2016
04.17

Rock Spring Drowsy Driver Crash / April 13 2016

Wednesday afternoon a drowsy driver crashed his car into the guardrail on Hwy. 27 near Rock Spring after falling asleep behind the wheel.

The driver, who was not seriously injured, identified himself on LU Facebook as Antwan Williams of LaFayette. Williams and his family say he was traveling from school to work when he fell asleep.   Tiny Facebook

Last month Fort O. police officers considered charging Elizabeth Ann Reyna with child neglect or abuse when her toddler wandered off (again) while left home with inappropriate caregivers.

FOPD, Catoosa DFCS, and District Attorney Buzz Franklin could never decide on a charge, so the matter wasn’t addressed.

Billy Ray Crawford / Elizabeth Reyna

Now Reyna and her boyfriend Billy Ray Crawford are facing serious charges of Second Degree Murder after the same 18-month-old drowned in a pool – thanks to their own neglect and lack of action from proper authorities.

Catoosa DFCS is really batting a thousand lately for kids ending up dead. But sounds like the biggest problem here is the District Attorney’s office telling police not to file charges on the earlier incident.   Tiny Facebook

City council seeks to update city zoning, to clean up the town’s southern entrance along South Main, by limiting chain stores and similar businesses from building there. The restrictions may expand to other roads like West Main and Villanow St.

    WQCH Radio, 04/13/16: “THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO UPDATE THE 40 YEAR OLD ZONING PLANS, AND VOTED TO ‘START THE BALL ROLLING’ TOWARD A CHANGE IN ZONING FOR SOUTH MAIN STREET. COUNCILMAN BEN BRADFORD MADE THE MOTION AT MONDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING, AND IT PASSED 5 TO NOTHING.

LaFayette City Council, Mayor, City Manager, & Clerk - January 2016

    “THE NEW PROPOSAL IS TO CHANGE FROM THE PRESENT BUSINESS ZONING TO O-1 ALONG SOUTH MAIN, WHICH WOULD ‘MIRROR’ THE ZONING ON NORTH MAIN. O-1 KEEPS A ‘RESIDENTIAL FEEL’ WHILE ALLOWING CERTAIN TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO LOCATE WITHIN A MOSTLY RESIDENTIAL AREA.
    “EXISTING BUSINESSES SUCH AS ACE HARDWARE, DOLLAR GENERAL AND WHOLESALE PLUMBING WOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY UNDER A ‘GRANDFATHER’ CLAUSE. BUT IF SUCH BUSINESS BUILDINGS BURN WITH DAMAGE AT OVER 50-PERCENT, THEY COULD NOT BE REBUILT.
    “BRADFORD SAID THAT AS A CORRIDOR-ENTRY ROUTE INTO THE CITY, THE O-1 ZONING WOULD HELP SOUTH MAIN ‘IMPROVE IT’S IMAGE’ AS YEARS GO BY. HE HAS ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE COUNCIL LOOK AT CHANGES ON OTHER CORRIDOR ROUTES, INCLUDING EAST VILLANOW AND WEST MAIN. THE PROPOSED CHANGE TO O-1 ON SOUTH MAIN MUST GO THROUGH THE ZONING CHANGE PROCESS, WHICH INCLUDES ADVERTISEMENT AND A PUBLIC HEARING.
    “CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON ADDED THAT HE PLANS TO CALL A ‘WORK SESSION’ FOR THE COUNCIL, TO DISCUSS OVERALL CHANGES IN THE CITY’S ZONING ORDINANCES. MAYOR ANDY ARNOLD SAID FOR THE MOST PART, THEY HAVEN’T BEEN UPDATED SINCE THE EARLY 1970’s.”

It’s good to try and clean up the city, it’s also good to keep a lot of chain stores out of residential areas like Villanow Street.

But South Main isn’t a quality residential area, and it’s the closest part of town to the bypass. If we don’t allow chain stores there OR West Main, and they already can’t move in on North Main until about Hardee’s, where are we supposed to have stores and restaurants? (When’s the last time a chain store WANTED to set up on West Main anyway?)

