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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 28, 2021

Gus is a 4-year old, 44-pound male Labrador Retriever & Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw, GA.

Hi, my name is Gus! I had a home, but my family had too many dogs and some health challenges, so I worked my way to Mostly Mutts and am on my way to finding a new family to love, perhaps it’s you? I am a friendly guy who is still a bit shy and sometimes scared of new things, but I’m coming along well and think I’d really enjoy a quieter type of home to let my ears down – lol. I enjoy soaking up love and affection from my people.

Lacey is a young, 2-year old, 88-pound female Treeing Walker Coonhound mix who is available for adoption from Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw, GA.

I was adopted as a puppy and my family loved me very much, but they are having an ongoing family medical situation that keeps them away from home too much to be able to meet my needs, so I’m back with Mostly Mutts looking for a new family to love.

Tink is a 6-year old, 31-pound female Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw, GA.

Hi, my name’s Tink! I came to Mostly Mutts from animal control. I am a sweet and friendly girl who is a bit shy initially.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 28, 2021

On July 28, 1868, United States Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution had been ratified and was now part of the Constitution. The first section of the 14th Amendment often forms the basis for litigation and reads:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Georgia initially rejected the 14th Amendment in 1866, later ratifying it on July 21, 1868 as a condition for readmission.

On July 28, 1978, Animal House was released, instantly becoming one of the greatest films of all time. In case you’ve never seen the film, there is a tiny little bit of adult language in the following clip.

On July 28, 1994, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating “The General” locomotive, which was stolen in 1862 during the Great Locomotive Chase. Today, The General may be viewed at The Southern Museum in Kennesaw.

On July 28, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first female Presidential nominee for a major party.

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Former U.S. Attorney BJay Pak has been cleared by the U.S. Justice Department to speak to Congress on some matters that took place during his service, according to the AJC.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 27, 2021

Freddie is a young male Toy Fox Terrier mix who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.

Tink is an adult female Pekingese mix who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.

Gracie is a young female Schnauzer mix who is available for adoption from Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 27, 2021

On July 27, 1974, the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the first impeachment article against President Richard M. Nixon.

The first such impeachment recommendation in more than a century, it charge[d] President Nixon with unlawful activities that formed a “course of conduct or plan” to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in and to cover up other unlawful activities.

The vote was 27 to 11, with 6 of the committee’s 17 Republicans joining all 21 Democrats in voting to send the article to the House.

The majority included three conservative Southern Democrats and three conservative Republicans.

A bomb exploded at a free concert in Centennial Park in Atlanta on July 27, 1996.

Police were warned of the bombing in advance, but the bomb exploded before the anonymous caller said it would, leading authorities to suspect that the law enforcement officers who descended on the park were indirectly targeted.

Within a few days, Richard Jewell, a security guard at the concert, was charged with the crime. However, evidence against him was dubious at best, and in October he was fully cleared of all responsibility in the bombing.

Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller took the oath of office as United States Senator on July 27, 2000. Miller would go on to win a special election for the remainder of the term in November 2000.

On July 27, 2014, former Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former White Sox player Frank Thomas, who was born in Columbus, Georgia.

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Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced the city will again require masks, according to the Savannah Morning News.Continue Reading..


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 26, 2021

Pumpkin is a female Terrier and Boxer mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society, Inc. in Augusta, GA.

Pumpkin is a friendly and affectionate dog who absolutely loves to snuggle. She has a huge smile that always reaches her expressive eyes, and she adores attention and being pet, as well as relaxing in sunny spots with her human.

Cecily is a female Hound and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society, Inc. in Augusta, GA.

Cecily is friendly, curious, and very sweet. She is a bit shy, but with some love and patience she will come out of her shell.

Thomas is a male Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the CSRA Humane Society, Inc. in Augusta, GA.

Thomas is a very friendly and overall happy dog that would do best with an active owner who could allow him to use all of his energy. As you can see in his photos, Thomas always has a smile on his face. He is affectionate and his presence is a definite mood lifter!


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 26, 2021

On July 26, 1775, the United States Postal Service was created by the Second Continental Congress, may God have mercy on their souls. Benjamin Franklin served as the first Postmaster.

On July 26, 1908, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded.

On July 26, 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act, structuring the military-intelligence industrial complex for many years to come.

The National Security Act had three main parts.

