Davon Jiggetts Struck and Killed on Atlanta Street Fleeing From Pitbull

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Davon Jiggetts Struck and Killed on Atlanta Street Fleeing From Pitbull (Attribution Unknown)

SHOCK: Davon Jiggetts, 17, was struck and killed after he ran onto a busy Atlanta street trying to escape a pit bull.

Jiggetts had just got off a bus about 1 a.m. Saturday when he was chased by the dog. He ran onto Old National Highway where he was struck by a car.

The dog was also struck and died. Police are investigating how the dog got loose and was able to chase Davon Jiggetts.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that this is the second time this week that a Georgia teen was killed after being struck by a car while fleeing from a dog. On Thursday, Demonta Collins, 13, was killed in a similar accident.

 Davon Jiggetts Struck and Killed on Atlanta Street Fleeing From Pitbull

WSB Traffic Reporter Capt. Herb Emory Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

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WSB Traffic Reporter Capt. Herb Emory Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

Atlanta radio fans are mourning the sudden passing of WSB traffic report Herb Emory, who died after suffering a massive heart attack on Saturday.  He was 61.

Capt. Herb Emory, went to lend his hand after hearing of a two-vehicle crash near his Douglas County home on Saturday. He called 911 and then tried to help the victims. He was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. after suffering a massive heart attack, Douglas County coroner Randy Daniel said.

 

 WSB Traffic Reporter Capt. Herb Emory Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

Former Lawmaker Denise Majette Disbarred by GA Supreme Court

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Former Lawmaker Denise Majette Disbarred by GA Supreme Court

Former lawmaker Denise Majette was disbarred by the Georgia Supreme Court over findings she overbilled and misled the court about how much she was owed in fees.

In a 4-2 decision Friday, the court sided with the recommendation from a special master (an experienced lawyer appointed by the high court), who investigated a complaint filed against her by a former client  in 2010. The special master wrote in a report last year that he found “inexcusable” conduct involving unsubstantiated legal billings.

Denise Majette was elected by DeKalb County voters to Congress in 2002 after she defeated then-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic primary. Majette resigned after one term to run for the U.S. Senate and lost to Republican Johnny Isakson in 2004.

In the decision written by the majority of the GA Supreme Court, Denise Majette had on “multiple” occasions submitted “wholly unsupported and materially misleading time sheets and invoices to her client.” The decision also said she misrepresented her hours and fees to a court when she submitted them in court cases. The justices wrote, “Majette has failed to express any remorse.”

Majette started having financial troubles in 2008 while working as a part-time attorney and real estate agent, even asking other attorneys for loans, the decision said.

 Former Lawmaker Denise Majette Disbarred by GA Supreme Court

Mo Ivory Out at Atlanta’s V-103, No Longer on Ryan Cameron’s Morning Show

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Mo Ivory Out at Atlanta’s V-103, No Longer on Ryan Cameron’s Morning Show

Mo Ivory, who regularly appears on CNN, is out at Atlanta’s V-103. She was added to morning host Ryan Cameron’s show along with Kendra G.

Kendra G was axed in December, along with original host Crash Clark. Now Mo Ivory is g-o-n-e. What’s weird is that it happened quietly.

Mo Ivory posted a happy picture of herself on Instagram on Sunday, saying, “I feel happy, peaceful and grateful today with all the pieces of my life and this I know for sure!  #ItsAboutToGetReal #MoKnows

 

MLK Family Wants Approval Rights Over Monument on GA State Capitol Grounds

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MLK Family Wants Approval Rights Over Monument on GA State Capitol Grounds (Credit: Wikipedia)

It’s a sad commentary that the children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the King Estate continue to tarnish his name with petty squabbles and money-grubbing.  The latest dust-up is over Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia legislators seeking to honor Dr. King on Capitol grounds. The family of Dr. King have sent notice to Gov. Deal saying they want approval rights over any image of their father being used at the state Capitol.

On Monday, the same day the a bill was passed to honor Dr. King on state Capitol grounds, Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., the company that oversees the King estate, sent a letter to Chris Riley, Gov. Deal’s chief of staff, to remind him that the King estate owns all rights to the civil rights leader’s “name, image, likeness, words, rights of publicity, copyrighted works, recorded voice and trademark interests.” The letter also chided Gov. Deal for not reaching out to the family for permission:

“When the media reported that the Governor referenced this initiative in remarks he made on the King Holiday, we expected to hear from your office and the appropriate parties seeking the Estate’s input and approval. To date, we have not received any formal request for permission to utilize any of Dr. King’s [intellectual property]. Nonetheless, we would be delibhted to work with you on determining an appropriate way to honor Dr. King….Your assistance would be greatly appreciated in expediting our review of the proposal to honor Dr. King and thus provide input.”

Chris Riley responded via e-mail to IPM’s letter:

“Mr. Tidwell:

We will continue to monitor the legislation. Please do not assume the governor would ever try to financially capitalize on the legacy of Dr. King. He is simply…trying to honor a great Georgian.”

