GPA: State ports continue record pace – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved an all-time high of 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) container units in July.

The GPA surpassed its previous TEU record set in May by 3,453 units. The July TEU performance was up 47,237 TEUs compared to July 2013. Since January, the Port of Savannah has averaged 269,688 TEUs per month.

“Improved confidence among U.S. retailers, newly added port customers, and shifting cargo from U.S. West to East Coast are all fueling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz, in a statement. “Savannah has the space to more than double its throughput as more shippers choose East Coast ports to serve the fast-growing Southeastern U.S.”

via GPA: State ports continue record pace – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Cherokee Tribune – Former Nelson mayor says man called him slur

A former Nelson mayor now vying for a seat on the Nelson City Council was allegedly assaulted while at the Pickens County Board of Elections Office to qualify to run.

According to a police report filed with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, David Leister was filling out the necessary paperwork to qualify to run for the City Council seat on July 30 when he heard someone call him an offensive slur.

“While he was filling out paperwork with the assistance of an employee, he (Leister) heard a voice come from behind him say what sounded like the person saying, ‘Who’s that f—–!’ Albert (Leister) said he knew the voice to be that of the suspect, Mr. William McNiff, whom he has had trouble with in the past while Albert was acting as mayor for the city of Nelson,” the police report states.

McNiff, a member of the Canton Tea Party, ran for a Nelson City Council seat in 2012, but lost. Leister filed a police report with the Nelson Police Department in 2012 after he received threatening phone calls from McNiff.

via Cherokee Tribune – Former Nelson mayor says man called him slur.

City schools see ‘surge’ in enrollment – Times-Georgian: News

Carrollton City Schools saw a significant uptick in its enrollment on its first day of school this week, the system’s superintendent said Tuesday.

Dr. Kent Edwards said during the Board of Education meeting that between 150-200 more students showed up for the first day of school on Monday than in 2013, representing what he quantified as a 3.5 percent increase.

via City schools see ‘surge’ in enrollment – Times-Georgian: News.

The Daily Tribune News – Adairsville council considers millage rollback

The Adairsville City Council met in a work session last night to discuss a full agenda of items to be presented at Thursday’s regular meeting.

Foremost among the items was a projected rollback in the city’s millage rate to 3.631 mills from 3.640 in 2013.

“We had a slight increase in property taxes,” City Manager Pam Madison said. “So we rolled back the millage rate to offset the property values.”

The council will vote Thursday night whether to authorize the rollback.

via The Daily Tribune News – Adairsville council considers millage rollback.

The Brunswick News – Local

The problems Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering’s officers encountered with door-to-door solicitors in the past were not always with the salesmen themselves.

The problem was the lack of an ordinance that spelled out how to deal with them.

Doering is confident a new law will remedy that.

“This should help a lot,” Doering said of the ordinance designed largely to weed out potential scam artists.

The new ordinance requires door-to-door salesmen to acquire a permit from the Glynn County Finance Department. Solicitors are required to carry it with them when making door-to-door sales pitches.

To get a permit, businesses must pay $30 to cover a background check and $20 for an annual license.

via The Brunswick News – Local.

The marijuana legalization movement loses Pat Robertson – The Washington Post

Oh, well: televangelist Pat Robertson has apparently changed his mind on the subject of legal marijuana.

Just two years after Robertson said that he thinks the U.S. should “treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” he and his 700 Club network went hard against Colorado’s legalization of the drug this week.

“The little kids are getting high,” Robertson said of the children of Colorado on his Wednesday show. He went on: “Do you want your little 8th grader to be stoned when he goes to school? Well, welcome to Colorado, where pot is legal.”

via The marijuana legalization movement loses Pat Robertson – The Washington Post.

The major parties in eight states haven’t had a woman nominee for governor since 1970 (and probably ever) – The Washington Post

Mary Burke made Wisconsin history Tuesday.

She and South Dakota’s Susan Wismer — both of them Democrats — this year became the first women since 1970 and likely ever to secure a major-party nomination for governor in their respective states, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. In eight other states, that has yet to happen. Women only began taking office in significant numbers around the early 1970s, following the growth of the women’s rights movement, which is why CAWP is relatively sure that there weren’t earlier nominees, according to a spokeswoman.

The eight states without a female major-party nominee since at least 1970 are: Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Utah. (Ohio has had an acting female governor, but not a candidate. Former Utah Gov. Olene Walker (R) took office through succession and was therefore never nominated to run.) All told, 24 states, including Wisconsin, have never had a female governor, according to the center.

via The major parties in eight states haven’t had a woman nominee for governor since 1970 (and probably ever) – The Washington Post.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 14, 2014

On August 14, 1784, Russians invaded settled Alaska, founding the first permanent Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay.

Dentist, gambler, and gunfighter Doc Holliday was born on August 14, 1851 in Griffin, Georgia.

Speaking of Griffin, here’s an interesting list of ten things you didn’t know about Griffin, Georgia.

On August 14, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln hosted a group of African-American men at the White House to discuss emancipation of American slaves outside the United States as colonists.

The Second Battle of Dalton was joined on August 14, 1864.

Veterinary medicine was first regulated in Georgia after the signature by Gov. Hoke Smith of legislation on August 14, 1908.

Governor Richard Russell signed a proposed Constitutional Amendment removing the requirement that all taxes be paid before a citizen was allowed to vote.

The County Unit System of elections was created on August 14, 1917 when Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation by the General Assembly.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. The road to perdition is paved with good intentions.

On August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made public in Japan.

In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor.

A Special Session called by Governor Miller to address legislative redistricting after the United States Supreme Court threw out Georgia’s Congressional redistricting map was convened on August 14, 1995.

Public Service Announcement


As much as we’ve seen, read, and heard about suicide and depression in the wake of the death of Robin Williams, I’m going to take a moment, and I hope you will too.

If you need help, it’s available, and it’s not what you think it is. Someone who can offer hope, love, and a sympathetic ear. Call if you need to.

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The important thing is to first get through the crisis, and once you’re past that, you have my personal guarantee that things will get better. If you are afraid a friend, loved one or acquaintance might hurt himself or herself, call the same number – they’re there for friends and family as well.

Click here for some more good advice on how to help someone in crisis.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, get professional, trained help immediately. Tomorrow may be too late.

If you suffer from depression or wonder if you are, feel free to contact me via email. I am not the person you need to be speaking to if you’re in crisis, but I’m willing to share what helps me deal with depression, and I’m willing to listen.

Department of Irony

Yesterday, I noticed something ironic in a statement by Jason Carter’s spokesman, responding to criticism that Carter took a walk when things got tough in DeKalb County. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 14, 2014

Winston Churchill referred to his recurring depression as his “black dog.”

That’s a bad enough reputation, but among rescue folks, there is also what is called “black dog syndrome,” a tendency for black dogs (and cats) to spend longer waiting for foster and adoptive homes and to be euthanized at a higher rate than lighter-colored dogs.

Unfortunately, at this time of the year, many public shelters are overwhelmed by the number of animals brought in and euthanasia rates are dramatically higher, often meaning euthanization of otherwise healthy animals simply to make space for more that come in.

41189 is a small, female Chihuahua puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett 41105

41105 a small female puppy who is listed as a Pit Bull, but might for all we know be part Boston Terrier; she is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett 41119

41119 is a young, female Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett 39582

39582 is a young female Labrador retriever puppy available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.