Clayton good in 2009; better in 2010?

Although Clayton county was in the midst of a transition period on many levels last year, 2010 shows promise.

After cleaning our political house in 2008, voters appear to have made some good choices as we now have a well-functioning Board of Education, sheriff’s department, solicitor general and district attorney’s office.

Clayton County Public Schools regained accreditation just in time for graduation, and the last of the old BOE regime was replaced with new superintendent Edmond Heatley.  Representative Michael Glanton is also working to bring statewide and national attention to the county’s first elementary level school of the arts to be housed at Jonesboro’s Jackson Elementary.

The Clayton County Water Authority continues to collect “water smart” accolades.

As per former Police Chief Jeff Turner, crime is down over seven percent and the homicide rate is down fifty percent, which is always welcome news. Solicitation of donations was banned on all county roads and highways.

Old Towne Morrow debuted and is already a unique addition, which can only improve with time.

Historic Rex Village could be restored, and an evaluation committee is being formed to determine its economic impact. “This area has a lot of local history, and it was recently discovered that First Lady Michelle Obama has ties to the area,” adds District 1 Commissioner Sonna Singleton.  The Ellenwood area added jobs and revenue to Clayton’s coffers via QT Kitchens which brought in 227 jobs this year, and in 2010 will get more jobs via a new Food Lion grocery store and Plaza opening up, and US Express will hire more employees.

On the health care front, Clayton County’s Alzheimer’s Support Services received $350,000 to expand their facilities scheduled to open in either February or early April.

Billed on its Web site as “…the first comprehensive airline industry museum in the United States”, The National Museum of Commercial Aviation is gaining a following after being open for almost two years, and has several new exhibits in the works. ”I will be working to acquire a permanent location and property for the Museum, in addition to gaining a Official National Designation through the U.S. Congress,” adds Glanton. “We had so many great things happen in Clayton County in 2009 and I am excited about the possibilites for 2010!”

Individually these things might appear insignificant.  But combined, they assist in making Clayton’s future brighter and stronger, hopefully along with more economic development. What have I missed?  What other great things can we expect in 2010?

Have a blessed 2010 Clayton!

65 comments Add your comment

RayJay

January 4th, 2010
12:06 pm

There have been some improvements in our representatives at the local level. We still have the Board of Commissioners to clear out same as we did the BOE.

Resolution 2010...

January 4th, 2010
1:00 pm

I think the potential is here to improve. I do think we need to rethink our BOC of leadership. I know I will not vote for Wole Ralph the next election cycle.

I think our approach should be cleaning up the airport area. The Atlanta airport is the busiest airport in the world and I know for a fact during lay overs, conventions or when important clients come in to the airport they chose hotels, places to eat and places to visit outside Clayton county. I think that needs to change.

I also think that an affluent area needs to be developed in Clayton County. Our leadership should consider this around the airport. Again, they must clean up that Upper Riverdale Road area. It is awful!!!!!

Clayton's BOE the greatest of 09

January 4th, 2010
1:00 pm

I really love the way the students were inspired by the professionalism of the new school board. All the students are talking about it, and talking about how inspired they are, and how much better student behavior has become with the new role models on the school board.

It’s fantastic that we have a new school board that has inspired students to focus on data driven student success.

RayJay

January 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

You are right – our reps in the state and national level – would not hurt to change them too.

Billy Dover

January 4th, 2010
3:01 pm

The best decision I have made was to move my famiiy out of Clayton County. It will continue to get worse because the so called elected leadership has no idea about what public service is. The entire BOC are an embarrasing bunch of idiots. The entire legislative delegation is an embarrasement. Crime, jobs, etc. Good Riddance and thank you all for the daily reminder of why I left that god forsaken county.

Justsaying

January 4th, 2010
4:46 pm

Why do you post DoubleAction all day? Why can’t others post comments?

Yeah, okay

January 4th, 2010
5:30 pm

This county has sooo much promise on so many levels. Getting rid of C-Tran could be a step in the right direction, time will tell. Things are nowhere near perfect but I think that some steps our elected officials have taken in 2009 could lead to better things in the future. Again time will tell, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

Huh?

January 5th, 2010
10:02 am

I want to believe Clayton can do better but everytime they seem to get on track they do something stupid, like fire Jeff Turner and beg for another lawsuit against the county. Hopefully 2010 will bring more good than bad.

posterchild

January 5th, 2010
10:54 am

I was born and spent my formative years in Clayton County. Although I don’t live here, I do work here. I hope that Clayton citizens learn that they can change the status quo by voting for QUALIFIED candidates. Just because someone has a big billboard with their picture on it doesn’t mean you are dealing with a political miracle. If you are tired of not seeing qualified candidates, considering running for office. I read lots of insightful comments on these blogs, so I’m hoping that this energy can be put to use somewhere.
Smart growth is key… there are a lot of existing commercial/residential spaces in Clayton. These need to be addressed/utilized before new, permanently vacant structures are built.
Happy 2010, everyone!

