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Jerry Saulters proud to serve on Athens-Clarke police honor guard

I commend Lt. Saulter for the fine work he does for Athens-Clarke County. I just just have to comment on his decision on where he lives.

“We were looking for a great place to raise our children and a place they could call home,” he said. “We visited Athens many times before making the decision. We loved that Athens was a diverse community similar to what we were used to in the military. We actually moved to Athens a few months before I was hired because we felt this was the right place for us.”
The couple currently live in Nicholson with their son Taylor, 19, and daughter Hopelyn, 17.

The last time I checked, Nicholson is in Jackson County! I guess he moved to Athens-Clarke County and then decided to move to Nicholson, Probably to enroll his kids in better schools and to get away from the crime in Athens-Clarke County.

posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 00:11

Georgia capitol sit-in over Medicaid leads to arrests

How does expanding Medicaid create jobs, other that government workers?

posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 14:39

Bill would allow firefighters to have guns on duty

Would this bill allow firefighters to carry without first obtaining a permit?

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 15:53

If firefighters have a permit, don't they already have a right to carry? Keep in mind.that Athens-Clarke County does not allow guns at the workplace.

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 15:46

Jet makes emergency landing at south Ga. airport

So glad the police responded.... now get out of the way and send the fire department.

posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 14:24

Hundreds gather in Athens at 'Justice for Trayvon' rally

Favors brought her 5-year-old daughter to the rally.
“I battled with whether or not to bring her, because I was worried about possible violence, but I felt it was important,” she said. “And I wanted her to be a part of history.”

And where would this violence come from?

posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 - 01:34

Control athletics, Adams says in final State of University speech

@bubster: I would think the property owners that have employees would disagree.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 19:48

Control athletics, Adams says in final State of University speech

" called for an end to complaints from Athens citizens about how much land UGA owns and takes off the tax rolls, ". Apparently Athens citizens do not matter much to Adams! For every parcel of land removed from the tax roll, business and
citizen land owners tax burden increases.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 - 17:36

Athens restaurants make Southern Living 'Best Burger' list

You've got to be kidding! If it's not beef....it's not a burger.

posted @ Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 00:01

Firefighters need to respond more to medical emergencies, grand jury says

Just to add this to the discussion, why not train our police officers as first responders? There are more of them, they are already out on the street, and their cars can get there faster than a fire truck.

posted @ Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 00:33

Firefighters need to respond more to medical emergencies, grand jury says

Be careful what you ask for! There is a difference between running EMS and runnning first responder calls. All ACC firefighters are first responders, and a few are EMTs or Paramedics. The fire department does not have any ambulances to transport patients to the hospital. Currently the FD does repond to medical calls when an ambulance is not availible or is going to be delayed. If the grand jury wants FD to increase it's medical call, it needs to make sure the FD budget is increased to cover the increase in fuel, supplies, training and many other expenses. The county government did not decide to switch to National, both hospitals decided to contract with National.

posted @ Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 00:29

Don't cut firefighters, residents tell Athens-Clarke Commission

[quote][b]BoogittyBoogitty[/b] -
Show me how many lives have been saved with that stations ladder truck in the past 10 years...
[/quote]

I think everyone's missing the bigger picture, Cutting the ladder truck means cutting the firefighters. The truck doesn't fight the fire, the firefighters do. Yes, they can respond another truck from miles away but that delays getting enough firefighters on the scene to safely fight the fire. The ladder truck doesn't save lives...firefighters do!

posted @ Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 19:44

Don't cut firefighters, residents tell Athens-Clarke Commission

@my thoughts: The Fire Department has grown by several stations and the number of firefighters has increased since Hansford was Chief. Faulkner had the same number of people currently in the office except for the additional Battalion Chief. When Chief George became Chief the department added another station ( #9) and needed another Battlion Chief to handle the additional workload. One Battalion Chief could not cover the paperwork, personnel issues, and respond to calls for 9 stations covering the entire county. That's what has changed! If you want to get into the issues of why those people are needed in the office, you will find that additional people are needed.

posted @ Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 02:36

Prayers for Florida teen at Athens NAACP's vigil

sorry...multiple post

posted @ Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 00:52

Prayers for Florida teen at Athens NAACP's vigil

multiple post

posted @ Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 00:52

Prayers for Florida teen at Athens NAACP's vigil

" Because of the Georgia law, an 84-year-old Augusta man never had to face criminal or civil legal consequences after shooting and injuring a 23-year-old in the man’s garage in 2007, Heard said."

Why was the 23-year-old in the man's garage? Was the owner defending himself? Heard or the reporter left out some important information. I guess Heard wants you to run away if somebody is trying to harm you or your family and not try to protect yourself or your property.

posted @ Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 00:52

Mayor proposes cuts to Athens Transit, firefighters

@Athens Superman: Why do we need 3 ladder trucks? Why do we need as many police cars, why do we need all the buses? ISO recommends more ladder trucks, more engines also. The ladder trucks are the biggest, slowest, and most difficult to manuver of all the fire vehicles. It takes much longer for them to arrive on scene and and cutting one would greatly increase the travel time. Cutting one would require the other 2 to respond at greater distances and increase the wear and tear on the remaining ladder trucks, requiring them to be replaced more often.

posted @ Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 00:43

Troy Davis execution fuels eyewitness ID debate

@mordred: not,you are not right. Most people do care. I believe the majority of the jury that convicted him was black!

posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 13:12

FBI team takes aim at government corruption

@zebra dove: WOW Who lit a fire under you? If a report has errors on it, the fire department will correct them. The fire department needs the reports to be correct for their own year end reports. Why would they purposely file a report with errors? Most errors on a report is because someone involved with the fire gave them the wrong information. Insurance companies do not rely on the fire department report when they determine if they will pay out on a claim, they conduct thier own investigation. It seems like your biggest problem is with The Pointe Apartments!

posted @ Monday, August 22, 2011 - 14:25

Winder Barrow football practice

Hey coach, you might want to check the high school rules on illegal helmet contact. This will cost you 15 yards.

posted @ Monday, August 15, 2011 - 11:32

Mayor injures leg in driveway

[quote][b]songbird[/b] -
A little eye candy in the yard is never a bad thing. You go girl! [/quote]

I'm sure Ken is flattered to be considered eye candy.
To the others that questioned the Mayor hiring him to cut her grass, he was off duty and that is his business and none of theirs! If you would like to cut the Mayor's grass simply price it below Ken and see if you can work a second job.

posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 13:49

Budget cuts would curb A-C services

[quote][b]Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass[/b] - Reddish said those cuts would not affect services. The firefighters are used to fill the shifts of firefighters who go on vacation, he said.
So, they don't get to go on vacation?
[/quote]

Not if there are not enough firefighters to man the trucks, their vacation or time off gets cancelled.

posted @ Friday, May 6, 2011 - 10:45

Fireworks a no show this Fourth

@simpleman: Do you want the ACC employees to take a pay cut so you can "enjoy a 20 minute fireworks show", or to fund those positions that are being cut?

posted @ Friday, May 6, 2011 - 10:33

Fireworks a no show this Fourth

@simpleman: Do you want the ACC employees to take a pay cut so you can "enjoy a 20 minute fireworks show", or to fund those positions that are being cut?

posted @ Friday, May 6, 2011 - 10:33

Family of 4 among 15 killed in storms

@SEVEN: Sirens are not designed to wake you at night, they are for outdoor activities. If you want to be alerted in your home at night while you are asleep, get a weather radio.

posted @ Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 12:53

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