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Maps go back to the state
A very merry birthday
Louisville Investigator Teddy Jackson resigns

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Maps go back to the state

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

In a called meeting Tuesday, Dec. 27, Jefferson County Commissioner Tommy New said he would not approve the proposed redistricting plan.

The districts in the county had to be redrawn because of the change in population as reflected in the 2010 Census.

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Members of the commission, along with members of the county’s school board, went to Atlanta Wednesday, Dec. 7, to discuss redistricting with the Secretary of State’s office.

The population shift affected all the county’s districts. Mickey Moses, the county’s attorney, addressed this earlier in the month.

“Gonice’s (Davis) district is a negative deviation of 8.91 percent,” Moses said. “Johnny’s (Davis) district is a negative deviation of 8.41 percent. Wayne’s (Davis) district is a deviation to a positive of 13.77 percent. Tommy’s (New) is a 3.5 percent positive deviation.”

“If you move one line, it affects everybody’s line,” he said.

During the called meeting this week, Moses told the commissioners who were present the county has been fortunate to have the school board districts coincide with the commission districts.

Commissioners Wayne Davis and Johnny Davis were not present at the meeting.

“The last thing we need is to have different districts,” Moses said.

Moses told the commissioners changes in the districts have a ripple effect.

The commissioners decided to contact the school board to find a date when members of both boards could go to Atlanta to discuss redistricting further.

“I talked with Mickey Moses; and, we’ve all got to go back to Atlanta,” Dr. Molly Howard said Tuesday. Howard is Jefferson County’s school board superintendent.

A tentative date has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 10, she said.

“If I can get in touch with all the board members and they agree,” Howard said. “I imagine the majority of them can go.”

Howard said the proposed plan had already been reviewed by the school board.

“We’ve already approved it,” she said. “If we don’t go back, then District 1 for the school board and the commissioners will be different. If they don’t approve it, they could go up there and the commissioners’ district would be different. All of them didn’t go; and, so now all of them are not approving it.”

When members of both boards went to Atlanta earlier in the month, New did not attend.

“It’s important that the voting precincts for the school board and commissioners be the same,” Howard said. “The school board is willing to work with the commissioners to make that consistent for the voters.”

New said his concern involves convenience for the voters.

“The main reason is I understand about the percentages,” he said, referring to the requirement to maintain a consistent percentage of ethnicity throughout the county and among all districts.

New said he didn’t want people confused about where they have to go in order to vote.

“I’m talking about there’s just change for the sake of change,” he said about the proposed plan.

He said some of the changes that are in the proposal do not show any change in the percentages.

After a plan is accepted by the commissioners and the board of education, the next step is for the legislators to approve it. Afterward, it has to be approved by the justice department.




A very merry birthday

Bonnie K. Sargent
Intern

For centuries people have celebrated the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day and for almost a century, one woman has also celebrated her own birth on that day.

Daisy Smith of Louisville celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, Dec. 25, surrounded by her friends and family.

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Smith was born on Christmas Day in 1912 in Burke County. She lived in Burke County most of her life and was an active member of Spring Bethel AME Church in Louisville on Middleground Road. She was the president of the missionary board and the Willing Hands. She also used to sing in the choir.

“She loves to sing,” said her daughter, Ida Mae Brooks. “She was very active in the church.”

Smith has four children. She has one daughter, Brooks, of Louisville, a son Lenzesey Boatwright, of Wrens, and the late Otis Boatwright and Roosevelt Boatwright, both of Wrens. She has seven grandchildren, including Betty Ann Boatwright, of Wrens, who she raised. She also has numerous great-grandchildren.

Smith said when she was young, she would always get a spanking on Christmas Day because she thought all of the presents were hers, because it was her birthday. She said she got a lot of great presents as a child and could not pick one as her favorite.

When asked how the world has changed since she was a child, Smith shook her head.

“The world ain’t changed, it’s the people that’s changed,” she said.

Brooks said she remembered always going to church on Christmas with her mother.

“We’d get up at 6 a.m. and have a daylight service at the church,” she recalled.

Kerelenko Battle, one of Smith’s great-grandchildren, said she remembered going to Smith’s house as a child to spend the night and have fun.

“She always has been a caring person,” said Brooks of her mother. “She always did everything she could for her grandchildren. She’s always giving. She is just a free-hearted person.”

Smith now resides at the nursing home in Louisville.



Louisville Investigator Teddy Jackson resigns

By Carol McLeod

Lt. Teddy Jackson sent a letter of resignation to Louisville Police Chief Jimmy Miller Monday, Dec. 19.

In the letter, Jackson states his resignation is effective Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

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Jackson states in his letter that he accepted the position in March 2009 with the understanding it would be a full-time position.

“As you have always been aware, working part-time is unacceptable to my circumstance – specifically with respect to paying into the Police Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund,” his letter states.

Jackson further states the commute to Louisville is a 68-mile roundtrip.

“Effective investigation of the criminal caseload of your city cannot be accomplished in less than three days per week,” the letter states. “Thus, the proposed part-time schedule would be an exercise in futility and frustration.”

Jackson also wrote when he has a job to do, he invests the time to get it done fully and correctly.

“I can tell you now, having worked the city’s felony investigations for the time that I have, that less than three days a week is simply not enough time to get the job done,” he stated.

Louisville Mayor Larry Morgan said Tuesday the move was based on money.

“It’s budgetary,” he said. “Simply budgetary.

Police Chief Jimmy Miller said Tuesday the city will have a part-time position open for an investigator.

“Salary will be set by council,” Miller said.

Although Jackson’s hours were cut to 20, Morgan said council has not made a decision about the open position.

“We haven’t discussed it, but it won’t be over 20 I’m sure,” he said. “It depends on what it’s going to cost us.”

The city has set an 8 percent cut in all departments across the board. Morgan said he has not received any feedback about the budget cut.

“Not really, but it’s going to effect all departments,” he said. “It won’t be set in stone until the next meeting.”




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