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THE TOP 10 REASONS for finalists to pull their name out of contention for the DCSS superintendent selection process:
10. Decent people do not want to be embroiled in this tainted scandal.
9. Don’t want their name to be Googled with negative news stories.
8. Don’t want their home school system to find out they are looking for another job.
7. Now have a better understanding of the Dougherty County School Board.
6. Found out the selection process was just a sham.
5. Don’t want their record tarnished by losing out to the 34th ranked candidate.
4. Don’t want to walk into the midst of the CRCT scandal.
3. Doesn’t qualify because they have leadership abilities.
2. Can’t just be a “yes man” (or woman) to the School Board.
And the number 1 reason for finalists to pull their name out of contention for the DCSS Superintendent Selection Process:
1. Just found out about the gnats and humidity during the nine months of summer.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY IS MAKING a desperate bid to displace Clayton County at the bottom. Go team!

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WHAT KILLS ME IS the Dougherty County School board wanting to spend the money to investigate the CRT crap. The school got caught cheating, Everyone knows they cheated everyone knows that until someone changes the system it will continue to happen. So, instead, spend money, make a show, to gain NOTHING.

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KEEP IN MIND THAT ANITA Williams-Brown never revealed her relationship with superintendent-select Joshua Murfree to other board members. Also keep in mind that she downplayed the relationship in which Murfree describes her as a “colleague, and friend”. When questioned after the School Board meeting last night, Williams-Brown issues a “no comment” to the Herald, but as she apparently walked out the door she said, “The only thing you’re trying to do is destroy my name and my office.”

No ma’am. You’re doing a spectacular job of that all on your own. You have managed to sully your own name with this idiotic attempt to hire Dr. Murfree despite the lack of actual qualifications. If you’re just trying to repay a debt, there’s better ways that don’t leave the children of Dougherty County out to dry.

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IF I WERE ONE of the finalists for Dougherty schools superintendent, I would not pull out, I would try to figure a way to sue them for discrimination, whether I was a black or white candidate. That’s what wrong with those that sit so high and mighty on the school board, they think they have done nothing wrong, when they have done everything wrong from the start. School Board, you will reap what you sow.

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YOU CAN’T SWING A cat by a leash without hitting a dead body stashed somewhere in Albany.

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WOW, IF YOU THINK crime is bad in this town now, just wait until they furlough the police and jail and other numerous county employees. I say dock some of the pay of these commissioners and see if they balance the budget then. The people that work for this county, that’s their only job … not a business or rental properties, etc., to rely on to live off of.

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IT ISN’T THE PUBLIC’S fault that the most recent assessments were grossly inflated. The tax office should have considered the issue of logistics before jacking up our tax bills as our homestead exemptions were effectively eliminated.

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HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS, CHIEF Proctor. You do, however, have some officers to terminate still. Especially the ones that made those trips to Florida when they knew you would be hired.

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SHARON HALL DID NOT abuse the 911 line; her complaint was an emergency. The person wasn’t supposed to be on that property at all, with a restraining order against the person. That’s when the 911 calls begin. The burglar stayed on that property for about an hour before leaving the scene. If they had responded, they could have caught the person. The situation could have been deadly.

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IF 911 WOULD NOT have to get calls for the stupidest things, they might be able to take their jobs more serious. But I do also believe there’re a lot of cops out there who just really don’t care anymore. Many have forgotten why they became cops in the first place.

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IT SEEMS TO ME that some of the police officers forget why they became policemen. To protect and serve seems like a joke. How many officers do you see not doing their job? It’s up to the residents in Albany to report what they see even if they policeman. Do the job that I am paying you for; if not, I suggest they be fired.

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WHY EVEN BOTHER TO call 911 and request an Albany police officer? It was a waste of the victim’s time.

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THIS WAS NOT AN emergency and didn’t merit a 911 call to begin with; certainly not six 911 calls.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NOW and the days when Albany was officially the U.S. Murder Capital is that today’s leaders are smarter. They know how to keep felonies out of the statistics.

