DROUGHT

County named disaster area

One hundred fifty of the state’s 159 droughtstricken counties, including Jenkins County, have been declared primary disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to the ongoing drought and excessive heat that damaged thousands of acres of crops. The drought, which began April 2011 and continues, has caused 30 percent or more loss of forage crops, pasture, grain crops, […]

CCA names Ralph M. Kemp warden

Award-winning corrections trailblazer takes the helm at new facility

CCA has selected 45-year corrections professional Ralph M. Kemp the warden at its soon-to-open 1,150-bed Jenkins Correctional Center in Millen. As a former national Warden of the Year with decades of experience, Kemp is optimistic about the new Jenkins facility. “I’ve been involved a number of times in launching new facilities, and it’s always an exciting time,” he said. “There […]

Residents visit CARBO Ceramics plant in Toomsboro



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Jean Chester publishes cookbook



For 26 years Jean Chester ran a local restaurant – Jean’s Coffee Shop, then Chester’s Country Inn. So, it only seemed natural that she would eventually write a cookbook after she retired. “ Simply Cooking – From a Small Start to a Great Success” is not just another cookbook, however. It is a combination of Jean’s memories, tributes to long-time customers with […]

Armed robber pleads guilty



Tracy Jordan pled guilty in Jenkins County Superior Court last week to charges stemming from the Aug. 18, 2009 armed robbery of McTeer Food and Fuel. During the incident, a cashier at the business was held at gunpoint and an undetermined amount of cash was stolen. Jordan was later apprehended by the Millen Police Department. (Photo contributed) You must be […]

Arrest made in school computer theft



The theft of six laptop computers from Jenkins County High School over a seven month period has resulted in one arrest by the Millen Police Department. Jason Anthony Young, 29, of 401 McComb Drive, has been charged with three counts of theft by receiving stolen property in connection with the incident. The computers were reported stolen between December 2010 and […]

Marvin London completes basic



Pvt. Marvin A. London has successfully completed Army Basic Training on Sept. 1 at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Pvt. London was part of the Alpha Company, 1st BN-48th INF REG 3rd Chemical Brigade. He has now begun AIT training at Ft. Lee, VA. He is the son of the late Marvin Coffee and Christine London. Attending his graduation was proud […]

CCA progress



Progress continues on the Jenkins Correctional Center under construction by Corrections Corporation of America. The new road, above, to the site, Kent Farm Drive, is now complete. At right, making room for progress – the Marcelus Kent Barn is being dismantled and moved to a new location. (Photos contributed) You must be a paid subscriber to access this content! Please […]

Sheriff’s Corner



The Jenkins County Sheriff’s Department reported the following incidents for the time period of Sept. 1 – Sept. 8. Theft by Taking Sept 2 – Planters Electric Membership Corporation Sept. 4 – Rosemary Church Road Sept. 7 – West Old Savannah Road Sept. 7 – Hurricane Branch Baptist Church Motor Vehicle Accident w/ Injuries Sept. 5 – U. S. Highway […]

Close call



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