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Perry, Warner Robins and Centerville

Volume 142, Number 89

TODAY’S WORD “[Thanksgiving] I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—” - 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 NIV

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Landfill wins SWANA award By KRYSTAL RINER Managing Editor

kriner@sunmulti.com Tis the season to be thankful, and the Houston County Board of Commissioners were just that at Tuesday nights meeting. The commissioners were presented with an award won by the landfill for excellence in landfill management from the Solid Waste Association of North America. Public Works Director Robbie Dunbar noted to the commissioners that out of 55 operating landfills in Georgia the Houston County

landfill was the recipient of the honor. Dunbar said the facility has won awards in the past as well and contributed the honors to the hard working employees at the landfill. Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said, “We are so thankful to have such dedicated employees that take such pride in our county.” Commissioner Walker said the landfill employees at the meeting, “You guys are apart of the Houston County team and we appreciate your hard work.” Dunbar said Houston

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County would now submit an application for a national award. In other business, the commissioners voted to provide “match money” for a grant they received from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Houston County was approved for $549,553.54 from GDOT thought the 2013 LMIG Grant. Stalnaker noted that the county would be required to provide a 30 percent match ($164,866.06) to qualify for the funds. He said the “match money” would come from the 2012 Special Purpose

Local Option Sales Tax. The county plans to improve 8.98 miles of roads with the money. Those roads include: Cohen Walker Dr, Granville St., Harner Rd., Wimbish Way, Wexford Circle, Peachtree Blvd, South Spring Dr, Horseshoe Dr, Covey Dr, Jennifer Blvd, Water Dr, Cardinal Ridge, Tanager Lane, Falcon Crest and Cliff Point. Also on Tuesday night, the Commissioners voted to approve a new contract with Southern Health Partners to manage the medical needs of the inmates at the

Houston County Detention Center. The contract totals $760,800. Commissioner Tom McMichael said that the new contract is mandatory because of requirements that will begin in 2013 requiring the installation of electronic medical records in all detention facilities. As part of the contract Southern Health will contract directly with a physician to serve as medical director at the facility saving the county the full cost of the contract it currently has with a local physician.

‘It’s about service to others’

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By KRYSTAL RINER Managing Editor

kriner@sunmulti.com The man who led Perry’s police force for almost two decades was noted mostly for his reform of the departJessica Clark/HHJ ment at his retirement The Georgia State Patrol made George Potter an honorary trooper and presented him with dinner held last week. Potter, 63, has been in a plaque during his retirement ceremony. law enforcement for 42 years with the last 16 years spent in Perry. Family and friends gathered at the celebration held at the New Perry Hotel to show not only their admiration but also to share their memories and funny stories with the former chief. Sheriff Cullen Talton, who was the first of many to speak about Potter said, “There are not many people you meet in a lifetime that you meet and immediately like them, but George is one of those people.” Talton spoke of Potter’s courage and his Jessica Clark/HHJ unselfish attitude. Sen. Ross Tolleson Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth presented George Potter with a shadow box that displays his commended Potter for his badge, service weapon and the American Flag.

leadership of the Perry Police Department. He said, “It is amazing the level of professionalism the police department has reached as a direct result of his leadership.” Tolleson finished by saying, “Life is not about self, it’s about service to others.” He said that Potter is a true testament of that statement. Numerous other friends spoke highly of Potter and his dedication to Perry during his tenure. Former District Attorney Kelly Burke shared some of the funniest stories with those gathered. He talked about a trip he took to visit Potter in Arkansas while he was undergoing cancer treatments and getting caught in a blizzard on the way. “The plan was to surprise him, but that didn’t happen because we weren’t sure we would make it there. Once we got there, our only option for dinner See POTTER page 2A

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Perry makes changes for Fire Department’s future needs By JESSICA CLARK Journal Staff Writer

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Perry City Council approved changes to the Fire Department’s job classification schedule that will address the future needs of the department. “This is merely to address the future needs,” stated City Manager Lee Gilmour during Tuesday night’s meeting. According to Gilmour, the changes in the classifications are due to the new fire station, which is currently being built near the intersection of Houston Lake and Langston roads. The changes call for three positions to be created. The positions include a deputy fire chief, whose salary

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range is $51,400 - $70,400, a fire battalion chief, with a salary range of $46,600 - $64,100, and a fire captain, whose salary range is $41,800 - $52,700. The resolution also calls for the fire battalion captain position to be eliminated, as the person who had that position recently resigned, and the firefighter trainee title to be changed to recruit firefighter. Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said the department is looking to fill the deputy fire chief position, but the others will not be filled until later. In other business, the Recreation Department’s 5-6 year old boy’s football team and the 10 year old and under girl’s soccer team were recognized for their undefeated seasons.

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Perry’s Recreation Department’s 5-6 year old boy’s football team and the 10 year old and under girl’s soccer team were recognized during the City Council meeting Tuesday.

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