It was a short agenda and a short meeting for the Griffin City Commissioners regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening  Nov. 22nd.
The commissioners:
Approved:  Griffin-Hospital Authority grants for the 2017 funding cycle for:
.$15,000 to the Spalding County Board of Health (for flu shots)  and 
.$35,000 to the Spalding County Senior Nutrition (Meals on Wheels) program.
In order for the Hospital Authority to grant these funds, both the City Commission and the County Commission must give their approval. 
The commissioners
Approved:   the renewal of a Reserve Capacity Sale of excess energy to the City of Buford, Georgia in the amount of 2,751 kW for calendar year 2017 @  $2.00 per kW, for a total of $5,200 which will be credited within the MEAG bill for 2017.  This action  reserves the energy for the City of Buford in case they need it within the year 2017.
Approved:   the purchase of two 250HP Drives from sole source provider, McNaughton-McKay for the Still Branch Reservoir pump station in the total amount of $80,250.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department. 
Approved:   the purchase of two  250HP Vertical Turbine Motors for Still Branch Reservoir
pump station from sole source provider, The Eshelman Company Inc., in the amount of
$67,120.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department.
  $330,000 is budgeted for the REPLACEMENT OF THE EXISTING RESERVOIR PUMPS that are 12 years old and past their useful life. These two 250HP drives and Vertical Turbine Motors are components of the project.  Due to the lead time for ordering, these units are ordered first, the actual pumps will be ordered later and installation will be contracted out once all components are assembled. Complete replacement, and installation is expected to be completed by April 2017.
The commissioners:
Approved:   lowest bid and work contract (Master Services Agreement), to Lowe Engineers for the Stormwater Pipe Assessment in the amount of $27.18 per linear foot for the Stormwater Utility of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The Project is not to exceed $150,000.
This project addresses the enclosed stormwater pipe drainage system evaluation by utilizing  pole camera filming and creating a Risk Assessment Model for the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for stormwater infrastructure. 
City Manager, Kenny Smith, reported that in an earlier work shop there was discussion about July 4th fireworks. Three options were discussed: No fireworks at all; moving to another location; or keeping it at the airport or city park with much more police presence. No decisions were made.



11 fatalities have been reported across Georgia’s roads this Thanksgiving holiday travel period, including one 23-year old pedestrian struck early Friday morning on Johnstonville Road in Lamar County.

The travel period lasts until midnight at Sunday, a total of 102 hours from the Wednesday 6pm start.  The Griffin post of the Georgia State Patrol Is still urging safety for the rest of the weekend, as motorists return home from holiday travel destinations.  Last year, during a similar 102 hour holiday period, the state reported 9 fatalities, along with 788 traffic crashes and 377 injuries.  The state patrol and other law enforcement agencies have teamed up for operation Click It or Ticket, Georgia’s high visibility seat belt enforcement program and Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.  The commissioner for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, Mark W. McDonough, says each holiday period more than one-half of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes are impaired or not using safety belts.


In Lamar County unit so fthe Lamar Sheriffs Department, and EMT personnel respond to the scene of a 23-year-old female that was struck and killed by a vehicle on Johnstonville Road early Friday morning.

Marquella Hicks was pronounced dead at 3:03 a.m. Friday at Spalding Regional Hospital, according to Lamar County Coroner Jim Smith.

Sheriff Brad White said the Georgia State Patrol is working the fatality but the initial investigation revealed Hicks was fighting with her boyfriend and sat down in the roadway in front of a home at 411 Johnstonville Rd. Elizabeth Banks of 185 Lanette Circle came over a hill in the vicinity, did not see Hicks and struck her with her automobile.

Smith said no autopsy will be conducted and no charges are expected against Banks.



GRIFFIN BEARS                     34






SPALDIG JAGUARS                      7






Lamar County Sheriff Brad White has issued a press release that indicates that


Lance Kershaw age 59 of 1041 highway 41 South entered Lamar County High School about 6:30 a.m. and hung nude photos of a minor female family member in boy’s bathrooms using zip ties. He was spotted by a janitor carrying a book and sent to the office. He spoke with someone there and apparently passed himself off as an employee of an outside company working on maintenance at the school, according to Sheriff White.

