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*   THE GEORGIA SUPREME COURT HAS UPHELD DEATH SENTENCES FOR THE MAN CONVICTED IN BRUTAL WALKER COUNTY DOUBLE-MURDERS.
    DONNIE ALLEN HULETT IS SENTENCED TO DIE FOR THE 2002 MURDERS OF BROTHERS, LARRY AND ARVINE PHELPS… AS THEY PERFORMED VOLUNTEER WORK AT THE BLESSED HOPE BOYS HOME AT VILLANOW.  THE MEN WERE GUNNED DOWN AND BLUDGEONED FOR THEIR PICKUP TRUCK, WHICH WAS STOLEN. 
    ON OTHER CHARGES AGAINST HULETT, THE HIGH COURT SENT HIS CASE BACK FOR RE-SENTENCING… BUT THE TWO DEATH SENTENCES FOR THE MURDERS, WERE ALLOWED TO STAND.

*   LAFAYETTE’S DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY REMINDS THE PUBLIC THAT THE TOWN’S FIRST “LITTLE FREE LIBRARY” IS NOW OPEN AT THE JOE STOCK PARK. 
    PATRONS CAN READ THE BOOKS AT THE PARK, OR TAKE THEM HOME.  THE BOOK SUPPLY WILL BE REPLENISHED BY THE LOCAL LIBRARY’S TEEN ADVISORY BOARD… AND UNITED WAY IS ALSO PROVIDING SOME TITLES FOR THE PROJECT. 
    THE PROJECT WAS FUNDED BY THE DDA BOARD… AND RANDY CUMBEE, OWNER OF DADDY AND ME VINTAGE IN LAFAYETTE, BUILT THE “LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOX” AT NO CHARGE.   A SECOND LITTLE FREE LIBRARY WILL SOON BE OPEN AT THE MUNICIPAL PARK IN LAFAYETTE. 

*   THOSE DEEP POTHOLES IN THE CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD ROADWAYS WILL START TO DISAPPEAR, NEXT MONTH.  SECTIONS OF LAFAYETTE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED AT VARIOUS TIMES FOR THE REPAVING, FROM NOVEMBER - THROUGH JUNE OF NEXT YEAR.
    WORK WILL BEGIN AT THE NORTH END OF THE PARK… THEN PHASE TWO WILL BE THE MID SECTION… AND FINALLY, PHASE THREE WILL EXTEND TO SOUTHERN END OF THE ROAD SYSTEM. 
    THE WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE BRIDGE RESTORATION PROJECTS AND REPLACEMENT OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHT AT MCFARLAND GAP ROAD.

*   PRIMARY HEALTHCARE CENTERS HAS OPENED A NEW OFFICE IN SUMMERVILLE… IN THE SAV-A-LOT SHOPPING CENTER.  IT’S OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM 8 - 5.
     PRIMARY HEALTHCARE IS ALSO PLANNING A FUTURE CLINIC IN LAFAYETTE… ON THE CAMPUS OF GILBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL… AND IS CURRENTLY OPERATING CLINICS IN TRENTON, ROSSVILLE AND CEDARTOWN.  THE NON-PROFIT COMPANY IS HEADQUARTERED IN LAFAYETTE. 
     COST FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT IS BASED ON A SLIDING SCALE… AND MANY PATIENTS ARE SEEN FOR THE MINIMUM COST OF $25.  THEY ACCEPT INSURANCE AND MEDICARE/MEDICAID… AND TREAT PATIENTS WHO DON’T HAVE INSURANCE.

*   DRIVERS ARE REMINDED THAT THE DEER POPULATION IS “ON THE MOVE” THIS TIME OF YEAR… IT’S THEIR MATING SEASON, ALSO KNOWN AS “THE RUT”.
    GEORGIA’S DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THE PEAK OF THE RUT IN WALKER COUNTY, IS THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER… SO WE’RE JUST DAYS AWAY.   DRIVE WITH CAUTION AS THE “RUT”… AND THE START OF THE DEER HUNTING SEASON… WILL SEE MORE OF THE ANIMALS CROSSING ROADWAYS.

*   GEORGIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL LAST MONTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE APRIL.   THE JOBLESS FIGURE FOR SEPTEMBER WAS 7.9 PERCENT… DOWN BY 2-10ths OF A PERCENTAGE POINT.
    THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS A FULL 2 POINTS LOWER THAN THE PEACH STATE, AT 5.9 PERCENT.
    NUMBERS FOR NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WERE ALSO RELEASED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
    HERE IN WALKER COUNTY, THE NUMBER OF NEW CLAIMS WAS UP BY 161 WORKERS FROM AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER… INDICATING THAT LAYOFFS WERE A PROBLEM DURING THE PERIOD.
    THE NEW CLAIMS WERE STABLE IN CATOOSA, CHATTOOGA AND DADE COUNTIES.   IN WHITFIELD, NEW CLAIMS WERE DOWN BY OVER 500 WORKERS, IN SEPTEMBER. 

