KENNESAW — The City of Kennesaw has reversed course and will now reimburse motorists for towing fees incurred on vehicles that had to be abandoned during this week’s snow storm.
To be reimbursed, the vehicle had to be towed between 11 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Friday evening announcement said.
Vehicle owners must come in person to the Kennesaw Police Department at 2539 J.O. Stephenson Ave. to present their vehicle registration and driver’s license, as well as a copy of the receipt for the towing fee.
The city will then process the request and mail a check to the individual, the announcement said.
TYBEE ISLAND — Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee’s, where these small shorebirds are known to visit.
First decimated by the use of their feathers in women’s hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only 60 or so breeding pairs remain in the smallest of their three known populations.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified global warming and wind turbines as emerging threats to these birds.
The paradox of that pair of threats is not lost on Tim Keyes, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources who is worried that a proposed wind turbine on Tybee would harm plovers that migrate through or winter there.
“No need to point out the irony that one potentially ameliorates the other,” Keyes wrote to the wind turbine’s biggest proponent, Tybee council member Paul Wolff.
Nor is the irony of Keyes’ concerns lost on Wolff, a clean-energy advocate whose home is powered with solar panels. Wolff wants Tybee to lead the way with wind energy and erect the 150-foot, 50-kilowatt turbine as a model for other coastal communities.
Barr has a major, $100-a-couple campaign fundraiser set for Feb. 6 at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. The star attraction will be Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., the self-styled “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”
He got that nickname by doing such things as using chain gangs as a source of free labor for local communities in his county and for making inmates in his jail wear pink underwear and pink handcuffs. Arpaio also was a strong supporter of Arizona’s controversial immigration law and is currently being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for alleged racial-profiling.
Barr features an endorsement from Arpaio on his website: “Bob stood strong for our Second Amendment rights, for tax reform, for individual liberty, for a balanced budget and, perhaps most important, against Bill Clinton. We need that toughness in Washington now more than ever. I know Bob personally and have worked with him. He will deliver; he has before and he will again.”
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MORE POLITICS: Former state Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta) told those at the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club luncheon Friday she’s “thinking about” running for her old seat, which she lost in an upset two years ago to then-little known Charles Gregory. Marietta lawyer/guitar-slinger Bert Reeves is already running against Gregory.
Gregory, a Paulite libertarian-leaning Republican, has marched to the beat of his own drummer under the Golden Dome, prompting comparison to late state Rep. Bobby Franklin of east Cobb.
The latest such example came Friday when the Legislature approved the 2014 midyear budget by a vote of 163-1, with Gregory the 1.
“I’m sure Leadership is taking notice of his apostasy on this vote and others, and he is taking after Bobby Franklin, it looks like,” one Statehouse denizen emailed Around Town afterward.
AS EXPECTED, candidates for the seat on the Cobb Superior Court that will open up next year wasted no time in throwing their hats in the ring this week.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Ann Harris, Cobb Juvenile Court Judge Juanita Stedman and lawyer Nathan Wade all threw their hats into the ring this week to succeed Judge Jim Bodiford, who announced via Tuesday’s “Around Town” column he would retire at year end rather than seek a sixth term on the bench.
Don’t be surprised to see another candidate or two emerge for his seat as well.
AS FOR THE THREE announced candidates for Bodiford’s judgeship, Harris has worked as a prosecutor since 1995 and has a juris doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University. As a member of the Multi-Jurisdictional Human Trafficking Taskforce, she was instrumental in drafting Georgia’s original Human Trafficking statute that was passed by the Legislature in 2006. And in 2003 she was part of a select group of prosecutors and judges who went to the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) to train prosecutors there on effective criminal investigations and prosecutions. She’s a past president of the Smyrna Optimist Club and is a longtime member of the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club.
JUANITA STEDMAN has served as Juvenile Court Judge since 2000 and also presides over the Cobb Juvenile Drug Court and the Family Dependency Treatment Court. She earlier was an attorney with Cauthorn & Phillips and served as a law clerk for the late Judge Robert Flournoy Jr. Prior to her legal career, Stedman was a Special Ed teacher at Marietta High School and served as an assistant professor in the education department at Georgia State University. She is a former member of the Marietta School Board, earned her juris doctorate degree from Georgia State University, and has lived here for more than three decades.
NATHAN WADE’S practice, The Wade and Bradley Law Firm, specializes in family/domestic issues and personal-injury cases. Wade also serves as an associate judge in Marietta Municipal Court. He is a graduate of John Marshall School of Law and received the Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award from the State Bar of Georgia. He has served several terms on the board of trustees of the Cobb Bar Association, is a member of the Cobb Prayer Breakfast Committee, the Marietta Kiwanis Club and serves as a youth mentor. If elected, Wade would be the first black person ever to serve on the Cobb Superior Court bench.
The metro Atlanta region came to a standstill last week, its interstates, highways and side streets glazed over with ice after a sudden snowfall, and thousands of commuters left stranded. Children spent the night at school, people bedded down in churches, restaurants, hotel lobbies and grocery stores.
The rest of America chuckled good-humoredly at those silly Atlantans who can’t even drive in a dusting of snow.
The fingerpointing and soul-searching began early. Whose fault? Why didn’t government learn from the last ice storm? What can policy makers do better next time? What is wrong with motor-centric Atlanta that it won’t embrace mass transit? Why isn’t Georgia spending more on (fill in the blank)?
What was the common thread? Individual responsibility and personal initiative. People acted without prompting from government. They didn’t wait to be told to help. They saw a need, they filled it. They were charitable in the truest sense of the word. People weren’t “giving back;” they were giving. Without expecting anything in return — not even a tax credit.
Todd Rehm of GaPundit.com distributes a daily news column. On Thursday, he wrote, “From the whole mess and the blamestorming that are following, here are two truths about Atlanta that I have been reminded of.
(1) Our weakness is our reliance on government. This is true across the United States, but demonstrated nowhere more memorably than Atlanta’s roads beginning Tuesday afternoon.
(2) Our strength is our community and the willingness of our friends, family, neighbors, churches, business owners and ourselves to lend a hand to someone in need without having to be told, asked or paid to do so.”
The “blamestorm” will continue. But there’s hope for America. “Greedy” businesses? “Selfish” wealthy? Efforts to instigate class and race warfare through allegations of income inequality faded away Tuesday night as Georgians stepped up to help fellow citizens.
On the night of a State of the Union address that, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, will cost $40 billion for government to “help” with jobs, housing, student loans, joblessness, retirement and more, there was no charge for individual initiative, personal responsibility and the kindness of strangers.