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Jekyll authority backs out of Linger Longer development deal

December 8, 2009 --

The Jekyll Island Authority is dropping out of a controversial beachfront development deal because its private partner could no longer guarantee a timeline for completion. The authority and Atlanta-based Linger Longer LLC had been renegotiating timing and financial terms of the package, which called for building two hotels, condominiums and time-share units, and up to 30,000 square feet of retail space. But the authority still wanted a firm timeline for completion of each component, a spokesman said, and Linger Longer couldn’t make it so.

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code
December 8, 2009 --


A combative Eugene Walker on Monday talked the DeKalb County school board into holding off on discussing a proposed ethics code for board members. State Rep. Kevin Levitas last month proposed a state law giving the DeKalb board “a clear set of principles” to follow. Walker, who resigned as chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority this year after controversy over his role there, said Levitas’ proosal “offended” him. “We oughta throw it in the trash,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

Ex-cop pleads not guilty to smuggling cellphone to son in jail

Ex-cop pleads not guilty to smuggling cellphone to son in jail
December 7, 2009 --

Pearlene Williams, retired chief of staff to Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington, pleaded not guilty today to smuggling a cellphone into the DeKalb County Jail. She faces felony charges of furnishing contraband to an inmate and violating her oath of office. Her son, Muhammad Kareem, was an inmate being held for the 2007 murder of a Covington Highway pawn shop manager. 

Dec. 7

December 7, 2009 --

ATL wastes $806K of homeland security money on unused water valves Douglas County BOE to terminate attorney’s contract

Dec. 6

December 6, 2009 --

Why you’re paying too much in property taxes The Capitol as frat house, and the 2010 race for governor Cobb EMC appeal will likely delay election further State to hear claims of Richmond County trial delays More politicians not filing reports of disclosure

Dec. 4

December 4, 2009 --

Richardson’s fall highlights gift-giving from lobbyists Bibb school ethics probe may take months

Fired police chief claims indigence, asks DeKalb to pay to transcribe appeal

Fired police chief claims indigence, asks DeKalb to pay to transcribe appeal
December 4, 2009 --

Terrell Bolton, formerly DeKalb County’s $162,000-a-year police chief, is claiming indigence as he tries to get his job back. Bolton says he can’t afford to pay a court reporter to transcribe the four-day hearing held on his appeal of his dismissal. Bolton was fired in February for insubordination and misuse of county vehicles, including a $32,000 Range Rover and a $55,000 Mercedes Benz assigned for his use.

Dec. 3

December 3, 2009 --

House speaker to resign effective Jan, 1 Bibb school superintendent under ethics investigation Base closure savings inflated Floyd County 911 took 22 minutes to dispatch police to 2nd location

Handel preparing new rules for voters to prove citizenship

Handel preparing new rules for voters to prove citizenship
December 3, 2009 --

The State Election Board may put the final touches next week on Georgia’s drive to require proof of citizenship when residents register to vote. The Justice Department last spring rejected Secretary of State Karen Handel‘s effort to purge non-citizens from the voting rolls as inaccurate and racially discriminatory. The board will vote Dec. 10 on new rules, subject to federal approval, outlining acceptable proof of citizenship and creating an appeal process.

Blitch, ex-Clinch County judge, fined $100K after fraud plea

Blitch, ex-Clinch County judge, fined $100K after fraud plea
December 2, 2009 --

Former Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III of Clinch County was sentenced Tuesday to three years’ probation and fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to fraud in federal court in Macon. Blitch’s crime was punishable by up to 20 years in prison but he avoided prison time under the plea agreement. Prosecutors dropped the remaining […]

DeKalb schools may pay $15 million to manage construction program

DeKalb schools may pay $15 million to manage construction program
December 2, 2009 --

DeKalb school officials want to pay Parsons Corp. and another firm $14.6 million to manage construction through 2012. The school board Monday may pony up the 2010 installment — $6.1 million. Parsons took control of the program in October when chief operating officer Pat Pope was reassigned as an investigation of construction contracts heated up. But the outsourcing would have cost the same regardless of Pope’s status, a school spokesman said today: “Their dollar figure would not have changed.”

Dec. 2

December 2, 2009 --

No jail time for ex-judge Blitch Wrongful death suit filed against Clayton sheriff Concern grows for Grady dialysis patients Vaccine cases spark interest — and an unusual move by plaintiffs Natural gas fight coming to head between cities, AGL