Tuesday, June 2, 2020
GA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MURDER CONVICTION
CHULA MAN SERVING LIFE SENTENCE IN DEATH OF WIFE
Georgia Supreme Court
upheld the conviction of a
man found guilty for the
of his wife at their residence in
In a unanimous decision, the state's high court denied
Timmy Leroy Thompson
's appeal for a new trial in the death of
Peggy Michele Thompson
Thompson contended that the trial court erred by allowing
regarding other acts of violence he had allegedly committed against his stepdaughter, stepson and daughter and that the court had not
The court ruled that "after reviewing the record of Thompson’s trial, we conclude that the
presented against him was
to authorize a rational jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that Thompson was
guilty of felony murder
The court disagreed with his contention that the family witnesses should have been sequestered and ruled that the family testimony was valid.
, 38, died
Oct. 29, 2014
. An autopsy determined that her cause of death was
to her head in conjunction with
, and her death was ruled a homicide. She had injuries to her head, face, scalp, neck, upper chest area, and arms consistent with blunt-force trauma and strangulation, and was inconsistent with a fall, as her husband said had occurred.
, who was 43 at the time, was indicted on
March 9, 2015
, by a
Tift County grand jury
for malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault with a blunt object and by strangulation.
At a jury trial
Dec. 6-8, 2016
, Thompson was found
; the jury failed to reach a verdict on either of the remaining counts. Thompson was sentenced to
without the possibility of parole.
CITY SALES TAX REVENUE ONLY DOWN 3 PERCENT
BUT HOTEL-MOTEL TAX REVENUE DOWN 70 PERCENT
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
sales tax revenues
are down only
Tifton City Council
was told Monday.
"The numbers aren't as bad as we assumed, as bad they could have been," said City Manager
He said monthly sales tax collections are usually in the
range, so at a
percent decline it "doesn't amount to much."
"It's a good sign that
is still being
in our community." Pyrzenski said.
, the downtown development director, said downtown
are operating at approximately
percent, "which is a little higher than I anticipated," she said.
But the city manager noted that
tax revenue is down
percent. It is hoped that that will improve this summer and fall as more people travel.
Council held a public hearing on the city's
Fiscal Year 2021
budget, up slightly at
. Council plans to adopt the final budget at its
For the first time at a City Council meeting, all council members and staff wore
as public health officials have recommended during the pandemic.
"This is not about government controlling us; this is not about fear," said Councilman
. He said it is all about public health.
"This mask doesn't protect me; it protects all of you," Folk said. "You not wearing a mask puts me at
He said that wearing a face mask is a way to help contain the
. "We don't want to go back in the situation of this thing
" in the community, Folk said.
AFFINITY CLINIC WILL BECOME SOUTHWELL MEDICAL CLINIC
health system begins its second-phase name conversion this month, renaming the system’s newly designated
Rural Health Clinics
Certified by Medicare and Medicaid, an RHC is a special clinic designed to increase access to primary care services for patients in rural communities. RHC clinics undergoing a name change in June are:
- Affinity Clinic – changing to Southwell Medical Clinic
- Tift Community Health Center—changing to Southwell Medical Community Health Center
- Sylvester Family Practice – changing to Southwell Medical Sylvester Primary Care
- Ashburn Primary Care – changing to Southwell Medical Ashburn Primary Care
- Nashville Primary Care – changing to Southwell Medical Nashville Primary Care
practice will be changing its name to
and moving to 39 Kent Road, Suite 1, in Cypress Pointe Professional Park in Tifton.
“Although the names of these clinics are changing, you can still expect to see the same great care and the same great people at each of these facilities,” said Southwell President & CEO
. “We have not been acquired, and we remain a locally operated health-care institution dedicated to providing exceptional care.”
Tift Regional Health System
as the new name for its overall system last summer.
TIFTON'S J.L. HERRING FAMILY
RECEIVES ABAC LEGACY AWARD
John Lewis Herring
has been selected as the 2020
Family Legacy Award
recipient by the ABAC Alumni Association at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Family Legacy Award
was established in
to recognize families with five or more family members spanning two or more generations that have attended ABAC and made a significant contribution to the college.
Herring is a former owner and editor of
The Tifton Gazette
and author of
“Saturday Night Sketches: Stories of Old Wiregrass Georgia.”