Several male students arrived at the school, removed the photos from the restrooms and took them to the office. A review of surveillance video led to Krenshaw’s arrest.

Officials indicated that apparently there was some type conflict between Kershaw and the female that led to his actions.

Investigators who went to Kershaw’s residence found multiple computers and hard drives containing still and video images of minor children engaged in sexual activity.

Chief magistrate Karen Jackson issued warrants on 362 counts – 360 of which were for sexual exploitation of children. The other two were for criminal trespass and computer pornography.

Sheriff White said the GBI is processing several electronic devices and hard drives. Sheriff White said there will more than likely be several more charges.  He also indicated that it could take the GBI up to six months to process all the computers hard drives in search of more evidence.


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Commissioner Gretchen Corbin has announced that Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas has been named the next president of Southern Crescent Technical College. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted unanimously during its monthly meeting held on November 3, 2016 to approve Commissioner Corbin’s recommendation.  


Dr. Thomas, currently president of Atlanta Technical College, becomes president of Southern Crescent effective December 1, 2016 following the retirement of Dr. Randall Peters, who has been the college’s president since 2010.  

“Dr. Thomas is a high achiever who brings exceptional abilities in both academics and workforce development,” said Commissioner Corbin. “Atlanta Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College are top resources for skilled talent in their regions. I know they and their students will continue to thrive and reach new heights of excellence under their new proven leaders.” 

Dr. Thomas has served at Atlanta Technical College (ATC) since 1997 and as president of the college since 2008. She leaves a legacy of spirited service, open doors, and deep concern for students, faculty, and staff. Under her leadership, the college saw unprecedented growth, achievement, and national recognition. Among her many accomplishments are the expansion of student services, corporate partnerships, global initiatives, program offerings, facilities improvements, and financial support of the college. In 2012 the college was named the Technical College System of Georgia College of the Year. 

Dr. Thomas previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at ATC. Prior to her arrival at Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Thomas served as Executive Director at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Instructional Support Services Coordinator at the Technical College System of Georgia, then known as the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE); Education Specialist at the US Department of Defense; teacher and curriculum specialist in the Savannah Chatham County Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Alabama State University.    

A member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009, Dr. Thomas has been recognized by the Fayette County NAACP as a Champion of Change and with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council. Among her numerous accolades are honors by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Women’s History Project, Atlanta Business League, Woman’s University and The Esquires, Inc. Most recently, the University of Georgia honored Dr. Thomas with the 2016 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award.  

Dr. Thomas has shared her knowledge of best practices in postsecondary education in presentations at numerous regional and national conferences. She serves on the boards of Horizons Atlanta, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, Metro RESA, as well as memberships in Civitan International, and the West End Rotary Club. She is also actively engaged with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Business League and the Leadership Atlanta.  

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the Southern Crescent Technical College community,” said Dr. Thomas. “I am humbled by the confidence of Commissioner Corbin and the TCSG Board. One of the best parts of my 19-year journey at Atlanta Technical College has been traveling with wonderful faculty, staff and students as well as committed community and business partners. They genuinely care about the college, and together we have done some amazing things. As I continue my journey, I look forward to working with a wonderful college and community. I am extremely excited about the future and the endless possibilities at Southern Crescent Technical College.”  

“Dr. Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position,” said Commissioner Corbin. “She understands the relationship between academia and workforce development inside and out. Under her entrepreneurial spirit and steady hand, I know that she will build on Dr. Peters’ many accomplishments at Southern Crescent. The college and our entire system has been the beneficiary of Dr. Peters’ long and distinguished career at TCSG, and our entire team joins me in thanking him for his service as well as welcoming Dr. Thomas.”

Dr. Thomas and her husband, AJ, are the parents of two and the grandparents of three and reside in Fayetteville, Georgia.