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Council hears from residents about Tobin

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A crowd of nearly 200 people filled the R.E. Lee Auditorium for the Thomaston City Council meeting last Thursday to voice their opinions to the mayor and council on Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin. Of the roughly 25 people who spoke, the majority expressed their desire to see Tobin fired from the force for allegedly causing torment to citizens by using excessive force and brutality by a police officer.

 

Majority of weather sirens are installed

Thanks to a Response and Recovery grant program through FEMA and GEMA, Upson County was able to install six additional weather sirens throughout the county in hopes of giving better coverage to warn citizens of inclement weather. Upson County EMA Director Martha Anne McCarty told the county commissioners at their meeting last week, that the EMA is in the process of wrapping the project up and of the $46,387.24 that the county had to pay upfront, $39,429.15 is reimbursable from the state. She ...

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Dr. L. L. Allen retiring after serving Thomaston for 50 years

Dr. Lawrence L. Allen was honored last week with a proclamation designating July 11, 2014 as “Dr. L.L. Allen Day” in the City of Thomaston, upon his retirement from practicing medicine in Thomaston over the last 50 years. Mayor Hays Arnold made the declaration during a ceremony held at the government complex last Friday with many family and friends in attendance.

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Summer lunch program feeding 600

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Yatesville to honor veterans with flags and crosses

The City of Yatesville is looking for the names of a “few good men and women” who served in the military and are from Yatesville. The city plans to honor them on Veterans Day with their names, services, and wars on crosses with American flags attached. The crosses will be placed in a field downtown for all to see and visit.Last month, Mayor Cecil Moncrief told the city council of his travel through Hampton, Georgia on Memorial Day and seeing hundreds of white crosses wi...

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Sheriff’s Office looking into number of thefts and burglaries

Investigators for the Upson County Sheriff’s Office are looking into a variety of thefts and burglaries that have occurred around the county over the last couple of weeks.

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Sen. Fort requests GBI widen TPD investigation

ATLANTA - Sen. Vincent Fort (D- Atlanta) has sent the following letter to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan asking him to investigate the entire Thomaston Police Department in light of grievances filed against Officer Phillip Tobin and other law enforcement officials:Dear Director Keenan:I have previously requested that you investigate the actions of Officer Phillip Tobin regarding the incident of June 11th when Tobin tased Kelcey Rockmore. After a c...

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Medicine for the soul

I learned a long time ago that this business can affect your perspective of the world.When I was in law school I received class credit for prosecuting cases one semester. So, they sent me to traffic court. There were about 50 cases. All of them involved driving offenses. Most were minor, but there were enough tragedies to make me jumpy and overly cautious as I drove home.A few years later I noticed how juvenile crimes tainted the impression that a few law enforcement off...

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The Soul Purpose Band performing benefit concert for the Gilmore Center on July 26

Those looking for a fun evening and to support a worthy organization at the same time will not have to look any further than Bickley’s Lake in Thomaston on the evening of July 26. Beginning at 8 p.m., patrons will be transported back into the days of soul, beach and Motown with the performances of, headliners The Soul Purpose Band of Atlanta, and Grains of Sand of Athens, Ga. Net proceeds from the event will donated to the Gilmore Center in Thomaston, which provides support and services...

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Thomaston’s Fulcher wins both feature races at Senoia

Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher took the checkered flag for both feature races in the Jodeco Auto Sale Late Model Division. Here are the results from Saturday night’s racing action.Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature #1): 1-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 2-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 3-Trey White, Stockbridge 4-Clifton Moran, Roopville 5-Austin Horton, Grantville 6-Hunter Worley, Alvaton(Feature #2): 1-Fulcher 2-Morris 3-Horton 4-Moran ...

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A bowl with a hole’s story

There’s an old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” As I look around our home, many people would say most of our things fall into the junk category, and that would probably be true, if it weren’t for the stories behind them.There’s a plant in the corner of our deck that we’ve had as long as we’ve been married. Jilda’s mom gave it to her, but her mom got it from Jilda’s grandmother Mammie. It’s ca...

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Cold Ice = Cold Cash

Shirley Russell|The Thomaston TimesSt. Mary’s A.M.E. Church recently held a Praise in the Park at the Greatest Generation Memorial Park, inviting the community to join them for hotdogs and hamburgers, music, games, and fun for everyone. During the festivities, Pastor Coleman Dumas was challenged to have a bucket of ice cold water dumped on him in exchange for a donation. Not only did Pastor Dumas accept the challenge, but church member Michael Smith did as well. In the photo,...

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Sleeping my way to $10 million

I’ll admit – I love to sleep. It is one of my favorite activities of the night (and day). I can sleep just about anywhere – in the office, at a government meeting, at a ballgame, at a fireworks show, at a concert – and in just about any position – laying down, sitting up, even standing. My balance isn’t good enough for me to sleep standing straight up without any assistance, but let me lean against a wall and give me a few seconds with my eyes closed and I ...

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What can Knights football expect in Region this season?

New head coach Tommy Parks has his Knights working this summer as they prepare to enter their 2014 campaign in Region 2, a new Region for Upson-Lee.Last season Region 2 was represented by in the State Playoffs by Veterans, Mary Persons, Westside-Macon, and Rutland. This season, Westside-Macon and Rutland have moved to AAA, while the Knights become the seventh team in Region 2 along with Veterans, Mary Persons, Baldwin, Howard, Perry, and West Laurens.After some research,...

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County residents facing fine if they don’t sign up for garbage service

Unincorporated Upson County residents have a few weeks left to make sure they are signed up for garbage collection with the county or they will face having to pay a fine, County Manager Jim Wheeless stated at last week’s Board of Commission meeting. Wheeless noted the county ordinance that has been in place since 1998 states that all residents in the unincorporated areas of the county must take part in the garbage collection, however it was recently discovered that nearly 2,500 househol...

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School system makes administrative changes

The Thomaston-Upson County School System has announced a number of changes in its administrative staff. The following press release was issued on Wednesday, July 2:The following personnel changes have been approved by the Board of Education and are effective immediately:• Julie English has been named Director of Federal Programs. Mrs. English previously served as Director of Pre-Kindergarten, Director of Student Services, School Improvement Specialist, and Testing ...

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Flag and Tackle football sign-ups at the Civic Center

The Thomaston-Upson County Recreation Department will hold registration for flag and tackle football on July 16-18 from 5 p.m. - 7p.m. at the Civic Center.Ages prior to September 1 are as follows:Flag: 4-6Grasscutters: 7-8PeeWees: 9-10The Tackle Football Leagues (Grasscutters and PeeWees will travel, playing teams from Spalding and Monroe Counties. Parents will be respons...

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SR3/Hwy19 resurfacing underway for next two months

Beginning July 10, 2014, C. W. Matthews will be resurfacing State Route 3/U. S. 19 north and southbound, from near Cook Road, south of Southern Crescent Technical College, to north of Deluxe Circle, near Potato Creek Bridge. Resurfacing will take place nightly, Sunday through Friday, from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., weather permitting. Work will continue for approximately two months.Matthews was awarded the contract from the Georgia Department of Transportation for 4.234 miles of milling,...

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