January 19th, 2022
The monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners was held via ZOOM
last evening. The first order of business was the 2022 Reorganization. Mark
Waddell was elected Chairman; Scott Roberson as Vice-chair; LaToya McCants as
County Clerk and Della Griffin as Deputy Clerk; and Kimberly Reid as the County
Attorney. A majority of the meeting was a discussion with District Attorney
Lewis Lamb about the State Court Solicitor and the DA’s office. After an hour
of discussion, the Board directed the DA to come back with proposals for office
repairs and other concerns and then they will all work on a plan. The
Commissioners approved an ordinance amendment for school zone traffic
enforcement. The proposal for adding metal roofs to 2 buildings was accepted.
Redistricting was briefly discussed. A memorandum of understanding with the
Prosecuting Attorneys Association; the DA’s office; and the Board of
Commissioners for $50K for COVID and other emergencies was passed. Frank Joiner
was appointed to the Americus/Sumter County Airport Authority. Michael Coley
and Michelle Williams-Seay were appointed to the Tax Assessor’s Board. The
meeting moved to closed session for personnel and litigation.
Quarry Dynamics, INC. (QDI) has chosen Americus/Sumter County for its
new crypto mining facility, bringing an expected investment of approximately $10
million and 16-20 new jobs. This new, Canadian-based company will be hiring a
variety of positions. In addition to bitcoin mining, QDI expects to bring other
services to Sumter County such as housing and IT consulting. QDI is excited to
become a supportive Sumter partner in addition to providing jobs through
apprenticeship opportunities, industry engagement and renewable energy
The Sumter County
Board of Elections and Voter Registration will have a special called meeting on
Thursday January 20th at 4:30. The meeting will be held in the
Commissioners room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The called meeting is open
to the community to attend.
The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council of Americus will be
held via ZOOM on Thursday evening at 6. To call in and listen, dial
1-646-876-9923. Use 833 9163 4266 as the meeting ID and 351049 as the passcode.
It’s looking more and more like the earlier prediction of snow has all
but gone. Now, it’s frozen precipitation and not a lot of that. Forecasters
have a better idea of how this next cold front arriving tomorrow will be
affecting SW Georgia. Some rain may arrive overnight but the majority will be
tomorrow afternoon and diminish during the evening. Rain returns on Friday and
ends during Friday evening—as of today. Highs in the mid-60s for today and
upper 50s on Thursday and low-to-mid 40s on Friday and Saturday making today
the warmest for the rest of the month. Lows Friday night will be around 30 so
that creates the chance of frozen precipitation. IF we do get a frozen
rain/sleet/snow wintry mix Friday night and overnight very little accumulation
is being forecast. A better look at the approaching weather system will come
It was a quiet
Tuesday around town according to the Americus Police incident reports. 5 total
incidents were reported. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 105-G
A theft took place
from 222 Griffin Lane.
Officers checked out
shots fired and found a dog had been shot at Weeks Trailer Park.
A shoplifting and 1st
degree forgery was reported at 1301 E. Lamar Street.
communications were reported for further investigation.
Jackson and Banita Renee Lee were arrested at 1:25 this morning for outstanding
There were 4
accidents worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries.
Tuesday overall was
another quiet 24-hours for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 3 traffic stops
were conducted. At a stop on Highway 49N, Hannah Marrone was charged with
speeding. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. 2 prisoner
transports were made. Damage to property was reported at 611 E. Lamar Street. A
loud music complaint was checked out at 328 Jackson Street in Andersonville. Deputies
answered 1 domestic-related call. Deputies worked a deer-involved accident
In the Sumter County Jail today: Catherine Hawkins for simple battery
(FVA); Andrew Nicholas Jackson holding for Smithfield PD; Banita Renee Lee—holding
for Crisp Co. SO; Charleston Alexander Saffi for robbery and aggravated
assault; and Kevin Wesley Tannahill for felony theft by deception.
The Sumter County BOE
held a called meeting last evening to discuss the redistricting maps. After discussion,
the Board passed the resolution to adopt the amended election district plan and
introduce it to local legislation. The called meeting was then adjourned.