Mayor Robert Reichert honored Jadun McCarthy tonight at Macon City Council. He declared May 17, 2011 Jadun McCarthy Day. The teacher from Northeast High School was honored to be recognized by the city.
"I work hard to teach my students because they deserve it. I work hard to teach them because they deserve the best opportunity to be successful so when I'm recognized and honored it's certainly something that's not expected but certainly something that's welcome."
McCarthy received a standing ovation from people at city hall. He is the second teacher from Bibb County to receive the Georgia Teacher of the Year award.
After serving for two months as an interim representative for Ward 5, council woman Beverly Blake is stepping down. Blake will now be a resident of Ward 1. She is not be allowed to stay in her current position.
"What I've learned on council is that, first of all it's very hard to govern and democracy is lot's of compromies, but I've lso learned that if the citizens are involved, then council cannot do it's job as well as it needs to do. So I look forward to just being a citizen involved in the life of this community."
Blake says she will continue to serve the city of Macon as program director for the Knight Foundation.
PeachCounty Commissioner Michael Dinkins says he's done nothing wrong in spending the county's money. FormerPeachCounty Commissioner, Jimmy Walker, believes Dinkins has abused spending rights, a move that hurts the county in a tough economic time.
"$40-thousand, that should have been a couple, 3 or 4 thousand dollars. So to me we wasted $36-thousand and how was it going to stop if someone didn't bring it up," said Walker.
Walker wants answers as to why current commissioner Michael Dinkins was allowed to spend roughly $35-thousand in travel and training since 2009. After filing an open records request at the county office, Walker compiled a report of the travel and training spending of all the commissioners. According to the Walker's report Dinkins spent around 5 times more than the next highest commissioner.
Dinkins says he's done nothing wrong.
"I have never done anything that's outside of the policy," said Dinkins.
The storms have long passed in Monroe and Lamar Counties, but the recovery from their wake is still a process many families are dealing with every day.
Rhonda and Chris Edwards have four children, and they all live next door to 'Mama', Rhonda's mother. But since last month's tornadoes, peeled the roof off the Edward's house, the seven are now forced to live in two hotel rooms.
"It's horrible, there's nothing good about it," Rhonda explains.
The seven are in two rooms, with only three beds. The kitchen is big enough for only one person to stand in. Fortunately, the family has a large refrigerator in one of their rooms, but two other families displaced by the storm, have to share that one refrigerator with the Edwards.
And after the devestation, the struggles kept coming.
"My husband was laid off...because he had to get every one of us positioned to another place. He looked after his family before he looked after his job," Rhonda says.
But a good samaritan donated a new double-wide trailer to the family, and 'Mama', gave them land of her own for the new home.
The Edwards, still need help to get into a stable home. The land is undeveloped and needs to be surveyed. It also needs to be cleared of trees, not to mention there is no water or sewer hooked up yet. All essentials, the family cannot afford.
There are many more families across Monroe and Lamar counties who still need help. For more information about ways to help the Edwards, or any other family, go to the Red Cross website.
According to Detective Stacy Sapp with Dublin Police, 43 year old Anthony Holmes was reported missing last week. Holmes' 1998 Black Nissan was found in Jefferson County Monday afternoon.
Jefferson County Coroner Edward James says Wadley Police found Holmes' body 100 yards away from the car in a creek. According to James, Holmes died from blunt force trauma and a single gun shot wound to the head.
Wadley Police and the GBI are still investigating.