The mention of money didn’t sit too well with Mr. Tidwell, who responded right away:

“The notion of monetizing Dr. King’s image on the part of the Governor never crossed our mind….This has to do with respecting property rights by including the rights holder in the process to determine how Dr. King will be honored….We look forward to working with you and having the opportunity to review the proposed legislation.”

I am so sick and tired of hearing about Martin Luther King III, Bernice King and Dexter King. They continue to do a great disservice to the legacy of their father. They seem to be motivated by avarice than by his selflessness and giving his life to a cause he held true. This comes as Bernice King, who was sued by her brothers, agreed to turn over their father’s Nobel Peace prize and family Bible to a court for safe-keeping, pending the outcome of a civil suit to sell the items. It’s a sad commentary that nothing is sacred to Martin Luther King III and his brother. They are willing to sell their father’s prized possessions to the highest bidders. Personally, I would not donate one penny to anything they have a hand in because it’s all about money for them.

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Georgia Elementary School Principal John McGill Nabbed in Child Sex Sting

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Georgia Elementary School Principal John McGill Nabbed in Child Sex Sting (DeKalb County Jail)

John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School, in Douglas County, Ga., was arrested and charged with trying to have sex with a child during an undercover sting.

McGill was nabbed with 13 other people during an undercover investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. The sting was a part of the “Operation Broken Heart” effort, centered in DeKalb County. The suspects arrested range in ages from 21 to 64.

The GBI said John McGill and the others traveled to meet the victims for the purpose of having sex. He was charged under the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999.

According to McGill’s bio, he is married with six children and three grandchildren. He has been a public school administrator for 18 years, including 14 as a principal.

John McGill, who is the youngest of six children, holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Samford University. He also holds degrees from Troy State University and Alabama State University.

3 Georgia Men Charged with Raping, Shooting and Burning Woman Over Rap Contest

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3 Georgia Men Charged with Raping, Shooting and Burning Woman Over Rap Contest

Joey Betrail Garron, 28; Robert Carl Johnson, 23 and Ketorie Glover, 23, were arrested and charged with raping, shooting and burning a woman on New Year’s Day.

Columbus Police Lt. John McMichael said the men are all facing charges of “felony charges of aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, arson first degree, hijacking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime,” Ledger-Enquirer reports. Ketorie Glover is facing additional charges for possessing a firearm because he’s a convicted felon.

McMichael said the woman was participating in a rap contest at a party on New Year’s Eve. At some point, one of the men became angry and ordered her into a car at gunpoint. Two other men then joined the first man. She was driven to a vacant lot, raped and shot. The car was then set on fire.

Bond was set at $500,000 for both Joey Betrail Garron and Robert Carl Johnson on nine of the charges. They were ordered held without bond on the sodomy, hijacking, rape and aggravated sexual battery charges. There are reports that the woman is in bad shape.

Deputy Involved in Shooting Outside New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

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Deputy Involved in Shooting Outside New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

BREAKING NEWS:  Deputy involved in shooting outside New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. Bishop Eddie L. Long serves as the megachurch’s senior pastor. According to media reports, police were chasing suspects when they ended up in New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s parking lot. At least one person was shot during a gunfight with police.

The suspect has been identified as Nicholas Clarence Wade, who was wanted on a murder warrant for the death of an 18-month-old. Wade reportedly pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the deputy and another deputy shot the suspect.

Haley Barbour Accuses MSNBC of ‘Making Big Deal’ Out of Atlanta Snow Storm

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Haley Barbour Accuses MSNBC of ‘Making Big Deal’ Out of Atlanta Snow Storm

WTF? Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour accuses MSNBC of overreacting on the recent snowstorm in Atlanta that literally paralyzed the city and surrounding suburbs. He defended Gov. Nathan Deal’s handling of the city and the state’s response to the ‘snow storm.’

“Yeah, Andrea, I know y’all want to make a really, really, really, really, really, really big deal out of this. But the fact of the matter is, governors and mayors, Republicans or Democrats, get faced with choices ’cause the weather service says it couldn’t really be a a bad storm,” Barbour told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “You go out and spend millions and millions of dollars, and then it’s not a bad storm.”

The storm stranded commuters in Atlanta in their cars for extended periods of time. In one case, an Ohio State football coach in the city who was stranded in the city ditched his car and had to make a more than 9-hour trek to the airport in the weather.

Deal has apologized for the state’s handling of the storm.

“People say, ‘Well that idiot, you know.’ But what Nathan Deal did afterwards was exactly the right thing. He said, ‘Hey, I’m the governor. I take the blame,’” Barbour continued. “This is what you’re supposed to do. Even if you could interpret what was said a lot differently than the way MSNBC is portraying it. But that’s not the point. The guy did the right thing. He stepped up to the plate and said,’I'm the governor, buck stops here.’ A good Democratic president taught us that.” Source: Talking Points Memo

You know what, Haley Barbour should worry about the backwardness still evident in his state. Try defending Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and all the others mayors of cities that make up metro Atlanta, to people who were stuck in an apocalypse-like state for five to over 24 hours because the Georgia DOT and GEMA didn’t do their jobs. We are calling on GEMA director Charley English to step down. This is the dumbass who said that there was no gridlock at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, when that was furthest from the truth. Emails show that Charley English was MIA from the start and GEMA only updated their website after 5 p.m.

Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Under Fire for Atlanta Snow Debacle

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Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Under Fire for Atlanta Snow Debacle (Credit: Twitter)

Atlanta Snow Debacle:  As a resident of metro-Atlanta, I am appalled at the level of incompetence emanating from Gov. Nathan Deal (Republican), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the other local mayors who played a role in 2-3 inches of snow leading to a debacle, including massive traffic gridlocks and students being stuck in schools. Schools should have been closed. The government and cities should have urged workers to stay home. To echo Al Roker, there was poor planning from Gov. Deal and Kasim Reed. There was nothing proactive about what happened. While Al Roker was on point with his comments, he failed to realize Kasim Reed isn’t the only mayor in metropolitan Atlanta.

So, before everyone throws Kasim Reed under a bus, he is the mayor for the city of Atlanta. There are other surrounding cities that make up metropolitan Atlanta, such as Milton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Stone Mountain, etc., that have their own mayors. Their mayors, with the exception of Johns Creek’s mayor Mike Bodker, basically dropped the ball.

I was personally stuck in traffic for eight hours, during what would normally have been a 35-40 minute drive. I went from being apprehensive about being unable to get my kids from school, to being pissed off at being stuck in traffic for eight hours due to major thoroughfares not being salted/iced. Two to three inches of snow should not shut down any city but if the city adequately performed pre-treatment measures, this would not have happened. Kids were stuck on school buses overnight, people were stuck in their cars for hours, some still stuck on city highways, semis jack-knifed, etc. There were thousands of abandoned cars all over the city. People ran out of gas, suffered broken axles, etc. This could have been avoided.

Gov. Nathan Deal publicly accepted responsibility for the debacle during a testy press conference. He even publicly contradicted a GEMA official who claimed there was no gridlock at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Yeah, there was gridlock. Lots of gridlock. That exchange just proves that government officials aren’t working together — the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. He slammed the National Weather Service, saying he thanked local meteorologists for being more accurate.

Marshall Shepherd, a professor at the University of Georgia and president of the American Meteorological Society, slammed public officials who expressed surprise by Tuesday’s snow:

As I watch the fallout from the Snow Fiasco in the Atlanta area, one thing is clear to me: “The buses had a tough time getting kids home, but meteorologists should not be thrown under the bus.”

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Atlanta issued Watches and Warnings BEFORE the event and provided ample time for decisions to be made. Yet, as soon as I saw what was unfolding with kids being stranded in schools, 6+ hour commutes, and other horror stories, I knew it was coming, I knew it.

Some in the public, social media or decision-making positions would “blame” the meteorologists. I began to hear things like “this was not expected in Atlanta” or “they said this was going to all be South of Atlanta” or “there were no Watches or Warnings until snow started falling or “weather is just unpredictable”. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, and Wrong!

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is still blaming people for leaving work at the same time schools were dismissed. Um, no. The snow wasn’t the problem. The problem was that the streets weren’t pretreated and the school buses were nowhere to be found, in some jurisdictions.

The fact remains that the metro Atlanta snow debacle was inexcusable. CNN’s Carol Costello, who is based in Atlanta, slammed Matthew Kallmyer, the director of Atlanta’s emergency management agency, who appeared on the network for defending the city’s response and pointing out that there were no trauma problems. Costello said, “You had over 1,000 traffic accidents.” “A woman had a baby inside of her car. There are school children still trapped on school buses on the highway. Right now, 18 hours after it started snowing. A lot of people would say that’s unconscionable.” She also took Kasim Reed to task when he said there were no fatalities (there were two). Costello said, “People got out of their cars in icy situations.”

Gov. Deal said National Guard troops will help escort home 2,400 children still stuck in local schools after ‘snowstorm.’ People from other states are laughing at the hot mess that the city plunged into because officials weren’t proactive and dropped the ball. So far, there has been one fatality as a result of the snowstorm. The National Guard is now distributing MREs (meals ready to eat) on some points of the I-20. Wow.

The reality is that Atlantans should measure Gov. Nathan Deal by his administration’s ineptitude, both on the snow response and his continued refusal to expand Medicaid, in order to help uninsured Georgians to get medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We should remember this debacle come election time.

By the way, Georgia has company. It turns out that there’s a hot mess unfolding in Alabama too. Students, teachers and school staff were left stranded after the snowstorm. There were five reported deaths, AL.com reports.
Here was Mayor Kasim Reed touting Atlanta’s readiness for the ‘snowstorm:’

Watch Al Roker rip Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed:

Tweets from Gov. Deal and Mayor Reed’s joint press conference: