Taste of Clayton, GRLI, and Victor Hill return

On Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the annual Taste of Clayton event returns, continuing its 18-year tradition.

Think you make the best sweet tea?  Prove it by joining the Sweet Tea Challenge featuring entries from restaurants and individuals. Pre-register by Wednesday at 678.610.4242.

There will also be a Chick Fil A sponsored Sweet Tea Drinking Contest, which up to 25 people may enter up until the day of the event by dropping off a gallon of sweet tea. The objective is to see who can drink a gallon of sweet tea the fastest.

“We’re excited to help bring the Taste of Clayton to downtown Jonesboro on Main Street to showcase the new Streetscape Project, and to help make a signature event for Clayton County,” says Patrick Duncan, President and CEO of the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Some food vendors include: Blue Sky Restaurant, Chili’s, Blue Bell Creameries, Hooters, Louisiana Catfish, the Georgia Shrimp Company, Sonny’s BBQ, and Upscale Pizza.  There will also be a variety of entertainment from R&B to country to top 40, and much more fun!

Next, the Clayton County GrassRoots Leadership Institute (GRLI) is currently accepting applications for its 2011 training program where students can develop leadership skills while becoming more informed and involved in Clayton County affairs.

“GrassRoots dual purpose is to develop those who have not had any exposure to leadership, and to help further develop someone who already possesses basic leadership skills and knowledge,” says GRLI Chair Cheryl White.

Classes to be taught by local government and economic development community leaders include: understanding leadership, effective communication, conducting successful meetings, building partnerships and collaborations, conflict resolution, group decision making/problem solving, understanding poverty issues, and understanding diversity.  Click here for application submission information.

Finally, Victor Hill has announced he will run for Sherriff in 2012. Your thoughts?

30 comments Add your comment

Clayton resident

March 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

I think if we don’t pay attention to who is running in 2012 and then re-elect some of the mistakes we’ve dismissed in the past we’ll be right back where we started. Kimbrough is no prize but I’d rather see him than Victor who now thinks he’s from Krypton.

looking forward to the new Taste of Clayton, it had really gone downhill when I went a few years back and glad its not on the plantation anymore.


March 28th, 2011
1:18 pm

If Victor hill gets re-elected in Clayton County that will be the straw that makes me move. Kimbro is doing a good Job and he hasn’t cost the taxpayers 7 million dollars but in reality my idiot neighbors will probably elect him.


March 28th, 2011
2:50 pm

Looking very much forward to “The Taste of Clayton.”
No comment on the candidates for Sheriff right now.

Neither of them deserves our vote...

March 28th, 2011
3:01 pm

Kembro is going to cost us millions too. Have you seen the cbs report or listened to 102.5 radio lately?


March 28th, 2011
3:06 pm

I would disagree that Kimbrough is doing a “good” job. His recent problems with one of his deputies is not helping his cause any. She was indicted on two felony counts, suspended by POST but still employed. Poor decision on his part. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hill has a very good chance of taking the S.O. back. But who else may be running…..

The Shadow

March 28th, 2011
3:38 pm

We need to seriously look at a viable alternative to Sheriff Kimbrough (and the alternative IS NOT Victor Hill).
Sheriff Kimbrough is losing public confidence in the Office of Sheriff. He has extended the reach of the Sheriff’s Office outside of its bounds. The Sheriff’s Office has no mandate to be in or around the schools OR to have precinct offices in the community. That is the sole function of the Police Department and Resource Officers funded by the Board of Education.
Sheriff Kimbrough has all but locked out investigators and those that have County business to conduct from the jail. The District Attorney’s Office and Clayton PD have little access to the Justice Facility. This is reminiscent of the Justice Center under twerp Victor Hill.
Sheriff Kimbrough has allowed himself to be caught up in a sex scandal, real or not, perception is everything. He is allowing this around him with dubious behavior to dictate his behavior which makes me question his judgment. Hiring a virtual illiterate (Ms. Williams) and ordering her GED to be paid for by county funds is despicable (and she still failed not only the GED but her GCIC AND NCIC tests). A moron could have passed those tests. Then there is Ms. Parkes, indicted by the Grande Jury for taping another woman emptying her bowels in the restroom where there is a legal expectation of privacy under Georgia U.C.G.A. (and yes it is a crime Kem). And the Sheriff allowing her to keep her job? She should have been terminated at the very least for morale turpitude.
It seems his advisors have lost his ear and he has wandered. Once Deputy Sheriff Watkins served as a moral compass for Kem but apparently now that on last connection to decency is severed.
I was warned long ago that Sheriff Kimbrough was nothing more than a Victor Hill, only taller. I didn’t believe it but his actions now have me looking to support another candidate.
And Victor, we’ll be watching the ballot box stuffing in the precincts where you always try to get away with it. We know your tricks about the ride to the polls and the $20 or the shopping trips to the mall. Step up your game to make your graft more fun this time. Oh, and the evening meetings in the church basements…walls have ears even amongst your most trusted. HA HA HA The Shadow Knows!


