Picking On Tommy

From Vlad The Imapler, to Tommy Stalnaker, I cover them all.

I’d name this the Tommy Stalnaker Baja, but since no one can tell where the county and city lines are, I’ll make it the Tommy Stalnaker/Randy Toms Baja. I’m taking nominations for any section of road in the northern end of the county to qualify for a Baja 500 type race. The southern end of the county isn’t included because tractors don’t care too much about bad roads. A singular pothole normally wouldn’t qualify, but when it’s one like on Windover Way that keeps reappearing, bigger and badder every year, even a pothole is eligible. The first and most obvious (for me at least) eligible roadway is that portion of Lake Joy Road in front of the schools. It’s been patched so many times you have to climb a stepladder to see all the repairs. Send your candidates to me or post them on the Baja Houston Facebook page. Once we have enough eligible roadway, we’ll publish the route. I’ll try to get Tommy and Randy to be the flag wavers at the start and end of the race.

Speaking of Tommy, his “State of the Art” landfill, as nice as it is, isn’t so state of the art anymore. There are landfills out there that recycle 70% or more of the rubbish that comes in, turning it into compost. The one in Sevierville, Tennessee, comes to mind. I know we’ve got a landfill the size of Delaware, but still, our motto used to be “Georgia’s Most Progressive County.” We seem to be sorta middlin’ now. We can’t even have the best landfill anymore. The folks that work and maintain the place are exceptionally nice however.

Since I’m pickin’ on folks, I’ll throw some shade on Warner Robins, They signed a recycling contract with Crisp County Waste Management Authority for 25 years, But that entity doesn’t do recycling anymore. Yet the City has to honor the contract. It’s only got 3 more years on it, at a loss of over $2 million total. “The Donald” was the mastermind of that deal, and he was right more than he was wrong, but he miscalculated this one. Trash is expensive.

A pet peeve, way down the list of importance, but still a peeve, is old street signs. For instance, there are faded signs that announce a traffic signal at Houston Lake and Leverett. That stop light has been there for at least ten years, probably longer. Up and down our roads, there are nonsensical signs, but Public Works keeps putting up new ones, never taking an old one down.

The beautiful and charming Peggy Talton recently passed away. Her legacy lives on with her family,  but Sheriff Talton remains a rock in this county. His leadership and guidance as Sheriff is unparalleled in Georgia. He and I butted heads a few times when I was DA, but it was always over a worthwhile goal and it was never personal. To this day, I find him to be the most approachable elected official we have, although Tommy Stalnaker, when he’s not creating potholes, is a close second. When I was DA and we were getting new phone systems in the courthouse, I was asked if I wanted an automated answering service. I said nope, because I agree with the Sheriff that someone “live” needs to answer the phone. Most government offices obviously feel otherwise.

Having told everyone else how to do their job better, I’ll close with this. The Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame this month. Talk about reaching. I like most of their Top Ten songs, they are pretty good, at least I won’t change the station (except for Nights In White Satin, which never seems to end). But other than longevity, and a handful of hits, they don’t seem worthy. I know some of you will disagree. You are, of course, entitled to be wrong.

And south enders, I was joking about the tractors! Lighten up.

Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics or anything that strikes him. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly at kelly@burkelasseterllc.com to comment on this article or suggest articles that you’d like to see and visit his website  www.kellyrburke.com to view prior columns.


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