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Rockdale, Newton spared worst of Zeta's damage
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CONYERS — Rockdale and Newton counties were spared the brunt of Tropical Storm Zeta’s impact Wednesday night into Thursday morning, although some damage from downed trees and scattered power outages were reported in both counties.

Rockdale Emergency Management Director Dan Morgan said a tree fell on a car in the vicinity of the Lake Capri area of north Rockdale early Thursday, trapping the occupants inside. Morgan said it was a miracle that the occupants were unharmed.

Morgan said emergency responders headed to that scene “were getting ready for the worst, but all they had to do was help the people get out. They didn’t have a scratch on them.”

In addition, Morgan said one home was damaged by a falling tree, and two vehicle accidents occurred when drivers hit downed trees in the dark.

Morgan said the worst of the storm hit Rockdale between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Thursday and tracked along the western boundary with DeKalb County, with little damage reported on the eastern side with Newton.

Morgan said Rockdale had about five trees down on power lines, 26 trees across roadways, two transformer fires and another seven power lines down.

Little impact from Tropical Storm Zeta was reported in Newton County.

Emergency Management Director Jody Nolan said about 10 small trees were reported down across roadways in Newton County, and one tree fell on an unoccupied vehicle.

“It was very widespread throughout the county, and everything was cleared up by 7 a.m.,” said Nolan.


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Cheveda McCamy sworn in as Superior Court judge

Cheveda McCamy officially became a Superior Court judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit Monday in a private swearing in ceremony at the State Capitol. Gov. Brian Kemp administered the oath after appointing McCamy to the judgeship earlier this month to succeed the late Judge Horace Johnson Jr. McCamy is the second woman to serve as a Superior Court judge in the Alcovy Circuit and is the first African American woman to hold the position. Prior to her appointment, McCamy served as the chief assistant district attorney in Henry County. McCamy was accompanied by her husband, Marcellus McCamy, at the ceremony.


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Shaun Mock appointed incoming president/CEO of Snapping Shoals EMC
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COVINGTON — Shaun Mock has been selected to serve as president and chief executive officer of Snapping Shoals EMC upon the retirement of current CEO Brad Thomas in January. The EMC’s board of directors made the announcement Wednesday.

Thomas began his career at Snapping Shoals EMC in September 1987 as an engineer assistant while finishing his final semester at Georgia Tech. He graduated from Georgia Tech in December 1987. Thomas has served as planning engineer, distribution engineer, system engineer, manager of engineering, vice president of engineering and senior vice president of engineering and operations. He was named president/CEO after Randall Meadows retired in 2010.

“I know firsthand from working alongside Shaun for nearly 12 years that he is well positioned to assume this leadership role guiding the cooperative for many years to come,” said Thomas. “Shaun has been an integral part of the SSEMC executive team during my 10-year tenure as CEO and is highly respected by the employees, the board and his EMC peers. The board is equally confident in Shaun’s abilities to lead Snapping Shoals EMC and feels privileged to have an existing member of the management team assuming the CEO role.”

Mock has served as SSEMC’s chief financial officer since 2013. He began his SSEMC career in 2009 as the vice president of finance and administration. Before joining SSEMC, he served as manager of accounting at The Satilla REMC in Alma, and worked with the accounting firm of McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks in Macon.

Mock is a 2011 graduate of the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Following completion of his undergraduate studies at Mercer University in 2003, Mock graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a baster of accountancy degree in taxation. He has been a certified public accountant in the state of Georgia since 2005.

Mock is a Georgia native, born and raised in Waycross. He and his wife, Laura, live in McDonough with their two daughters, Hannah and Madelyn. Along with his commitment to SSEMC, Mock serves on the boards of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Go Energy Financial Credit Union. He and his family are members of Bethany Baptist Church where he has coached Upward Basketball since 2014.

“I am honored to be named the next president/CEO of Snapping Shoals EMC,” said Mock. “SSEMC has been blessed with exemplary leadership since its inception in 1937, and I am humbled to be even a small part of that proud history.”


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Conyers OKs new golf carts for Cherokee Run
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CONYERS — Golfers at the city-owned Cherokee Run Golf Club could soon be cruising the golf course in new golf carts.

The Conyers City Council approved the purchase of 67 new golf carts and 64 GPS units from Club Car for $262,310. The purchase will include 64 electric golf carts, two gas golf carts and one 14-seater cart.

Golf course supervisor Tommy Moon told council members at their Oct. 21 meeting that Club Car was not the lowest bid, but it was the best because the golf carts will have a greater resale value.

“The trade-in value is usually $400 to $500 more than EzGo and much more than Yamaha,” said Moon.

EZGo bid $275,168 for the Cherokee Run contract, and Yamaha bid $240,318.

In addition, Moon said that the GPS system on other carts will turn off the cart on uneven terrain which, he said, “angers golfers.” The GPS system used by Club Car, called Visage, slows the carts to 2 to 3 mph.

“This is a big advantage on our golf course because we have a lot of slopes, as you know,” said Moon.

This is the third fleet of carts purchased by the city for Cherokee Run, having bought carts in 2010 and in 2015.

Moon said the golf course is looking to move toward leasing carts in the future.


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Newton County Sheriff's Office seeking clues in murder investigation
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COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in a murder investigation in which a man was shot and killed.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an address off Spring Road about 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 19 in response to a call about an unresponsive person. When they arrived, they found the victim at the residence with a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Quindadarius Ronshay Russell, 19, of Covington.

A suspect has not been identified in the shooting and the Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information regarding this case, please contact Investigator E. Almond at 678-625-1453 or ealmond@newtonsheriffga.org.