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Henry County Police are looking for a man following a domestic related murder incident that occurred on Tuesday in Stockbridge. Troy Leroy Jones age 44 allegedly killed Elimisha Maryetta Gatgres age 40 of Atlanta in her hotel room at 619 West Highway 138.  No details have been released at this time according to police officials.  Jones is considered armed and dangerous according to investigators.  Jones was last seen in the area of Stockbridge and Jonesboro driving a maroon 2002 Mazda tribute with gray trim and a drive out tag.  Jones is 6’5″ 225 pounds and walks with a limp.  It is believed that Jones may be attempting to leave the state.  If anyone has any information related to this case is asked t0 contact the Henry County Police Department at 770-228-8254

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A fight involving a rather large crowd occurred Tuesday evening on Kentucky Avenue, resulting in the response of multiple units from the Griffin Police Department.

Witnesses reported seeing as many as ten police units speeding northbound on North Hill Street.

The fight involved ten or 15 people involved. Officer Chip Johns responded by himself and attempted to break the fight up. The Officer called for assistance and several units responded. One witness told WKEU news that the individuals involved in the fight ran form the scene. Investigators have several street names of those involved, and the investigation is continuing.  Officer Johns was not injured in the incident.


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The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners Meeting Tuesday evening  August 23rd:

The commissioners:

Approved:   on second reading an ordinance amending “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES”, of the Code of Griffin, by enacting a new Article – Regulation of Timber Harvesting Activity. This change will bring the city code into compliance with the state.

Also approved on second reading was an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at “SOIL EROSION & SEDIMENTATION CONTROL”, by incorporating new provisions added to State law at the 2016 Session of the General  Assembly.   After each revision of the State law, the City is required to update its ordinance and submit the newly-adopted ordinance to EPD to show compliance.

The commissioners approved an emergency repair to the primary clarifier at Cabin Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to P.F. Moon & Company in the amount of $77,000.00.

The Commissioners also approved the purchase a Submersible Pump from Xylem Water Solutions USA, Inc. for Shoal Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in the amount of $28,869.30. The Pump is a backup in case a lift station pump goes down.

A Task Order Form (TOF) for the Design and Engineering of the Rehoboth Road Lift Station to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $31,250.00 was approved.

The Commissioners approved the purchase of a Pole Camera from Environmental Products in the amount of $15,250.00 for the Storm water Department. The Pole camera is to be used for immediate initial review of storm water drainage system for condition analysis or blockages.

The purchase of a 2017 New Holland L-234 Tier 4B skid steer loader from Wade Tractor and Equipment, the State Contract and NJPA (National Joint Powers Alliance) approved vendor for the total price of $44,860.28 and declare as surplus a 2006 new Holland L-190 skid steer loader for use at the Griffin Regional Recycling Center. Costs to repair existing unit exceeds net worth of machine.   Also the renewal of a Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Caring Hands United, Inc. for suite #525 of One Griffin Center in the amount of $16,604.63 per year was approved.

A resolution adopting the 2016 Property Tax Millage Rollback Rate of 7.771 was approved.  The  2015 Millage rate was  7.889.   The millage rate went down 0.118 mills.

Approved on first reading was a request to amend the Code of Ordinances, of the City of Griffin, section concerning “Food Services Establishments”, to provide definitions and to designate when a permit is required.

Also Approved was the awarding the  bid to Garbutt Construction Company in partnership with Lord Aeck Sargent, Architects, to provide design-build services for renovation of Historic City Hall.


Also approved was the award of “design-build” architectural and construction services for the 2015 SPLOST funded, Griffin Fire-Rescue Station Headquarters to The Howell Group, Inc. and J.R. Bowman Construction Company.

A resolution accepting a grant from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) in the amount of $992,893 for construction of the N. Hill Street Intersection #2 Project, and authorizing the Chairperson and Secretary to execute the Grant Agreement, First Amendment to the Agreement, and related documents was approved.

A Task Order Form (TOF) for the Dewey and Dora Lift Station Engineering and Design to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $15,220.00 was approved by the Commissioners.

