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Charges dismissed against Madison County couple whose child was found on highway

"Although a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said investigators consulted with the district attorney’s office prior to obtaining a warrant against Molly Pickens, that did not happen, White said."

Someone in law enforcement messed up.

"While White made his decision, he said “my office will allow the grand jury to consider this case for review as well, which allow the decision of whether or not the Pickens should be required to stand trial to be made by the community.”"

I appreciate that the District Attorney is using the Grand Jury as a checks and balance for decisions his office has made.

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:58

Governor blames Vogle cost overruns on nuclear critics

@catman:

It would depend. Nuclear fuels have different half life's. The most reactive (dangerous) fuel has a short half life because it releases its energy quickly while less reactive fuel has a longer half life, some of which last thousands of years. With spent fuel being encapsulated in steel and concrete containers it is quite probable that you would never be able to hold any in your hand.

A fact of nuclear vs coal energy. The total volume of nuclear waste material, including all military related nuclear waste, accumulated over 60 years is less than .01% (one hundredth of one percent) of the total volume of coal burned every year in the USA—every year.

All the nuclear waste accumulated in the past 50 years would cover a 5 acre field 30 feet deep. You are talking about a very small amount of waste in volume.

posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 18:16

Governor blames Vogle cost overruns on nuclear critics

@swhitney:

Actually nuclear waste is stored long term on each reactor site. The plan is to store waste in Yucca mountain however non-governmental reactors are prevented from shipping there. Waste from government reactors is stored at one site, I believe at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Also, if all the energy produced in a lifetime was from a nuclear reactor the amount of waste generated for one persons energy use would be about the size of a coke can.

posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 17:44

Elbert County reopens old murder files; makes arrest in 12 year old case

Hartwell man pleads guilty in 12-year-old Elbert County murder

Another great job Mr. White. The people of Madison County are proud of you.

posted @ Monday, July 15, 2013 - 21:38

Elbert County reopens old murder files; makes arrest in 12 year old case

@reality chk:

Anyone in law enforcement in the district will confirm that the past DA in the district was known to sleep in court.

posted @ Monday, July 8, 2013 - 13:04

Elbert County reopens old murder files; makes arrest in 12 year old case

@reality chk:

Grantham confessed that he committed the murder to the DA. No trial needed.

posted @ Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:47

Elbert County reopens old murder files; makes arrest in 12 year old case

[quote][b]helligater69[/b] -

Or, better, yet, give him a trial first...

[/quote]

Mr Grantham has confessed that he committed the murder to District Attorney Parks White.

posted @ Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:45

Georgia technology students, teachers attend TSA conference at Classic Center

@hardrocker:

Most of our students are college bound. Ga Tech has many TSA students attending studying engineering. UGA does as well.

I have been an Engineering and Technology Education teacher in NE Georgia for 28 years.

posted @ Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 18:27

Local delagtes want specifics on pitched assault weapon ban

[quote][b]DanMatthews[/b] -

That much said, I am not advocating any ban of weaponry themselves, but would think that an increased tax on ammunition might be a way to get a way to kill two birds with one stone. The magazines with high capacity should have limited access as well.

[/quote]

You should run again.

posted @ Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 16:44

Local delagtes want specifics on pitched assault weapon ban

@skull:

If that is true you can limit a magazine to 0 rounds.

posted @ Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 16:40

Local delegates want specifics on pitched assault weapon ban

@Bellehowell:

What is a "Big Tactical Gun"?

" It's not very sportsman like to go into the woods grossly outmatching your opponent, be it birds, deer or larger fare."

Name a gun that does not outmatch wild game?

posted @ Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 16:35

Volunteer firefighter arrested, charged with arson

@LeglEgl:

Please provide evidence that "This is not an unusual problem with VOLUNTEER firefighters. They get paid PER CALL. A lot of incentive here."

Having served my community as a volunteer for 33 years I have NEVER received any compensation for responding to any call. Volunteer firefighters provide fire coverage to over 70% of the United States. To become a basic volunteer firefighter today a person must attend over 100 hours of training and pass an extensive written exam administered by the state. A volunteer firefighter must also be first aid and CPR certified along with haz-mat certified.

Volunteer firefighters are required to complete at least 4 hours of training per month (departments are required to offer 8 hours of training per month). Also in yearly training there are 24 hours of training that is required by the NFPA.

posted @ Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 13:44

Sunday alcohol sales begin today

@yeti:

Does Cowsert have someone running against him?

posted @ Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 20:18

Thomas fends off Lowe to remain Madison County sheriff

@Save our Republic:

[quote][b]Save our Republic[/b] -

Who else thinks that Brett Zellner is going to have a great shot at being elected in November? Sure, Thomas won with a not quite 53% margin. That is not good for an incumbent. It means that more than 46% of the party electorate does not want him to be Sheriff anymore. Thoughts on Zellner's viability? Opinions?

[/quote]

If Lowe and Baird endorse him he could get some traction.

