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Scientists to march in Atlanta on message that science is your friend

21 Apr 2017

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Scientists to march in Atlanta on message that science is your friend


The above video is from Neil DeGrass Tyson and speaks to the challenge science fact faces in the politicized fake fact world and is worth the listen.


The Atlanta March for Science is an official satellite march organized by volunteers from the state of Georgia. We are committed to supporting the efforts of the Official March for Science movement and providing a platform for your voice to be heard in Georgia. If you cannot make it to the Washington, D.C. march, please consider joining our solidarity effort to support the official movement taking place worldwide on April 22nd, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

To help us keep you connected and stay up to date with the latest march information, please follow us at:

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he March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.

The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception. Science should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.

The March for Science champions and defends science and scientific integrity, but it is a small step in the process toward encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it.

The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities — the paths of communication must go both ways. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people’s everyday lives.

We encourage them, in turn, to listen to communities and consider their research and future plans from the perspective of the people they serve. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.
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Shelton Elementary kindergarten teacher arrested for gun in classroom

30 Mar 2017

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Kindergarten teacher arrested for  a gun in  Shelton Elem classroom

Melanie Bullard (Paulding County, GA) Melanie Bullard, 39, a kindergarten teacher at Shelton Elementary, was arrested for having a gun after a search for alcohol led to the discovery of a loaded semi-automatic pistol in her purse under her desk. Ms. Bullard at present is in the Paulding County Jail with no bond set as of yet.

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 12:00 pm administrators at Shelton Elementary were alerted by a staff member that one of their teachers possibly had alcohol on her breath. 

At that point, Paulding County School District officials contacted the School Resource Officer (SRO) and launched an investigation into the incident. When the SRO administered a portable alco-sensor evaluation to the teacher, she tested positive for alcohol.

Per their policy, an additional evaluation was conducted a short time later which also resulted in a positive outcome. At that point, school district personnel began a search of the classroom and adjacent areas to try and locate any possible open containers of alcohol.

During that search, they discovered that the teacher had a loaded semi-automatic pistol in her purse. The purse was located on the floor underneath the desk which was within her classroom. The SRO then took possession of the pistol and officials continued their investigation.

The teacher has been identified as Melanie Bullard (W/F 39 YOA). Bullard is a Kindergarten teacher at Shelton Elementary and was charged with the following offenses: - Possession of a Weapon on School Property (M) - Reckless Conduct (M) Bullard was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and is currently being held without bond.

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Airport remains volatile issue in divided commission

15 Mar 2017

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Paulding BOC explores the sometimes strange past in marathon work session that promises to exacerbate the divisions




This was just posted on Youtube and I've not had an opportunity to view it as of yet.  I will say the chatter in the hall after the meeting suggested that personal lawsuits may insue from the statements of commissioners. 

The justification of the county thwarting the transfer of the 168 acres purchased from the city of Atlanta for the airport is also a point of contention that in one breath is a no-brainer, in another may  ...

Well, let me quote pcom member Glassdogs, who commented on the experience of sitting through this meeting - "It was embarrassing to sit there."  You can read the rest of his comments here or view this meeting and leave your's in this topic.



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Commission votes 4-1 to fire Talley, Richardson and Cable law firm

10 Mar 2017

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Unity strained as commission fires county's long-term law firm in special called meet




Talley, Richardson and Cable law firm was fired by a 4-1 vote in a special called meeting Wednesday and the county then hired as the interim county attorney, Lani Skipper whom the county requested separate from the law firm.

It is unclear how long Ms. Skipper will be in the interim position but Commission Chairman Dave Carmichael said it was important that the county have someone up to speed in the post as the level of activity was high.

The motion separating the firm from the county - the firm has been representing the county close to 30 years if not longer - called for them to deliver the legal documents in the possession of the firm to the county no later than today (March 10.)

Chairman Carmichael, who voted against the resolution firing the firm, opened the meeting with a statement saying he was unaware of the purpose of the called meeting. Citing state law regarding the commission, Carmichael stated that the meeting was called by request of the four post commissioners who raised their hands in the affirmative to acknowledge it was their desire.

