Rants, Raves & Really?!?
A look back at the week’s highs, lows and whatevers:
RANT/RAVE: West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan is leaving his post at the end of the year. He will become president of Alfred State College in New York. He oversaw the opening of the college’s new campus and will be missed. RAVING on your new job, but RANTING about you leaving. We’ll send a shovel to help you dig out of the snow.
REALLY?!? We read about these things in foreign countries, usually monks protesting by setting themselves on fire. But a Grantville man apparently tried the same thing — fortunately, he was unsuccessful. Franklin Raji Jimpson, 31, was charged with aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit arson after dousing himself, his mother and their residence with gasoline. The only thing keeping this from being a real tragedy is Jimpson couldn’t get his lighter to work.
RAVE: Musicology owner Doug Kees kicked off the inaugural session for Coweta County’s “Guitars Not Guns” recently. The non-profit national organization works to help kids at risk get music lessons who otherwise would not be able to.
RAVE: And a tip of the patrol hat to Georgia State Patrol Troup D, which includes Coweta County. Troop D won first place in the GSP Troop category.
RAVE: The Newnan Youth Council, along with other volunteers, took on a major task of cleaning up alleys in downtown Newnan. The council, made up of high school students, organized the event with Keep Newnan Beautiful and Waste Industries for its first “Attack the Alleys” campaign. One city official said that, in 15 years, “I have never see the alleys look that good. The students did an amazing job.”
RANT: A father of two was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute. When police officers busted him at his residence, his two small children were there. A potential Father of the Year candidate right there.
REALLY?!? At least two houses caught on fire within a week. Fortunately, both structures were vacant, but authorities are already saying the first fire was “suspicious.”
RAVE: Three Coweta veterans were inducted into the inaugural class of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Johnny Calhoun, Joe M. Jackson and Stephen Pless were among 16 across the state honored. Pless and Jackson both received the Medal of Honor. Calhoun, a Green Beret, was reported missing in 1968.
RAVE: It takes more than just employees and elected officials to run Coweta County. A big thanks to the more than 90 residents who serve on 23 county boards and authorities. Without this type of volunteerism, it’d be a lot harder to run the county. Thank you.
RANT: Appears gas prices are starting to head back up just in time for Thanksgiving travel. What a surprise. The good news — if there ever is any with gas prices — is they are still expected to be the lowest since 2010.