Coroner

Examining Death

Examining Death

When Columbia County Medical Examiner Dr. Butch Garrison resigned about three months ago, Coroner Vernon Collins saw an opportunity to give his staff a raise. “I met with [County Administrator] Scott Johnson and made him aware that we didn’t have a medical examiner anymore and that I didn’t feel the need for one, since I […]

Is Willie Mays Considering a Run for Coroner?

Is Willie Mays Considering a Run for Coroner?

The legacy of former Augusta commissioner and one-time interim Mayor Willie Mays already has a permanent place in the history books. Back in 1979, Willie Mays decided to run for his mother’s former city council seat. Carry Mays was a trailblazer and widely respected in Augusta, particularly among city employees who felt they did not […]

The shame of Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten

The shame of Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten

When Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten was arrested last week by the FBI for allegedly keeping a deceased man’s 2004 Nissan Altima and using it as his personal vehicle, Augustans shook their head in disgust. Stealing from a dead person is the lowest of the lows. And to risk your entire career for a 10-year-old […]

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