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Mountvflle News By Mac Towns il Mountville United Methodist Women met Nov. 13 at the home of Jack and Gayla Jones. Mrs. Jones presented a pro- gram on the Bible study, "Women of the Old Testament," and focused on "Sarah and Hagar - Waiting for God to Act." She led the UMW in a discus- sion on personal faith and impa- tience. President Helen Thrash gave the devotion, read an arti- cle on "The Art of Listening," and welcomed the women's soci- ety. Members included: Clara Andrews, Angela Chambers, Wanda Costley, Kay Humphries, Gayla Jones, Nancy Newsome, Leslie Pike, Helen Thrash, Mac Towns and Alma Wood, all of Mountville. UMW reports were made by Treasurer Gayla Jones and Secretary Mae Towns. Clara Andrews, secretary of Membership Nurture and Outreach, expressed apprecia- tion to the UMW for food, flow- ers, and sympathy shared with Lillie Mac Mills and family, fol- lowing the death of her sister, Henrietta Baker Smith, on Nov. 11. Plans were made for the Christmas season projects to "Adopt A Family"; send a gift to Ethel Harpst Home for the children's "Wish List"; contin- ue to sponsor a "Lifeline" sup- port for a shut-in; and deliver poinsettias to all members of the church who are sick. All Beds with new color linens All rooms have refrigerators & microwaves Free coffee Free continental breakfast "Exclusive But Not Expensive." Luxury Room Features Executive Suites Cable colorlV 100% remote Units for the handicapped Auto & truck parking Non-smoking rooms Swimming pools RESERVATIONS 706-846-4410 SPECIAL RESERVATIONS 877-4354325 1119 Warm Springs Hwy. (Hwy. 41) Manchester ,, "Come as a guest and leave as a friend." I II GRAND JURY PRESENTMENTS STATE OF GEORGIA, TROUP COUNTY TO THE HONORABLE ALLEN B. KEEBLE, JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT, COWETA JUDICIAL CIRCUIT: We, the members of the Troup County Grand Jury drawn and sworn for the November 2000 Term, respectfully make the following pre- sentments: We wish to express our appre- ciation to District Attorney Peter John Skandalakis, and all who assisted him in the preparation and presentation of the cases brought before us for action. We commend the District Attomay nd his staff . for their p.(ofesism and atten- tion to detail. Their presentations were invaluable in making our deci- sions. We also wish to thank Mr. Marion Carson and Mr. Neese, our bailiffs, for their efficiency and sup- port. We commend law enforcement personnel, who came before us, whose dedication to duty deserves our support, encouragement, and sincere thanks. We are impressed with their demonstrated diligence and competence. This Grand Jury has reviewed the prior presentments of previous Grand Juries regarding the court- house. We hereby adopt these pre- vious findings and respectfully request the commissioners to pur- sue a course of action to remedy the present situation. The Troup County Courthouse facility, while relatively clean, is in need of serious renovations. The facility, now over 60 years old, is no longer able to accommodate the needs of the departments and serve the needs of the citizens of this county. Our inspection revealed the need of additional courtrooms, a larger holding cell, additional office space, additional waiting rooms and larger and more secure docu- ment storage areas. Our inspec- tion also revealed that the current juvenile facility, including the juve- nile courtroom, is grossly inade- quate. The addition of benches in the courtyard would be helpful. We also find that the current facility and the presently rented office spaces for judicial officials cannot be adequately covered for security purposes. This of course is a concern which we feel must be addressed. We therefore conclude that there is a need to build additional judicial facilities to accommodate the needs of the citizens. The Justice Center will not replace the courthouse, which will be preserved for its historical significance, but will be built for additional space to meet our needs for the next twen- ty-five years. We recommend the building of a new Justice Center comprising of