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:29

Thomas fends off Lowe to remain Madison County sheriff

[quote][b]hack[/b] -

Mangum spent over 18 thousand dollars on the small signs put in peoples yards. That does not include the billboards on 441. Somebody in that family makes more money than a deputy. I guess that's how you win in politics Sad

[/quote]

I bet you are wrong on how many signs were bought. I purchase 2 color double sided cloroplast signs and stands for 2.40 plus shipping. If Mangum has my pricing on signs that would be around 7500 signs. If JM paid $5 per sign that would be 3600 signs. 750 signs placed in Jackson county would cover the county wall to wall.

Spending $18,000 on signs in a county is not how you win an election.

posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 21:42

Yearwood, Ginn differ on transportation tax in Senate race

Funny, Danny Yearwood was for T-Splost before he was against T-Splost. He is a FLIP-FLOP.

From the Barrow Journal:

Toward the end of his presentation, Yearwood spoke at some length about how the benefit of the passage of the July 31 voter referendum on a regional sales tax for transportation. In addition to providing about half of the funding for 13 major transportation projects, the penny T-SPLOST would generate about $1.2 million in direct funding each year for Barrow County’s smaller road projects.

Read the story here: http://www.barrowjournal.com/archives/6659-Outlook-gloomy-in-BOC-chairma...

posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 20:48

Barrow chairman Yearwood takes on Ginn for state Senate seat

Frank Ginn will beat Danny Yearwood the same way Pat Graham would have, like a drum.

Danny will not come close to winning Barrow county because his leadership was inept.

posted @ Friday, May 25, 2012 - 16:27

Candidate qualifying starts today

Frank Ginn beat "Dr. Tim Riley" by a margin of 3-1, not 2-1.

posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 00:09

Athens GOP loses delegates to state convention

I watched the youtube broadcast of the Clarke County convention. STUPID is the only word I can use to describe the actions of the party officials.

Big John, Life long Republican

posted @ Monday, May 21, 2012 - 18:04

Frye out-fundraises Heard in statehouse primary

[quote][b]SamuelLovett[/b] -

@BigJohn - what have you been smoking?

You think that CNN and Gallup are going to have polls for any Athens House race?

And even if they did, isn't there one glaringly obvious reason why poll results for Heard's race won't impact McKillip's race.

YOU CANT BE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN BOTH THE 117th and the 118th!!! Anyone that can vote for Heard, can't vote for McKillip.

[/quote]

No smoking here. Running a poll is relatively simple when you purchase a good list and know something about sorting data. You don't need CNN and Gallop.

You are correct, they are in different districts. Regardless McKillip can be easily beaten.

[quote][b]SamuelLovett[/b] -

@BigJohn - what have you been smoking?

You think that CNN and Gallup are going to have polls for any Athens House race?

And even if they did, isn't there one glaringly obvious reason why poll results for Heard's race won't impact McKillip's race.

YOU CANT BE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN BOTH THE 117th and the 118th!!! Anyone that can vote for Heard, can't vote for McKillip.

[/quote]

posted @ Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 14:47

Frye out-fundraises Heard in statehouse primary

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald:

You are correct.

posted @ Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 14:43

Frye out-fundraises Heard in statehouse primary

McKilip has problems for several reasons:

-He is a turncoat as listed earlier. -The townies liberals in Athens have a compelling reason to vote in the GOP primary. Congressman Paul Broun has primary opposition. Townie liberals might be compelled to vote in the GOP primary to vote against Broun. McKillip has to run in conservative Oconee, Jackson and Barrow counties. If the dependable GOP voters in these counties are reminded that McKillip has a very liberal voting history as a democrat they will vote against McKillip.

The question is does Quick's team (Mark Roundtree) have the skills to win in Barrow, Jackson and Oconee counties and who can motivate Athens liberals to chose a GOP ballot on July 31 to vote against Broun and McKillip as payback. Roundtree is a high dollar consultant who will garner much of Quick's funds as his fee leaving little to be used in the campaign. Luckly for Quick, McKillip has hired Jeremy Brand as a consultant (he is one of Joel McElhannon's students). Much of McKillips funds will be used to pay high consulting fees and for overpriced mailers from The Stoneridge Group. One thing is for sure, McKillip will be pushed to go negative against Quick by his team.

If poll numbers show Heard in a commanding lead over Frye in July Athens liberals could pay McKillip back for being a turncoat.

posted @ Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:52

Is Obama visiting Athens?

If he visits he should go to the Armstrong and Dobbs site to meet with Russell Edwards and his Occupy Supporters and state his opposition to big box stores in general and WalMart.

posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 17:39

The Artificial Breeding & Genetic Alteration of White-tail Deer Act of 2012

This is a horrible bill. Supporters will tell the public that this is a jobs bill which will enable farmers to grow and sell venison. The problem is New Zealand has the world wide market cornered on growing venison for Resturant use.

What will result is that these "venison farmers" will cry to the legislature when they can't sell the meat and they will ask that the law be changed to offer high dollar " hunts" of these farm raised deer inside of high fence areas (pins). A shooter can fly in from New York in the morning, shoot their deer in an hour and be back on a plane to New York before sun sets.

To the readers please don't refer to shooters hunting deer within enclosures as hunters. Photo links will follow soon.

posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 21:04

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