Trash Amnesty Day results
Trash Amnesty Day took place on March 19. In preparation for Masters Week, the citizens of McDuffie County brought 254.7 tons of trash to the solid waste management facility.
That's down three tons from last year's pre-Masters cleanup and down 50 tons from 2003. But the tonnage for the spring cleaning is an annual spike from the Fall Trash Amnesty Day which traditionally brings in around 150 tons of garbage.
Dearing man misses $1 million shot
Jerry Brinkley of Dearing is only $5,000 richer. He had earned a second-chance at a Georgia Lottery prize of $1 million with a half-court shot at Friday's Atlanta Hawks game.
Mr. Brinkley's shot -- cheered on by 11 family members -- hit the rim and the backboard but missed. He was given the $5,000 as a concession prize.
According to a press release from the Georgia Lottery, Mr. Brinkley will spend his prize money on bills and a family vacation.
Thomson fined by EPA
The City of Thomson was recently fined $1,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for "Violations of Rules for Air Quality Control/failure to maintain all applicable elements of Risk Management Program" at the Big Creek water treatment plant.
"We had a plan on how we deal with chlorine gas that we had not filed with their office," said Thomson City Administrator Bob Flanders. "That was actually corrected in February, and they just got around in March to issuing all that paper work. ... It was kind of a nothing issue, but they have to fine you because of the EPA rules."
Wiring tears up sidewalks
Bell South recently tore out side walks from White Oak Street to Georgia Highway 150 to replace their entire underground conduit in the area, according to Thomson City Administrator Bob Flanders.
Water damage and other problems brought about the need for the company to replace the wiring. Bell South is paying for the replacement of the sidewalk.
Wednesdays with Whitehead
State Sen. Jim Whitehead (R-Evans) will kick off "Wednesdays with Whitehead" on Wednesday, April 6 and will begin tours of each county in his district.
To schedule Sen. Whitehead, or to know when the Senator will be in your county, please contact Amelia Brown at 404-656-5114.