Archive for November, 2010

GRLI students attempt to empower community one citizen at a time

The Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute (GRLI) Class of 2010 seeks to provide information on resources available right here in Clayton county.

The first annual Grassroots Hands on Clayton (GHOC) Empowerment Event takes place this Saturday, December 4 at Mundy’s Mill High School (9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro 30238), from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and everything about this Event will be FREE to the public, including door prizes and giveaways!

Over 45 local businesses, professionals, and governmental agencies will provide information on various health and wellness concerns, credit counseling, employment leads, and job training, among other things. A sampling of those who will be in attendance are: Southern Regional Medical Center, Dr. Henry Anderson, Cornerstone Association, Inc., Georgia Department of Labor, Born II Win, Clayton County Parent-Teacher Association, Avon, local book club Twenty Women Dialogue, the Suicide Prevention Action Network, USA Boxing & …

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Good news in Clayton sometimes hard to find, but not impossible

While we seem to have no problem hearing about the crimes committed in Clayton county, we rarely get hear when crime is decreasing. But crime has continued to decrease here, although that is sometimes hard to tell solely by evening news clips.

As per WSBTV, Clayton has experienced a “dramatic drop in crime,” with violent crimes down 46% compared to Nov. 2009, and murders having dropped 29%.

Overall attitudes and perceptions of Clayton are changing, most importantly from within. I met someone last week who admittedly had only been to the airport in Clayton county, but had already formulated a negative opinion. He couldn’t even confirm where he got some of his (mis)information. Residents and business owners alike need to start touting the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives.  If we don’t do so, who will?

Another great story coming out of Clayton this week is the re-launch of We Are Clayton magazine.  By showcasing the positive images of Clayton from residents to local …

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Clayton gets ‘Work Ready’

The best gift some would like to receive this holiday season is employment. To aid residents with their job search, Clayton County became a Certified Work Ready Community via The Georgia Work Ready program, which could help bring businesses into the county, get unemployed residents working, and improve local high school graduation rates.

Applicants will need to take the GWR assessment, which focuses on test scores in three areas: applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. “This is a good set of tools Georgians may access and earn to distinguish (or stand out!) from other job applicants,” says Debra Lyons, Director for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. Skills gap training is available on any computer (including most public library computers) if scores need to be improved.

Further incentive is the pre-paid Visa card offered to assist the unemployed with job search expenses based on your score. For example, platinum is the highest …

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Clayton helps put chokehold on drug ring

Forty-five people connected to a Mexican drug cartel were arrested and its Clayton county based cell shut down thanks to federal and local law enforcement which included our District Attorney, Tracy Graham Lawson.

Operation Choke Hold originated in Gwinnett county back in May 2009 and as the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana spread they began operating out of Spalding, Henry, Cobb, and Clayton counties, along with several other states.

According to the AJC, Operation Choke Hold involved the Clayton and Griffin district attorney’s offices, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. More than $2.3 million in cash and 20 firearms were seized, along with drugs that had a street value of more than $10 million which included 46 pounds of methamphetamine, 43 kilos of cocaine, and 4,120 pounds of marijuana.

Obviously this one bust will not completely eliminate drug rings in the Metro Atlanta area, and all of the crime …

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Should Clayton join MARTA?

Up for your consideration on the November 2 ballot is a non-binding referendum question asking whether Clayton county should become a full participant in MARTA by charging a sales tax in support of MARTA and the county’s public transportation needs.

How will you vote on the question of Clayton joining MARTA?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I’ll decide at the voting booth

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Getting this referendum onto the ballot at all has not been an easy task. First, the Georgia 2020 Transportation Act passed (HB 277) earlier this year, giving the county permission to break its seven percent sales tax cap to pay for public transportation. Next, the General Assembly passed HB 1446 last April (sponsored by State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam) so that a non-binding referendum could be placed on the July 20 primary ballot. Then due to Governor Sonny Perdue’s late signature on the bill, the referendum was postponed to the November ballot.  Finally, the Board of Commissioners …

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