Thursday, July 9, 2009

GNB Update

Nearing the end of yet another work week...Here's the news...

"Outrageous". That was the response Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue heard from Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall regarding the CRCT cheating scandal. The Associated Press reports that Hall sent a letter to the state earlier this week saying the district "strongly disagrees" with findings that an audit revealed someone changed the answers on the fifth-grade math tests. Perdue issued a statement Thursday after the Georgia Board of Education voted throw the tainted test scores out.

A southwest Georgia downtown manager is the subject of a GBI investigation. The Albany Herald reports that Albany Downtown Manager Don Buie faces allegations that received a kickback of $1,600 from a former contractor. In a memo issued by City Manager Alfred Lott, Buie was forced to surrender his city credit card and provide any related financial documents by the close of business Thursday. Lott added that failure to do so could lead to the loss of his job.

"Loose lips" lead to a disorderly conduct charge against a city councilwoman's son. reports that Macon police charged Paul Carswell with disorderly conduct after a confrontation with councilman James Timley during a Macon City Council meeting Tuesday night. Carswell threatened Timley during that meeting, saying he would "get a piece of me" if he raised his voice at his mother. Carswell's mother is Macon City Council President Miriam Paris. Carswell could have faced charges of making terroristic threats against Timley, but that wasn't possible because no third party witnessed the incident.

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