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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
February 21, 2006
Albany - An investigation into Open Arms by the Georgia Department of Human Resources found some of the employees were not properly credentialed. That's why the state ended its contract with Open Arms, took the agency off its provider list, and isn't paying them for assessment services anymore.
The news is shocking to Open Arms's attorney, W. T. Gamble. He says DHR investigators told him they found no problems at the agency.
A state investigation into Open Arms employees lead the state to end its contract to refer child and their families to the Albany agency for assessment.
"Because certain individuals didn't have the proper credentials, the decision was made not to renew the contract with Open Arms to conduct these child and family assessments," said Department of Human Resource spokesman Ari Young.
Young wouldn't say which employees lack the proper credentials. He did said the only way for Open Arms to possibly get back the state contract and state money is to remedy the credential problems and reapply.
"That's information I had not heard until you told me that," said Open Arms Attorney W. T. Gamble, III.
Open Arms Attorney W. T Gamble was shocked to hear the results of the probe, saying investigators told him they found no problems during not one, but two, inquiries into Open Arms.
"It's my understanding that the second investigation also found no basis of those allegations," said Gamble.
Gamble says the state ending the contract is bad businesses.
"I think it's a poor way of handling it," said Gamble. "I disagree with it. But again, that doesn't totally shock me. When they answered the lawsuit, their position was we can do whatever we wanted to as to granting the contract, canceling the contract, and approving one."
Since August when Open Arms lost that contract and was taken off the state's list of approved providers, the agency has lost about $30,000 a month in state money. And children are being referred to other agencies for certain assessment services, from medical testing to counseling.
"There's no question that it's hurting the children who need assistance the most," said Gamble.
But Young says the kids are still getting the help they need.
"We have several providers in the Albany area and around the state who are capable of providing these assessments. This is not a situation where there are shortage of providers to conduct assessments," said Young.
Children are still losing out because of this controversy because Open Arms is having to cut programs that help them in their darkest days.
Open Arms is suing the state Department of Human Resources and demanding all records of the investigation. The case is set to go before the court in October.