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Lived in the Smoke-Rise subdivision from '64 to 68 and have some vivid memories of Stone Mountain Park Association (SMPA) building the park, a little background is in order, much of this is hearsay with a few facts thrown in. hearsay is the SMPA was created in a back-lash against racial integration that was sweeping the country in the 1950-60's in an effort to glorify the southern plantations and southern civil-war leadership. What is known is that the Venable family donated much of the land to the SMPA. The Venables were known supporters and leaders of the KKK. Another fact was that the Stone Mountain Park had a replica of a pre-civil war plantation complete with enactors that tended to portray the southern plantation system with sympathy. The plantation exhibit was quietly removed during the 70's due to lack of interest and social political correctness, along with the western town on the back side of the mountain.
It was a hoot as kid to ride the train and watch the indian attack of the train complete with a warrior chasing a women in petticoats through the train only to be shot by the arrival of the cavalry. Great fun for all, just not politically correct.
The most dramatic event was driving down Hugh Howell Road at night and seeing flames through the trees a couple of hundred yards from the road, the kids asked our parents what it was, the terse reply, "its the KKK" made for a silent trip the rest of the way home as both the parents and kids were considering the implications. This was no abstract TV news footage from Mississippi or elsewhere, this was in our backyard.
As the years passed, the SMPA divested itself of most of its questionable pro-south plantation era displays. The one thing that has never been removed, is the beautiful carving completed by Roy Faulkner. A couple of points on Roy's accomplishment. The carving was left woefully incomplete after the 20's when the money ran out. Stone Mountain's natural beauty had been permanently defaced for all time. To their credit the SMPA and Roy Faulkner turned an eyesore into a work of art that few can deny, many may disagree with glorifying the Southern hero's depicted in the sculpture.
The facts are this, Jefferson Davis, political leader of the CSA was far more honorable than most federal elected representatives and senators currently in office, generals Lee and Jackson were honorable, capable military leaders. Military scholars are particular impressed with "Stonewall" Jackson's campaigns. It's required reading for infantry officers of many nations. He was that good at his profession.
Roy Faulkner may not be an artist or engineer, had a degree or other artificial title. But he knew how to finish a botched job. Well Done!
I was hesitant about this enterprise until I did some research on Vampire Diaries. It is successful and has a growing fan base. I suspect the series has only an effective life span of another 3-4 years.
I will point out one difficulty, the enterprise cannot expect to survive by drawing a few hundred tourists a year. The restaurant must also draw locals. This entails quality food and service, and keeping the prices low enough for the locals to afford.
I applaud the mayor and associates for their willingness to invest in Covington.
I shoot regularly at Charlie Elliot, it is relatively safe on the skeet and 100 yard ranges. The 50 yard range is where all the newbies hang out and many of them are clueless on gun-safety. They have never been taught range or gun safety, decide to buy a weapon and are menace on the range. The CE range attendants do their best but they can't be everywhere. Every citizen should be taught gun safety at either the public schools, parents or friends. As it stands now very few people understand just how dangerous high velocity lead is, and learn gun safety from the action movies or TV. You can learn to be perfectly safe with a weapon, unfortunately the average citizen doesn't have the knowledge.
Charlie Elliot has moved to a fee based system for using their facilities and has worked hard to improve their ranges over the last year. The new CE skeet/trap ranges are state-of-the-art facilities and generally that's where you find the best shooters. If you follow the rules the sport is safe.
Best regards and be safe out there guys and gals!
Milt. This is extremely difficult to comprehend. Bear with me.
The American "founding fathers" were some of the smartest, fearless individuals of their time.
They lived under a tyrannical foreign government before the revolt. They had a damned good reason for creating the second amendment. Fear of tyrannical government.
The federal supreme court recently affirmed that the language of the second amendment,
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
is explicitly a right extended to the people, not a militia.
Big difference and most liberals refuse to understand it and have a interest in disarming the population for personal and political reasons.
The Aurora and Sandy Hook massacre were a fracken' tragedy. No doubt about it. What you forget is that both occurred in "gun-free" zones and the citizens were defenseless.
The American founders did not want the citizens to be defenseless against a tyrannical government, foreign or domestic terrorists. They did expect the citizens to handle the weapons responsibly without malice.
Some pretty strange things happened around the 1970's The federal inaugurated the "war on drugs" which made drug dealers extremely rich, they acquired a lot of guns and they use them.
An "anti-gun" movement started.
