Chattahoochee Chatter: Cellphone numbers in the Bible

February 26, 2014 

You ever wonder where an inmate in the Muscogee County Jail keeps a lawyer's phone number?

Well, you got one answer Tuesday during the Muscogee County Superior Court murder trial of Shaquille Porter and Dequandrea Truitt.

Lavonya Daniel testified that she called defense attorney Stacey Jackson from the jail to tell him that one of the prosecution's star witnesses had admitted in the facility that she lied under oath.

Daniel said she has the cellphone numbers of Jackson and a dozen other attorneys. Prosecutor Alonza Whitaker asked her about how she came to contact Jackson.

"I keep the cell numbers of attorneys in my Bible," she told the court.

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The Russell County Sheriff's Office put in long hours this past weekend trying to crack a homicide case.

Sheriff Heath Taylor said Monday his group stayed at the office around 42 straight hours as they were hot on the trail of some reportedly bad guys. Lt. Harold Smith and Investigator Brent Hopkins took the lead in the case, Taylor said.

Thanks for the hard work, guys.

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Columbus High School sent an automated telephone call to students' homes this past weekend to announce that those who attend Monday's girls basketball state playoff game would receive extra credit in math.

The school's gym was packed Monday night. Ledger-Enquirer sports writer David Mitchell described the crowd as "rowdy." Lady Blue Devils coach Joe Cherrone called the fans "deafening." Maybe that boosted the team's comeback win, 50-37, over Marist.

Tuesday, the school sent another automated call to students' homes. This time, the announced incentive was extra credit in science and social studies for students who attend Wednesday night's quarterfinal, where Columbus High later defeated Columbia.

This leads us to wonder what incentive the school will come up with now the Lady Blue Devils have reached the semifinals.

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Volunteers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning will be talking about education and the Army today when they visit the Boys & Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley.

The 4-6 p.m. visit with children at 1309 29th St. is part of the brigade's community service efforts focusing on education and opportunities in the military. At the end of the event, brigade soldiers will hold a fitness challenge

aimed at building confidence and cohesion among club members.

Soldiers take part in the event to mentor young people and inspire them to reach their full potential as responsible and productive citizens.

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It has yet to land its first resident. But the Old Town mixed-use community being developed and marketed by Columbus-based Woodruff Co. in north Columbus is on an interesting list.

The 280-acre Old Town is one of a handful of "founding members" of Southern Living's "Inspired Communities."

The magazine said this week that Old Town and six other similar master-planned communities were hand picked by its editors for their "charm, taste and Southern spirit that embody a distinctive pride of place."

Said Southern Living publisher Greg Schumann: "Southern Living Inspired Communities give consumers the unique opportunity to live our brand."

Naturally, the publisher also touched on the marketing aspect of the effort and how it allows the magazine to "connect with our audience."

The other "Inspired" communities are Habersham in Beaufort, S.C., Cloudland Station in Chattanooga, Tenn., Whisper Mountain in Asheville, N.C., Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell in Toccoa, Ga., and two Tallahassee, Fla., picks -- Bluffs of Southwood and Windsor Trace.

Again, Old Town is still coming out of the dirt and rocks of north Columbus, off Veterans Parkway and Williams Road. On Wednesday, some apartment buildings were spotted under construction.

The Woodruff Co. has said the multi-year development will include single-family homes, apartments, office and commercial space, complete with a town hall, chapel, walking trails and playgrounds.

Inspirational? We'll see in due time.

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