First, it streamlined and unified the nation’s military establishment by bringing together the Navy Department and War Department and establishing the Department of the Air Force all under a new Department of Defense. The DoD would facilitate control and utilization of the nation’s growing military.

Second, the act established the National Security Council (NSC). Based in the White House, the NSC was supposed to serve as a coordinating agency, sifting through the increasing flow of diplomatic and intelligence information in order to provide the president with brief but detailed reports.

Finally, the act set up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA replaced the Central Intelligence Group, which had been established in 1946 to coordinate the intelligence-gathering activities of the various military branches and the Department of State. The CIA, however, was to be much more–it was a separate agency, designed not only to gather intelligence but also to carry out covert operations in foreign nations.

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush (41) signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On July 26, 2015, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first pitcher inducted who had undergone Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Smoltz won the 1996 Cy Young award and reached the playoffs 14 times with Atlanta. The Braves won five pennants and the 1995 World Series with Smoltz on the roster. He’s the first pitcher to win more than 200 games and save at least 150 games. He’s also the first player inducted with Tommy John surgery on his resume.

Smoltz understood his debt to John.

“I’m a miracle. I’m a medical miracle,” Smoltz said. “I never took one day for granted.”

Smoltz also heaped praise on former manager Bobby Cox and teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who were inducted a year ago, and delivered a message to parents of the players of tomorrow as the number of Tommy John surgeries continues to escalate.

“Understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 or 15 years old,” Smoltz said to warm applause. “Baseball is not a year-round sport. They’re competing too hard, too early. That’s why we’re having these problems.”

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Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 23, 2021

Dutch is an 8-month old, 12-pound male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA. Dutch is good with kids, cats and other dogs.

Sonny is a 3-year old, 55-pound male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA.

Alvin is a 3-year old, 60-pound male mixed breed dog who is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 23, 2021

On July 24, 1778, Georgia ratified the Articles of Confederation.

Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates – Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy – did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles.

An interesting sidenote is that John Walton‘s brother, George Walton, signed the Declaration of Independence on Georgia’s behalf.

On July 23, 1864, Union and Confederate forces in and around Atlanta gathered the dead and worked to save the wounded. Union artillery began bombarding Atlanta. On July 23, 2014, Republicans did the same in the aftermath of the Primary Runoff Elections the previous day. Democratic artillery advertising would soon fill the air.

Former President Ulysses S. Grant died on July 23, 1885.

The Cleveland Metropolitan Park District was established on July 23, 1917 and currently has a set of beautiful parks winding through the city.

At 12:51 EDT tomorrow, we mark the safe return from the moon of Apollo 11 on July 24, 1969.

On July 25, 1972, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

On July 25, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Nixon that executive privilege did not allow the White House to refuse to turn over audio recordings that had been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

The number one song in America on July 23, 1982 was “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor, from the Rocky III soundtrack.

John Smoltz started his first game as a major league pitcher on July 23, 1988, as the Braves took a win over the New York Mets.

On July 24, 2000, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the United States Senate to serve in the seat vacated on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.

A graveyard with more than 600 unmarked grave sits on the site of the former Georgia State Prison Farm in Milledgeville, according to the AJC.

The site is the final resting place for more than 600 anonymous souls who died at that prison, both from executions and more natural causes. The prison closed in 1937 and was demolished three years ago. Much of the prison land has been turned into a park for Baldwin County, including soccer fields. There are also plans for an aquatic park.

[Edwin C.] Atkins is asking the state to cut a trail to the cemetery, allowing the public and descendants of the dead to access the land and to help them in their mission to upgrade the grounds.

Atkins and Smith brought Rep. [Rick] Williams [R-Milledgeville] on their tour of the graveyard to get some political juice in their effort to get the Georgia Department of Corrections to allow them to more properly tend the graves. They come out to cut the grass and have been trying to identify graves, but they are officially trespassing.

Atkins bent down to check a rusted Georgia license plate used to mark a grave. The prison started manufacturing car tags in 1930 and used them to identify the dead. No name, just a number in death. Most of the license plates are long gone, so identifying who lies underneath remains almost impossible. Some graves have rusty iron bars as a marking. “If you trip, look down and you’ll find a metal stub,” Smith said.