Justsaying

January 5th, 2010
12:51 pm

I realize there are a few comments shown here from me. My apologies to the readers for this. The only reason I continued to post was because my posts did not appear right away. I do not post on a regular basis so I wasn’t aware of the delay. I enjoy reading the comments and I feel no one person should be allowed to post all the time. Evevyone should have te same opportunities.
I am not a political person, I do like hearing what and how people think. Two things I do agree was good in 2009 was getting rid of C-Tran and Chief Turner. Thank you leaders for that. I too am hopeful that we can make great strides this year. My prayer is that all people in power consider what is best for the county. We who are determined to do all we can to make this a better county want to feel we have the right people to do this, after all we voted for them. I personally would like to see more positive comments. If we are continually running our county down, then why do we feel others won’t do the same.

To DoubleAction:
Maybe you post a lot because you thought they weren’t being printed as I did. I have had my say and I will not be posting again. I look forward to hearing from others who have something to say. So there’s no need to answer. Just give everybody else a chance. Thanks

BnB

January 5th, 2010
5:20 pm

Come on people – be real – we need good suggestions and encouagements, not BS. I happen to be a fan of the new BOE – but these are ridiculous

Nemesis

January 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

Kimberly, When did the AJC change the name of your blog to the Double Action blog. Too bad he floods the site with his posts. Boring.

BnB

January 5th, 2010
8:15 pm

That is where we part ways, the BOC is a big disappointment lately.

Black Woman In Clayco

January 6th, 2010
12:09 pm

You should’ve listed lawsuits as one of the things we can look forward to in 2010, because if the board isn’t right about Jeff Turner he’s gonna own Clayton county.

Resolute

January 6th, 2010
12:26 pm

Just what is behind this character lynching by the BOC. Everything brought up is either minor, made-up or wildly blown out of proportion. A little digging into all the members of this BOC would bring forth a myriad of not-so-clean individuals. The BOC members should watch their own backs, or others will spill the goods on them too.

BnB

January 6th, 2010
12:35 pm

Talk about ambush tactics. Starr, Cohilas and Bell really know how to play the political character assassination game. Wole, Gail, Sonna and Michael, you are small bit players in this act. Know your place.

Independent Thnker

January 6th, 2010
12:56 pm

TO: JUST SAYING & NEMESIS……I too am tired of the ignorant and insensitive rantings of Double Action. I am just as tired of the paper giving this character free reins while restricting the comments of others.

The verdict is out on Chief Turner. I know the chief quite well and I am shocked at the new revelations that the BOC is continuing to provide to the public designed to tarnish this man’s reputation. I hope that the new allegations are wrong. He has done a lot of positive things in the community to make Clayton County a greater place to live and to raise a family.HANG IN THERE, JEFF.

Voter

January 6th, 2010
2:08 pm

The answer is simple. Vote the entire board out next time.Then get rid of Cohilas, and Starr. Just make sure someone like Lee Scott does not get elected. That would be a nightmare.

Why is praise for Heatley being banned?

January 6th, 2010
4:32 pm

Why are posts in praise for Heatley being banned, when he restored accreditation, restored discipline, and restored hope to the parents, students and teachers of Clayton County?

Why are the negative posts allowed, but when a great, great man like Clayton is fortunate enough to have comes, the AJC wants to tear him down?

DoubleAction

January 6th, 2010
5:34 pm

I feel that like I’m being ambushed, by posting anything on this forum most of the time.

Smart Man

January 6th, 2010
6:43 pm

This county will be just fine if the democrats in charge only stop taking instructions from the county’s rich republicians. Spineless!

Voter

January 7th, 2010
9:23 am

There are rich republicans in the county? LOL! There never were rich anybody in this county. Are you homeless?

Independent Thnker

January 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

I do not know enough about Heatley to criticize his accomplishments since his appointment as Superintendent other than to say that his loyalty should be to the students of our great school system and not to the Spivey crowd of leeches. There are some good things happening in Clayton County. Although I too, live in the Spivey area, I am not shallow enough to believe that my area can speak or know what is good for the entire county.

A community rally of some sort should be held to renounce pimps like Bell, Starr, and that motely crew of commissioners. GOD SAVE OUR COUNTY.