courtrooms and the offices nec- essary to administer justice in Troup County. In addition, we recommend that these facilities be paid for by a one percent sales tax. We believe that it wold be more cost effective to invest in new facilities rather than to renovate the present courthouse. The city needs to work with the county to allow additional mobile offices on a temporary basis. The inspection of the jail revealed it to be well maintained and managed in an efficient man- ner. The staff was courteous and professional and appeared to be well trained. The inmates appeared to be well cared for and we did not observe any areas which were unclean and unsanitary. This Grand Jury, in accordance with the law, received the annual report from the Child Abuse Protocol Committee. We commend the Committee for the diligence of its efforts to protect the children of our community. GRAND JUROR, JUROR AND BAILIFF FEES, This Grandry, pursuant to the charge of the court respectful- ly recommends to the county com- missioners, that grand juror and traverse juror fees be raised to $50.00 per day and that the bailiff fees be maintained at $70.00 per day. Respectfully submitted, Marie Ernest, Foreperson Carolyn Moncus Shirley E. Harrison Olivia W. Davis Michael W. Shrewsbury Robin A. Cole David Jennings Ann H. Ray Elizabeth Norton Shanika L. Hardnett Jason J. Forbus John M. Crowe Robert S. Morton Johnnie K. Cato Jeremy E. Phillips Vernon L. Brewer Ralph Norris Ruby E. Lamb Ted B. Neely Joye M. Greene Bryon T. Snellings Elizabeth D. Smythe Ruby J. Estes ANNUAL REPORT TROUP COUNTY CHILD ABUSE PROTOCOL NOVEMBER 6, 2000 PREPARED BY: KIM ADAMS, CHILD ABUSE PROTOCOL COORDINATOR SUBMITTED BY: PETE SKANDALAKIS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND CHILD ABUSE PROTOCOL TASK FORCE CHAIR HISTORY The Troup County Child Abuse Task Force was first organized in 1988 pursuant to O.C.G.A. 19-15- 2 although, child abuse reporting procedures were in place well before that time. In 1988, the coun- ty formally adopted a written child abuse protocol which was filed with the Department of Family and Children Services to ensure that all agencies were uniform in the han- dling of cases of abused children. Since that time, the child abuse pro- tocol has undergone numerous amendments. CURRENT AGENCIES_ REPRESENTED ON THE CHILD ABUSE TASK FORCE (A) The Office of the District Attorney (B) Troup County Children and Family Advocacy Council (C) Juvenile Court (D) Troup Co. Board of Education (E) West Georgia Health System (F) District IV Health Services (G) Troup Co. Mental Health (H) Troup Co. Department of Family and Children Services (I) LaGrange Police Department (J) Troup Co. Sheriff's Department (K) West Point Police Department (L) Hogansville Police Department (M) Troup Court Appointed Special Advocates (Troup CASA) MEETINGS_ The Child Abuse Protocol Task Force meets bi-annually. 2000 meetings were held on April 13th and November2nd. , . ,  .... 2000 CHILD ABUSE PRQTOCOL AMENDMENTS At the April, 2000 meeting, a subsection was adopted to protect "Children at Risk." This subsection was adopted to protect birth exposed/addicted infants. SUBCOMMITTEES In April, an Overview Subcommittee was formed to han- dle agency grievances which could impede multi-agency child abuse investigations. It is generally felt that the establishment of this com- mittee has enhanced communica- tions between agencies and has improved agency compliance with " the protocol. Each month, the District Attorney's Office along with the office of Troup County Children Advocacy Council co-chair Team Case Review. This multi-agency team reviews all DFACS child abuse complaints filed within the preceding month. In 1999, 879 child victims were reviewed by this team. In Troup County, the Child Fatality Review Panel is chaired by the Office of Troup County Children and Family Advocacy Council. The creation of this team is pursuant to O.C.G.A. 19-15-3. The purpose of this panel is to review all child deaths under the age of (17) whose death was untimely or the result of unnatural causes and to render a report to the Office of Child Fatality