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With new blood, commission will take on new personality

By   /  January 13, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Albanians tend to talk about the Albany City Commission as if it were a single entity, often with a distinct personality.  I have been as guilty of this as anyone, and I’m not really going to apologize.  Frankly, it is a single entity, just one made up of a number of people who give [...]

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Buddy Basketball: For Youth with Disabilities

By   /  December 28, 2013  /  Community  /   Comments

Tweet Special to the Journal Albany, Georgia : The Albany Recreation and Parks Department and Albany Area YMCA present “Buddy Basketball” for youth with disabilities. Join us on Monday afternoons for basketball! Participants will be paired with a buddy to work on the skills of basketball and team play. Registration will be held January 2 [...]

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Chehaw Announces Changes in Organization

By   /  October 21, 2013  /  Community, Uncategorized  /   Comments

Tweet Special to the Journal The Chehaw Park Authority announced today that it is restructuring its organization and eliminating two key positions. This is being done to reduce operating expenses and strengthen the financial position of the organization. “These are challenging times for all businesses,” says Park Authority Chair, Scott Kemp. “We already know that [...]

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Hating Albany

By   /  March 11, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet I’m a negative guy.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask most of our city leaders.  Oh, they may be very polite and not say anything negative about me, but I doubt they would disagree with you if you ask them how negative I am.  Take a look around town, and you can see where I’m [...]

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Cutliff Grove’s request shows a profound lack of preparation

By   /  March 4, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Back when I was in the Navy, I had a Chief that used to tell us, “Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”  I took that to heart.  Oh, I screw up from lack of preparation.  I’m human, but I do my best to not expect others [...]

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Why I have a hard time with downtown efforts

By   /  February 21, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There are some great things downtown, and Aaron Blair has done some good things as well.  Nothing I’m about to say have anything to do with Blair.  In fact, most of this stuff happened long, long before Blair.  In fact, a lot of it dates to my childhood.

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Time for the community to step up

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Albany reached a new low yesterday when a Meals on Wheels truck was held up at gunpoint.  There are a few things I believe should be sacrosanct, even to criminals, and Meals on Wheels should be on of those things.  These drivers, all volunteers, aren’t collecting money for the food they’re delivering.  It’s all [...]

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Save Charley B’s Letter Writing Campaign

By   /  January 15, 2013  /  Letter to the editor  /   Comments

Tweet Some of us call it home, while others call it a nuisance, but all in all it is a landmark in our community. Many of us grew hearing stories of Charley B’s, while others were told to stay away, but how can you stay away from a “Modern Day Cheers”? Today Charley B’s was [...]

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They call this pro business?

By   /  January 15, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet City officials like to claim that they are pro business. but tell that to the owner of Charley B’s.  To be fair, the process of opening a business in Albany is far easier than in many other locations throughout the nation.  However, it takes a lot more than that to make a city government [...]

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If this is recovery, I’d hate to see recession

By   /  January 4, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet A number of businesses have closed their doors or contracted their operations in the past month.  So many, in fact, that I have to say that if this is economic recovery, I’d hate to see recession.  After all, recovery is supposed to be about improving our economic condition, and this definitely isn’t it.

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