Mojo Mist

January 7th, 2010
2:29 pm

Everyone needs to take a step back and view Clayton County from 30,000 feet. Yes, there are those in leadership that need to be replaced. Yes, the power struggle continues behind the curtain. But if you really want to improve Clayton County like you say you do, you MUST attract and retain the kind of residents who are going to make it better. And by that, I mean actively involved, educated, concerned, diverse, and informed. Leadership is important but not as important as those who live in the county. The good news is that it can change. The bad news is that if Clayton County continues to attract the type of individuals it currently does, you are going to continue having this same discussion 10, 15, 20 years from now. Politicians and leaders play musical chairs all the time. But it’s those who control the music that are the most important – the people.

Clayco resident

January 7th, 2010
4:13 pm

@ Why is praise for Heatley being banned; Heatley didn’t get the accreditation restored. There was a lot of work already done before he came on board. I am happy to see some continued improvements since Mr. Heatley’s filling the position.

I want to challenge everyone to educate our neighbors and other citizens in Clayton County about the roles and responsibilities of being a public official. Hopefully at the next election they can make better and wiser decisions as to who is worthy of their votes.

I hope before the next election we can have a blog about locating information about candidates so we can be informed voters.

Peggy Sue Davis

January 8th, 2010
10:06 am

Why is it that short men in power have such ego problems. Napoleon complex indeed!

What will it take?

January 8th, 2010
11:37 am

Chief Turner is a nice man. Nice people violate the law too. He is not above the law no matter what “good” he has done. The last time I looked illegal wire-tapping and unapproved surveillance are violations of the law. All of you defenders need to get real about your support of crimes.

Another question that needs to be asked is, why did Turner not do an Audit when he took the position? Who was being protected and didn’t he have sense to know that this would come back on him?

Thank you to the BOC for having the balls and breast to go against the “status quo”! Hang in there everyone in Clayton is not blinded by ignorance.

BOE Business as usual

January 8th, 2010
11:39 am

Nothing has changed, the BOE members do not have a clue yet.

GetRealClaytonCounty

January 8th, 2010
1:14 pm

“Nothing has changed, the BOE members do not have a clue yet.”

Well; I reckon people like yourself, could educate them on how to run this county.
Everyone wants to be in arm chair politics, but nobody wants to have the responsibility of actually doing the job.

ThorsHammer

January 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

“Thank you to the BOC for having the balls and breast to go against the “status quo”!”

Well put; Being the Chief of Police don’t necessary mean that you have the job for life.

BnB

January 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

To – What will it take – you are a moron – there has been no accusation of illegal wiretaps or unapproved surveillance – but that the chief may have had the equipment not properly signed out. These issues being brought by people beholding to Wade Star for their jobs. It is fools like you who believe any gossip as truth that help tear a good man down for no other purpose but to make you feel better about yourself. Go watch Jerry Springer – and get a few more brilliant ideas.

Inquiring minds want to know...

January 8th, 2010
5:11 pm

What happened to Fayette’s Vent? What happened to Henry’s Vent? I wonder why Fayette does not have a Fayette Talk. If they did maybe I could have added comments about the 20 kids that were arrested in Fayette. If that happened in Clayton, that would have led the news.
Why don’t Fayette have a reporter assigned to its county to report all the ills of the county?

What happened to Henry’s Vent? Why don’t Henry have a Henry Talk where citizens can blog about all the ills of its county. Why don’t Henry have a reporter assigned to its county to report on all the ills of its county?

Wake up Clayton!!!! Your need to blog and vent about the issues in Clayton (by the way the same issues are going on in surrounding counties)is contributing to the poor reputation of this county.

Someone answer the questions from the first two paragraphs…

Majority Rules

January 8th, 2010
6:19 pm

Clayton’s politicians will be OK, if they can stand on their on feet and oppose the rich republicians advice on county issues that only benefit the rich. The rich are too few to get anyone elected!

Great idea banned, don't know why?

January 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

There was a fantastic idea on the blog, but it got removed. No idea why? Why not, in order to inspire Clayton students, offer them a chance to earn an autographed poster of Supt. Heatley for good grades or good behavior?

He’s already earned the respect of the community. Why not let the students earn something from him, that they can be proud to show to their friends?

Resolute

January 8th, 2010
7:24 pm

Ignorance is picking up unproven accusations as truth. These are not the charges the BOE made. – They are a far reach of the actual facts.

Keeping Clayton Competitive

January 8th, 2010
9:02 pm

DeKalb just gave their superintendent, Crawford Lewis a raise. Clayton has no other choice. It must remain competitive in the marketplace for quality superintendents. Too many people are going to start calling for Heatley once word gets out about his accomplishments.

