Friday, April 30, 2010

Illegal Tire Dumping Leads to Felony Arrest

Investigators with the Tyrone Police Department made an arrest Wednesday in connection to an unlawful dumping case involving scrap tires. Charles Ejemba of John’s Creek was arrested at his home on a warrant and is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail awaiting bond. The Tyrone Police Department received a complaint on April 19, 2010 that a large quantity of used tires had been dumped on private property in the Town limits and began an investigation. Evidence located in the pile of tires led police to Manheim Auto Auction in Red Oak and then to the suspect, who operates a scrap tire removal service. The Georgia EPD is also looking into charges that the suspect falsified State manifests and used another carrier’s ID number on the paperwork. Ejemba has been charged with one felony count of Unlawful Dumping for Commercial Purposes. Aside from being unsightly and expensive to dispose of, scrap tires pose a public health risk because water pools inside of them making them perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fayetteville Police Host 2010 Junior Police Academy

This year the Fayetteville Police Department is hosting their seventh annual Junior Police Academy. This is an academy for children who have completed the sixth grade and/or going into the seventh, eight, or ninth grades and live in Fayette County. The dates for the academy are July 26-29, 2010. The academy day begins at 8AM and is over by 4PM. The week consists of the recruits learning many different facets of police work to include but not limited to Defensive Tactics, Traffic Laws, DUI laws, K-9, Crime Scene Processing, Handcuffing…just to name a few.

If you are interested, please come by the Fayetteville Police Department and pick up an application. The applications are due in no later than June 1, 2010 by 5PM.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lieutenant Debbie Chambers at 770-461-4441.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fayette Chamber's 11th Annual Partners in Education Recognition Breakfast May 14

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the 2010 Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at their annual Partners in Education Recognition Breakfast on Friday, May 14, 2010, 7:30 am at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

This year’s program will include; guest speaker Kathy Cox, Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools. Under Superintendent Cox’s leadership, Georgia has seen unprecedented gains in student achievement. A special recognition will be given in honor of retiring Fayette County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John DeCotis, plus the annual awards presentation for the 2010 Outstanding Partners of the year. New this year will be an award given to a Fayette County School recognized for its strong relationships with its business partners.

The community is cordially invited to attend the breakfast. The cost is $10.00 per person. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, May 11th. You may register online through the Chamber’s event calendar at or contact the Chamber at (770) 461-9983 for payment options.

Sponsors for this year’s breakfast are Delta Community Credit Union, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, and The Southern Federal Credit Union. Additional support is provided by Huntington Learning Center, Progressive Tutoring of America, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, and Primrose School of Peachtree City.

The Partners in Education program is a joint effort of the Chamber and the Fayette County Board of Education that provides an avenue for businesses to form partnerships with public schools and educational programs in Fayette County. Business “Partners” work with the school system to prepare the workforce of tomorrow by providing enhanced educational opportunities for students. To learn more about getting involved with the Partners in Education program, contact Joyce Gaglione at the Fayette Chamber (770) 461.9983 or go to
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Woodruff Arts Center Honors Bennett’s Mill Middle School Band Director, Ricky Williams

The Woodruff Arts Center is pleased to announce Ricky Williams as an honoree for the third annual Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders program. Mr. Williams’ commitment to musical education has earned him this recognition.

Mr. Williams has been the Band Director for Bennett’s Mill Middle School since the school opened in 2007 and has served as a band director for the past 20 years. He demands hard work, discipline, and teamwork, and holds students to a high standard. He strongly encourages all students to take private lessons and has established a Private Lesson Academy at the school to make lessons more accessible to students. Mr. Williams is dedicated to student growth, volunteering his time before and after school to work with any students who need extra coaching. Mr. Williams finds opportunities for his band to perform in the community and competitively, having won many awards and honors in a very short time. Carolyn Callison, a parent of one of Mr. Williams’ students said of his efforts, “As a parent, I am very happy that my children have had the opportunity to be a part of such a first-rate band program. Mr. Williams is dedicated to providing top quality music education and has inspired a love of music in many students that they will enjoy for a lifetime.”

As one of five honorees, Mr. Williams will receive $2,500 to contribute to the arts program of his choice. He will also be recognized with a reception at Bennett’s Mill Middle School on April 15 and at a culminating reception for all honorees to be held at the Woodruff Arts Center on May 22, 2010.

You’re Invited! Join us as we celebrate Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts In Education honoree Ricky Williams.

WHEN: April 15, 2010, 4:00 pm
WHERE: Bennett’s Mill Middle School, Media Center
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Joseph R. Bankoff, President and CEO, The Woodruff Arts Center
ITINERARY: Guests will arrive, mingle and enjoy catered refreshments. Joe Bankoff will then say a few words about Mr. Williams and the importance of art in education in Georgia schools. Mr. Bankoff will then present Mr. Williams with a check for $2,500 to be donated to the Bennett’s Mill Middle School Band Boosters. Woodruff Salutes is a program designed to honor teachers, school and arts administrators, community leaders, and volunteers throughout Georgia who have championed and demonstrated the ability of the arts to impact positively the lives and learning of young people in grades PreK– 12. Honorees were selected by the Woodruff Arts Center Education Task Force.

The Woodruff Arts Center recognizes the power and potential of opening young minds through the arts. Woodruff’s divisions – Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences – share a mission to provide arts learning experiences of the highest quality. This campus-wide commitment makes arts education uniquely based on performances, exhibitions and school curriculums accessible via one arts center. Through the Woodruff, the arts bring learning to life for more than a million students across Georgia and neighboring states each year.

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