A lot of weapons, specifically the AK-47 became available courtesy of the communist party of the failed Soviet Union.
The US manufacturers steadily produced weapons for domestic consumption.
Get one thing perfectly clear.
The genie is out of the bottle! These things will not disappear even with the intrusive enforcement that liberals espouse.
The massacres were performed by insane individuals.
No new or existing law would or could have stopped the Sandy Hook massacre.
A responsible armed citizen would have stopped the massacre butt cold.
I hope for serious discussion of this issue.
I read through the overlay at the link of:
Salem Overlay District Draft for Board of Commissioners Meeting (12-18-12)
It appears that the overlay was produced with the best of intentions, misplaced ideas that have little value in the area or to the citizens, Sidewalks required, and gas-pumps to be placed behind buildings. No vinyl siding allowed. The overlays list of what is not allowed in the Salem overlay area sounds really trendy, and virtually destines the area to be a financial dessert with the added costs and outlays for unnecessary accessories.
I don't see one name signed to the Salem road overlay.
If the Salem overlay is the best our universities can produce, then I suggest the citizens ponder there reliance on the upper level education system. The writers avoided the major concern of the citizens in increasing traffic flow and decreasing traffic congestion in the Salem corridor. The commissioners made the best choice of the issue by tabling the matter. When anyone cares to sign their name to this document, I might reconsider the issue. As the document stands today, it is near worthless.
About the only space I have seen crowded in the new court house(CH) was the jury area. (many thanks to the kindness of the deputies and clerks) I suspect the proposed expansion is more about increasing administrative office spaces than judicial capacity.
That said and I could be dead wrong on the issue, I am more than slightly alarmed at the county attorney, Mr. Craig's influence in county affairs.
I find it disturbing that Mr. Craig blithely comes up with a legal solution to the over-budget CH expansion project.
Newton county government has appointed Mr. Craig to oversee the Bear Creek reservoir project. No information as to the Bear Creek project is posted on the Newton County web-site, Newton County public works administrators admit they have no knowledge of the project.
I suggest Newton County is entrusting valuable projects to Mr. Craig who is not a certified civil engineer. Mr. Craig is only a part-time employee and effectively the lead manager of the Bear Creek reservoir project slated at 70 million dollars when completed.
I also suggest that Newton county hire a real, certified engineer to oversee the Bear Creek reservoir project.
A happy and prosperous new-year to all!
I can understand the need for another reservoir, running out of water in a drought is no laughing matter as we saw several years back. I have a general background in county infra-structure and about the first thing I found out about a water and sewer system is it primarily works on gravity. You place your reservoir and raw water treatment plant at the highest place you can find, preferably without pumping your water long distances or uphill because they increase your operating costs. Conversely the waste sewage treatment plant should be located at the lowest point available to an appropriately sized stream.
Newton county is still largely rural with a lot of available space and options available for the location of a additional reservoir.
Why is the proposed location the only place the county can build a reservoir? What other options are available for a water reservoir?
I am not a civil engineer, but this location and plan looks inefficient from an engineering standpoint. As I said before an efficient water system works with gravity, not against it.
As a retiree from Dekalb government, there is more than a lot suspicous of this story. I suggest all involved review the facts. Both sewer plants are located in DeKalb county, The proposed pipe connecting the two plants is most likely less than 48 inches in diamater.
The pipe cannot conceivably affect Rockdale county citizens, nor the NAACP.
What this story provides is ample evidence that there are a lot of stupid citizens and journalists.in this article. The simplist question are not asked. A 25 foot wide tunnel? I know nothing of the specific project but I do know DeKalb Water & Sewer engineers are not idiots and one look at the main filter plant will convince anyone that DeKalb W&S engineers know what they are doing.
I urge this news originization to look into the facts of the issue. Your being played as fools.
This issue should have been handled internally by the Newton County school administration.
Instead the problem has grown to the point that student parents and teachers are forced to publish their opinions on the Newton citizen blog in pursuit of a solution.
Fact is the NCSS board and managers should of noted the problems of Alcovy high several years ago and made adjustments.
Concerning Carpenter and her husband, by any ethical standard concerning nepotism, one should not be working as subordinate of the other. Even if her husband does not directly supervise his spouse, undoubtedly he wields influence in the NCSS.
I would advise an outside investigation.
Of course that's not going to happen.
Citizens can maintain the pressure to improve education by remaining focused on the issues.
When lawyers get involved, generally something illegal has occurred.
My opinionated opinion.
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