Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree may not have serious opposition in the upcoming election, but several of the key players that helped shape his first term in office are apparently not long for the department.
It appears Major Scott Peebles, his former chief rival for sheriff, and the man Roundtree eventually named as his own chief of investigations, is going to be joining Ramone Lamkin when Lamkin takes over the Marshal’s Department in January. There are reports Lamkin could be taking a half dozen or more other sheriff’s officers with him.
Also soon to be breaking ties with Roundtree’s agency is Lt. Lewis Blanchard, who has been stymied in his attempts to attain higher rank in Richmond County. He won’t have that problem as the likely new Sheriff of Burke County, Alphonzo Williams, is expected to hire Blanchard as part of his own leadership team in January.
Williams’ departure as chief of the Richmond County BOE Public Safety Office also has a number of Roundtree’s current staff interested in that position as well. Stay tuned as the interest in that position heats up accordingly.
Media General’s Love for Jay Jefferies Is Put to the Test
In one of the more ironic developments involving the recent Channel 12/Channel 26/Channel 6 ownership battle, it looks as though Channel 6’s owner (Media General) will get to show the world just exactly how much they really hated parting ways with weatherman Jay Jefferies. As the winner of the last two Augusta Magazine “Best of Augusta” awards for Best TV Weatherman, Jay was a heartbreaking casualty of the fight that saw a number of familiar TV faces left off the air when the dust settled.
Jay’s former Channel 26 morning show partner Barclay Bishop slid right into an open reporter position at Channel 6, which she parlayed into Chris Kane’s recently vacated anchor chair. The opportunities for TV weathermen in this market are pretty hard to come by, and he has been officially out of the business for a few months now.
Interesting news, though, this week as Channel 6’s five-year weatherman, Ed Bloodsworth, announced he was soon leaving for parts unknown. While 6’s veteran No. 2 weatherman John Lynn is said to be interested in taking Ed’s spot, that would leave John’s shift open and a perfect chance for Jay to make a comeback.
Since Media General reportedly gave none of their former staff permission to break their non-compete clauses, certainly that meant they were hoping to re-hire them at some point if possible, right? Why would MG keep folks from working in TV if they had no need for them, or any desire to put them into the next available spot that came open?
Only a real turd would do that.
So we anxiously await word that Jay will be rejoining his former colleagues and take his rightful position (in some capacity) as a Channel 6 weatherman.
If that move is not made, there are sure going to be a lot of angry folks. Or so the public outcry involving Jay’s unavoidable departure a few months back would make us believe.
Don’t Forget About the Paine Project!
As the leaders of Paine College make a last ditch effort to save the beloved local institution, and no doubt appeal to the generosity of local taxpayers in the form of a bailout, it would be a huge mistake to lose track of exactly how the school got itself into the “deep pit of financial doo-doo” it sits in as we speak. Some anonymous folks did a hell of a job laying it all out a few years ago in a website called The Paine Project. (thepaineproject.net)
There have been no new entries to the site since 2014, but the history lesson the site provides is quite timely.
A sample of their handy work to get you started:
“Since the start of his selection as the 14th President of Paine College, George C. Bradley, as President, and his wife, Tina Marshall Bradley, as Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, have presided over Paine College in a manner that has brought unprecedented mismanagement to the College’s financial and fiscal affairs, and intimidation and threats to faculty, staff, and students. The Bradley administration ushered in a downgrade of the College’s status with the school’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) with the announcement that the school will now be placed on probation.
Those of us who understand the urgency of the situation have decided to create this website as a tool to inform and alert the stakeholders of Paine College to the facts and circumstances of the need for dedicated and committed advocacy on the part of those who care about the continued existence of Paine College. We want the interested parties, i.e. alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Paine College to make their voices known to those in power and with the means to effectuate change in the leadership at Paine College, namely, the Board of Trustees of Paine College and the U.S. Department of Education. These two entities have the power to bring about change in the leadership at Paine College.”
Bradley’s incompetence is detailed in all its unmitigated glory, and it is a sight to behold. Check it out and remember, it was not one or two “bad years” that put Paine on the brink of extinction, it was intellectually bankrupt leadership that went on for quite a while.