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 businesses to articles written by our students, this magazine promises to cover stories that we can’t find elsewhere.  This free publication will be available countywide, so look for it, check it out and save the first issue as it could become a collector’s item.

Finally, the Grassroots Hands On Clayton Empowerment Event scheduled for Saturday, December 4 is only 11 short days away.  This Fair will showcase over 30 Clayton county businesses and professionals sharing their skills and information for free, not to mention the other giveaways . . . okay, maybe I’ll mention them next week.

For those who love Clayton, these are just a few reasons to be thankful, and nice ways to kick off our holiday season.  Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving all!

46 comments Add your comment

Roach

November 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

As gritty as everyday life can be, we live in an age of miracles. Take a moment to greet your solid citizen neighbors. Roach says there is plenty of room under the refrigerator.

DixieDarling

November 22nd, 2010
12:42 pm

We aren’t as bad as people perceive. Last week, a man was shot in front of his child’s daycare. Two people were shot and killed in Rockdale. A boy in Douglas, theses places have crime too but everybody didn’t just get up and leave.
Armed robbery occurred at Lenox but folks keep going. My family was burglarized on a dirt road in south Georgia. Crime is every where and we have been trashed badly in the media.

Nospin

November 22nd, 2010
1:34 pm

Its obvious that things have improved here crime-wise. Foreclosures have resulted in allot of trouble leaving the area, along with the great work of our CCPD, Sheriff, District Attorney, and residents, things are improving. The county still is in really bad shape though. Businesses are still leaving on a large scale, and there are too many renters.

Tell The Truth

November 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

We don’t have to talk about the positives, just being positive is enough. Being judged by other Georgians is like being called fat by a 300 pounder. Our whole state is in a crisis. The last thing we should be focused on is other’s perception of Clayton in a stated that is broke and highly undereducated. Instead, we should set higher goals in education and public safety throughout the state.

Tell The Truth

November 22nd, 2010
3:33 pm

We don’t have to talk about the positives, just being positive is enough. Being judged by other Georgians is like being called fat by a 300 pounder. Our whole state is in a crisis. The last thing we should be focused on is other’s perception of Clayton in a “State” that is broke and highly undereducated. Instead, we should set higher goals in education and public safety throughout the state.

Hannah

November 22nd, 2010
3:34 pm

Another great resource to find out about positive things happening in Clayton County is a blog called “Clayton County”. It’s run by a group of students who are excited about getting positive information out there! http://didyouknowclayton.wordpress.com/

HLS

November 22nd, 2010
3:45 pm

There are good things in Clayton to celebrate. You shold require one good comment before a blogger goes off on a complaining comment. Back when Jonesbor HS had won 2 Natinal Mock Trial competitions and in the running for a third. People just complained about the new school board and superintendent. There are problems – but there are good things to talk about and promote, as we try to bring the county back to a more prominent and better view, atttitude.

Clayton resident

November 22nd, 2010
4:24 pm

Roach if you own property in Clayton you’re part of the problem.

kallen

November 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

HLS: I really do wish I could block the negative comments first but unfortunately I can’t, it’s first come first serve for better or worse …. and you’d be amazed at some of the stuff that never sees the light of day.

The sky was falling

November 22nd, 2010
6:54 pm

Good Things like the “The Beach”, Good HS Football, Southake Mall. A few years ago the elite in the county paid big money to the media to degrade, humiliate, shame, disgrace and mortify the county’s name to ouster some old politicians. I said then that Clayton was not a bad place to live. Too bad the elite couldn’t foresee what the humiliation brought to the county. I still love how convenient my drive to Atlanta to work and pleasure is. A few years ago the elite told the citizens “The sky is falling”, and many that couldn’t think for themselves believed it. Now, look at Atlanta and Dekalb school systems; make Clayton old BOE look minor!