“I think it’s a sin to let those prisoners rot forgotten in the woods,” Atkins said. “It’s morally unconscionable that you’re not memorializing dead prisoners. Because they were Black, because they were criminals they were thrown in the woods.”

There are almost certainly white bodies moldering there too, but they are almost certainly a minority. According to his great-grandfather’s typed records noting each execution, Atkins said 118 of the 144 (or 82%) of those electrocuted were Black.

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United States Representative Hank Johnson (D-DeKalb) was arrested outside the U.S. Capitol during a protest, according to CNN via the Albany Herald.

Johnson can be seen in the video with his hands restrained behind his back while still participating in a chant with other protesters yelling, “Whose streets? Our streets. Whose House? Our House.” He is one of 10 people whom the Capitol Police arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating” outside the Hart Senate Office Building and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

“Today, Congressman Hank Johnson was arrested along with a group of black male voting rights activists protesting against Senate inaction on voting rights legislation and filibuster reform,” Johnson’s office said in a statement to CNN.

The protest, the statement said, was also in response to restrictive voting laws across the country “that target students, the elderly and people of color. In the spirit of his dear friend and mentor — the late Congressman John Lewis — Rep. Johnson was getting in ‘good trouble’ fighting for and protecting civil and voting rights for all Americans.”

Johnson is the second lawmaker to be arrested in as many weeks while protesting for voting rights. Rep. Joyce Beatty, the Democratic chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested on July 15 by Capitol Police after participating in a voting rights protest that culminated in a march inside the Senate Hart Office Building atrium.

Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was convicted by a jury, according to the Associated Press via AccessWDUN.

A jury convicted Georgia’s suspended insurance commissioner of all 37 counts of fraud and money laundering against him on Thursday afternoon to cap a two-week federal trial, swiftly the guilty verdicts after the day’s closing arguments.

The suspended commissioner, Jim Beck, was convicted of charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and tax fraud by jurors in the federal courtroom in Atlanta. Beck had been indicted months after taking office in 2019.

Prosecutors had presented evidence at trial that Beck orchestrated a scheme to embezzle more than $2 million from the Georgia Underwriting Association. Beck had managed the state-chartered private insurer of last resort for years before he took office.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 8. The judge ordered Beck confined to his home in Carrollton, west of Atlanta, while awaiting sentencing save for outings for court appearances and to receive medical care.

From the AJC:

Under state law, Beck was automatically removed from office upon conviction. Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed John King to run the office and the Republican is seeking a full term in 2022.

Beck asked Kemp to suspend him when he was indicted, but continued drawing a $195,000 yearly salary. State lawmakers this year proposed a constitutional amendment to stop the pay of officials who are suspended from office while facing criminal charges. Voters will decide the amendment in 2022.

Prosecutors and Beck’s lawyers declined comment immediately after the verdict. Current GUA General Manager Joe Cregan said Thursday that insurers had paid GUA $2.5 million earlier this year for amounts Beck stole. He said GUA is still investigating to see if Beck took more money.

Some Bibb county residents protested an appearance by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, according to 13WMAZ.

Thursday, some members of Bibb County’s Republican party held up signs to protest the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

They’re unhappy that Raffensperger failed to overturn the state’s election results that showed Joe Biden as the winner here.

[Diane] Vann said, “He was responsible for saying nothing was wrong, nothing could be done with those machines and obviously, not telling the truth. I’m here.”

This week, [Bibb County GOP Chair David] Sumrall and local Republicans issued a news release from accusing election officials of switching 12,000 Bibb County votes from Trump to Biden on the night of November 4th.

Sumrall said, “Thousands of absentee ballots came in. I was a poll worker. Yes, I was present, but we couldn’t see anything!”

Georgia State House Republicans today meet in a retreat and will elect a new Majority Whip, according to the AJC.

The House GOP retreat kicks off today with speeches by party luminaries, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Veteran strategist Karl Rove will address the crowd Saturday, perhaps with his famous whiteboard. State party leaders will also pep up the 80 or so GOP lawmakers in attendance.

But we’re most closely watching what’s shaping up to be a key test of House Speaker David Ralston’s grip on the speaker’s gavel. It involves a vote scheduled mid-morning to replace state Rep. Trey Kelley after he stepped down as Majority Whip as he fights charges stemming from a 2019 fatal accident.

