Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers:

REALLY?!? Big news of the week was Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan submitting his resignation. He originally was suspended by the mayor after allegations of inappropriate and racist texts were sent among officers regarding a drug suspect. Jordan later resigned before the city council officially met to discuss the chief. The chief apologized and a couple of council members aren’t too happy about how the whole thing played out.

RANT: Three homes were heavily damaged in separate fires – all on the same day. Fortunately, no one was injured, although one fire is being considered suspicious. A couple of days later, another fire broke out, this time resulting in a family dog dying from fumes.

REALLY?!? Apparently, the big bears are kicking the little bears out of their territory, meaning local residents have spotted a few young bears recently. One was spotted last month around Moreland, and another spotted around Vaughn Road and Highway 154. And a possible third was spotted near the eastern border of Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Authorities haven’t had as much luck locating them yet.

RANT: A 19-year-old Newnan man died in a freak accident outside the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Trevor Harrison Lowery was attending a drag racing event. He was sitting in the back of a moving pickup when he lost his balance, fell off the truck and struck his head. He later died at a hospital.

RAVE: And thanks to the Newnan-Coweta Public Safety Foundation, which helped with donations so the county’s fire department could purchase four new dry suits for its water rescue unit. Already this year, the Coweta County Fire Department has rescued people on the Chattahoochee on three separate occasions. The dry suits will be especially helpful when the water is cold.

RAVE: Newnan’s multi-use complex, known as the Newnan Convention Centre, just celebrated its first anniversary. The convention center-type facility is located adjacent to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts off Lower Fayetteville Road, and officials say the first year was a big success with bookings and repeat business.

REALLY?!? This week, an appeal hearing is being held in Atlanta for the proposed behavior hospital in Newnan. The original Certificate of Need was denied by the state, which said there were enough treatment beds and facilities in the region, a decision that even our local hospital said was absurd. Let’s hope all the big guns the city and county are sending up there will convince the state to reverse its decision.

RAVE: A a big thank-you to everyone for their support and prayers for our reporter Bradley Hartsell and his girlfriend, Hannah Latimer, who were involved in a serious car accident in April. Bradley returned to work last week.




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