Gov. Nathan Deal’s team of floor leaders includes two Middle Georgians.
State Rep. Robert Dickey of Musella, who represents some or all of Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Monroe and Peach counties, will help Deal in the state House. Dickey is a fourth-generation peach and timber grower, and among other duties he has served on the Crawford County Industrial Authority for the last 20 years.
State Sen.-elect John F. Kennedy of Bolingbroke will help carry Deal’s bills in the Senate. He is the managing partner at the James-Bates-Brannan-Groover law firm, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation, business transactions and business disputes.
ERICKSON GETS BIG PROFILE
Erick Erickson, a former Macon City Council member, was the subject of a profile in the latest issue of The Atlantic. The title: “Is the Most Powerful Conservative in America Losing His Edge?”
The piece brings in Erickson’s history of raw statements and claims of redemption, which this time are fueled by his seminary studies. The piece also has lines like “He also refuses to kowtow to the perpetual-outrage machine of modern politics, and he suspects that many of his critics only pretend to be offended in order to discredit him. ‘I could say the sky is blue and someone somewhere would get mad,’ he said.”
This is the same Erickson who just said that “President Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. We just didn’t expect that transformation to involve a war on police.” Accusing a sitting president of starting a string of police assassinations is not exactly like describing the sky’s color.
The Atlantic piece is available at tinyurl.com/ericksonatlantic online.
Perry City Manager Lee Gilmour told City Council members that bids on a workers’ compensation plan came in lower than the current insurance service, even though the city had added 21 firefighters. That, Gilmour quipped, was because insurers know the city’s firefighters don’t do anything.
“Because we’re just that good,” replied fire Lt. Robby Rowell.
Mayor Jimmy Faircloth offered up an immediate disclaimer in impromptu legalese, suggesting that comments offered did not necessarily represent the views of the mayor or City Council.
The Macon Water Authority board in January is expected to receive three awards from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The authority won the 2014 Sewer Collection System Gold Award, which recognizes utilities that strive to continually improve their systems through proper management, maintenance and operation. The authority also will accept an award for its public education program that includes its annual Kids Fishing Derby, which was recognized for community partnerships, public education, attendance and overall impact. Some 363 children with accompanying adults participated this year at Javors Lucas Lake.
Separately, the authority received a merit certificate for public education program of the year, based on programs including the Kids Fishing Derby, the Amerson River Park Environmental Education program with its seventh-grade field trips, Drinking Water Week festivities, plant tours and participation in the Ocmulgee Alive! annual river cleanup.
VENN APPOINTED TO PSC
Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Martha L. Venn of Macon to the Professional Standards Commission, which regulates the state’s teachers.
Venn is provost at Middle Georgia State College, where she also is the founding dean of the School of Education. She served as the senior executive director for educator preparation for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate degree in special education from the University of Illinois.
Mike Stucka compiled this report.