The contest to replace him as the fourth-ranking member of the chamber pits Ralston ally Matt Hatchett against Barry Fleming, an attorney with designs on running for speaker one day himself. Some House Republicans view it as a proxy fight over Ralston’s leadership.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance hit a level not seen since before the pandemic, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Albany Herald.

Jobless Georgians filed 12,605 initial claims last week, down 1,870 from the previous week and the lowest weekly total since the coronavirus pandemic struck Georgia in March of last year.

The state Department of Labor has paid out almost $22.9 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits since March 21, 2020, more than during the last decade combined prior to the pandemic.

Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan (R-Forsyth County) proposed a tax credit for donations to support law enforcement, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Albany Herald.

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan called on the General Assembly Thursday to create a $250 million state tax credit aimed at reducing crime statewide.

The Law Enforcement Strategic Support (LESS Crime) Act will be the cornerstone of Duncan’s 2022 legislative agenda.

“It should be no surprise that every state leader is concerned with the exponential rise in crime in Georgia, especially in our capital city,” Duncan said Thursday. “Rising crime is affecting individuals, businesses and Georgia families.”

“Combating this problem will not be accomplished by one solution alone. … Big problems call for big solutions.”

The tax credit Duncan envisions would be modeled after the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Georgia lawmakers created in 2016 to help the state’s most financially stressed rural hospitals.

The new tax credit legislation would let Georgians write a check directly to their local law enforcement agency and receive a 100% dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit. The credit would be capped at $5,000 per individual taxpayer, $10,000 per married couple, or in the case of a business, at 75% of a company’s tax liability.

Athens-Clarke County’s Police Crisis Intervention Unit is being studied by other departments, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

The Police Crisis Intervention Unit had its seeding in 2017 following a federal grant that helped train officers to better respond to such calls. Five years later, the program has caught the attention of other agencies across the state.

“I think our model seems to work well. Athens-Clarke County has been on the forefront of this before it became popular,” McFarland said about recent nationwide efforts to reform some facets of police work.

The pair in recent months have shared the unit’s inner workings with agencies in the cities of Brookhaven, Gainesville, Savannah, Forsyth, Moultrie, Augusta, Conyers and counties like McDuffie and Muscogee, among others, [Athens-Clarke police officer Robie] Cochran said.

When emergency calls come in to the 911 Center, Cochran explained the responding officer assesses the situation in terms of safety. This officer can judge if it appears to be a mental health crisis.

Besides responding to calls, the pair is also involved in training at the police department. Athens-Clarke officers are the best-trained group in the state when it comes to crisis de-escalation, according to McFarland. All officers are required to undergo 40 hours of such training, she said.

Augusta-Richmond County will pay $15 per hour to county employees, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

A minimum $15 hourly wage and bonuses for Augusta-Richmond County personnel will arrive sooner rather than later with funds from the American Rescue Plan.

The increases, as well as designated funding for commission districts and the mayor’s office were among eligible spending items presented to commissioners Wednesday by City Administrator Odie Donald.

Augusta and its several institutions are set to receive nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic aid. It’s often called a “once in a generation” opportunity, but Donald said numerous requirements accompany the funding that governments must address in full to spend the funds.

The large total includes the $82.3 million going to Augusta-Richmond County, $112 million to Richmond County schools, $447 million in forgivable Payroll Protection Act loans, $13 million in rental assistance, $3.5 million for homelessness, $2.5 million for Paine College and $4.4 million for Augusta Regional Airport, according to a handout. Augusta University and Augusta Technical College also have received millions.

Rincon will us 60-year old mechanical voting machines instead of Effingham County’s electronic voting machines, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The City of Rincon had the opportunity to use Effingham County’s electronic machines for their upcoming municipal election in November but opted instead to use their 60-year-old mechanical voting machines.

Using the county’s voting machines and having its elections and registration office run the city’s election came at a cost of about $12,000 versus the approximate $3,000 for the city to run its own election.

“The county can enter into intergovernmental agreements to have the county elections board run the cities elections,” said Effingham County manager Tim Callanan. “We offered Rincon, as well as Springfield and Guyton, that if you want us to run the elections, we will enter into an agreement where our elections and registration office will run them for a fee.”

