Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Meigs mayor cancels court

Meigs mayor cancels court

MEIGS — The mayor’s defiance of a vote of the Meigs City Council caused Municipal Court in this embattled little city to be “postponed.”

This delay affected all who were scheduled to appear before Judge Richard Kent, most notably Mayor Linda Harris’ nephew, Jerome Kantrell Simpson, and another relative.

According to the minutes of the Nov. 2 meeting, the Meigs City Council voted to keep former City Clerk Bailey Palmer on as clerk of the court and it wanted her to train the women who were hired to replace her as city clerk.

Palmer told the Times-Enterprise in an interview a few days later that she would not train the new hires.

She said, “I will do my court duties on December 1 and that’s it.”

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Dothan chief: Blogger allegations of officer evidence planting are false

Dothan’s Police Chief Steven Parrish reacted Wednesday to a recent blog post that accused his department of planting drugs and weapons on young black men in the Wiregrass.

Parrish said the claims in The Henry County Report aren’t true, and other than one incident in the 1990s involving a case of “improper storage” of evidence, he hasn’t received any complaints that officers planted evidence on anyone in at least 30 years.

Parrish confirmed the case from the 1990s involving one officer was addressed within the perimeters of the law and the police department policies of that time. According to Parrish, that officer hasn’t worked with the agency since that time.

“His opinion, and that’s all it is his opinion, has been taken by many as facts. It’s a sad day when people read something online, and they take it for fact without any attempt to confirm it,” Parrish said.

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Carter home site of candlelight tour

PLAINS — Visitors will be able to tour by candlelight the boyhood home of President Jimmy Carter on the evening of Dec. 12, officials with the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site said.

Times for the tours are 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Reservations for the guided tours can be made by calling the Historic Site office at (229) 824-4104. Carter’s Boyhood Home and Farm is located at 402 Old Plains Highway in Archery, about 2.5 miles west of downtown Plains.

Park officials say visitors will be able to experience a 1930s-era Christmas as Historic Site staff, dressed in period attire, tell Christmas stories based on Carter’s book, “Christmas in Plains.” those on the tour will see decorations recreated by the residents of the Sumter County Retirement Center in Plains and listen to interpreters presenting Carter’s memories. Visitors are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate in support of a local food pantry.

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