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Volume 23, Issue 1

January 2019

COMMUNITY NEWS Councilmembers: Pat Sebo, Mayor Protem Larry Boak Alfred Dixon, III Bobby Lester Billy Powell Ed Wise Ricky L. Clark, Jr., City Manager Clifford Kelker, Chief of Police David Allen, Community Dev. Director Joe Nettleton, Public Works Director Pat Daniel, Asst. City Clerk Sandra Meyers, Finance Derry Walker, Code Enforcement Steve Fincher, Attorney Keith Wood, Municipal Judge Jerry Patrick, City Solicitor City Hall (770) 478-3800 Jonesboro PD (770) 478-7407 NON-Emergency # (770) 477-3550

BROAD STREET PROJECT MOVING FORWARD The first connection between Jonesboro’s Main Street and Lee Street Park, the Broad Street Project is geared to stimulate new activity in the downtown core and serve as a linchpin in the revitalization of the entire block between Broad Street and Riley Way. The City has been busy working with TSW (Architects), the Hogan Group (General The rendering above shows the front & side elevations as viewed from the corner of Mill and Broad Streets. A large open air patio is Contractor),4PM proposed along the Mill Street sidewalk. (Consulting Firm) and Good Food & Co. (Firehouse Operator) on finalizing construction/design documents to ensure we receive the best pricing possible. The revitalization project at the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum will bring food and beverages, with additional aspects of socializing and entertainment. The goal is to reestablish Broad Street’s original identity as a day-and night-time destination offering dining and entertainment at the rear of the commercial buildings along Main Street. Weekdays and weekends, attendees can expect to enjoy family and friends, mouth-watering beverages, listen to great music, and meet and greet associates and business colleagues. Residents and visitors will come to identify this revitalization project as the anchor to our future economic success. This project will consist of a breakfast & lunch restaurant menu, evening & nighttime dining, brew pub and locally produced beer, wine & spirits and “The Gathering Place – Home of Nitro-Infused Beverages & Coffee.” These experiences will be enjoyed while sitting and relaxing in the main dining room, or out on a beautiful interactive patio or green space porch. The City is excited to partner with Good Food & Company for this project, who has an extensive resume of good quality resBelow: Proposed rear elevation for the Firehouse building. The large covered porch overlooks the lawn of the Broad Street Project. taurants. Most recently one of the restaurants under the portfolio, “The Atlanta Breakfast Club,” was recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as the best brunch spot in the state! Groundbreaking for the Broad Street Project is anticipated in early 2019. For additional information, please visit our website

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr.

PARADE Main Street, Jonesboro For more information or to participate, call Herman Turner (404) 317-9083

CLAYTON CO. COMMUTER RAIL GETS APPROVAL! On December 6, 2018, the MARTA Board of Directors approved plans for a Clayton County passenger rail line. The line will stretch 22 miles from MARTA’s East Point Station to Lovejoy, via Jonesboro. Construction could get under way in 2023, with service beginning in 2027. The Clayton rail line would be comparable to commuter railroads found in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. The line would parallel existing Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, using the same right of way, reducing construction costs, which will be partially funded by the 1-cent sales tax for transit expansion approved by Clayton voters in 2014. The board picked commuter rail as the “locally preferred alternative”, a key step in the process of obtaining crucial Federal funding for the project.

In Loving Memory

Carol Cannon 1936-2018

Two City Schools Certified as Cambridge Schools

COUNCIL NOTES—December 10, 2018

Approved: -Text Amendment to the City of Jonesboro Code of Ordinances, Chapter 70 –Telecommunications. -Revisions to the Jonesboro Police Department Standard Operating Procedures. -FY 2019 City Budget -City Spousal Surcharge Policy, Health Insurance. -City Employee Medical Benefits opt-out arrangement. -2018 Audit, Fulton & Kozak. -Downtown parallel parking issues. -FY 2019 Holiday Calendar for employees. -Adding December 31, 2018 to Holiday Calendar. -Resolution for CDBG Application 2019 -Adjustments to Pay & Classification Plan -Consultant contract w/4PM for municipal complex planning. -Ordinance revising provisions on the speed limits for OnSystem and Off-System Roadways in the City. -The following for “The Grove” subdivision: *17.5 foot setback for houses * Greenspace width (Total greenspace is 21.6%) * Front entry garages, except for certain corner lots * Final plat, with conditions (49 homes) Approved at Work Session, December 3, 2018: -Three year contract with Ricky L. Clark, Jr. (City Manager)

Three Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) have been approved by Cambridge Assessment International Education to offer its worldclass Cambridge program. The schools are Arnold Elementary School (AES), Suder Elementary School (SES) in our City, and Elite Scholars Academy (ESA). CCPS is the only school system in Georgia to offer this advanced instructional program to its students. Cambridge Primary is an international education program taught in more than 1300 primary schools in over 113 countries around the world. It is typically for learners aged 5 to 11 years and develops skills and understanding through the primary years in English, mathe- Congratulations! matics, science and Global Perspectives –a cross-curricular subject that inspires learners to be curious and think independently. Success Ricky L. Clark, Jr. with Cambridge often gives students admission to the world’s best Appointed to the Georgia Downtown universities. Congratulations to Suder Elementary and Arnold EleAssociation Board mentary! Learn more:

January History Trivia (Answers on page 4) 1.JAN 1, 1776: What American President unveiled the Grand Union Flag, the first national flag in America? 2. JAN 3, 1959: What state was admitted to the Union? 3. JAN 7, 1782: The first commercial bank opened in Philadelphia. What was its name? 4. JAN 10, 1863: The world’s first underground railway (subway) opened in what city? 5. JAN 12, 1837: The first signer of the Declaration of Independence was born. Who was he? 6. JAN 15, 1929: What American Civil Rights leader was born? 7. JAN 20, 1945: What U.S. President was inaugurated for a fourth term? 8. JAN 21, 1954: The world’s first nuclear powered submarine was launched at Groton, Connecticut. What was its name? 9. JAN 22, 1901: What English monarch died? (the longest reigning in history) 10.JAN 24,1848: The Gold Rush began after discovery of gold near Sutter’s Mill. In which state did this Rush occur? 11.JAN 24, 1965: Britain’s heroic Prime Minister during WWII died. What was his name? 12.JAN 27, 1973: The United States’ involvement in what war (conflict) ended? 13.JAN 28, 1915: What branch of service was created by Congress? 14.JAN 31, 1919: The first African American to play pro baseball was born in Cairo, Georgia. What was his name?

CITY BLOTTER November 2018


Citations –415 Warnings—169 Accidents—60 Arrests— 83 DUI—0 Property Checks— 201 Warrants—461 Probation—858 Criminal Invest.—25 Training Hours—54

#SHOPJONESBORO Burger King #787 875 Smith Street (770) 206-1359 “Flame-broiled Burgers” ******

Audiomation 7815 Old Morrow Road (770) 472-4747 “A World-Class Recording Studio” *****

Bruce Millar, P.C. 108 Williams Mill Road (770) 400-0000 “Personal Injury Representation” *****J

JB Full Service Auto Repair 8870 Tara Boulevard (678) 271-2778 “30 Years of Experience” *****

Kidz of Paradise 236 South Main Street (678) 489-6368 “Child Care & Learning Center” *****

Arts Clayton Gallery 136 South Main Street (770) 473-5457 “Promoting the work of Local Georgia Artists” *****

Tara Wrecker 9140 Turner Road (770) 478-4170 Family Owned & Operated Since 1969” ******

David’s Cleaners 220 Jonesboro Road (770) 731-1614 “Your Hometown Dry Cleaner” ****

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City of Jonesboro 2018 Volunteer Committee Members Jonesboro Housing Authority Board

Historic Preservation Commission

Downtown Development Authority

Tammy Stanley Allen Roark Theresa Guidry Roger Swint Keisha Wright-Hill

Betsy Wester, Chair Arlene Charles Cathy Roark Tracy Messick Jule Segner David Allen

Joel Aviles, Chair Jule Segner Allen Roark Helen Meadows Karen Sullivan Joy B. Day Sylvester Ford Ricky Clark David Allen

Beautification Commission

Main Street Promotions Committee

Main St. Economic Restructuring

Sam Fleet Billy Raymond Kathy Swint Sheila Brooks Derry Walker Cameron Dixon Precious Douse

Jule Segner, Chair Keisha Wright-Hill Karen Sullivan Mitch Johnson Allen Roark Crystal Black-Mills Kenieta Cole Dana Holmes

Sylvester Ford, Chair Kirby Glaze Mike Johnson Eldrin Bell Joy B. Day Dr. Bob McCullough Crystal Black-Mills David Allen

Main Street Design Committee

Urban Redevelopment Agency

Barbara Casey Lane Joel Aviles Bonnie Shekarabi Sam Fleet Kimberly Lacy Lightford David Allen

Jule Segner Pat Sebo-Hand Ricky Clark, Jr.

Helen Meadows Ed Wise Joy B. Day


Jonesboro City Hall

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

124 North Avenue Jonesboro, GA 30236

Community Calendar JAN 1



Design Review Comm., 4:30 pm, CH


Downtown Dev. Authority, 6:00 pm, PD


Work Session, 6:00 pm, PD


Hill Family Band, 6:00 pm, AOH


Economic Vitality Comm., 4:30 pm, CH

JAN 14 City Council Meeting, 6:00 pm, PD JAN 17 Covered Dish Supper, 6:00 pm, AOH JAN 21 Martin Luther King, Jr., PARADE, 12:00 pm JAN 22 Promotions Committee, 4:30 pm, CH JAN 28 Beautification Committee, 5:30 pm, CH JAN 29 “State of the School System” address

Clayton Co. Performing Arts Center, 6 pm.

CITY EVENT LOCATIONS CH=City Hall LSP=Lee Street Park PD= Police Department AOH=Alpha Omega House– 127 College St.



Saturday, January 5, 2019 “Free Cone Day” Ribbon Cutting at 12:00 pm with Mayor Day

“Best $5 lunch in Town” You are cordially invited to Superintendent/ CEO of Clayton County Public Schools, Dr. Morcease J. Beasley’s 2018-2019 State of the Schools Address on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. To be held at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway in Jonesboro. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event will be live streamed at

The Community News Published at Jonesboro City Hall Written & Edited by Mayor Joy B. Day To submit news items, call (770) 478-3800 or email .

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TRIVIA ANSWERS 1. George Washington 2. Alaska 3. Bank of North America 4. London, England 5. John Hancock 6. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7. Franklin Delano Roosevelt 8. The Nautilus 9. Queen Victoria 10. California 11. Winston Churchill 12. Vietnam War 13. Coast Guard 14. Jackie Robinson

Rate yourself: 14 correct: “January Genius” 5-9 Correct: “Look out for Icebergs!”

10-13 Correct: “Cool Kat” Less than 5 correct: Frozen Solid

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The Community Newsletter (Volume 23, Issue 1)  

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

The Community Newsletter (Volume 23, Issue 1)  

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