Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:57:23 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
November 17, 2006
Albany - - By the end of the year, the city of Albany plans to destroy four dilapidated homes. But two city commissioners say that's just a drop in the bucket.
Albany has dozens more structures that need to come down and they're willing to help city employees make it happen.
City code enforcement workers inspect properties every day looking for weeds over 12 inches high and knocking on doors of abandoned buildings to track its owners.
Rotten boards, overgrown weeds. It's not just an eyesore, it could be a security violation. At least two city commissioners want to take it into their own hands.
Commissioner Jon Howard is one of them. He and Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard say city employees need help getting the job done, so they're volunteering to step in and write up violators.
"Just give me a city vehicle on weekends, during the week, me and City Commissioner Hubbard we can ride and these alleys and back roads and document and cite what's going on, what needs to be removed," Howard says.
Thelma Watson, Interim Enforcement Director says the department performed over 900 inspections last month. It only has 4 inspectors.
Reporter: "Are you short staffed right now?"
"We're doing an assessment to make that determination," Watson says.
Commissioner Howard isn't waiting. He's ready to hit the streets and capture slumlords.
"It's not my job but if I intend to retire in Albany Georgia, I want to make sure when I wake up I smell fresh air and when I look from the East to the West, I don't see no junk cars, run down buildings."
A responsibility he's willing to assume, if it means less blight.
The city of Albany moved its Code Enforcement Department from under the Planning Department's umbrella and created an Enforcement Department in September.
That new department consists of Code Enforcement and Alarm Registration.
City Manager Al Lott interviewed five candidates Thursday to head the Enforcement Division. Thelma Watson, who is currently filling in, is applying for that permanent position.