*   ERLANGER “FIRED A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW” IN ITS CASE AGAINST HUTCHESON MEDICAL CENTER, AT A PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT.  ERLANGER OFFICIALS PLAN TO SELL THE FORT OGLETHORPE HOSPITAL “ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS” EARLY NEXT MONTH, IF WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES FAIL TO PAY 10-MILLION DOLLAR EACH.   THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL HAS SAID SHE HAS NO PLANS TO DO.
    HUTCHESON GOT A REPRIEVE FROM FEDERAL COURT THE FIRST TIME ERLANGER TRIED TO SELL THE HUTCHESON PROPERTY, IN ORDER TO COLLECT ON AN OVER 20-MILLION DOLLAR DEBT.  ATTORNEYS FOR HUTCHESON ARE AGAIN ASKING THE COURT TO STOP THE FORCED SALE OF THE HOSPITAL, UNTIL A LAWSUIT ON THE MATTER HAS BEEN HEARD.
    HUTCHESON CONTENDS THAT THEY OWE ERLANGER NOTHING… BECAUSE THE CHATTANOOGA HOSPITAL FAILED TO PERFORM A NUMBER OF AGREED-TO ACTIONS WHEN IT MANAGED THE GEORGIA HOSPITAL.  ERLANGER SAYS IT DOES NOT WANT A HOSPITAL ON THE GEORGIA SIDE… BUT THE PROPERTY SALE IS NECESSARY TO REGAIN THEIR LOST INVESTMENT.
    ERLANGER VICE PRESIDENT GREG GENTRY TOLD THE CROWD THURSDAY NIGHT:  “IF YOU DON’T WANT ERLANGER TO SELL HUTCHESON… TELL THE COMMISSIONERS OF CATOOSA AND WALKER COUNTIES TO GIVE ERLANGER MONEY”.  THAT, OF COURSE, WOULD MEAN THAT TAXPAYERS IN WALKER AND CATOOSA WOULD HAVE TO “FOOT THE BILL”.  DADE COUNTY DID NOT ENTER THE LOAN GUARANTEE AGREEMENT FOR HUTCHESON.
    A FEDERAL JUDGE SHOULD RULE NEXT WEEK ON HUTCHESON’S MOST RECENT REQUEST TO STOP THE ERLANGER FORECLOSURE.

*   MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS WILL PRESENT:  CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE… WITH GAITHER VOCAL BAND FAVORITE, GUY PENROD.  THE EVENING OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS SET FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th AT 7 PM… IN THE SHOWBARN AT MOUNTAIN COVE.  TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY, STARTING AT $20.   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS… SEATING IS LIMITED.

*   THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL.   IT’S FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5 TO 12… THE COST IS $50 PER PLAYER.   TO SIGN UP FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL, CONTACT THE PARK REC CENTER AT 706 639 1590.   THE DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 25th.

*   PROGRESS IS EVIDENT AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE NEW EXPANSION AT UNIQUE FABRICATING, IN NORTH LAFAYETTE.   CONCRETE PADS WERE BEING POURED LAST WEEK ON THE 9-MILLION DOLLAR ADDITION, WHICH IS SITUATED JUST ACROSS MCCARTER ROAD FROM UNIQUE’S EXISTING PLANT. 
    AND IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY PROJECT… DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID THAT THE “GRADING PLAN” WAS APPROVED LAST WEEK FOR THE AUDIA INTERNATIONAL PROJECT IN THE NOBLE BUSINESS PARK.   HE SAID THE NEXT STEP IS EPD APPROVAL OF THE "DIRT DISTURBANCE" PLAN… THEN EARTH WORK CAN BEGIN TO PREPARE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLANT ITSELF.   WEATHER PERMITTING, WORK ON THE FIRST BUILDING COULD BEGIN BY DECEMBER 1st.  
    AUDIA OFFICIALS TOLD BROOKS LAST WEEK THAT THE COMPANY IS NOW THE LARGEST PLASTICS SUPPLIER IN NORTH AMERICA.  THEY HAVE THE WALKER COUNTY PLANT ON A “FAST TRACK” TO MEET CUSTOMER DEMAND.

