Rants, Raves & Really?!?

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

RANT: A 41-year-old, Michael Rivera of Palmetto, died in a single-vehicle accident. Rivera was northbound on Highway 29 trying to negotiate a turn when his vehicle overturned several times. Rivera was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

RANT: We’ve been singing this song for months. A report by Piedmont Healthcare showed Coweta County lags behind the state average for mental health resources. Let’s also remember a state agency recently denied a Certificate of Need for a new mental behavioral hospital here – citing the lack of need. Someone needs to report that report again.

REALLY?!? Good news is “The Walking Dead” television series is expected to be around at least through next fall. Bad news is, we will continue to have to deal with zombies. The Senoia City Council voted unanimously to extend a wall permit and road closures at the request of the AMC network show.

RAVE: To Don Phillips, who is retiring after more than 40 years in the banking business. Not only did he oversee BB&T operations here, he was the ultimate example of civic duty. Phillips was a previous Citizen of the Year and a former chairman of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. He also served with community organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Salvation Army and Rotary among others. Enjoy your retirement. Just make sure you stay in Coweta.

REALLY?!? Well-known and respected teacher Johnny Holloway resigned as chorus teacher at Evans Middle School after law enforcement discovered less than an ounce of marijuana at his residence. Newnan Police received a tip and later executed a search warrant at Holloway’s residence. Holloway, named a quarterfinalist for the national Grammy Music Educator Award, was charged with misdemeanor possession.

RAVE: Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, was in town reading to school children. It’s all part of her Read Across Georgia initiative. Regardless of your political leanings, it’s always good to see politicians and their spouses helping to promote vital causes. And yes, reading is vital.

REALLY?!? This one tops the list. Kamikie Nechez Wilkins, 23, recently bonded out of jail after being charged with the March fatal shooting of two men. A few days ago, law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant on a suspected drug house. If you guessed Wilkins was in the residence, step forward for your prize. This time, Wilkins was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and altering identification of a firearm. Wilkins is now being held without bond.

RAVE: To GNC Newnan, which is the new Coweta County Small Business of the Year. Other winners included Key Promotions in the entrepreneur category; PrintSource in the growth category; and Uniglobe Travel, which won the employer category. And a special thanks to SouthTowne Motors, which continues to be the main sponsor for the award program.

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