Delegates to the Constitutional Convention began assembling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1787, the designated starting day. Because a large number of delegates had not arrived the opening of the Convention was moved to May 25.
On May 14, 1791, George Washington addressed the Grand Lodge of Georgia Masons in Savannah.
On May 14, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis, Missouri to explore the Northwest United States from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
One hundred fifty years ago today, on May 14, 2014, the VMI Corps of Cadets marched 15 miles and camped overnight at Mt. Tabor, near New Market, Virginia. The next day they would march into history.
On the same day, the Battle of Resaca was fully engaged in Northwest Georgia.
On Saturday, May 14, the fighting at Resaca escalated into a full-scale battle. Beginning at dawn, Union forces engaged the Confederates along the entire four-mile front. In the early afternoon Schofield’s Army of the Ohio attacked the sharply angled center of the Confederate line. The assault was badly managed and disorganized, in part because one of Schofield’s division commanders was drunk. As the Union attack unraveled and became a fiasco, Johnston launched a counterattack on Sherman’s left flank. The counterattack collapsed, however, in the face of a determined stand by a Union artillery battery. In the evening Union forces pushed forward and seized the high ground west of Resaca, which placed the bridges leading south from the town within artillery range and threatened Johnston’s line of retreat.The following day Sherman renewed his assault on the Confederate center.
Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center’s original production “37 Weeks that Changed Georgia” chronicles the Battle of Resaca in this week’s episode.
Tomorrow from 3-4 PM, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” will be live from the Georgia Republican Party State Convention in Athens. The local station to tune-in is WUGA 91.7 FM. If you’re not already in Athens then, you can find your local GPB radio station here.
I wrote yesterday that Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis is likely to run for State House District 80, which is being vacated by Mike Jacobs, who will be appointed to the DeKalb County State Court.
Later that day, the AJC published a story about a complaint filed by two former City of Brookhaven employees alleging misconduct by Davis.
Two female Brookhaven employees accused Mayor J. Max Davis of sexual harassment, a spokeswoman for the city confirmed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
City officials, however, disputed that characterization of the complaint. Late Wednesday, the city released a statement saying Mayor J. Max Davis has been cleared of wrongdoing.
“(City Attorney) Tom Kurrie has concluded that there was no intentional conduct that rose to the level of harassment of any type,” the news release said. “Neither of the employees involved claimed or inferred that this incident involving the mayor was sexual or harassing in nature.”
The Brookhaven Post has more on the dispute.
In an exclusive interview, Mayor J Max Davis told The Post, “It is unfortunate the term ‘sexual harassment’ was ever spoken to the media. This incident was never about that and neither of the parties present ever claimed or made that accusation.”
Mr. Kurrie also said that “There is not presently nor was there any investigation of sexual harassment being conducted by the City of Brookhaven. Furthermore, there has been no claim or complaint filed by anyone, employee or otherwise, alleging sexual harassment by the Mayor.”
[The city released the following statement:]
At the direction of the city manager, the city attorney on March 17, 2015, commenced the investigation of an incident where an aerosol can was sprayed in the vicinity of two city employees by the mayor. After interviewing the two employees, the mayor, the city manager and the human resources director, Mr. Tom Kurrie has concluded that there was no intentional conduct that rose to the level of harassment of any type. Neither of the employees involved claimed or inferred that this incident involving the mayor was sexual or harassing in nature. Mayor J. Max Davis said, “I have spoken with both employees present and they have accepted the sincere apology that I offered. The action was innocent and was not intended to bring discomfort.”
Whether this throws a monkey wrench into the carefully calibrated machinations that revolve around the fate of the Mayorship and resulting political dominos is likely to play out in the coming days.
House District 155 has gained at least one candidate, with Scott Downing of Fitzgerald announcing he will enter the special election to succeed State Rep. Jay Roberts. Downing served as a Ben Hill County Commissioner, and resigned that seat to run for State House at a date to be announced.
A special election will be held June 16th to fill Commissioner Downing’s position. Depending on when the state announces their election dates, the House representative position may also be on the ballot.
Ben Hill County Manager Frank Feild said they hope to be able to hold the elections on the same day because it would save the county money. These elections were not budgeted for this year, so the county has to spend extra money.
Unintended Consequences: Homegrown Hope
After this year’s passage by the General Assembly of House Bill 1, “Haleigh’s Hope,” which legalizes treatment of certain medical conditions with cannabis oil and decriminalizes possession of the oil under strict state regulation, we now have a criminal case involving oil made illegally in Georgia and allegedly used for treatment of depression.Continue Reading..