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Billy Chambers

back in the biz

Billy Chambers is selling cars again.

Chambers, whose longtime family automobile business was seized by the state of Georgia this summer because of his alleged failure to repay sales tax that he collected, is now working at Kia Autosport on East Oglethorpe Boulevard.

“I will be handling all e-commerce and financing of vehicles,” Chambers told The Albany Journal. “We will be making a major focus on Used Cars and Trucks — imagine that — and the Kia Sorrento which of course is made in Lagrange, Georgia. The newly designed Kia Optima will be surfacing in November and we anticipate that it will be the premier mid-size import car for the area. We will also be working very hard at increasing the Kia markets hare in Southwest Georgia.”

Chambers says he is eager to set the record straight about his business’s failure and its tax troubles, but is waiting for the right time to do so.

Law Library seeks

recipes, legal stories

Selling cookbooks isn’t a unique fund-raiser.

But adding stories about real-life court cases to the books’ contents certainly is.

The Dougherty County Law Library will publish a cookbook to raise funds for legal books and materials. Recipe cards and “personal pages” for legal stories are available at the Law Library and on the Law Library’s website.

Library manager Lauren Kelly says that about 80 percent of the library’s users are members of the public who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The remaining users are attorneys and judges.

Dougherty County established its law library in 1981. Its sole source of revenue is a tiny portion of each filing fee, fine or forfeiture that is collected by Dougherty County.

“The legislature has not increased the Law Library’s portion since 1997,” Kelly said, while “in the last 14 years, the cost of supplementing legal materials has increased 300 percent.”

Hence, the fund-raiser.

The Law Library in the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building at 225 Pine Ave. in Room 212. The Law Library’s website is at www.albany.ga.us; click “most popular links,” then click “Law Library.”

Recreation Department

in a class of its own

The Albany Recreation and Parks Department received numerous awards at Georgia Recreation and Park Association Third District Awards Banquet held in Valdosta on October 6.

The GRPA Third District encompasses 33 southwest Georgia counties; there are over 30 agencies and over 115 individual members. The Albany department won these awards:

  • 2010 Agency of the Year (Population 70,001 and over)
  • Special Recognition (for outstanding support of recreation programs & events) – Pamela Green-Jackson, executive director, Youth Becoming Healthy
  • Mary Roth Award for Recreation Programmers – Gloria Bridges, recreation supervisor
  • D.L. Lastinger Award for Park Maintenance –  Felicia Pitts, equipment operator
  • Volunteer of the Year (Population 70,001 and over) – Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club
  • Outstanding Program Recognition:

§         Innovative Special Event – Albany Family Play Day

§         Innovative Program – Summer Event Series

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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