Roach

November 22nd, 2010
6:57 pm

Roach owns a lot of property in Clayton County. Roach isn’t the one doing the stomping.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 22nd, 2010
7:44 pm

….Don’t fooled by what you hear or read in the media or the police reports, crime is festering its way in my neighbors like never before with break ins and random thief.
…Most criminals don’t this, but, we now have a State Law to defend ourselves from being victims to crime; Its called the “Stand Your Ground Law”, Georgia SB 396, and it has nothing to do with firearms, its about your rights for self defense, anytime or any place in the State of Georgia.
….Clayton County strongly opposed this law, but The State of Georgia approved this Bill and made it a Law.
…Once Again; The Law has nothing to do with firearms, its about your rights to Stand Your Ground and Defend yourself,”Crimes; person who is attacked has no duty to retreat; provide immunity from prosecution”.
Your Friend & Neighbor; Oscar “DoubleAction” Knight
http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/sum/sb396.htm

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 22nd, 2010
8:15 pm

….By The Way; I hope that everyone has a very good & safe Thanksgiving Holiday and don’t forget to keep a watchful eye of the safety & security of the children and your valuables during the holiday shopping season.
…Best Wishes; Oscar.

Rhonda

November 22nd, 2010
10:28 pm

I have a folder in my email called “Clayton County”. For the past three years I have been filling it with articles that I found on line about crime that was committed in Clayton Co. There for awhile I was putting 3 or 4 articles in it a week. Lately, I have been amazed, as I put one in it once a month, if that. So, I believe that it is true, crime has definitely eased up here.

I would also like to mention a big positive. We have one of the most progressive water reclamation systems in the world. We have had people come from as far away as Japan and Australia to see how we reclaim and recycle our water. A big thanks to the CCWA way back in the early 70’s, when employees had to deal with the huge demand for water as Delta’s growth spurt in the 70’s brought airline employees to Clayton Co.

I have been praying for Clayton Co. Please join me in asking God to bless this county, and let it grow and prosper as it once did years ago. I’ve lived here for 26 years, and I’m not going anywere.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 23rd, 2010
5:26 am

….Kallen.: (( ” Overall attitudes and perceptions of Clayton are changing ” }}

…Kallen; How would you know ?
…How long have you been living in Georgia or Clayton County ?
….I have family and friends for all over this State and everyone tells me the same thing about this County.
….Take off your Liberal Rose Colored Glasses for once and tell why the people left Clayton County for greener pastures in the first place.
…Quit spreading this false propaganda about this hopeless county.

ME

November 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

Atlanta and Dekalb are 10x worst. The police and Sheriff are more organized and unified…thats helps a great deal as opposed to the renegade stuff we had going on before.

Businesses will leave as long as they have NO ONE to sell to. The low lifes that are hear don’t buy anything of value…lotto, bear and some other trash. You need to weed them out…thats a PRIORITY. Not that the entire county is suppose to be rich, but the ratios have to be better. FORCE those low life ghetto rodents out….seriously…thats the reason why people like Lee Scott think they have a chance every year and why losers like Sandra Scott can get elected after eing kicked off by the governor for being a loud, angry, unprofessional menace to the school board.

Ban pittbulls
Enforce code
etc.

WHATEVER IT TAKES !!!!!

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 23rd, 2010
12:04 pm

…ME : (( “thats the reason why people like Lee Scott think they have a chance every year and why losers like Sandra Scott can get elected after eing kicked off by the governor”))

….Me; This is just one of the many reason why good people don’t want to live here and it has people in Fayette and Henry Counties a bit worried that it is spreading into their areas.
……….Our Elected Officials, Our County Employees, and Our Law Enforcement,from Clayton County, are allowed to have free reign and unleash freedoms in our Government, with no questions asked.
….The State Legislators,from Clayton County, does not have any kind of restrictions of how they can vote or the legislation that they submit. …Why ?
…..Our “So Called” Legislators from Clayton County has their own picture taking puppet show at our State Capital every year; I believe that most of them only shows up for the free food and the time off from their regular jobs ( if they work ).
….Until we start making improvements on a much better Government and becoming a part of the rest of the State, Our County will remain in the mud and apparently, it is not improving.

Tell The Truth

November 23rd, 2010
12:46 pm

I’d like to state again, that crime is everywhere. I used to work in Buckhead and you wouldn’t believe how many robberies and auto thefts took place there a week. The police didn’t respond quickly to them either. In order to understand why Clayton gets a bad rap for crime and other counties with just as much, if not more crime gets a pass, read the book The Tipping Point. When the Black population of an area nears 20%, Whites begin to flee, even when there is no rise in crime. Most violent/serious crimes that occur in Clayton are in the poorest areas, just like they in other counties(*sex offenders are the exception as they transcend class ). This is not unique to Clayton. The bottom line is that Clayton is no different than anywhere else these days. We all just want to live our lives without any problems and want what’s best for our children. We did have our issues a few years ago, but that is in the past and we are improving as we continue to strive for a better Clayton County.