Storage Unit Resale / South Main

Right now the problem on South Main isn’t chain stores, it’s local one-off businesses. The city should show it’s serious about cleaning up South Main by forcing existing non-chain businesses to clean up their lots and comply with existing codes. (A good place to begin would be with Lisa Gi—-t‘s “Storage Unit Resale,” which looks like a flea market threw up on the sidewalk.)

How do you feel about the council’s new proposal?   Tiny Facebook

Three recent online polls about the upcoming commissioner election show similar results: Whitfield the most popular choice, followed by Mike Peardon, with Bebe in distant third. (Two of the three polls offered an “undecided” option, and it also consistently ended up ahead of Heiskell.)

Commissioner Poll / Chattanoogan.com

The closest poll, a now-closed survey from The Chattanoogan voted in by 1,117 people, shows Peardon only five points behind Whitfield IF they also shared a ballot with the incumbent. (When we vote for real in May she won’t be an option since she’s declared herself an “independent” for purposes of the November election.)

Commissioner Poll / LaFayette Underground

An earlier poll on the LU blog, which included presumed independent candidate Perry Lamb, was participated in by 517 people. It appears Lamb and Peardon split the “not Bebe or Whitfield” vote there, which would have given Peardon a better showing otherwise.

Commissioner Poll / Northwest Georgia News

It’s unclear how many have voted in this ongoing poll on the Catoosa-Walker News / Walker County Messenger site, but that one too shows Bebe way behind even “undecided” in a three-way race – at least among those who participate in online polls.

In the actual vote on May 24th, only two candidates will be on the Republican primary ballot: Whitfield and Peardon. In a race with only those names, who would come out on top?

Vote here now.   Tiny Facebook

Fountain Plaza was hit by thieves, twice, during the same week.

A week ago Thursday “several” men driving a red Isuzu Trooper spent about an hour and a half damaging equipment at the car wash, getting about $50 in quarters for their trouble.

Another man did the same the following Saturday for about ten bucks:

    WQCH Radio, 04/13/16: “THIEVES HAVE DAMAGED COIN-OPERATED MACHINERY AT FOUNTAIN PLAZA CAR WASH FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS MONTH. IN THIS CASE, ABOUT $10 IN QUARTERS WAS TAKEN FROM A MACHINE IN WASH BAY FOUR.
    “VIDEO SHOWS A WHITE MALE IN A DARK-COLORED 4-DOOR PASSENGER CAR IN THE AREA AT THE TIME OF THE THEFT, AROUND 6:40 LAST SATURDAY MORNING. THE CAR WASH CONTROLS IN THAT BAY SUSTAINED DAMAGED.
    “FOUNTAIN PLAZA IS ON NORTH MAIN AT THE BYPASS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE THEFTS SHOULD CONTACT LAFAYETTE POLICE WITH TIPS.”

These kinds of thefts are especially ridiculous because they do hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage to get a few bucks. Same with a lot of metal thefts. Repairing the damage costs a lot more than what the thieves gain.   Tiny Facebook

What’s going on at Arby’s?

Arby's Remodeling

A quarter-million-dollar remodeling that will put the LaFayette store on track with its corporate parent’s sharp new image.

The store is getting a remodeled interior and furnishings, new exterior, and new signage. This is what we can expect when it’s all done.   Tiny Facebook

Catoosa election circus continues:

Catoosa County’s Republican Party made a big point out of re-opening campaign qualification for GA House District 3 when the incumbent candidate quit. But three new candidates who qualified to run were made ineligible to be on the ballot because the party turned their paperwork in three hours late.

So the state party voted to reopen candidate qualification AGAIN to avoid handing the election over to candidate Dewayne Hill without a fight. But this time the candidates have to drive to Atlanta and file their paperwork in person.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Pine Forest Swim Club Chickamauga / Google Maps

In 2014, Chickamauga leaders (including then-councilman Shannon Whitfield) voted to buy a closed 1950’s swimming facility and turn it into a city recreation area, annexing land and homes around it into the town.

Now renovations are proving too costly, so Chickamauga’s current leaders are giving up on the still-closed pool and hoping to sell the land under it for development.