The meeting went into an extended closed session for the purpose of 'litigation and personnel matters' and emerged with the two resolutions; one to fire the firm and the second to request that Ms. Skipper resign from the firm and serve as interim legal counsel for the county.

The firm, as a leading institution in the county, has separate contracts with the Industrial Building Authority, School Board, Airport Authority and possibly other boards or commissions associated with local county government.  It does not appear that the firing will include these entities which have independent contractural agreements.

In any case, the public discussion of the firing, which post commissioner Todd Pownall said was not the surprise Chairman Carmichael asserted, did not include discussion of how much of the county's overall business was included.

The four post commissioners, influenced by the anti-airport forces, have long had removal of the law firm in its sights.   

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Two youths and a juvenile charged in car-bashing spree

09 Mar 2017

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Two youths and a juvenile charged in car-bashing spree

Dozens of Cars were vandalized and damaged in Paulding County in the overnight hours of Tuesday March 7, 2017 into the early morning hours of Wednesday March 8, 2017 as two youths and a juvenile cruised several subdivisions wielding baseball bats

Over 70 vehicles were damaged by rocks and baseball bats in various locations within Paulding County by 18 year olds Kevin Patrick Miceli (left) of Dallas, Tristan Keith (right) vandalof Hiram, vandalGA and an unnamed 16 year-old from Dallas.  All three were charged with multiple counts of criminal damage to property (second degree). The two youths and a juvenile will be charged with every single incident they participated in, according to the PCSO release.

The incidents appear to have been sporadic in nature and not concentrated to one specific area of the county and detectives said the suspects appeared to have aimlessly drove around the county throwing rocks at vehicles that were parked near or on the sides of streets in many subdivisions and on county roads. In some instances, the suspects actually stopped their vehicle and got out smashing car windows with a baseball bat. We also discovered that they damaged many mailboxes and even drove over trash cans in some neighborhoods. In one instance, they even threw a rock at one of our marked patrol cars while it was parked at the home of the Deputy.

Key to solving the case was home surveillance footage and the effort of detectives to solve the crimes quickly

As the investigation continues, the aforementioned suspects will be charged with additional crimes as well as numerous counts of each crime.
 
The PCSO expects additional victims to come forward and authorities do not have an exact count of how many victims there actually are. 

As always, if you have any additional information, or believe you may have been a victimized, please call detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443- 3015.

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Dallas youths arrested in Cedarcrest/Seven Hills auto burglaries

08 Mar 2017

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Seven Hills/Cedarcrest Entering Auto Suspects Arrested

 (Paulding County, GA) In the overnight hours of January 22, 2017 the Seven Hills/Cedarcrest Road area of northern Paulding County was hit with multiple entering auto incidents. This crime spree took place in the Seven Hills Subdivision and the Park at Cedarcrest Subdivision.

The majority of the incidents consisted of the suspects entering unlocked automobiles and taking items. In one of the incidents, the suspects actually entered a garage (which had the garage door open) and stole items from inside the garage area.

Multiple items were stolen during this incident to include a firearm from one of the victims. Through rigorous Detective work, cooperation from the community, and the utilization of home surveillance video footage, Detectives have made two arrests in the case.

The following individuals have been arrested in connection to the entering autos in the Seven Hills/Cedarcrest Road area:

Jamel Raheim Cole
Jamel Raheim Cole B/M 20 YOA of Dallas, GA
-Burglary -Entering Auto
-Financial Transaction Card Fraud


Marlin Dennard
Marlin Dennard Nichols B/M 19 YOA of Dallas, GA
-Entering Auto
-Financial Transaction Card Fraud


Detectives want to encourage everyone to take valuables out of their vehicle at night, lock your car doors, and keep your homes locked and your garage doors down. If possible, we encourage everyone to keep their vehicles secured inside a garage.

Detectives are still looking for a male and female suspect in this case. If you have any information regarding the identity of these individuals or any information on these entering auto cases, please call Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3015.
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