*   ADVANCE VOTING IS NOW OPEN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION… AND SAMPLE BALLOTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.
    FOR WALKER COUNTY VOTERS, THERE’S A “YES OR NO” REFERENDUM ON SUNDAY SALES OF ALCOHOL.   THE QUESTION STATES “ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF SUNDAY SALES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN UNINCORPORATED WALKER COUNTY?”
    MOST OF THE HOTLY-CONTESTED RACES ARE THE STATE AND FEDERAL SEATS, INCLUDING GOVERNOR AND U.S. SENATOR.
    IN THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR, VOTERS HAVE THREE CHOICES:  THE INCUMBENT, REPUBLICAN NATHAN DEAL… THE DEMOCRAT, JASON CARTER…  OR THE LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE, ANDREW HUNT.
    FOR U.S. SENATOR, CANDIDATES ARE THE REPUBLICAN, DAVID PERDUE… DEMOCRAT, MICHELLE NUNN… AND LIBERTARIAN, AMANDA SWAFFORD.  
    14th DISTRICT U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TOM GRAVES IS UNOPPOSED IN HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION.
    LAFAYETTE-AREA VOTERS GET A SINGLE CHOICE FOR STATE SENATOR… THE INCUMBENT, JEFF MULLIS…
    ONE CHOICE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT TWO… INCUMBENT STEVE TARVIN…
    AND ONE CHOICE IN EACH OF TWO SCHOOL BOARD RACES:  IN POST 3, IT’S THE INCUMBENT, MIKE CARRUTH… AND FOR POST 2, THERE IS A SINGLE CANDIDATE UNOPPOSED… CHARLES WILSON.
    VOTERS IN CHICKAMAUGA WILL NOT VOTE IN THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES.
    VOTERS IN HOUSE DISTRICT ONE WILL SELECT EITHER THE INCUMBENT, REPUBLICAN JOHN DEFFENBAUGH… OR DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER TOM MCMAHAN.  
    THERE ARE TWO PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:  THE FIRST WOULD PROHIBIT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM INCREASING THE MAXIMUM RATE OF INCOME TAX IN GEORGIA.  THE SECOND WOULD ALLOW ADDITIONAL FEES FOR RECKLESS DRIVERS, WHICH WOULD GO TO THE BRAIN AND SPINAL INJURY TRUST FUND, TO PAY FOR TREATMENT OF INJURIES.
    AND IN A STATEWIDE REFERENDUM, VOTERS GET TO SAY “YES OR NO” TO KEEP UNIVERSITY-OWNED STUDENT HOUSING PROPERTIES TAX-EXEMPT.
    STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 13th, VOTE WEEKDAYS AT THE WALKER COUNTY VOTERS OFFICE IN COURTHOUSE, ROOM 110.

*   AN OPENING DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR LAFAYETTE’S NEWLY REMODELED AND EXPANDED LIBRARY ON SOUTH DUKE STREET:  IT’S MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24th.   “WE THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE THAT WE’RE OPENING ON THANKSGIVING WEEK”, SAID CHEROKEE REGIONAL LIBRARY DIRECTOR, LECIA EUBANKS.  THE LOCAL LIBRARY HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS IN A TEMPORARY LOCATION IN A FORMER GROCERY STORE BUILDING.
    THE LIBRARY’S TEMPORARY LOCATION WILL CLOSE ON NOVEMBER 10th, ALLOWING TWO WEEKS FOR THE MOVE TO THE NEW LOCATION.   PRISON LABOR AND PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIANS ARE BEING BROUGHT-IN TO HELP WITH THE EXTENSIVE JOB OF MOVING SHELVES, BOOKS AND FURNISHINGS.
    IN THE MEAN TIME, WORKERS ARE PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE NEW LIBRARY.   EUBANKS SAID THE PARKING LOT IS FINISHED AND STRIPED… SECURITY CAMERAS ARE GOING IN… AND CARPET IS ABOUT 60-PERCENT FINISHED AT THIS POINT.
    GEORGIA CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES INMATES ARE MAKING THE READING TABLES THAT WILL BE USED THROUGHOUT THE NEW LIBRARY… AND SINCE WALKER STATE PRISON’S SPECIALTY IS METAL WORKING, THEY WILL BE MAKING ALL THE TABLE LEGS FOR THAT PROJECT.
    EUBANKS SAID THE LIBRARY WILL BE “RECYCLING” SOME OF THE PRESENT OFFICE FURNISHINGS… BUT THE LIBRARY’S PUBLIC SPACES WILL HAVE ALL NEW FURNISHINGS.   “WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES OUR PATRONS WILL ENJOY WITH ALL THIS SPACE”, SHE ADDED.
    DURING THE TWO WEEK CLOSURE FOR MOVING, THERE WILL BE NO LATE-FEES ASSESSED… AND ONE OF THE OTHER SYSTEM LIBRARIES WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY BUT SUNDAY, TO HANDLE USER NEEDS.
    AGAIN… THE OFFICIAL “OPENING DAY” FOR THE NEW LIBRARY IN LAFAYETTE, WILL BE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24th.

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