in Atlanta. It is the sole purpose of this ommittee to determine whether agency actions delivered prior to the death were appropriate and whether the death could have been prevented. Also, it is the panel's responsibility to make rec- ommendations for possible pre- vention of future child d4aths. In 1999, ten (10) child fatalities were reviewed. To date in 2000, four (4) child deaths have been reviewed. Two (2) reviews are cur- rently pending. STATE OF GEORGIA, TROUP COUNTY The within presentments received in open court this the 7th day of November, 2000. It is ordered that the within pre- sentments be entered upon the minutes of the Superior Court, made a part thereof, and adver- tised as recommended. AND IT IS SO ORDERED, this the 7th day of November, 2000. Allen B. Keeble Judge of Superlor Court Troup County, Georgla (11:23) i By Bryan( GOOD TIMES - Pictured above is the Melody Trio from Roan Mountain, Tennessee Saturday night at the Corinth Baptist Church. The Christianairs and the Heavenly Strings of also sang. 00rst Baptist Happenings By Patti Phillips ! Congratulations to Sonny and Tina Edmonson on the birth of their son, Justin Trent Edmonson, October 25th at West Georgia Medical Center. As you pray, remember: Bob Tillman, Avis Hammond, Louise Wilson, Press Miller, Mozelle Dial, C.E. Stevenson, Howard Willis, Reid Thompson, Wayne Neighbors, Pauline Powers, Opal BonneT, Mr. and Mrs. A1 Swanson, Grady Hamilton, Mary Hamilton, Wanda Lambert, Freda Kelley, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Williams, Tina Edmonson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cottingham and Merlin Webb. Our Christian sympathy is extended to the families of Lillie Rhodes, Charlie Lipham and Justin Beall at their recent deaths. Worship with the Word was by Jessica Aery from John 1:1-5. Connie Howard did the Children's Sermon on Thanksgiving and Psalm 100. The Adult Choir special music Sunday morn- ing was, "An Invitation," includes "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" and "Come Just As You Are." Rev. Harold Willis is continuing his series of sermons on stewardship. His title Sunday morn- ing was "Beliefs That Shape Stewardship" with the text of Colossians 1:9-18 and the intro: What a person believes shapes his/her actions. The writer of Proverbs said, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) Jesus reaffirmed this many times. His message Sunday night was, "Evangelism, Passion or Profession?" (Mark 6- 7-13) On Wednesday nights, he is continuing the study of Basics for Baptists. ,The WMU ladies met at the church and pre- pared the Thanksgiving fruit baskets 20th that were carried to the bers of our church. The Mission Study book scheduled November 27th at our church has been poned. The missions team from 1 will report on their work and trip to during the 11:00 a.m. service of December Also on December 3rd at 7 p.m., we will carol sing and Chrismon tree trimming. bring one ornament per person for this Chrismon ornament relates to the birth and the Christmas story. The Children/Youth Choirs Truth About Christmas" on December 3rd ing the 7:00 p.m. evening worship. "Glorious Joy" is to be performed b Choir at 7:00 p.m on December 17th. We are accepting orders for Christmas settias at this time, which are priced at each. These beautiful flowers can be in honor of or in memory of. Please fill order form for each poinsettia that you order and place it in the offering plate. December 3rd is the deadline to order the they can be picked up after the mornin service on Sunday, December 24th. First Baptist Church is located in Ho at 500 East Main Street. If you we would invite you to come worship There are activities for each age group. Please let me know of any holiday parties or anything newsw0hY for this ll If You're i Unhappy With _.. Your Current / D Supplier Call Us Today... /, Offer Popular Name \\; / Brand Products .e One Touch Profile 00-00'Convenie.ntly Delivered To Your Door :U"":" ":" ":"i:.i.-;-'>:.::-.:3.!:-".;'::*::: ":4:?": ":':!.':. Personal Service .'. " ..4 "' i:.:: .. .'. 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