Around Our Area: Meigs mayor, council unsuccessfully try to fire city manager and city clerk

More turmoil in tiny town of Meigs

MEIGS — Meigs’ rogue mayor and what some residents call her “posse” are on the warpath again, leaving a trail of destruction through the small Southwest Georgia town.

City Manager Sidney Perry and City Clerk Bailey Barrett are the latest victims of the mayor and some council members following the Sept. 30 resignation of City Attorney Tommy Coleman.

After an illegal “special called meeting,” Tuesday evening, Mayor Linda Harris and council members Stephanie Battle and Jimmy Layton signed letters of termination for y Perry and Barrett. According to its posted agenda, the “meeting” was called to discuss, among other things, the city attorney’s resignation. The agenda did not list discussion of the job performance of Perry and Barrett. Read More at the Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Scarecrows take over downtown Camilla
CAMILLA — Finally, a straw vote that actually matters.

Folks in Camilla have noticed over the past week some 65 unusual new residents haunting downtown at all hours of the day and night. But far from a concern, the community is planning to invite these visitors back every October. On Tuesday, residents in the community will even turn out and vote for their favorite visitors, who all have one thing in common.

They’re all scarecrows.

Jenny Bostick, Camilla’s Main Street coordinator, said Thursday that the scarecrows were born from an effort to get people visiting the town’s downtown businesses. “We’re having events to get people shopping in our quaint little downtown area,” she said, adding that when local business leaders were looking for an idea for October, the mention of a scarecrow contest caught fire. Read More at The Albany Herald

Court Issues Stay Against “Waters of the United States” Rule

ATLANTA —  Attorney General Sam Olens announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled in favor of Georgia and 17 other States, and granted a nationwide stay of the EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule.

“I am pleased that the Sixth Circuit has granted a nationwide stay of the burdensome Waters of the United States rule. Under this illegal rule, Georgia families, farmers, and businesses would be subject to excessive and intrusive federal regulation. As the federal government continues to issue massive and unconstitutional executive directives at an alarming rate, I remain steadfast in my commitment to protect and defend the interests of Georgians,” said Olens.

As the Sixth Circuit said it its ruling, “A stay temporarily silences the whirlwind of confusion that springs from uncertainty about the requirements of the new Rule and whether they will survive legal testing. A stay honors the policy of cooperative federalism that informs the Clean Water Act and must attend the shared responsibility for safeguarding the nation’s waters.”

Attorney General Olens continues to lead an ongoing, multi-front effort to combat the EPA’s new rule. A federal court in North Dakota recently entered an order prohibiting the EPA from enforcing its new rule in thirteen states, and this ruling extends the stay nationwide.

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