The Commissioners also approved the proposal from Engineered Restorations Inc. to pressure clean and seal the exterior of One Griffin Center at a cost of $124,980.00.

The execution and delivery of quitclaim deed to Griffin Manor, LLC and DEC Family, LP, for an unopened strip of variable width running from S. 8th Street westward between these adjoining properties, believed to be a service alley was approved.

The  GIRMA Intergovernmental Contract revisions as recommended by the GIRMA Board of Trustees was approved.  These revisions to the Intergovernmental Contract, originally established in 1987, reflect current law, administrative practices and the newly revised bylaws.

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A Thomaston man pleaded guilty Monday to attempted child molestation and internet pornography, stemming from allegations that he arranged to meet a girl he thought was 14 years old for sex.



But it turns out, when 37-year-old Benjamin Craig Standard arrived at the Macon hotel in July 2014 where he’d arranged to meet the girl, he met GBI agents instead.

Agents searched the room he’d rented and found rope and sex toys, according to Bibb County District Attorney’s Office.

Standard had posted an advertisement on the Backpage internet classifieds site in soliciting sex.

A GBI agent posing as a 14-year-old girl responded to the ad, and the two exchanged emails and text messages.

“He asked how old she was” and the GBI agent responded that she was 14

According to prosecutors at one point, Standard messaged her saying, “I hope you are erasing all these emails and texts so your parents don’t see, It was very apparent that Mr. Standard appreciated the risk of what he was doing.”

Standard was taken into custody Monday, but his sentencing was delayed until probation officers complete a presentence investigation.

He could face from one to 10 years in prison on the attempted child molestation charge and one to 20 years on the internet pornography charge.



Ronnie Lamarr Blankenship, 58, of 327 Bishop Road in Meansville has been charged with molesting a seven-year-old girl, according to Upson County sheriff Dan Kilgore.

Ronnie Lamar Blankenship age 58 of Meansville

   Ronnie Lamar Blankenship age 58 of Meansville


Sheriff Kilgore said the allegations against Blankenship arose Aug. 16 and his investigators uncovered evidence that lead to the arrest.

The alleged acts occurred between Nov. 2015 and April 2016 at a residence in Upson County.

Blankenship is charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation.
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The First Baptist Church of Zebulon announces its Grace Biblical Institute classes for this fall.  If you’re interested in getting credit towards a college degree, or simply ready to dig deeper into the Bible, GBI classes are designed with you in mind.  Beginning September 12, we will offer Hermeneutics (the science of biblical interpretation) and Introduction to Theology.  Classes are held at First Baptist Zebulon and the semester runs for 14 weeks.  For more information about the Grace Biblical Institute, phone 678-920-8986 or email

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Griffin’s own world renowned Beatles cover band The Return will perform a special concert at the Griffin Auditorium on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to support the Griffin Area Concert Association and the Camelot Theatre Company. Advance tickets are now available at the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce; First National Bank Main Office and Zebulon, GA Branch, and at A Novel Experience Bookstore in Zebulon, GA. Advance tickets may also be purchased online at or Tickets, if still available, may also be purchased at the door on the date of the concert beginning at 630PM. The doors will open at 6:30PM and all seating is open with no reserved seating.


The Return strives to recreate the early sixties Beatles concert experience from the tiniest detail (John Lennon’s on-stage gum-chewing) to the biggest, most expensive details (using exact replicas of the instruments and gear the Beatles used). This concert will feature their show “Beatlemania – Touring Years 1963 – 66”.


The Return has crafted a truly authentic, entertaining, and very exciting show. And in doing so, the band not only delivers a near perfect reproduction of a live Beatles concert–they capture the very essence of the Beatles themselves. The Return has played literally thousands of shows throughout the U.S. and around the world. They have performed at the Cavern in Liverpool, England, where the original Beatles got their start, and played a concert at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Return recently headlined the 40th anniversary celebration in Japan of the Beatle’s only visit to Tokyo.


The members of The Return are Richard Stelling as John Lennon, Shane Landers as Paul McCartney, Michael Fulop as George Harrison, and Adam Thurston as Ringo Starr. All four members still live in Griffin with their wives and children. For more information visit or or call 770-228-3229