Chattahoochee Chatter: Calling a time out

January 22, 2014 

Some mayors use a gavel to regain order in a meeting.

Not in Phenix City.

Mayor Eddie Lowe, a former University of Alabama and Canadian Football League veteran, was trying to get council's attention during Tuesday's work session.

How did he do it?

He called a time out. Really. Using his hands to form a "T" over his head, Lowe began saying in a commanding voice, "Time out, time out, time out."

It worked. The council meeting quickly came back to order.

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It seems Mayor Lowe is enjoying his job, but some of us aren't.

After a recessionary hangover, is this the year you or someone you know belts out the Johnny Paycheck tune, "Take This Job and Shove It," or perhaps simply eases out the company door.

A recent CareerBuilder survey indicates the odds of that are increasing, with 21 percent of workers out there anticipating the grass -- and paychecks -- may be greener elsewhere. That's up from 17 percent last year.

A more telling number concerns job satisfaction, with 59 percent of workers saying they truly enjoy their job and workplace. That's down from 66 percent last year.

Eighteen percent, nearly one of five employees, said they are dissatisfied with their job. Of those 66 percent said salary is the issue, while 65 percent said they didn't feel they were valued by their bosses.

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Back to someone who also seems to enjoy his job …

Edward DuBose, former president of the Georgia State Conference NAACP, has been named Man of the Year by a monthly newspaper in Macon.

The Informer presented DuBose with the honor during the newspaper's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony Saturday at the New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.

DuBose, who served as president of the Columbus branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for seven years before moving to the state office, said he's humbled by the selection.

"I do what I do not because of the awards or recognition," DuBose said in a statement. "I do it because I know that we are called to be our brother's and sister's keeper. I am humbled that someone along this path of justice would pause and recognize what I do."

DuBose of Columbus stepped down from the position in the Georgia conference in October, but he still serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors.

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Last week, we gave you excerpts of the preposterous discussion the Muscogee County School Board engaged in about its school-naming policy during its work session. If you were as amused and amazed as we were, then you probably were primed for the follow-up chairman Rob Varner promised for this week. But after the topic

wasn't brought back up at Tuesday night's meeting, a Chatterland scout asked why.

Varner explained that the board had enough on its plate with the contentious vote about retaining its legal counsel, Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild LLP.

"I knew that last night would have enough drama so I did not want to clutter the agenda with something else that had the potential to be controversial," he said in an email Wednesday. "Again, there is no rush. I plan to bring it back within a few months; just not right now."

Wise move, sir.

Thanks for helping us make deadline.

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Here's another update from last week's Chatter, courtesy of Windemede, the email alert system covering the northeast panhandle in Muscogee County and part of Harris County. This one is about an appeal to help an Ellerslie family that lost its belongings in a devastating fire:

"I just talked with Pat Weaver of the Ellerslie Fire Dept auxiliary and she has requested I announce that there is no longer a need for material item donations because of the overwhelming support from area neighbors. Any excess items will be donated to FOCUS, whose goal is addressing the needs of the children and families in the community.

"Pat suggests that those who wish to do more to help this family may make a donation to the Ellerslie Fire Department Relief Fund at CB&T, or donate gift cards for grocery stores, gasoline cards, or department store cards and mail them to the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 96, Ellerslie, GA. 31807.

"Pat expressed her deep appreciation for the magnitude of compassion and support for one of our neighbors in time of need.

"Thanks!

"Terry"

Thank you, Terry, and all the other folks who helped us end this week's Chatter on a good note.

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