As much effort as teachers give, this is one time we can’t afford to give in to their complaints. Heatley is not Crawford Lewis. He is a visionary a true leader, as our the BOE members who brought him in.

The message is clear. Even if we have to ask the business community to chip in, and surely they will knowing the link between business and education, Heatley needs a raise. Immediately.

jonesboro

January 9th, 2010
11:12 am

The sarcasm is regarding Heatly is unwelcomed…..Praise…autograph ha ha ha..funny. He hasn’t been superintendent that long….North Clayton wont turn into Westminister overnight. The raise argument is another ploy to get people upset about overpaying high officials…again..unwelcomed

Let Heatly do his job…lets evaluate after 1 school year….one cycle of tests.

jonesboro

January 9th, 2010
11:15 am

First Priority: Economic Development
Why: Because everything follows. Crime is a result of being poor for the most part..the more affluent the community..the less crime.

Second Priority: Schools: Good school raise property values and attract like minded residents.

jonesboro

January 9th, 2010
11:19 am

YOU HAVE TO REDEVELOP TARA BLVD!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU HAVE A TRAILER PARK AT THE ENTRANCE AND A FILTHY LOOKING PLAZA!!!!!

Then you have a second one by the Race Trac gas station…….anyone see the grafitti on the adjacent vacant building? Get rid of the trailer parks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cohlias..Bell…who ever is in charge….I know you read these blogs…DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!!!! For the love of GOD PLEASE!!!!!!!!

LoveJoy

January 9th, 2010
11:29 am

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE RID TARA BLVDOF THOSE FILTHY TRAILER PARKS AND REDEVELOP TARA BLVD. The actually have the nerve to build a daycare next to one….are you serious?

Sharps Restaurant looks great….lests build off of that vibe!

Clayton Homeowner

January 9th, 2010
11:31 am

The people that work for the city of Morrow are doing a great job with redevelopment…I think someone from their should run for a county leadership seat.

Just asking...

January 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Can political canidates use government facilities to organize or host political campaigns or meetings? Is that legal? Just asking…

Voter

January 9th, 2010
5:33 pm

“Majority Rules” is so lost. There hasn’t been a rich republican in Clayton County in 20 years! I suspect you are one of the entitlement crowd, jealous of people with money, because you are too lazy to work to get wealth. Most likely an Obama fan!

SA

January 9th, 2010
5:57 pm

I think you’re exactly right, Voter. Same thing I was thinking. “Majority Rules” loves the handouts.

jonesboro is unwelcomed

January 9th, 2010
10:25 pm

Why is it, when we finally have a quality superintendent like Heatley, people like jonesboro want to come on here and tear him down? This county needs to unite behind Heatley, and the first class, yes even world class, new, exciting and dynamic BOE.

jonesboro is negative and negative is not welcomed!

Resolute

January 9th, 2010
11:35 pm

When the “entitlement crowd” becomes the voting majority – the US will follow the same fate as the Roman Empire – as in the rise and fall of.

Sehja

January 10th, 2010
9:19 am

My husband and I bought our home near Morrow High School in 1980. The folks at work discouraged us from moving to the south side but we could not see driving an hour to get to work. We found Clayton to have a decent but affordable quality of life. There was enough economic diversity so that the stores and services brought here to support the middle and upper middle class in Clayton, also benefited the less well off. Unfortunately, Clayton county chose to attract ONLY the less well off rather than continue to develop the county at all economic levels. Now I drive an hour to work anyway. There is not a decent job in Clayton county – all the job development and the people who have money to spend, and money for taxes to pay for services has gone to the north side. I will probably soon follow.

Clayton Homeowner

January 10th, 2010
9:42 am

Get rid of the trailer parks on Tara Blvd…Its a bed for crime..and its an eye sore. You have two of them on the same street for crying out loud.

What will it take?

January 10th, 2010
8:53 pm

BnB you sound like a buffoon. What is this seemingly anal retentive obsession you have towards
Wade Starr and the BOC? It looks as though the DA has turned it over to the AG. Is she a fool too? Is she a Wadeite too? By the way its not gossip just fact! Turner has violated the law and the proof will be in the pudding.

Resolute

January 10th, 2010
10:41 pm

Dear What will it take – the DA shows some common sense -asking outside help in investigation – the same thing Turner also did. The Starr influenced BOC is evident – either you do not follow happenings in this county – or you are ignorant of the political games played in Clayton county. You shall see – the voters will balance this thing out.