Issue 12.48 | Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
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Ga., Oct. 2, 2012 -- The City of Suwanee is set to roll out a new emergency
notification service to its residents. The City has contracted with Emergency
Communications Network to provide its CodeRed emergency and general notification
services via phone calls, email, and/or text.
will be required to opt in for general and weather notifications and to
opt out of emergency notifications.
OCT. 2, 2012 -- Catching up time: Never thought of it before, but a story from the University of Georgia's Red and Black says walking and texting can be just as dangerous as texting while driving.
It's called "distracted walking," which is becoming a problem around the country, and perhaps particularly on college campuses, where students do a lot of walking between classes.
University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson says "What we are finding, not just with pedestrians, but even car drivers, everyone is doing everything but keeping their mind on moving about." Distracted walkers also creates safety concerns for drivers and bikers, such as walking in front of cars and getting hit.
doesn't want more laws, but wants more education about the dangers of
the dangers when talking or texting on a cell phone.
A GEORGIA TECH GRADUATE told me the other day after the overtime loss to Miami: "Being a fan of Georgia Tech will break your heart."
Tech football fans must agree after last week's upset-no, it was a blowout---by Middle Tennessee, a whopping 49-28 loss. Granted, the offense can put points on the board, but the defense has been really lousy this year. Something's gotta happen.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Bulldogs had their own problems with defense last week against Regular Tennessee, in an offensive victory straight out of some secondary league, 51-44. Maybe Georgia football doesn't produce defensive players?
ONE BRIGHT Georgia Tech item last week: Georgia Tech is the best academic deal in the nation, according to Smart Money magazine. Recent Georgia Tech graduates (class of 2009) have a median starting salary of $59,000, which is 67 percent of what they paid in tuition, which now is $87,810 over four years. That's also No. 1 in the nation.
TAX COMMISSIONER Richard Steele sent to us the other day a list of the top 10 taxpayers in Gwinnett County for 2011. Five of the top ten are related to utilities, with Georgia Power Company being the top taxpayer, edging out Publix by $2 million.
Here's the list:
FAST FACTS from the Atlanta Daybook, a digital service of news in Atlanta.
THERE: you have your catching-up tidbits for the week.
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Editor, the Forum:
You're just upset because WSB Radio has finally heard the voices who left them so that we can hear the truth rather than that liberal stuff that Cox media normally dishes out. Seriously, Clark Howard does a fine show, and is in fact broadcast around the country, but he falls far short of Rush's numbers. It was a pure business decision.
No question in my mind that AM radio is losing markets as fast as print newspapers, what with satellite radios and all the other ways to select exactly what music or news you want.
image of what Limbaugh stands for has been repeatedly warped and misstated
by "left wing elements of society" who choose to glom on to
one or two verbal gaffes the man has made. I think anybody who has been
on the air over 20 years has made a few gaffes. I dare say, dear editor,
perhaps even you have done so. But the vast bulk of Limbaugh's work has
been fabulously successful for the simple reason that his opinions are
rooted in common sense and resonate with his audience.
Editor, the Forum:
on the opposite side of the political fence, I believe WSB Radio is lucky
to have Rush. Understandably, some do not appreciate his views, but I,
for one, am far more offended by a liar than by a loud-mouth purveyor
of the truth.
mile collector road project along U.S. Highway 78 will receive additional
funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), advancing the project
funding goals by $283,000. During a recent review of the Walton Court-Old
U.S. 78 Highway Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) project, the Evermore
Community Improvement District (CID) requested that the Commission review
the current funding to better understand if additional financial assistance
could be applied to the collector road project.
CID Chairman Chris Garner says: "The project is gaining traction, and is part of an overall vision for the Highway 78 Corridor. This collector road will enhance safety, improve signalization and provide for an alternative route for those traveling along U.S. Highway 78. We truly appreciate the efforts of ARC staff in responding to our request for further review of the project, and we look forward to fully developing these improvements in the coming years."
Sorority collects books for Africa, which honors Dacula resident
Alpha Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the
Pearls of Service Foundation (the chapter's charitable arm) have collected
more than 1,000 books, with an approximate worth of over $10,000, to donate
toward the foundation for libraries currently slated to be established
in Botswana, Malawi, Ghana or Swaziland.
