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

What will it take?

January 11th, 2010
8:48 am

Resolute – Keep the name calling to yourself. That goes for that BnB blogger too.
Turner will have his day and the people who keep supporting this madness will hopefully take the blinders off their eyes. The DA turned the case over because of a personal conflict–you are the one who is obviously in the dark. Time takes care of everything as evidenced by the removal of Turner. Calling me ignorant is not going to change the face of this case. What voters are you talking about? Where are they–not in Clayton which is proven at every local election in Clayton County.

Peggy Sue Davis

January 11th, 2010
11:10 am

Ditto, Resolute! Did you read Turner’s report?

Why are certain BOC members trying to keep things in the dark and away from public viewing? What are they hiding?


January 11th, 2010
12:06 pm

I have a copy of Turner’s rebuttal to the BOC charges. I was at the meeting and watched the cowards leave the room and not allow public comment. Tho after they left – several folks had their say anyway. So there, BOC, you cannot stop the peoples’ voice.


January 11th, 2010
5:56 pm

I did not call you ignorant. I gave a description – an explanation – a statement. If you saw yourself in that wording – that is your fault – not mine.

What will it take?

January 11th, 2010
11:09 pm

spin it any way you want Resolute, you got my message. have the guts to say what you mean and mean what you say.


January 12th, 2010
6:52 am

Go back and read BnB. He was probably right, right?

Left Clayton

January 12th, 2010
5:36 pm

Well, in regards to the 20 kids arrested for a little BOOZE, it it had been in Clayton, it would have more than likely had a shooting involved… just mind your own business in Clayton…it seems you have plenty to keep you busy.


January 12th, 2010
5:39 pm

I challenge everyone who finds this venue so enticing to present an INTELLIGENT solution to what ever thier concerns are. It is obvious that there are a lot of unhappy people blogging here but very few INTELLIGENT suggestions have I seen. Two sides, part of the problem or part of the solution, which side are you on? Hmmm…

Clayton Resident

January 15th, 2010
8:10 pm

No reelection for Commissioner Sonna Singleton. Her secret is out of the bag.


January 19th, 2010
9:37 am

I see a lot of comments as to what have been done and what will be done but no this is what I can do to help. I originally lived in Clayton County in 1988 left in 1997 and came back in 2005 to be closer to my job. What a different! My concern is as I drive through neighborhoods, why don’t homeowers take more pride in an life time investment, your homes. To me it is self pride. Let’s start at home first. Politicians, sheriff dept. and schools can only do so much. Why not stand together as a community first then we can make demands on the community heads. There is a lot of cleaning up to be done in the county but it is not the county buildings that are unclean and run down, it is our neighborhoods. Live by example. Not everyone that lives in Clayton County that is “less well off” causes embarrassments to their neighborhood. Let’s start at home first and save our children.



January 19th, 2010
10:17 pm

To all “interested” Clayton County voters–use your head and VOTE OUT every current commissioner and legislator. Then, let term limits take over.


January 24th, 2010
6:42 pm

I agree, JoeED. I saw Dabouze Antoine speaking to a group of young men a few years back and I was moved by how much he cared. He’s a fresh change that we need in the county. When elections for the Clayton County Commissioner, he’s got my vote! I heard he’s running for District 4…


January 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

I agree JoeEd. I met Dabouze Antoine a couple of years back when he was speaking to a group of young men. I was so moved by how much he cared. When July rolls around for Clayton County Commissioner-he’s got my vote! I heard he’s running for District 4…


January 24th, 2010
6:45 pm

I agree JoeEd. I met Dabouze Antoine a couple of years back when he was speaking to a group of young men. I was and still am so moved by how much he cared. When July rolls around for Clayton County Commissioner-he’s got my vote! I heard he’s running for District 4…

North,South, East , West, All over

February 15th, 2010
10:44 pm

Quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ” The ultimate measure of a man is not were he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but were he stands at times of challange and controversy”
To all the BOC in clayton county ga, you are favored by the embarrassing rolls you have been selected to lead, as some what of a leader in county government you have lost trust in your constituents, lost trust in all communities through out the county and have lost all respect to the Civil rights act of 1964. im speaking on behalf of all citizens who use the countys public transit system , BOC you have failed this county in your non collaborated form of how you run a county. this is rediculous the decision you have made to end public transit and displace 21,000 people who help generate revenue to this county by riding the service and working here and living , will put strain on our countys public saftey services,Sheriff ,Police , Fire ,and Ems do you Know the Catastrophic caos you will cause. OPEN your eyes and your heart you only live once and give these people what they deserve and think of how you got to were you are now. It damn show is not by fame. but you parents grand mother grand father who fault hard for equal rights in this country. DR. King, Rosa Parks , Harriet Tubman neeb i go any futher. Come back to reality and realize you have a God given talent and these people expect you live up to your oath of office. And follow the laws of the land and the United States Constitution. Remember all Men are created equal please be respectful and in no matter right or wrong never turn your back on the general public when it may be good to listen to what people have to say you may learn that you have some talanted constituents that are worth listening to it will take you higher in your future as public servants of a local govt. and may even get you re-elected to office . But having the attitude, and acting like we (all ) owe you somethin remember the old sayin “do unto others as they will do unto you” whats in the dark will come to light”i pray for each of you and whish you luck in days ahead to prove to the public that you can work together and come on common ground and work not only withh selected favorit constituents with money but work with the entire clayton county public and help educate all on what your job title is as a public servant before a county
this entire statement is directed to all Clayton County Government Administration. CHANGE is what our Commander In Cheif wants meaning President Obamas Mission statement Please follow his directive!!!!!!!
Much love