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Walker admits to wearing out 28 pairs of shoes on road to salvation

22 Jul 2014

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Kim Demark, walking across America to honor America's veterans did so because she was inspired by the Lord who caused a change in her character.

 

Her presence at the meeting was apparently totally unplanned and about as serendipitous as can be. She just happened to be here.

Considering what she said about herself, I think she'd have fit in with a lot of the folks at the meeting better before she started her walk.

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Commission meeting recessed at noon ...

22 Jul 2014

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As the clock ticked past ten this morning and only standing room remained, the temperature in the Board Commissioners meeting room forced doors open to aid in cooling.  A hot time was apparently expected as a crowd of this dimension tends to want to see some fireworks.   While the mix in the room never cooled, the two-hour marathon meeting which recessed at noon, left us - pcom - out of battery and with other obligations and so never seemed to erupt.

 

The meeting began as most county meetings, with some recognitions, including the appearance of a person who is literally running around the country on foot and passing along a story of how the experience is bringing perspective, healing and humility to what we are led to believe was a formerly selfish, and yes, sick soul.

 

But while many thought that fireworks were on the agenda, never under-estimate the power of mathematics and numbers to lull even an anticipatory crowd into a stupor. 

 

It didn't have to be that way, though and indeed the meeting initially held some promise of being groundbreaking from a policy-wonk perspective as post commissioner Tommie Graham lay out two rather startling initiatives - the suggestion of a $10,000 homestead exemption on taxes collected from home owners going to the county's maintinance and operations budget ... and the proposal that the county set up the budgets of the Industrial Building Authority and Airport Authority - both independent organizations whose budgets are considered part of the general county operational budget in terms of accounting and financing. 

 

The latter project stirred a little fire - we'll be posting the video of some of the discussion - with defenders of the airport noting that unanticipated costs like defending lawsuits and recovering from tornadoes are difficulties that such entities have faced in recent months and years.   Commissioner Graham countered with the suggestion that the accounting setup he was proposing would free these entities to 'make money' that would give them more options that just coming back to the commission for more.

 

The homestead exemption suggestion, which because it would only apply to the county's M&O property tax collections would save the typical homeowner about fifteen dollars in large part because the school board would have to act on this suggestion independently.

 

Commissioner Graham had made his ideas for an expansion of the homestead exemption and spin off the IBA and Airport Authority  known after county manager Mike Jones and comptroller Tabitha Pollard explained the budget prior to an open hearing on the county's budget.  

 

County critic KV Scoggins was the first citizen to talk about the budget and, in what some think may have been an effort at a filibuster - the public hearing did not specify a time-limit for speakers and he showed no willingness to leave the podium - he asked numerous questions about the airport that represents less than one-tenth of one-percent of the budget.  Scoggins said repeated his opinion that the IBA and Airport Authority should be abolished.

 

The nature of the questions, which I regret I didn't capture - battery power on the camera recording Scoggins had expired -  left county manager Mike Jones exasperated and he lashed out at Scoggins in a video we will post shortly in place of the photo above. 

 

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Dallas PD telephone spoofed in strange scam targeting area residents

08 Jul 2014

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If you get a call from some weird, India-sounding guy identifying himself as member of the Dallas Police and threatening to come arrest you if you don't send him money,  please don't fall for this new and disturbing scam.  Figuring out this is a scam may be harder than you imagine because the callers are now tricking your caller ID to make it look like the Dallas PD originated the call.

"That is what is scary," said Det. Alan Hurd of the Dallas Police who said they he had never heard of phone identity spoofing.  Det. Hurd said that his office has received more than one report of residents being asked to send $200 via Western Union to avoid arrest by the Dallas Police Department by people, all of whom have a thick Indian accent'  but that since the scammers can fool your caller ID, for some, the hint given by the accent may not be enough.
 

"We had one lady who was scared to death we were coming to arrest her," Det. Hurd said, but she called us, he said.  Det. Hurd said that all members of the Dallas Police and Emergency Services are generally native to the south and all have good southern accents, but not everyone knows that.   He did say that the City of Dallas website includes all the names and pictures of Dallas Police officers.  
 

Det. Hurd said that some of the earlier instances involved a "570" number and an officer Tom Lee who presented a scenario that enticed the person called to send him money.  We'll post some of the 'scam pitches' in a subsequent post.
 

Mainly, Det. Hurd wants folks to know that if they get a call from an Indian sounding guy claiming to be a Dallas Police officer, don't send them any money for any reason ... and give him a call at 770-443-8328
 

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Dallas PD investigates wreck between SUV and RV

01 Jul 2014

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Shortly afternoon today (July 1), the Dallas PD was investigating a non-injury accident just east of the intersection of US 278 and GA 61. The accident left one SUV in the median and a RV off in the ditch on the south side of 278.

Apparently the SUV was pulling the RV and things went, as they say, wrong.

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County vindicated on Airport Bonds

30 Jun 2014

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Paulding County's actions to fund expansion of the Airport to make it viable for commercial use through public bonds was affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court today.

The county, which approved bonds for a runway expansion, was challenged by two residents whom many believe were proxies for the interests of Delta Airlines and HJIA, who oppose any other commercial airports in the Atlanta region.

Above is an interview with Paulding Board of Commissioners Chairman David Austin, who is pleased with the decision.


 
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