Progressive African American

November 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Hey – Let’s face it – Great things are happening here. You have to have foresight when it comes to Clayton County.
There is crime everywhere, and as much as I wished we lived in a color free society, the color of the mass majority of our electorate is/does play a significant role in the way our County is judged in the media. If I offend anyone who does not believe that different races are treated differently, then prove me wrong by standing up for injustice. If not then you are perpetuating the problem.
Also, there are some things that Clayton does to itself such as not having a competent marketing and PR representative who can sit at the media table when stories are being created and introduced to the public. Gangs are heavily entrenched in Gwinnett and there is a serious Meth problem in Fayatte, but for some reason they don’t get much attention.
A new town center, Zaxby’s, Dunkin Donuts, gutted and remodeled Wal-Mart and Kroger are just a few things that are happening within a mile of my residence.
Sooner or later investors are waking up to the the undeniable proximity to the airport Clayton County is. Of course the elite and media want people to run! So they can come back in and buy out everything for pennies on the dollar and then make you pay to come back in. Many people fall for it all the time, and now it is going on in Atlanta. Wake up people and turn off the idiot box!

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 23rd, 2010
2:22 pm

….Progressive African American; (( “A new town center, Zaxby’s, Dunkin Donuts, gutted and remodeled Wal-Mart and Kroger are just a few things that are happening within a mile of my residence”))

….Progressive African American; Those industries does not provide the kind of employment that lures residents to this county.

….It will be very difficult to replace jobs lost at The Ford Assembly Plant, Kawneer, Fort Gillem, and the many businesses lost during the last 15 years in Clayton County.
….Jobs means more money for the surrounding areas; This is a a well known fact on the prosperity and the survival of a community.

….I remember when Southlake Mall opened up; We wasn’t concerned about having more jobs, We was just happy to have a place to spend more of our money.

ProductiveLawAbidingAmericanCitizen

November 23rd, 2010
4:31 pm

….What Clayton County needs, is more Productive Law Abiding American Citizens, Better Government, and Incomes made from outside resources. Too many of our jobs in Clayton County, is going toward the prosperity of other counties.
………………Oscar Knight :)

BnB

November 23rd, 2010
6:38 pm

top – The sky was falling
Quote – “A few years ago the elite in the county paid big money to the media to degrade, humiliate, shame, disgrace and mortify the county’s name to ouster some old politicians. ”

Another of the woe-is-me crowd – The old politicians you mentioned did all they could to see what it would take to get them ousted. The elite ,as you called them, turned out to be informed black and white voters who realized – these people were crooks – plain and simple.

Roughshod

November 23rd, 2010
6:58 pm

ME says, “The ‘Lowlifes’ that are here don’t buy anything of value…lotto, beer and some other trash. You need to weed them out…thats a PRIORITY and thats why losers like Sandra Scott can get elected after being kicked off by the governor for being a loud, angry, unprofessional menace to the school board.” Meanwhile, an ethics complaint has been filed this week against Perdue for mingling public and private business deals, and gov elect Deal left the U.S Congress running from ethics charges and ME voted for both. Congratulations, “ME” welcome to the “Highlife”.

Reality

November 23rd, 2010
8:40 pm

LawAbidingVetRetired says….Me; This is just one of the many reason why good people don’t want to live here and it has people in Fayette and Henry Counties a bit worried that it is spreading into their areas. However, all the “good people” will eventually have to move even farther out, because around here the blackness is spreading! Move to Barnsville or Jasper, hahaha!

LoveClaytonWithoutBusService

November 24th, 2010
8:30 am

I for one think the dramatic drop in crime is due to the discontinuation of the bus service. I pray this continues and MARTA does not come here. I hope the MARTA contract fails so the county can continue to improve.

LoveClaytonWithoutBusService

November 24th, 2010
8:35 am

I really love that Clayton County is improving. I hope they don’t bring the bus service back. I hate to say it, but I think it really contributed to the crime. Counties like Henry and Fayette don’t have MARTA or other bus services, and look how nice they manage to keep their communities.

kallen

November 24th, 2010
9:29 am

Okay, why do I have to be wearing “liberal rose colored glasses” because I can see positive things happening in Clayton county and want to talk about them? Maybe those who can’t see ANYTHING positive are blinded by the negative, stuck in the past, or just not looking hard enough, or even at all. And what does political party have to do with anything?