Sounds like they realized it was going to cost more than it was worth before they did major work, but Chickamauga is still out what it spent on the land AND has to continue giving city services to lots annexed into the city as part of the purchase.

This is the kind of dumb move Bebe would make… Hope Mr. Whitfield makes better decisions than THIS one if he takes her place next year.   Tiny Facebook

Walker County arrests, April 6-13.

King, Debord, Teems, Solis, Beason, and many more.   Tiny Facebook

Jeff Mullis 2016 Speaking / Dan Henry Times Free Press

During the 2016 legislative session, lobbyists spent over a half million dollars wining, dining, “educating,” and vacationing state lawmakers.

A situation reflected by Jeff Mullis’ waist size…   Tiny Facebook

Reduced-cost rabies clinics began yesterday and will continue next weekend in various places around the county. Next week’s locations include Broomtown Rd, Kensington, Naomi, and Wood Station. Cost is $10 for dogs or cats.   Tiny Facebook

Allstate Insurance Sign

A proposed 25%+ rate hike from Allstate insurance launches an investigation from the Georgia Insurance Commission.

Other companies’ high rate increases over the last few years haven’t been opposed by Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, so why this one?

Too much too fast or did they forget to give him a free vacation first?   Tiny Facebook

A judge recently decided that Georgia’s ridiculously difficult balot access rules for third-party presidential candidates are unconstitutional. The state (specifically, the Secretary of State’s Office and SoS Brian Kemp) is appealing that decision, because God forbid somebody run for something outside a party.

Without party affiliation how are we supposed to know how to vote and who to hate?   Tiny Facebook

LHS’s FFA team recently won the Georgia Wildlife Management competition.

LHS FFA Team / Times Free Press

Congrats to the kids and the school.   Tiny Facebook

Georgia is rolling out a pilot program in three counties with the lowest unemployment, requiring able-bodied food stamp recipients who don’t have children to get jobs, take job training, or volunteer in order to keep their benefits.

If the trial in Cobb, Gwinnet and Hall counties works, the rules could expand state-wide. (This is separate from TANF benefits, which already have similar requirements state-wide.)   Tiny Facebook

Georgia Power Logo

Georgia Public Service Commission, the state entity charged with overseeing utility rates, has signed off on a proposed $12-billion buyout of natural gas company AGL Resources by Southern Company.

The deal would make Georgia Power, the state’s largest power company, a sister to AGL – one of its largest gas providers. The ultimate result of this merger will be giving Southern Company more power to jerk prices around and more weight with state leaders who already do whatever they ask.   Tiny Facebook

Georgia Department of Education will soon roll out new standards for science classes.   Tiny Facebook

Why does Georgia have so many dang counties?

From the 1880’s until the 1960’s, individual votes in Georgia elections didn’t count – only the number of counties a candidate won.

In that era, winning Walker County with its few thousand people was the same as winning a big one like Cobb or Fulton. So more tiny counties in rural areas meant more power for farmers and less for those living in cities.

    “This changed in the 1960s when the Supreme Court ruled one person had to equal one vote and thus the County Unit System was unconstitutional.”

Too bad that’s not how presidential elections work even now…   Tiny Facebook

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  1. “Walker County GA voted ‘Most miss-governed County’ in the WHOLE, WIDE WORLD.”

    Law Enforcement in Walker and all adjacent counties voted “Stupidest Cops on the Planet Earth”.

    LaFayette City Council voted 2nd on list of “Most Stupid-looking, and Inbred-looking Bunch of elected people in any U.S. county, town or cross-roads governing unit.” New Albany MS came in first.
    Voters were the Bloomberger Editors emeritus

  2. Well now, Just because Margret married her 2nd cousin and her father n law married his first cousin, and my sister married her first cousin once removed,blah blah is that why this town has gone to hell. We are a bunch of inbred m***** f****. It looks like the state would step in on all this law breaking. They won’t thou, they know to many people. But like I said, we are doing it again. Vote Bebe’s buddy in. That’s the way to do it. Stupid asses