The IMPACT! Transitional Housing Program of Norcross has been granted $15,000 by Jackson EMC Foundation as part of its Round Up contributions from its owner-members. The funds are specifically directed at childcare cost for traditional housing assistance.
The IMPACT! Program assists homeless families with children with subsidized housing and supportive services. The program's objective is to transition these families from homelessness to permanent housing and self sufficiency by the time they leave (approximately 18 months). The families are housed in three sites in Norcross. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides 80 percent of the supportive services for two of our housing locations. The families who are housed at our third location have no supportive services except what we are able to solicit from other community partners.
Alice Ramsey, director of Transitional Housing of IMPACT!, says: "We have 22 families in our program, all have 2-3 children and all families are headed by a single parent (all but one female). Childcare is expensive and without the money to pay for it, the parent is faced with (1) staying home and not working -- which leads further into poverty and homelessness; or (2) leaving the children home alone, which is not an option in any regard. We require our clients to pay at least a pro-rata portion of everything."
Besides the cost of case management, child care is the greatest supportive service expense for the program. The families are responsible for paying the bulk of the costs. They must also save at least 10 percent of their gross income.
Gwinnett Tech trustee named state foundation top volunteer
Gwinnett Tech Foundation Trustee Jim McGean, left, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia (TCFA). He was honored for his leadership on Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives capital campaign. McGean, retired president of Verizon Wireless, also served on the Gwinnett Tech Board of Directors for three years before his current role as a Gwinnett Tech Foundation trustee. He chaired the Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives campaign, helping raise over $7.1 million to date. His strong leadership efforts secured the opening of the college's new 78,000-square-foot Life Sciences Center. McGean personally recruited and managed the campaign cabinet members and their efforts, hosted numerous fundraising events, and recruited and trained volunteers to help in donor solicitation. McGean and other TCFA honorees were recognized during the association's annual awards dinner, which was held in Savannah recently. He is shown with Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels on the construction site of the GTC's Life Science Center.
"One of Georgia's best story tellers, Dr. Ferrol Sams of Fayetteville, unveils in this 2007 book what is really a fictional history of Fayette County, though he changes names of folk and towns around. Starting back after the Civil War, he brings the history of his hometown and county through the many characters, politicians and relatives he remembers. What's most revealing is that many similar and nefarious stories could be told of any of the metro Atlanta counties that have seen massive growth since World War II. This book was selected by the Gwinnett library for a Gwinnett Reads program, and well chosen." -- eeb
While the Union navy blockaded the port of Apalachicola during the Civil War, rumors about the construction of a new Confederate gunboat began to filter downriver. In the fall of 1861, Confederate naval officers and the chief engineer of the Columbus Naval Iron Works contracted with a private firm based in Saffold, Ga., 175 miles south of Columbus and 140 miles upriver from Apalachicola, to build a 130-foot-long gunboat in four months. In theory, the CSS Chattahoochee was to be both riverboat and ocean-sailing craft. Upon its completion, the Confederate navy hoped to steam it downriver, break the blockade, and open the port of Apalachicola for the return of supply ships and trade to the region.
However, disaster and mishap struck the construction and eventual launch of the gunboat at every turn, highlighting the strong disadvantages that the Confederacy held in building and managing a Navy under wartime conditions and depletions. After many delays, the long-awaited launch of the Chattahoochee took place in February, 1863, but the vessel ran aground on its first day on the river and seriously damaged its hull.
By the time the steamer was again ready for service, the Confederate Army, feeling impatient and vulnerable to attack, had sunk obstructions into the Apalachicola River, destroying any hopes that the Chattahoochee's officers held of engaging the Union force at sea. By the spring of 1863 the Confederate Navy had stationed the gunboat, now no more than a glorified floating battery, above the obstructions. On May 27, 1863, the boilers of the Chattahoochee exploded due to the crew's inexperience, killing several sailors, maiming others, and effectively destroying the ship for the remainder of the war.
During the war, the Columbus Naval Iron Works also supplied engine machinery for many of the Confederacy's ironclads. On the Chattahoochee River, the Confederacy commissioned the construction of the CSS Jackson in 1862. This ship also faced a series of setbacks and delays that prevented it from ever reaching the Union blockade. Despite a scarcity of resources, the Jackson was completed in less than a year. However, inconsistent river levels prevented its initial launch, and an ordered redesign of the paddle system cost the crew any opportunity to engage the blockaders at the mouth of the Apalachicola River.