I’m always going to write whatever positives I can get my hands on about Clayton. If you couldn’t handle this week’s article, then you’re really gonna hate next week!

Again – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! :-)

I call it like a see it...

November 24th, 2010
11:04 am

Clayton need not look outside the county for compliments. The leaders of Clayton needs to concentrate on governing in a way that is productive for the citizens that choose to stay here not for the people that are not here. As a citizen I want us to strive for a quality school system, low crime, providing quality services, and providing a cultural outlet.

Misery loves company

November 24th, 2010
11:16 am

Clayton ain’t perfect but neither are any of these other counties. Its sad that some people are so miserable they would rather talk bad about where they lay their head. You don’t see other counties doing that no matter what happens there, they stick together that’s part of clayton problem. Where I live at in Clayton isn’t crime free but I love it here and can see thing are changing. hopefully those who are so unhappy can sell their property and go where the grass is greener wherever that is

Reality Check...

November 24th, 2010
11:18 am

Kim,

Negative attitudes will not change about Clayton until the property value is so low that developers can purchase at pennies on the dollar. Developers will then build expensive homes that will bring affluent whites back to the county. When affluent whites come back to the county, then and only then will the county be worthy of positive comments.

GENTRIFICATION

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 24th, 2010
11:25 am

…My Rebuttal

…..kallen; (( “Okay, why do I have to be wearing “liberal rose colored glasses” because I can see positive things happening in Clayton county ” ))

….Being an optimist must have its limits; Clayton County has already plateaued and reached the top; What you see is the down hill side of this county.
…..You miss the train of optimism about 30 years ago, now you are asking us to be contented to eat the table scraps ?
….Most people that Wears The Rose Colored Glasses are afraid of facing the true solutions to making things much better. If I see a problem, I also see a cure; This is being a realist.
…….Happy Thanksgiving; Your Friend, Oscar.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 24th, 2010
11:34 am

……Misery loves company : (( “who are so unhappy can sell their property ” ))

…..Misery; Selling a house in Clayton County, is like selling Ice Chests to Eskimos :)
….I Love My Home and Its Location, I poured 34 years into my home and I not going to give this away.
….To me, Clayton County ends at my property line.

Rosey (as in rose colored glasses)

November 24th, 2010
11:35 am

I do think Clayton is in transition. I think like any other area that has survived a drastic change in demographics, Clayton took a hit but is on the rise. I believe it to be important when governing that our leadership remember we want the same thing as the white electorate wanted. We want nice neighborhoods to raise our children. WE WANT TO BE SAFE!!!! We want good schools. We want good jobs and places to shop. We want safe and clean places to play (recreation department and parks). We want leaders with integrity and ethical leadership so that we are not embarrassed to say we live in Clayton County.

BTW, I think we have a great recreation department. My child has participated in several activities. I found the rec department organized and professional.

Jborodawg

November 24th, 2010
11:43 am

Kallen:
“LawAbidingVetRetired” seems to be the main culprit of negativity. Don’t let that one Negative Nelly color your “rose-colored glasses”.

“LawAbiding…” You have a lot of nerve calling out Kallen on “specifics” when you say things like, “Clayton County opposed the legislation…”: “….Our Elected Officials, Our County Employees, and Our Law Enforcement,from Clayton County, are allowed to have free reign and unleash freedoms in our Government, with no questions asked….” What the heck does that last one mean?!

Isn’t it amazing how crime has decreased with the election of a new sheriff and DA? The last DA had to be one of the most incompetent ever to have served in this state.

Yes, ClayCo has its problems. We still have too many good businesses closing. “Hair weaves and nails” and “check cashing” have become ubiquitous. But, we’ve also seen a couple “buffet” restaurants open and hopefully, they’ll thrive. We have to frequent the “good” businesses if we want them to stay. Many of the ills are a direct result of the whole state-wide and national economies; and have nothing to do with C-tran. C-tran didn’t bring “thugs” in; it did provide transportation for people to get to/from work and school. “Thugs” don’t ride buses. Ever heard of a drive-by shooting from a C-tran bus? Or a corner shooting over drugs because of a C-tran bus?

