On this date in 1787, the Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding. Also on this date, in 1935, Babe Ruth hit his final home run, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.
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On this date in 1896, the US Supreme court upheld the “separate but equal” policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown vs. Board of Education.
Poultry enthusiasts and property rights advocates thought things would be different with the election of Commission Chairman Mike Boyce, but it seems they thought wrong.
Cobb County Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to reject a zoning variance which would have allowed a family to keep three chickens on their family property in a Cobb subdivision.
Natallia Vilchenko presented her case by way of PowerPoint Tuesday night due to a language barrier (see the complete powerpoint here), but she told Commissioners that her family, for a number of reasons, was not able to have other animals in the house, and instead decided to have chickens as pets. They purchased three chicks, considered to be domesticated birds, and named them Ryaba, Grey, and Polka Dots.
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perude has announced that religious liberty and freedom of speech are a priority in the office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Perdue’s office issued a statement earlier this week after sending a policy memo to all USDA employees.
“Today, I want to reestablish this Department’s commitment to safeguarding every American’s First Amendment rights, particularly the right to free speech and the right to religious free exercise. USDA is committed to protecting both,” he said in the memo.
In his memo, Perdue also touched on mutual respect and tolerance. From the press release:
“I expect each and every USDA employee to uphold their fellow Americans’ First Amendment freedoms. Whether we are inspecting private businesses for compliance with food safety laws or protecting our public lands for recreation, cultivation, and preservation, we must set the example of our nation’s highest ideals. These are lessons we learned as children – that we should be kind to others and treat them with respect. Doing so is not optional, and it is not discretionary.”
Perdue’s initiative follows Trump’s Executive Order last week on ‘Promoting Free Speech and Relgious Liberty.‘
You can read Secretary Perdue’s entire statement here.
On this date in 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.
Please pray for all of the firefighters from around the state and North Florida as they battle the continuously-growing #WestMimsFire.
On this date in 1970, the Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.
It was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation of the 2017 session but it is a piece of legislation no more. Governor Deal has signed into law the bill which revokes state funding for colleges and universities that provide safe havens for illegal immigrants.
The bill came on the heels of publicity regarding Emory’s creating a sanctuary city-like environment on campus, where students would be protected from federal authorities seeking to detain and deport those here illegally. Pundits initially considered it just a threat and even the AJC gave it a 25% chance of passing.
But with State Representative Earl Ehrhart at the helm, and several powerful co-sponsors, the threat became a reality.
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On this date in 1861, President Lincoln issued an order to General Winfield Scott that authorized him to suspend the writ of habeas corpus between Philadelphia and Washington at or near any military line. Tyrant.
Southeast Georgia is losing another hospital.
Optim Medical Center Jenkins in Millen is closing and will merge with Screven Medical Center. The Jenkins location will remain open for 60 days, or until June 24, and all patients currently receiving treatment at the Jenkins County hospital will be directed to Screven Medical Center.
The closure will put 55 part-time and full-time employees out of job at the Jenkins location. Optim has reported that some will receive severance and others a chance to move to other locations.
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