August 21, 2013

Charles Oliver: LeBron going the other way

• Miami-Dade County Police Department officials say that, after thinking it over, it probably wasn’t a good idea to give NBA player LeBron James an official escort to a Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert. Patrol cars turned on their lights and sirens and drove James the wrong way down a one-way street to get him through heavy traffic so he wouldn’t be late for the concert at Sun Life Stadium.

• Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights has warned city employees that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” may be offensive. It suggests they use the word “resident” instead of citizen and instead of talking about a “brown bag lunch” say “sack lunch” instead.

• The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Illinois law barring people from recording police officers is unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has declined to overturn that ruling. So that means no one can be prosecuted under that law now, right? Not according to Morgan County prosecutor Robert Bonjean. He says he will continue to decide whether to prosecute people for recording the police on a “case by case” basis.

• Johnathan Montgomery spent four years in prison after being convicted of raping Elizabeth Paige Coast. He was freed only after she admitted she made the story up and lied during his trial. A Virginia judge recently sentenced her for perjury in that case. She’ll spend 60 days in jail, to be served on weekends, and must pay $90,000 to Montgomery.

• For some two decades, Venus DeMars has made her living solely from music, painting and other artistic endeavors. She admits she hasn’t made much money at it, but she still considers herself a professional artist. The Minnesota Department of Revenue disagrees. It says she is a hobbyist and therefore can’t deduct any professional expenses on her income taxes. And it says she owes the state $3,535 because of illegal deductions she made in the past. Among the reasons it cited for saying that she isn’t a professional are that she seems to enjoy her work too much and that the profits from her work aren’t large enough.

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  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014

  • Guest column: Blevins supporter questions Wilbanks

    I support David Blevins in his campaign to be elected Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, July 22. First, please get out and vote. Have a say in your local government.

    July 19, 2014

  • Citizens of the Week: Pleasant Grove Fire Station, Charles Crump

    Imagine this: One normal Thursday, you make preparations to bake a few dozen apple muffins for friends and neighbors, as you have countless times before. You bake the first batch without a hitch. Then, after you’ve placed the second batch in the oven, a loud noise sounds, your smoke alarm starts blaring, and your entire kitchen is full of smoke.

    July 18, 2014

  • A tournament to be proud of

    The scene Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park looked similar to one we see each fall on Friday nights around northwest Georgia.

    July 17, 2014

  • Still time to vote early

    Summertime, and the living is hectic.

    July 15, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Down with the berry picking blues

    It was there, and then it wasn’t — and Mr. Gravity took over.

    July 15, 2014