.

In addition to armed robbery and aggravated assault, Johnson is charged with two counts of entering an automobile, one count of theft by taking, two counts of discharging a firearm near public highway and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Board of Education approves 2021 meeting schedule
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JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education adopted its 2021 meeting calendar Jan. 4.

The calendar follows previous meeting schedules, hosting the board meeting on the first Monday of the month, followed by the work session on the last Monday of the month. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

The calendar is as follows:

♦ Jan. 25

♦ Feb. 1, Feb. 22

♦ March 1, March 29 (Items will be presented and voted on during the work session due to spring break April 5-9).

♦ April 26

♦ May 3, May 24

♦ June 7, June 21 (Items will be presented and voted on during the work session due to the July 4 holiday observance. If additional items arise a board meeting will be held on July 12.)

♦ July 26

♦ Aug. 2, Aug. 30

♦ Sept. 7 (changed from Sept. 6 due to Labor Day), Sept. 27

♦ Oct. 4, Oct. 25

♦ Nov. 1, Nov. 29

♦ Dec. 6

Meetings are typically held at the Administrative Complex in Jonesboro, however, due to the pandemic, the board has used Zoom to meet. They can be viewed live or on the district’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com and search for Clayton County Public Schools.

To view meeting agendas and accompanying documents, visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us, select board of education, and click on board meetings.