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AS A PERSON WHO is currently studying criminal justice with a concentration in forensics, which I am studying outside of Albany, there is no way to tell this early if the case of the Jacksonville man whose body was found in a truck is a suicide or a homicide. The GBI should perform an autopsy and there should be more of an investigation into this case. This is why Albany can’t keep employees working for them. They are not completely qualified to make the determinations of cases like this. If you will look at the credentials of some of the investigators, they are as green as a pasture. I am a student and can tell that this isn’t right and something is wrong. Just the other day I read that in this year, already 14 people have been either terminated or left the APD. There are officers employed with this department who are just as much a criminal as the ones on the streets. Why do you think the crime rate is going up? The criminals have an inside person at all times working for them and who have their backs.

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IF THIS MAN’S BODY was so decomposed when it was found that they couldn’t even determine the race, how can the APD determine whether there were any cuts, bruises, etc on the body to indicate foul play? Was the body sent to the GBI crime lab or was there just a local autopsy? The APD doesn’t want to label this death a homicide because they are once again manipulating the crime statistics. We all know that no business wants to relocate to Albany and part of the problem is the crime rate. Last year the stats were way off. If you follow the news reports as they happen and then what the APD releases – way off! If I were this man’s relative I would insist that the GBI perform the autopsy. We need to start over with the APD just like we need to start over with the City and County commissioners and now we need to do something with the school board. With the allegations of cheating on the CRCTs and the backhanded way the school board chose the new superintendent, and on and on and on — would you want to move to Albany, Georgia?

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I’M REASONABLY CERTAIN THAT there is no such thing as a local autopsy here as there is no local medical examiner. All autopsies are preformed by the GBI.

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IF HE REALLY WAS badly decomposed, they wouldn’t be able to tell how tight the bindings were when they were put on him since the human body swells and changes shape during the course of decomposition.

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I WOULD NOT BELIEVE anything that the APD concluded. They have no idea on how to run an investigation. The family needs to hire an outside source to find the REAL problem. APD would not know murder from suicide if they committed it!

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SOUNDS LIKE YET ANOTHER cover-up for the City of Albany. They know they can’t handle investigations like this.

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HERE’S THE DEAL WITH consolidation. The city claims it will save money, but why not ask Savannah what happened when they and Chatham County consolidated stating it was a way to cut costs and improve efficiency? The merger has cost more than expected and has not avoided a 100-officer shortage that the department is trying to fix currently. Just a way for the city to screw more stuff up.

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IF PEOPLE LET THEIR pets roam around neighborhoods spraying others’ cars and patios and using flower beds as litter boxes, then they shouldn’t be surprised if the animal comes up dead.

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A COUPLE OF SUGGESTIONS: 1. Require that all dogs and cats be spayed. This could be accomplished through the county, which would be done at the same time as the rabies fee. This would be similar to that used in Fulton County. Owners pay different annual fees for altered vs. non-altered animals. A small or no fee for spayed/neutered animals. Unaltered animals cost a bit more. Licensed breeders and plantations could be exempted so they won’t scream too loudly. 2. Animals who have been altered should have a small marking tattooed on their bellies so that anyone picking up the animal would be able to identify that the animal has been altered. This would save expenses because the animal would not be sent to surgery only to find out that it was not necessary.

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THE BETER WAY TO deal with feral cats that the animal rights activists have is to trap, spay/neuter, then re-release them back out in to our neighborhoods. This may help with the overpopulation, but A, do we really want our tax dollars going to fix wild cats? and B, if they’re released back into the neighborhoods, that’s still not going to help the problem of the feral cats spraying/defecating/etc. Also, the state does have an inoculation law on pets, but here in Albany that doesn’t pertain to cats. Only dogs are required to have rabies vaccination. So, the tagging plan won’t be enforceable with city ordinances, not to mention cats wearing tags is going to result in a lot of cats getting hung on chain-link fences, etc. And another thing that bugs me is why is so much attention being paid to these cat laws, and no one seems bothered by the new anti-tethering law that makes it illegal to chain a dog as a primary means of confinement? I’m a big advocate on dogs being allowed to run around their own yards and exercise, but a lot of these dogs have been on chains their entire lives and have become very mean because of it, and now they’re supposed to be turned loose off those chains? Yeah … great idea.

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  1. David says:

    Great combined effort by local and state law enforcement on March 18th. There must have been 25 units lined up on Westover Blvd. during 5 o’ clock traffic preventing our streets from being terrorized by those non-insurance card carrying menaces. If only catching murders and protecting citizens produced revenue.

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