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Volume 22, Issue 4

April 2018

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTTER Councilmembers: Pat Sebo, Mayor Protem Larry Boak Alfred Dixon, III Bobby Lester Billy Powell Ricky L. Clark, Jr., City Manager Joe Nettleton, Public Works Director Franklin Allen, Police Chief Pat Daniel, Asst. City Clerk Sandra Meyers, Finance Derry Walker, Code Enforcement Steve Fincher, Attorney Keith Wood, Municipal Judge Jerry Patrick, City Solicitor

Garage Sale Days - April 26, 27, 28*

Ed Wise


Register at City Hall for a FREE permit for a 1, 2, or 3 day sale. *All participants must register for a free permit.

You are invited to have COFFEE WITH A COP Thursday, April 26, 8:00 am Firehouse Museum— West Mill Street

RELAY FOR LIFE Saturday, April 28 Lee Street Park: 4—10 pm Fighting Cancer as a community, remembering and honoring, raising awareness and funding. For information: Call Cable Brooks at City Hall: (770) 478-3800

Closeup on ...Battleground Park Located just inside the City Limits on Jodeco Road, Battleground Park is one of the “gems” of Jonesboro. The Park sits on seven acres and offers a large pavilion, playground, picnic tables, parking and restrooms...plenty of room for a pick up football or softball game as well as serenity to enjoy nature. It is a great location for a picnic or cookout. If you haven’t visited Battleground, give it a try today. The Park is available for rental through Jonesboro City Hall for group usage. (770) 478-3800.

Georgia Cities Week Celebration Events April 21-28 Citizens are invited to celebrate Cities with us during this special week!

April 21: Comcast Cares @ Battleground Park, 8 am Let’s beautify the park by planting Crepe Myrtles, Knockout Roses, and More! Come on out and join the fun...

April 26: Coffee With a Cop, Firehouse Mus., 8 am Meet with “Jonesboro’s Finest,” and get your questions and concerns addressed. A display of city equipment will also be on site. April 26, 27, 28: FREE Garage Sale Days, register at City Hall April 28: Relay for Life, Lee Street Park, 4-10 am Students at Jonesboro Middle School have been invited to submit original artwork depicting a City location. Winners will be announced at May Council Meeting.





Crosses and Flags will be on display in our downtown in May for Memorial Day. If you would like to honor a deceased veteran permanently in our downtown area twice per year, drop by City Hall and complete a request form. ($20 one time donation).

(Open to all City residents and business owners) Answer forms available at City Hall, or online at www.jonesboroga.com. Bring in or email your answer sheet to Maria, by April 26, (mwetherington@jonesboroga.com). Each with correct answers will be eligible for a drawing for Braves tickets, $$$, gift cards, and other goodies! 1. What was the original name of Jonesboro? 2. What is the median age of Jonesboro residents? (A) 34.2 (B) 48.6 (C) 58.0 (D) 26.1 3. What year was Jonesboro chartered? (A) 1820 (B) 1859 (C) 1876 (D) 1899 4. True or False. The Battle of Jonesboro was the most critical of the Atlanta Campaign. 5. Who won the Battle of Jonesboro? 6. True or False. The word “Jonesboro” is visible in the movie “Gone With the Wind.” 7. How many councilmembers does Jonesboro have? 8. This Jonesboro structure was built in 1879 by Leander Hutchenson, Sheriff of Clayton County, of over 1 million handmade bricks. (A) Masonic Lodge (B) Old Jail (C) Ashley Oaks Mansion (D) Depot 9. True or False. Margaret Mitchell visited our Old Courthouse for research purposes when she was writing “Gone With the Wind.” 10. What Indian tribe played an early major role in the Jonesboro area? (A) Cherokee (B) Apalachee (C) Oconee (D) Creek 11.What was “The Dummy” in Jonesboro history? (A) A statue of a Union soldier (B) a commuter train that ran five times a day (C) A mule owned by the Mayor (D) A fake façade of Tara 12. How many cities are located in Clayton County? (A) 7 (B) 8 (C) 6 (D) 5 13.What 2-time Olympic Gold Medal swimmer claims Jonesboro as home? (A) Steve Hughes (B) Bob Donnalee (C) Steve Lundquist (D) Bo Lindgren 14. True or False. Jonesboro was named after a railroad engineer. 15. True or False. More people leave the City daily for work than the number that enter for work. Winners will be announced in the May Newsletter and contacted by phone.