“Rincon has about 7,900 registered voters. We used the same figure per registered voter for all three cities. There are 1,827 registered voters in Guyton and 1,791 in Springfield. It costs the county about $6.15 per registered voter to run a countywide election. We were going to split the cost 75%-25% with the Rincon paying $1.50 per voter for a cost of about $12,000, and the county picking up about $4.65,”  Callanan added.

“The machines we use are called Shoup machines. They’ve probably been around since the 1940s,” [Rincon city clerk Dulcia] King said. “You flip the lever and the curtain closes. Once you finish voting you push the bar back and the curtain opens and it counts your vote. My understanding is that the machines once belonged to the county and once they switched over to electronic machines we got theirs. These machines are only used with municipal elections. The last time Rincon had an election and used these machines was 2019. On presidential elections, the county handles the voting.”

Savannah hired Jay Melder as City Manager, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Melder’s appointment came with a unanimous 9-0 vote from council after a nearly four-hour meeting on Thursday. The mayor and aldermen will vote on the terms of his contract at the next council meeting following the completion of a background check.

“We congratulate Mr. Melder and we thank council in particular for your diligent and very hard work during this entire process,” Mayor Van Johnson said.

Acting City Manager Michael Brown will step down at the end of next week after nearly nine months in the role. Brown assumed the role last fall after another city manager brought in on a temporary basis, Pat Monahan, stepped down. Monahan came on as acting city manager following Rob Hernandez resignation in 2019.



Atlanta Public Schools will require masks when school returns, according to FoxNews.

Atlanta Public Schools will require students and staff to wear face masks this coming year after Gov. Brian Kemp declared the state would not have mask mandates for children.

“We’re not going to have a mask mandate for our kids,” Kemp said in May. “Our teachers have had the ability to get vaccinated. It certainly doesn’t keep anyone from wearing a mask.”

His executive order on the matter, however, fell short of outright banning such mandates in schools.

School officials said the rise of the delta variant coupled with students under the age of 12 not being eligible to receive a COVID vaccine motivated them to enforce mask wearing.

Atlanta isn’t alone in the new requirement and joins DeKalb and Clayton counties in requiring masks for their students and school staff.

Lowndes County Board of Education approved a return to school plan that makes masks optional, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

The Lowndes County Board of Education approved the plan at its July 19 meeting. The plan includes cleaning/hygiene, learning options, daily COVID-19 screenings and face coverings.

While face coverings are optional — and if worn, they should cover both the nose and mouth — the learning option will not be. Students return to traditional, face-to-face instruction this school year.

Because of this, according to the plan, the school system will implement “more intensive” COVID-19 prevention strategies and enhanced social distancing will be encouraged for staff and students.

Dalton Public Schools will place cameras in some classrooms as a pilot program, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.

“We’re testing the water,” said Superintendent Tim Scott. “We’re only asking for teachers who want to do this, (so) no one has to do it.”

“There are a lot of ways to use them,” Stuart Davis, Dalton Public Schools’ director of technology and telecommunications, informed the Dalton Board of Education members during a Monday work session at Dalton Junior High School. “If we try it this year, and it doesn’t work, we won’t use them” anymore.

“Teachers are in control of everything from the instruction side” with the Kloud-12 OneDevice cameras, Davis said. Teachers can, for example, teach a lesson in one room of a school, with that content delivered to another room or even another school, allowing them to “double up on instruction.”

The cameras are used by teachers in many school systems for professional development, Scott said. Teachers watch themselves to improve, or teachers watch other teachers for possible tips.

The cameras could also be used by administrators for teacher observations, and teachers may want to record a particular day or lesson to show administrators, Davis said. This is “no different than videotaping a football or baseball practice, then going back to watch it.”

There’s also a “security” function available with the cameras, which could be helpful “if something happens” in a classroom, he said. “We could go back and watch what is captured by the camera.”

The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department held a job fair, according to WTVM.


Adoptable (Official) Georgia Dogs for July 22, 2021

Line is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

Hi! I’m Line. I’m a 9 week old Lab mix, from the Let’s Go Fishing litter. I am a happy boy who loves cuddling. My foster dad says that I am a “good, solid pup that you follow you anywhere,” and I will! I’m happy following my people, my brothers and sisters, and any of my foster siblings. One of my favorite activities is going for walks and play time in the yard or out in the woods with my family – the big dogs, a couple of goats, and puppies from other litters. I don’t care if they’re bigger or smaller than me, I have a great time with my friends.