If and when the overall economy improves, the local economy will follow suit. I hope all ClayCo citizens remember to remain vigilant concerning our elected officials. I hope we’ve learned that one cannot vote “color”; we have to vote “qualifications”. It’s been said that local politics is more important than national politics. That’s true in many ways because local politics affects our lives more directly.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

…..Rosey : ((”WE WANT TO BE SAFE!!!!”))

…..Rosey; You want what everyone wants, but, you have to step up to the plate to encourage everyone around you to do the same. Being safe is up to you; I can’t adopt a full time cop to provide me with full time protection .
….Having Leaders in this county, is the most difficult task of the problems, because we now have a county full lazy slackers that also don’t know how to vote for good candidates ( 80 % ). Ignorance and Laziness don’t mix with a quality lifestyle; This county, its cities, its homes, and businesses was built on hard work, honestly, and family values.

…..The fact is, most people that bought homes in this county, during the past 15 years, wasn’t bringing in enough income to afford a home, in fact, I have seen many that never made one house payment.

…..Now we have lazy slackers that has to be told when their grass needs to be cut in their yard.
…..If you don’t believe me, try finding a home improvement store or a hardware store is this county ( Home Depot doesn’t count :) ).

Rosey (as in rose colored glasses)

November 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

I do not want to take off my rose colored glasses but I can not pass on this statement: “‘Thugs’ don’t ride buses. Ever heard of a drive-by shooting from a C-tran bus? Or a corner shooting over drugs because of a C-tran bus?”

Come on, lets not be naive. He may not ride on C’Tran but the mama that is allowing him to live in her house without being on the lease is riding C’Tran. He may not ride C’Tran but the girlfriend and/or baby mama that is allowing him to cook dope in her government subsidized home/apartment is riding C’Tran. He may not ride C’Tran but his grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend that he visits is riding C’Tran. He may not ride C’Tran but his drug addicted customers are riding C’Tran. Look, I do not want to stereotype but lets not fool ourselves in believing that crime is not associated with our poorest sections of town. I do feel sorry for the law abiding citizens that are stuck in these areas.

It is a fact that the poorest section of town utilizes public transportation in Clayton County. I am very aware of the public transit system in DC, New York and other huge cities. This is not today’s reality in the southeast, particularly GA. And until the state of GA commits to a comprehensive transportation project, I do not think Clayton County should commit to a service it can NOT afford.

When Fayette, Henry, and Coweta allow MARTA in its town, and when Clayton can show it can afford public transportation, I MAY reconsider my position.

Sorry Kim, I could not help myself. I will put back on my rose colored glasses now.

DDClemson

November 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

In my personal opinion Clayton is no better or worse than any of the other counties. I have always advocated that individually we can turn this county around one neighborhood at a time and it begins with the neighborhood that we currently live in. I hear people say that code enforcement won’t do their jobs, I happen to have a different opinion. I know my code enforcement officer because I have meet him on numerous occassions when I called to report what I thought was a violation. I am confident that things will get taken care of if it is reported because I have established that relationship with that office and my neighbors know that any kind of violations will be reported. Not only by me but a few of my neighbors have learned who and what to call them on at any given time. That makes us all aware that our properties need to be maintained at all times.

If the county police needs to be called out for any reason such as loud music or a disturbance, the dispatcher will tell you if you want the officer to talk with you after taking care of the incident. I always say yes because I want the people causing the problem to know who called and we should not be afraid of hurting someone’s feelings when they are in the wrong.

I have lived in this county a long time and have recently moved within the county. Yes I could have chosen to go the Henry or Fayette, etc., but other than a different zip code, what other benefit would I get other than saying I live in xyz that I am not already getting. My job location didn’t change so I still live in one area and work in another, I still have to commute to work but the cost of living is much cheaper where I live than where I work. Some say better schools, but I will counter that with my child doesn’t have a problem learning and is doing well in school and we have an open line of communication with all of the teachers so we’ll know ahead of time if there is a potential problem.

My whole point is that WE must take it upon ourselves to lift up our community and make it work for us. Do I think that Clayton County is the best, no, but Clayton County is definately not the worse. If you think that then maybe you have a valid reason but you will also have to admit that it is possible that your neighborhood could be the reasoning that you have that perception.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

….Now its your turned to answer questions :

…..Jborodawg : ((”Isn’t it amazing how crime has decreased with the election of a new sheriff and DA?”))

