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March 10, 2005 Issue

Officers and emergency response teams cordon off a portion of East Broad Street in Louisville Saturday night at the site of the accident which claimed the life of Machelle Patterson.

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Pedestrian killed by vehicle

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Authority discusses two potential businesses
Always...Patsy Cline opens in Bartow

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Pedestrian killed by vehicle

• Machelle Patterson was struck by two vehicles on East Broad Street in Louisville Saturday

By Parish Howard

A Louisville woman, struck by two separate vehicles while walking along East Broad Street Saturday night, died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Lewis Metts, it appears that 37-year-old Machelle Patterson was initially on the shoulder of the road, but stepped out in front of an oncoming vehicle driven by 22-year-old Tameka Blair of Wadley.


"Ms. Blair did not have a cell phone to call for help, but instead drove to the sheriff's office to get help," Trooper Metts said. "From what I've been able to determine, the fatality occurred with the first accident."

Ms. Patterson was lying in the center of the roadway a few minutes later when another driver came along.

"According to the second driver and his passenger, a third vehicle had parked at the side of the road and as they approached someone stepped out to flag them down," Trooper Metts said. "They claim they swerved to miss this person and struck Ms. Patterson."

The second driver, Darrell Jackson, 44, of Wadley, was charged with driving under the influence. The case is still under investigation pending the results of blood alcohol tests on both drivers and the victim; however Trooper Metts said that he does not expect any further charges to arise.

Jefferson County EMS Director Mike Bennett said that the call went out at 10:44 p.m. stating that a pedestrian had been struck by an automobile.

On arrival, two minutes later, Bennett said that after extrication, he determined Ms. Patterson had received multiple system trauma in the accidents.

"We determined that she had actually been struck twice," Bennett said. "We used a cardiac monitor and found no signs of life."

Davis Funeral Home transported her body. A memorial service for Patterson is scheduled for March 12 at noon at Jones Grove Baptist Church.

She was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Calvin Patterson and Magnolia Mack.

Survivors include her children, Alexander Gamble, Tandre' Patterson, Deandre' Patterson, Shemekia Martin McCall and Cadria Martin, Louisville, Diane (Charlie) McCall, Patrice Patterson, Di'Tasha Patterson, Leon Mack, Patricia Mack, Patricia Hines, Louisville, Willie Frank Jenkins, Augusta, and Steve Mack, West Palm Beach, Fla.

For more information see obituary on Page 7A.

Authority discusses two potential businesses

• Serious interest shown in the old Forstmann plant, other project could bring 200 jobs

By Ben Roberts
Staff Writer

An unspecified buyer has taken a serious interest into the former Forstmann textile plant outside Louisville, according to Development Authority of Jefferson County (DAJC) chairman Bill Easterlin.

Easterlin revealed the news to fellow DAJC members at a special called meeting last Thursday, March 3 but noted that the buyer is dealing directly with the property's owner, Flint Logistics Management LLC and not the DAJC.


As is common with economic projects during their early stages, the potential buyer is known only by its code name of "Aqua-Tech," and Easterlin did not reveal if he knew more about the proposed operation or not. He did say that although the group was dealing directly with the Forstmann site's current owners, their interest had been such to consider them definite prospects for locating in the county.

"They like the water benefits and the building benefits out there," he said. "They're still here, still looking, but it is in the infancy stages."

The old Forstmann site has had numerous environmental issues in the past, particularly concerning an on-site landfill and the storage of potentially hazardous chemicals. Lil Agel, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, said later she was aware that Flint Logistics had been working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) in regards to a possible sale of the property's 394 acres and its 146,000-square foot building.

The authority unanimously voted to draft a memorandum of understanding to be signed by the DAJC, a peanut producers group and Murray Gardner, relating to the DAJC's request last month for the county to declare eminent domain over a 30-acre portion of land to be purchased from Gardner by the peanut producers group. Easterlin explained that the 30-acres was part of a larger tract, close to 1,000 acres, that was signed into a conservation agreement. The county's declaration of eminent domain allowed Gardner to breach his conservation agreement for the entire tract without any penalties, which has drawn the ire of other landowners and businesses in the county. The memorandum of understanding would state that Gardner will put the remaining acres back into a conservation agreement.

"Our goal is to not give Murray (Gardner) additional benefits," Easterlin said, "but I don't think that was his intention."

Easterlin also told authority members about another potential prospect, known as project "Gator."

"They've met with us on one occasion and there is the potential for very good, big project," he said. "This would be a significant investment for Jefferson County."

Easterlin said if the project came to fruition it could result in as many as 200 jobs with an estimated $8 million payroll. The DAJC would work to find a suitable site for the prospect, providing land and basic incentives. He said the state would also provide incentives should the project locate in Georgia.

"This is big enough to attract that kind of attention," Easterlin added.

The authority spent just over 30-minutes in closed session to discuss unspecified land negotiations. Jefferson County administrator Paul Bryan, county attorney Mickey Moses, County Commission Chairman William Rabun and Joe Gore, chairman of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, were all in attendance at the request of the DAJC.

Upon reentering regular session, Ted Johnson made a motion for the DAJC to purchase up to 650-acres of land. The motion was seconded by Rita Culvern and passed unanimously by a vote of 6-0.

Always...Patsy Cline opens in Bartow

• Schoolhouse Players' production opens Thursday, plays for two weeks

By Lee Love

Always…Patsy Cline, a play by Ted Swindley (based on a true story), sponsored by Citizens Bank of Washington County, will be presented by The Schoolhouse Players on March 10-12 and 17-19 at 8 p.m. and on March 13 and March 20 at 3 p.m. in the Mancin Auditorium at the Bartow Community Center. The play is the story of Cline as seen through the eyes of her friend and avid fan, Louise Seger.

Although Cline's life was brief, she left a legacy of music that remains popular even today, 42 years after her untimely death. Her career began in 1957 on the Arthur Godfrey Show. Hearing Cline on that show, Louise Seger, a Texas housewife, became an immediate fan of Cline's. She frequently called the radio station with requests for Cline's songs. In 1961, Cline went to Houston to do a show and Seger, with friends in tow arrived very early. Cline, who was traveling alone, met Seger and her friends, and the women struck up a conversation. After the show, Seger invited Cline to her home for the night, and the women talked around Seger's kitchen table for hours. They exchanged addresses and phone numbers and although Seger never expected to hear from Cline again, she soon received the firs of many phone calls and letters (each signed "Always, Patsy Cline") from Cline. The two women formed a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.


Always…Patsy Cline is told in Seger's words, from her perspective and thus the play provides a unique view of Cline as a person and a friend. No play about Cline would be possible without hearing her wonderful music, and this play provides her many fans with more than 20 of her top hits. Carol Arnold brings Patsy to life on our stage, not only in her beautiful, haunting music, but also in an intimate view of Cline as a person, aside from her career. Carol Campbell as Louise Seger gives us a friend's view of Patsy, expressing their relationship as only a true friend could. To top it all off, they have the "Bodacious Bobcat Band," and what a band it is!

Reservations are strongly recommended and may be obtained by calling (478)364-3340. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

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