Sinker is a young male Labrador Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

Hi, it’s me – Sinker, one of the boys from the Let’s Go Fishing Litter. I’m looking for my furever family. Don’t get me wrong- I love my foster family- they’re super duper. But each night, I go to sleep and dream of what my foster mom calls my Furever Family. She says they will play with me (I love to play), and snuggle with me (I REALLY love to snuggle) , and they will love me forever and ever. My foster mom says I’m a great catch! I love other dogs, I love to play with toys, and I love to be with people. I have this big heart full of sunshine that I just want to share. Can I share it with you?

Gertrude is a young female Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix puppy who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

Hi, my name is Gertrude. I am about 3 months old. No one is quite sure what kind of dog I am, but the best guess is a lab/pit mix.I am a very happy and energetic little girl. I love playing with everyone and everything. I can be a little rambunctious at times, but I listen very well. I am still learning to walk on the leash but I will walk beside you when I am not on it. I am not fully potty trained and have the occasional accident but, I will sleep in a crate through the night and I will whine at the door if I need to go outside. I have cat siblings that I love to play with even though they don’t always like to play with me.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 22, 2021

General William Tecumseh Sherman gained the upper hand in the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. Estimated casualties were 12,140 (3,641 Union, 8,499 Confederate).

On July 22, 1964, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia released their opinion in the case Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States. The court held that the Commerce Clause gave the federal government the ability to order private businesses to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

From the New Georgia Encyclopedia:

Notwithstanding such states’ rights–based challenges, the Court in the Heart of Atlanta Motel and McClung cases unanimously held that the sweeping antidiscrimination provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were a proper exercise of Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. In effect, the Court reasoned that race discrimination by even very localized businesses, when viewed in the aggregate, had such far-reaching negative effects on the interstate movement of people and products that Congress could remove these impediments to commerce whether or not its true motives centered on a moral condemnation of racism.

Ensuing enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 led to the dismantling of many of the most overt forms of racial discrimination, which in turn contributed to the emergence of the “New South” and the explosion of economic activity that spread throughout the region in ensuing decades.

The Heart of Atlanta Motel case would later be heard by the United States Supreme Court.

On July 22, 1975, the United States House of Representatives voted to restore U.S. Citizenship to General Robert E. Lee posthumously.

Though President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation of amnesty and pardon to the Southern rebels in 1865, it required Lee to apply separately. On Oct. 2, 1865, the same day that Lee was inaugurated as president of Washington College in Lexington, Va., he signed the required amnesty oath and filed an application through Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Nonetheless, neither was Lee pardoned, nor was his citizenship restored. After receiving it, Secretary of State William Seward gave Lee’s application to a friend as a souvenir. Meanwhile, State Department officials, apparently with Seward’s approval, pigeonholed the oath.

In 1970, an archivist, examining State Department records at the National Archives, found Lee’s lost oath. That discovery helped set in motion a five-year congressional effort to restore citizenship to the general, who had died stateless in 1870.

President Gerald Ford signed the congressional resolution on July 24, 1975, correcting what he said was a 110-year oversight. The signing ceremony took place at Arlington House in Virginia, the former Lee family home. Several Lee descendants, including Robert E. Lee V, his great-great-grandson, attended.

On July 22, 1977, Elvis Costello released his first album, My Aim is True.

The first R.E.M. single and demo tape will be re-released at midnight in Athens, according to the Athens Banner Herald.

Record collectors and Athens music enthusiasts are expected to line up at Wuxtry Records late Thursday night in anticipation of an exclusive midnight launch for the reissue of R.E.M.’s debut single and first demo tape.

Available for the first time since 1981, the original Hib-Tone Records version of “Radio Free Europe” will be released Friday as a 7-inch vinyl single for $15. A reissue of R.E.M.’s first demo tape will also be available featuring “Radio Free Europe,” “Sitting Still” and “White Tornado.”

Copies of the 7-inch single reissue and the cassette demo re-issue are available for pre-order from Wuxtry Records via phone or at the store on Clayton Street where the midnight release will take place. Mitchell said that pre-order receipts will function as admission for the 11 p.m. launch party.

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The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission will announce the awarding of licenses on Saturday, according to the Capitol Beat News Service via the Rome News Tribune.Continue Reading..