Herring Hall, one of the three original buildings on the ABAC campus, is named for him. At least
Herring descendants attended ABAC, ranging from Lois Herring Weldon in
to Levi Moore in
Dec. 8, 1866
, in Albany, Herring's family moved to
when he was a child. He began his apprenticeship in the newspaper business at
as the “printer’s devil” in the offices of
The Worth Star
Herring married Martha Susan Greene on
Dec. 22, 1886
. He worked in the mercantile business with his father and with
. Herring purchased
The Tifton Gazette
in 1896 and served as editor until his death in
include Lois Herring Weldon, 1935; Sue Herring Wetherington, 1937; James H. Moore Jr., 1948 (married Eunice Herring in 1950); James H. Moore III, 1976; John David Moore, 1986, and his wife, LaRae Moore (sons and daughter-in-law of James H. Moore Jr. and Eunice Herring Moore).
James H. Moore III, currently serves on the
ABAC Foundation Board of Trustees
, and John David Moore received the
2014 Master Farmer Award
from the ABAC Alumni Association.
The children of John David Moore and LaRae Moore all attended ABAC and married ABAC alumni. They include Logan Moore, 2014, and his wife, Casey Walter Moore, 2016; Haley Moore Hughes, 2010, and her husband, Matt Hughes, 2010; and Levi Moore, 2016, and his wife, Jessica Stinson Moore, 2017.
who attended ABAC include former ABAC Foundation Board member Gerald Herring Jr., who initiated the
John L. Herring Endowed Scholarship
at ABAC. His sons, Gerald N. Herring III, 1974, and James H. Herring, 1979, attended ABAC as did James H. Herring’s daughter, Sarah Herring, 2013.
TY TY STUDENT RECEIVES ABAC BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD
, a recent ABAC graduate from
has been selected for the Stafford School of Business Dean’s Leadership Award at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
“The qualities that Laura’s instructors ascribe to her are leadership, independence, and dedication,” said Dr.
, dean of the
Stafford School of Business
. “She is truly a go-getter, and we expect her to go places.”
Elad said the award is presented to outstanding
graduates who distinguish themselves through leadership and service to the school.
Currently the controller at
Berry Brothers Farm
, Agundis graduated
with a bachelor of science degree in business. While at ABAC, she served as a community assistant in the residence halls and as a recruiter for the College Assistance Migrant Program.
SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY HONORS UGA TIFTON PROFESSOR WITH FELLOW DESIGNATION
A faculty member at the
University of Georgia Tifton
campus has been named a
American Phytopathological Society
Albert K. Culbreath
of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) was recognized along with
, head of UGA's Department of Plant Pathology.
The society grants the honor to a current APS member in recognition of
in original research, teaching, administration, professional and public service, and/or extension and outreach.
“Being named a Fellow is a
, CAES dean and director. “We are proud of Drs. Culbreath and Scherm for this outstanding recognition.”
is a professor of
in Tifton. He is recognized as a
in the ecology, epidemiology and control of thrips-vectored tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), and of early and late leaf-spot diseases of peanut.
He is an author on more than
journal articles and book chapters, and co-developer of five TSWV-resistant
Gov. Brian Kemp gives his weekly briefing Tuesday surrounded by state law enforcement personnel.
KEMP 'OUTRAGED' AT VIOLENT PROTESTS
At his weekly briefing
Brian P. Kemp
had harsh words for
“Let me be clear – I am
. Violence and destruction is
,” Kemp said.
personnel and the
Georgia National Guard
will do “whatever is necessary to keep the peace,” the governor said in the wake of state protests following the death of
arrests have been made in the
when peaceful protests first became violent.
State Health Commissioner Dr.
Department of Public Health
(DPH) is addressing the possible spread of
because of the protests.
“This situation is no different” than other events where people gather in close proximity, she said.
reported Tuesday that there have been a total of
confirmed cases of COVID-19 in
related deaths. In
, there have been
cases of the virus and
deaths of Tift residents.
TIFTON GRAPEVINE'S PETS OF THE WEEK
sweet and affectionate"
baby kittens are looking for
Tift County Animal Shelter
help for this family.
1-6 p.m. Mondays
Pets of the Week are sponsored by:
Branch's Veterinary Clinic
205 Belmont Ave., Tifton, 229-382-6055
TIFTON INSTITUTE HOLDS COMMENCEMENT
– JUNE 2, 1899
public school held its
on the evening of
June 2, 1899,
Bowen Opera House
in Tifton, which was "crowded near to the point of suffocation," according to press reports.
The principal, Professor
oversaw the ceremony, which included the awarding of two gold medals in
's elocution classes.
Eva Lee Clyatt
received the senior class medal, and
received the junior class medal.
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