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Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Jack Lumpkin will retire by Jan. 18, he announced today.
But Lumpkin's career may not be over. He's one of the three finalists for the open police chief's position in Savannah, the Morning News reported.
Lumpkin explained his decision as a financial one: He has two grandchildren and wants to be able to send them to college. By retiring in Athens, he can draw his pension as well as a salary from another community.
His full statement is below:
From Oct. 7, 2008, when the Oconee County Board of Commissioners approved the first beer and wine licenses for restaurants in the county, until Jan. 1 of this year, compliance with two key provisions of the beer and wine ordinance was entirely on the honor system.
The county simply assumed that the percentage of sales from beer and wine by each license holder was not more than 25 percent of total sales in the individual restaurant and that each sale of an alcoholic beverage in the restaurant also included “a reasonable order of a meal or appetizer.”
Starting with renewal applications for this year, license holders were required to fill out a form listing their gross income from total sales, the gross income from the sale of beer and wine, and the resulting percentage of income from beer and wine sales.
The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta filed for a permit Thursday to tear down its University of Georgia student center—known as the Hodgson House—at 980 South Lumpkin Street.
The diocese wants to build a new, larger student center with additional parking and dorm rooms, said Robert Salamone, the rector at Emanuel Episcopal Church.
In Athens, voters are used to being embarrassed by their current congressman, Paul Broun. Now our future congressman, Jody Hice, is drawing national ridicule.
Stephen Colbert devoted a segment to Hice last night, noting that he has compared being gay to alcoholism, said women can enter politics "if they're within the authority of their husband," and believes Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights.
"Muslims don't deserve freedom of speech," Colbert joshed. "They'd just use it to offend women and gay people, and Jody Hice has already got that covered."
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