The Georgia Department of Transportation and Zebulon Police Department have been notified by the contractor of scheduled lane closures next week for maintenance work along US 19/SR 3; on the western side of the Courthouse. Weather permitting; work will be performed daily, Monday through Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Motorists should expect slower moving traffic and delays along US 19/SR 3; Main Street during construction times. There will be no parking and a left lane closure along the western side of the Courthouse. This lane closure will allow crews to work more safely and quickly as they improve the turning radius from Main Street onto SR 18.

Drivers are urged to slow down and proceed cautiously through this work zone.

Griffin Police continue an investigation piecing together information on a Tuesday night incident, where two individuals were shot in the Waterford Subdivision.  According to reports from the police department, one individual was shot in the leg and the other was grazed.  The victims were identified as Senquavious Dyquan Driver, age 18, and former Spalding High School football player A.J. Moses, also age 18.  Both were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.  Investigators are on the lookout for a gray Nissan Altima, which was identified as the vehicle that pulled into the front of 128 Crystal Brook from which multiple shots were fired.  Investigators also questioned multiple witnesses at the scene, but no description of the suspect or suspects could be obtained.  Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Detective Cary Jackson at 770-229-6452 ext. 535, or email


 The Board of Commissioners of the City of Griffin, Georgia will conduct public hearings on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in their Workshop and at 6:00 p.m. in their Regular Scheduled Meeting for the purpose of receiving public comment on a proposal to amend the Charter of the City of Griffin, 2004 Ga. Laws, p. 4232, as amended, to change the title of the At-Large Commissioner to “MAYOR”, with the duty to preside over all meetings of the Commission and perform the other traditional duties of a Mayor as now performed by the Commission Chairperson. Both hearings will be held in the W. Elmer George Municipal Hall, One Griffin Center, 2d Floor, 100 S. Hill Street, Griffin, GA 30223.

The present Charter provides for an elected governing body, under a “Commission-Manager” form of government. Commissioners are elected from 6 single-member districts, apportioned based upon population, and an At-Large Commissioner. The Chairperson is elected annually by the Commission and cannot succeed himself. The Chairperson appoints a Chairperson pro tem on an annual basis to serve during his absence or disability.

The proposed Charter change, to be introduced as a local or special act of the General Assembly at its 2018 General Session, would retain the present form of government. The title of the At-Large Commissioner would change to MAYOR; the Mayor would retain all duties of the At-Large Commissioner, and would serve as the Commission’s presiding officer, performing those added duties now vested in its Chairperson. The Mayor would annually appoint a Mayor pro tem.

If local legislation is approved by the General Assembly, a referendum will be conducted for all qualified City electors, in conjunction with the Statewide Primary Election to be held May 22, 2018, to consider the Charter amendment. If approved by a majority of the electors voting in the referendum, candidates for Mayor would run in the General Municipal Election (Non-Partisan), to be held November 6, 2018, for a four (4) year term, commencing effective January 1, 2019.

A draft of the proposed amendment is available for inspection and copying in the City Manager’s office, One Griffin Center, 3rd Floor, during regular office hours. Citizens and electors desiring to comment on the proposed Charter change may attend either hearing and address the Commission, or comments may be filed, in writing, with Executive Secretary Teresa Watson prior to close of business on August 22, 2017, either in person, by mail addressed to: P. O. Box T, Griffin, GA 30224, or by email addressed to:

It is the policy of the City of Griffin to ensure that communications with participants and members of the public with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. The City will make reasonable accommodations where necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, any program, service, or activity conducted by the City, including its public hearings. Persons desiring accommodation should contact ADA Coordinator Miles Neville, at (770) 233-2923 as far in advance of the hearing as possible.








On August 2, 2017 at approximately 9:46 Deputies with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit went to 1343 Apt B Jackson Street Griffin, GA to attempt serve an arrest warrant for battery on Stephen Blanton. Deputies searched the area for the wanted person but were unable to locate him.

While still on scene, Deputies found Felix Brownlee and William Brownlee in the back yard of the residence with a brown and white dog. The dog was chained to a tree with the other end of the chain around its neck. The men had a pair of channel lock pliers and they were pulling on the chain when the Deputies observed that it was deeply embedded in the flesh of the dog’s neck.

According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “The chain had been on the dog’s neck for such a long period of time that as the dog grew its flesh had actually grown over and through the links of the chain and it was under its skin. It was horrible and the dog was in considerable pain. The photographs taken at the scene are disturbing”

Spalding County Animal Control was contacted, took custody of the dog, and transported it to a local Veterinary hospital for treatment.

Dix continued, “Based on the investigation and the Veterinarian’s observations, Jennifer Brownlee, William Brownlee and Felix Brownlee were arrested and charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals which is a felony.  All three have been taken in to custody and are being held in the Spalding County Jail.”

According to Sheriff Dix, “Initially it was thought that the dog, “Jake”, would have to be euthanized. After consulting further with the Veterinarian it was determined that instead of euthanizing Jake, surgery would be conducted to remove approximately 7 inches of skin as deep as 3 inches from his neck in order to fix the damage caused by the chain. The surgery was completed yesterday and as of this morning Jake is doing fine. Captain Keith Duncan, Sgt. Michael Chadwick, Corporal Ryan Bowlden, and I have volunteered to help offset the cost of the surgery and treatment that right now stands at a little over $1000.00. According to the Veterinarian more treatment will be needed before the Jake gets a complete bill of health. If you are interested in helping out you can call Sgt. Chadwick or Corporal Bowlden at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, 770-467-4282 for more information.”



It didn’t take long for the jury in the Bobbie Jo Sumner hit and run trial to come back with a guilty verdict Wednesday in Monroe County Superior Court.  Sumner had been accused in the 2013 death of Alexandra Noelle Desir, when she was struck by Sumner’s vehicle in Lamar County.  Closing arguments were presented to the jury late Wednesday afternoon.  After closing, the jury deliberation took less than 45 minutes.  Judge Tommy Wilson sentenced Sumner to 20 years in prison and 15 years probation on the guilty counts of first degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and four counts of making false statements.  Sumner’s attorney had argued that she did not know she struck a human being late that night.  Officials located fibers from Desir’s clothing on the front of Sumner’s Saturn Vue during the investigation.   Desir’s body was said to have been found 70 feet from the point of impact.