As the war's end approached, the Union command sent a cavalry unit of 13,500 men, under the command of Major General James H. Wilson, to capture and occupy the Chattahoochee River Valley of Alabama and Georgia. Although historians debate the rationale behind this venture, the region had survived the war without any major battles and presumably could have served as the home base of a desperate last stand.
Launching the campaign from Tennessee, Wilson's raiders swept swiftly through the poorly defended cities of Alabama, and on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, the cavalry crossed the Broadnax Street Bridge from Girard, Ala., into Columbus in the dark of night. By morning, the Union soldiers had captured the city and begun laying waste to its industrial capabilities, including the Columbus Naval Iron Works. Wilson's men set the Jackson aflame and adrift on the river, where it burned for nearly two weeks before sinking; navy yard workers did the same to the Chattahoochee to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. In the early 1960s both ships were raised from the riverbed. Today, visitors to the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus can view what remains of both crafts.
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
You can also order
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to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling
fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.
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Learn about Amanda Riley Foundation: noon, Oct. 2, Snellville Commerce Club. Barbara Riley will be the speaker. Amanda Riley was a Brookwood High student who died 17 years ago after a fight with cancer. Meeting is at the Snellville City Hall.
Gwinnett Great Days of Service. This year's event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 2012 with over 300 different projects to choose from. This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. For more information and to sign up, visit this site.
(NEW) Public Safety Fall Festival at Coolray Field: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 6. Free admission, but visitors are encouraged to bring canned food donations for local food banks. Activities include public safety displays, pet adoptions, yard sale, car seat checks and other activities.
Ninth Annual Suwanee Music Festival: Oct. 6, Town Center Park, sponsored by Amigos for Christ. Music begins at 10 a.m. and continues through beginning of The Lovin' Spoonful presentation at 7:30 p.m. Events for all ages at $10 per person. Details.
(NEW) Norcross ArtFest: Oct. 6 (all day) and Oct. 7 (all afternoon), downtown Norcross. Art will be on display from 165 different artists. A highlight will be work from www.chairsforcharity.com, with items decorated by Norcross students. Nine schools are participating. The ArtFest was named "Event of the Year" by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitor's Bureau, with festival goers numbering 60,000 in 2011.
(NEW) 34th annual Elisha Winn Fair: Oct. 6-7, Elisha Winn House, 908 Dacula Road. This year commemorates the 200th anniversary of the house where Gwinnett's first government was formed, and put on by the Gwinnett Historical Society, which maintains the home. Proceeds benefit upkeep of the home. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, vendors, a quilt raffle, crafts, re-enactors and a house tour.
(NEW) Fourth Annual Chattapoochee Pet Fest: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 7, Chattapoochee Dog Park, 4291 Rogers Bridge Road. Celebrate the life of four-legged friends, including a pet costume contest. Vendors of pet, crafts and foods will be present, plus others. Proceeds benefit the Historic Strickland House. Details: 770-232-7584.
Poet laureate to speak: 5 p.m., Oct. 7, Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center. Natasha Trethewey will focus on her works. Books will be for sale at this event, light refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by harpist Joyce Parks, director of the B.J. Chorale.
(NEW) Southern Wings Bird Club: 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and every second Monday, Gwinnett Justice and Administrative Building. Purpose is to learn about birds in this area, share our interest with the community, create wildlife habitat, and enjoy fellowship with similar interests. Email for details.
Girl Scout engineering careers for women: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 13, Alpharetta campus of DeVry University, 2555 Northwinds Parkway. Women in engineering careers will help lead girls in a variety of hands-on science activities about science careers. Lunch will be provided to all registered.
(NEW) Fort Daniel Frontier Faire, at Hog Mountain: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 20, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 21, at 2505 Braselton Highway. The former site of Fort Daniel (circa 1812) is currently located on privately owned property. Faire parking on site is limited to handicapped only and parking for the public is available across the street at Northview Church, corner of Georgia Highways 124-324.
Halloween-for-Haiti Carnival: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 27, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. Music, food, kids' activities throughout the event. Costume parade with prizes at 5 p.m. Haunted trail from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the children of Jasmin, Haiti.
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