…Dawg; When was the last that attended Our State Court or Our Magistrate Court in Clayton County ?
…Would you please Show Us how The D.A. or The Sheriff has decrease crime in our county ?

….By the Way; I haven’t read one single thing about our greatest asset in Our County :

….Southern Regional Hospital !!!!
.. We have best Doctors, Surgeons, Specialist, and Staff than anywhere else on this side on Atlanta. Their Stroke unit is second to none, believe me, I know this first hand and its not just my opinion, is this based on fact. Some of our surgeons also practice procedures at Piedmont Hospital and also know this to be a fact, because I had two back fusion surgeries by the same Surgeon at both Piedmont and Southern Regional.
…By The Way; When you have a chance to visit our hospital, don’t forget to try out their hamburgers !!!

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 24th, 2010
5:40 pm

…Let me ask one question of everyone :

….Why is all the jobs at the Airport going toward supporting other residents, in other counties, instead of Clayton County; When we are the ones that are forced to watching the planes fly over our heads and constantly listening to the rumbling noise from the Airport ?

….Let me answer that one everyone; Nobody at the Airport wants to live where they make their living, so, They take to earnings to counties like Fayetteville.
….The so called Air Pollution and Noise from Air Airport, has a lot to do as to why many people don’t want to live in Clayton County.
…Thats one reason why our Drive In Movies went out of business, why North Clayton disappeared from the map, and why Mountain View is just a skeleton.
…People has been leaving Clayton County since the rumors started about the fifth runaway.
…Nobody wants to live next to a International Airport, with low flying Jumbo Jets over their roof tops.

Bellwether

November 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

We in Clayton live in “I think”, one of the best counties in the metro area. Believe it or not, our schools are on average the same as or better than other counties! Our local governmental officials are on average the same as or better than other counties. In this down economy we’re functioning about the same as other counties! I’m thankful for what we have, but I refuse to ignore the reason for Thanksgiving! It is about the complete gentrification of the “original people of this nation”. Now, we want to keep out the orginal people of this nation through immigration; there were no borders in 1492! Now in the media we’ve turned turkey day to veterans day to provide misinformation to the youth. This is the “Dumbing down of America”, through misinformation; sorta like we lost accreditation!

oldtimer

November 25th, 2010
1:56 pm

I think in the last two years CC has learned some hard lessons. What I now see are neighborhoods organizing and asking for help from zoning enforcement; I see younger neighbors looking out for older ones; I see some of the thugs leaving the county as they have had homes they could not afford foreclosed; I see some new faces at election time; I see citizens who want criminals prosecuted and in jail; I see police, sheriff deputies, and a DA working together; And at this time of year I see many Churches full of volunteers trying to make things better. Happy Thanksgiving Clayton County.

Turkey Day

November 25th, 2010
9:45 pm

Great Things are happening like the “The Beach”, Good HS Football, Southake Mall, IMAX, AMC24. Happy Thanksgiving, however, the media has turned the real reason this day exist into democracy and freedom day; when freedom and democracy was stolen from the original people. Speaking from a 1492 stand point, what do you mean borders and immigration? Scandalous!

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 26th, 2010
9:07 pm

…Rosey : (( ” Look, I do not want to stereotype but lets not fool ourselves in believing that crime is not associated with our poorest sections of town. I do feel sorry for the law abiding citizens that are stuck in these areas.” ))

…Rosey; What sections are you referring to ?
…The odds of Crime of happening is when there is something to gain from the act. Why rob a poor person when they don’t have any money ?
…The crime rates affects everyone, because it happens randomly.

Tell The Truth

November 27th, 2010
8:41 am

Reality Check…
With the exception of a few pockets, Clayton never has had affluent areas (even when whites were the majority). The ‘Reality’ is that Clayton has always been either a rural or working class county. With over 75% of residents as apartment renters, the property taxes for county services has always been low. If fact, it’s the lowest in the metro area. Clayton’s problems are improving in terms of crime, yet we will need to see the real estate market improve nationally before Clayton can rebound fully.

Bellweather, oldtimer & Turkey Day: I co-sign your comments 100%.

BnB

November 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

Southlake – good happening — the mall is on it sway to being another Shannon Mall – I guess you just cannot have too many 150 dolla tennis shoe stores and gangsta clothing stores.

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