On Youth Youth is not entirely a time of life...it is a state of mind. It is not wholly a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, or supple knees. It is a temper of will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of the emotions. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart, there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, you are young. When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then and only then have you grown old. (contributed by Katherine Smith)

Please, NO PAINT, OIL, or other LIQUIDS in trash can! Set those to the side and we’ll pick them up. Thanks. CITY COUNCIL NEWS - March 2018

CITY BLOTTER February 2018

Citations – 523 Warnings— 239 Accidents—37 Arrests— 86 DUI—6 Property Checks— 284 Warrants— 421 Probation— 733 Criminal Invest.—14 Training Hours— 98

Approved: -Agreement with Fincher Denmark, LLC for revenue enhancement /expenditure reduction services. -Amendments to Jonesboro Position Pay Classification & Pay Plan. Wade’s Collision Repair -Amendment to Jonesboro Personnel Policy. 8326 Tara Boulevard -Purchase of 10 body cameras and docking station “High quality repair...from Mess for Police Department. to Masterpiece” -Amendment to Ordinance 2018-004, revising (770) 477-0859 Chapter 34, Article II (Soil Erosion, et. al) ***** -Ordinance 2018-05, amending Section 6-182 David O. Harris, P.C. (Alcoholic Beverages, notify Dept. of Revenue) Attorney at Law -Use of Lee St. Park for CASA 5K Fitness Run 118 South Main Street -Proposal by Pro Tree to remove three trees (770) 478-8000 ***** -Performance agreement with Booking House for Clayton News Daily one city concert. (Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute) 148 Courthouse Way -Contract with TSW for interior redesign of 103 “Your hometown source West Mill Street. for news” Denied: Waiving fees at Lee St. Park for use by (770) 478-5753 Safe Haven, Inc. *****


The Yuppie Puppy Shelter: 7810 N. McDonough St. TEL: (770) 471-9436 FAX: (770) 473-1268 Donations: Clayton Co. Humane Society P.O. Box 2116 Jonesboro, GA 30237

“Certified Professional Master Dog Grooming Specialist” 178 North McDonough Street (770) 478-5800 *****

Watkins Funeral Home 163 North Avenue “Service with Compassion” (678) 479-0806 *****

Treasure Seekers Here’s Alfie. What a beautiful red headed boy!! He loves playing with human friends and loves to be loved!!

234 South Main Street “Thrift and Consignment...treasures galore!” (770) 473-4070 *****

Taste of Thailand Meet Charlemagne...a beautiful cat. He’s been at the shelter awhile and would love a lap of his own.

8562 Tara Boulevard “Best of Thailand…spicy, medium or mild” (678) 961-5986

Shop Local!

Get to Know...Your State Legislators

Senator Valencia Seay District 34 Senator Valencia Seay has served a total of 18 years in the State Legislature. Her special interests include legislation pertaining to transportation and public safety. One of her current interests is health policy in creating changing tables for disabled persons in commercial public facilities. Senator Seay would like for all citizens to pay attention to the motor fuel tax, as well as education funding sources for Clayton and Fayette Counties. Her two top priorities include achieving more funding for education, specifically public schools. Senator Seay believes our children deserve the best education in the nation and funding will help to accomplish that goal. She would like to dedicate funding to Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale in order to create a Crisis Unit. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Senator Seay served on the Clayton County Board of Education. Thank you for your service, Senator Valencia Seay.


The Jonesboro High School Mock Trial Team recently competed against teams from across Georgia and came away as the 2018 Mock Trial Champions! They will represent Georgia in the National Competition in Reno, Nevada on May 10-12, according to sponsor and coach, Anna Cox. The Mock Trial Team needs to raise $5,000 for the trip. If you would like to donate, go to www.fundly.com and type in JHS Mock Trial: Road to Reno. Any donation is appreciated. Congratulations and Go Cardinals! Recipe from “Through the Years Recipe Book,” available at Stately Oaks or City Hall. $17).

BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS GEAR UP The Jonesboro Beautification Commission sponsored a “Clean Up Day” on Saturday, February 24; the Commission and volunteers met at Lee Street Park and cleaned up Smith Street and Fayetteville Road. Again, on Friday, March 16, the Commission cleared garbage on Fayetteville Road. How Can YOU help this effort? 1. Pick up trash wherever you see it. Clean up trash regularly around your residence/street. 2. Keep clutter out of your yard; plan neat decorations with NO EXCESS NUMBER OF POTS. Instead, choose 1-2 large pots. 4. If repairs are needed, paint is chipping, or you have cracked windows, take care of those promptly. 5. Keep the front of your house neat; place toys and excess items in the back yard. 6. Keep your garage closed when not in use. 7. Avoid parking on grassy areas in front of your residence. 8. Call City Hall if your would like to be a part of the Beautification Commission.

Banana Cake by Lucile Whaley (Mary Louise Whaley was one of the first female members of the Jonesboro City Council)

3 cups sifted cake flour 2 tsp. Soda 1 cup lard (or butter) 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup milk 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas Sift together flour and soda. Cream butter. Add sugar gradually, cream until light and fluffy. Add 1 tablespoon milk; then add eggs and mix well. Add dry ingredients and remaining milk alternately, beating after each addition. Fold mashed bananas into batter and pour into greased and floured layer cake pans (2 or 3, as desired). Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Filling: 3 oz. cream cheese 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted 1/4 cup sweet milk 1/2 tsp vanilla Cream cheese, add sugar and cream; add milk and flavoring; beat until thoroughly creamed; spread between layers and on top and sides.


OUT OF THE WOODS is a Christian Counseling and Coaching Center located at 216 North McDonough Street. This is a new location for OOTW, so drop by and check out their amenities. They provide counseling for individuals, families, and groups, as well as anger management and stress management classes. Ms. Adeniyi is a licensed counselor specializing in Christian approaches and in handling severe mental health issues.

216 N. McDonough St.

(571) 447-2539

Jonesboro City Hall

Pre-Sorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Jonesboro, GA Permit No. 7

124 North Avenue Jonesboro, GA 30236

Community Calendar APR 2

Work Session, 6 pm, PD


Hill Family Band, 6 pm, FM


Downtown Development Authority, 6 pm, PD


City Court, 8:00 am, PD

The Warren House Presents

The Vineyard Band In concert

Saturday, April 14—5:30 pm Tickets $10 (online) www.warrenhouse.net


Council, Meeting, 6 pm, PD

APR 12

Coffee with a Cop, 8:00 am, PD

APR 12

Covered Dish Supper, 6:00 pm, FM

102 West Mimosa Drive (404) 520-1580

APR 14

The Vineyard Band @ The Warren House, 5:30 pm


APR 21-28


APR 28

Relay for Life, 4:00 pm-10:00 pm, LSP

APR 30

City Court, 8:00 am, PD

Firehouse Museum Activities (unless otherwise noted on Calendar)

Tues. Movie, 6 pm

Thurs. Bingo, 6 pm

(10 & OLDER) PD =Police Dept. FM = Firehouse Museum LSP = Lee Street Park CH=City Hall


$12 at the door


Saturday, May 19 : 11 am-3 pm Firehouse Museum—West Mill Street

FREE Fun for the Whole Family

WHO DO I CONTACT? Water, Sewer Issues: Clayton County Water Authority (770) 960-5200 Electrical Problems: Georgia Power: (888) 660-5890 Garbage Issues: (770) 478-3800 All Other Emergencies: Dial 911

Emerson Byrd & Grace Smith Byrd

The Community News Published at Jonesboro City Hall Written & Edited by Mayor Joy B. Day To submit news items, call 770) 478-3800. Items must be submitted by the 20th to appear in next month’s edition or email jday@jonesboroga.com .

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April 2018, volume 22, issue 4  

This newsletter is about all of the wonderful things going on in our community.

April 2018, volume 22, issue 4  

This newsletter is about all of the wonderful things going on in our community.