March 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

Hmmmm kembrough sleeping with employees vs Victor Hill firing people for no reason, giving badges to anyone, hiring clowns, not serving warrants…hmmmm

Hill is a cowboy type sheriff but despite Kembrough improprieties, he does a good job enforcing the law and generally stays out of the headlines.


Clayco resident

March 28th, 2011
4:30 pm

What???? I’m with Al, if Victor Hill wins then I’ll rent out my house and move elsewhere. We had enough of his inept leadership, arrogance and just plain ignorance. Sheriff Kimbrough is doing a good job so please people of Clayton County…NO Victor Hill!!!!

Melvin Cox

March 28th, 2011
5:10 pm

Please guys and gals in law enforcement, step up and run. Run as Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Libertarians. We need better candidates.

Heck No to Hill.

Anybody but Hill

March 28th, 2011
5:24 pm

Hill’s “fact or fiction” section of his website was hilarious. He mentions the media never reported any any of his truths, but he neglects to mention that he shut the media out for practically the last two years of his term as sheriff. If Hill, Jewel Scott or any of those who got bootted are re-elected the county will have taken several steps back and I too will be doing my damndest to get outta here.

Anybody but Hill

March 28th, 2011
5:26 pm

Oh yeah, Taste of Clayton. Think I need to see how this year turns out before I return unless I’m really bored. the last few tastes were really bad!

Inglorious Gentelman

March 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

@ Clayco Resident~ You better not rent to any African Americans or section 8, because you will be blamed for the “sudden” collasp of Clayton County! BTW, good luck in finding an upstanding middle class family to rent to….

in this corner

March 28th, 2011
8:31 pm

looks like a job just opened up for Jeff Turner. Sounds like kem has been hangin out with the commish and the owner of the “PONY” and has been offering some ‘internships’ .. and Victor Hill ,,well, standby to reserve your moving vans . (travelin’ music anyone) ?


March 28th, 2011
9:03 pm

unglourious – the “sudden collapse” of clayton took over 20 years. First – the groundwork by the “good ole white boys”, Griswald and Bray – selling out to any contractor with extra “seed ” money for their pockets. Then the “great black hope” leaders of Atlanta tearing down low cost housing and sending the residents on their way, not a peep – from the so-caled “black civil rights” local leadership – the same who would have raised holy hell if the Atlanta leadership had been white. I bet their property values went up after they pushed out the poor and unclean.


March 28th, 2011
11:02 pm

You have two of the last candidates in the Sheriff’s race running the department now and it is still a laughing stock. The people of Clayton County need to realize that they should have voted for the most qualified candidate and Kembrough wasn’t it with his shady sexual harassment history.Next time people look past the hype and research your candidates, a law degree and getting promoted by proxy doesn’t always make a good candidate.


March 29th, 2011
8:35 am

Victor Hill? The county is still sitting on the john from the last time they picked up that stomach virus.


March 29th, 2011
9:08 am

Yes-Taste of Clayton
NO-Victor “Walking Small” Hill (and NO-Kembrough’s substations)


March 29th, 2011
9:09 am

Correction: Kimbrough


March 29th, 2011
9:40 am

I just read some of the articles at cbsatlanta.com

It’s troubling the way deputy Parkes has been indicted by a grand jury, yet Kimbrough maintains his investigation revealed no wrong-doing by her. Then, when she turned herself in after the indictment, she was fast-tracked and not processed like other felons. And, she still has her job; just on admin leave.

It’s also appalling that if one wants info on elected officials in Clayco, one must go to CBS while the Clayton News Daily rarely reports anything.

sr citizen dawg

March 29th, 2011
10:55 am

Let Clayton Countians elect the person they want and deserve and then let them pay for it. And they will pay for it in more ways than one.
I’m outa here.


March 29th, 2011
10:56 am

If there is an “honest” (this rules out Victor, and Kem), qualified, law enforcement background, hard working person, who could fill the position of Sheriff Of Clayton County in the next election, and is not a racist, please step forward now! We need you bad.

Brick House in FP

March 29th, 2011
2:20 pm

..In the Democrat Primaries of 2008, I crossed over to vote for “Secret” Kimbrough to get Victor out of the way, but when the General Election came around, I voted for Jack Rainwater.
Do I believe that Victor Hill stands a chance ? YES I Do.
Victor Hill lost the Clayton County Sheriff’s race by a slim margin, with less than 20 % percent of the registered voters bothering to turn out.

Election Summary Report
Clayton County
State of Georgia General Primary Runoff
August 5, 2008
Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races
Official and Complete

Total Votes 25362

VICTOR HILL (I) 12338 – 48.65%

KEM KIMBROUGH 13024 – 51.35%

Most African Americans are most forgiving, its part of their beliefs, their faith, and it plays as much on their lives as it does as the food that they eat.

Most African Americans , in this county, probably don’t believe the one thing that news media reported about Victor Hill; they would probably chalk it up as being Conjured Up Allegations.

This time, it won’t be this close; Victor will be take the Sheriff’s Office back with a land slide Victory.

Welcome Back Victor, Ha, Ha !!

The Plutocrats

March 29th, 2011
2:26 pm

Whoever wants to run had better get with it now! It takes a loong time for the voters to find out much of anything about a candidate here other than by rumor or a picture.


March 29th, 2011
3:05 pm

A real leader is needed and they need to step up to the plate now. Good luck to that person.


March 29th, 2011
8:08 pm

victor hill had millions of dollars in lawsuits against him for firing people ” because they are white” victor hill flew to vegas and spent the tax payer money on his trip , after victor was fired victor did not show up for his last 40 plus days in office,. he just disappeared?? victor hill was the jack wagon who had to put his name on every sheriff car?? how much did that cost the people of clayton county and now the sad thing is how many dumb people will vote him back in office.


March 29th, 2011
8:21 pm

The upcoming “Waste of Clayton” food event is just testimony to the low expectations and continuing dismal business and social environment of the County.

Take a look at other less advertised vendors to include South Metro Chiropractic Clinic (they must be planning to cook-down those neck bones), Suburban Extended Stay Hotel (probably demonstrating Ramon Noodle cooking techniques or basic murder techniques guests can perpatrate on one another), COSTCO, Cracker Barrel, Hooters, Quick Trip (who doesn’t love a nutritional Taquito with a Slushy), China City on 138 and of course El Ranchero.

Don’t confuse any of the above with any eatery that we would prefer having like Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Houstons, P.F. Change, Maggiano’s, Bacchanalia Restaurant, Pano’s & Paul’s, Rathbun’s, Fogo de Chao, Ray’s on the River, Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles, Ecco, Ray’s on the River.

But NO, we have a business climate fostered by elected and appointed officials that invites “Hot Sauce & Ray Rays Catfish heaven on the Flint River”!

Hell, even “This is It” knows better than to open a store in Clayton County! “Have you had YOUR one good meal today?”

“It’s the rib tips”!!!

Melvin Cox

March 29th, 2011
10:34 pm

Please somebody, anybody, but Kem and Hill. LOL!

Clayton resident

March 30th, 2011
8:47 am

Agreed Melvin Cox unless Kem is cleared of these charges. I also voted Jack Rainwater but knew he wouldn’t win because he wasn’t the right “fit” for this county. But he was just as qualified as Kem and seemed honest.


March 30th, 2011
9:47 am

OK, white folks, stop your racist rants! If you don’t like Clayton County, follow Sr. Citizen Dawg and move to Cherokee Co.

Big Papi

March 30th, 2011
11:09 am

Unfortunately many sheriff’s want to succumb to to the siren song of police work. Taking care of the jail, the courts and warrants is not sexy enough. Clayton, like most large suburban counties in Atlanta has a county police force. We can not afford for the sheriff’s dept to duplicate this effort to assuage their ego. On face value, Kem was way more qualified than the militant midget. However, if ones moral compass doesn’t point TRUE NORTH, then qualifications mean little. I pray the rumors are not true,a lawyer should know that “you don’t get your meat where you get your bread”
Taste of Clayton should be suspended until we have something worth tasting other than ghetto Chinese and chicken wings. Publix is already in full retreat from our county, when Chick Fil-A strikes its colors it will be time to turn the lights out in Clayton County.