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Augusta Commission member wants to name new building for retiring Sheriff Ronnie Strength

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 6:44 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 6:52 AM
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Augusta Commission member Joe Jack­son is pushing to name the new Rich­­mond County sheriff’s administration building for retiring Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

“I was going to try to surprise him, and I guess I did,” said Jackson, who placed the request on a commission committee agenda for Monday. “I just think it’s something honorable to do for a guy who’s done so much for this department, taking care of the budget and taking care of the men and women of the sheriff’s office.”

Strength, who led the sheriff’s office through three terms, said Thursday he was surprised to learn of the request.

“It’s never crossed my mind; it has not,” the sheriff said. “It is a surprise to me, but it would be a great honor, if it goes before the commissioners and they see fit to do it.”

Jackson said he expected at least six commissioners to support the request, which is slightly unusual for a sitting elected official. Strength leaves office in January, and Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree will assume his role in the new building, which opened this year across the street from the old law enforcement center on Walton Way.

“I think it would be a fitting monument,” Jackson said, “because of the timing and what he’s done for the community. He’s always worked very well with the commission. He’s a local guy, and I just thought it would be something special to do.”

Commissioners Jerry Brigham and Wayne Guilfoyle said they support adding Strength’s name to the building.
“I think Ronnie has served this community well,” Guilfoyle said. “I think this would be a good payback for him as far as recognition, and he’s going to be dearly missed.”

Strength also “was instrumental in the design and seeing it built through,” Guilfoyle said.

As with most commission decisions on the naming of bridges, roads, buildings or other institutions, this one might not breeze through.

Commissioner Bill Lockett questioned its timing.

“I think it’s a little premature,” Lockett said. “He hasn’t left office yet. This should be for some other group of commissioners down the road.”

In January, when Roundtree takes office, newcomers Mary Davis, Bill Fennoy and Donnie Smith and former Commissioner Marion Williams will replace incumbents on the board.

“It seems that over the last year or so, we’ve been in such a big hurry to name buildings after individuals without giving it too much thought,” Lockett said. “I don’t have any issues with naming a building after (Strength). I just don’t think it’s the right time.”

Lockett also questioned a recent naming decision for the city’s new Alexander Drive fire station.

“Comments were made that we had no fire-suppression personnel, past or present, that was worthy,” he said.

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/06/12 - 08:58 pm
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Starting with James Brown...

...and going through to Charles Webster I can cite a bunch of examples of things being named after living people...

Lockett's argument sailed a LONG time ago...to halt such an honor like he suggests is pretty disrespectful, given Strength's place in the community.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/06/12 - 09:16 pm
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Lockhart...arrrrgh!!!

"I just don’t think it’s the right time.”

Well it IS the right building to name for Strength you dipstick. Do you want to wait until it's "time" and then name some Rec Dept storage shed for him? I don't imagine you would have any objections if we wanted to just go ahead and name it the Roundtree building would you?

specsta
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specsta 12/06/12 - 09:26 pm
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Bill Lockett makes sense. Let

Bill Lockett makes sense.

Let Strength leave office before a recommendation is made to name the new Sheriff's building after him. The new batch of commissioners might have other ideas about it.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 12/06/12 - 09:43 pm
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Name it after him....
Unpublished

It will be the only decent thing the commission has done in awhile.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/06/12 - 10:36 pm
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Commissioner Bill Lockett

it sure is lonely being wrong ain't it?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/06/12 - 10:39 pm
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How about this?

Have Ronnie strength NOT retire, remain sheriff for 5 more years and name the building after Roundtree.

scgator
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scgator 12/06/12 - 10:39 pm
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I think that it would be a

I think that it would be a great gesture; we have "tons" of stuff named after James Brown, and he broke more laws than you could shake a stick at....................

BROADVIEW
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BROADVIEW 12/06/12 - 11:42 pm
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Building Name (Ronnie Strength )

Bill Lockett makes no sense...about the building naming OR ANYTHING ELSE

BROADVIEW
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BROADVIEW 12/06/12 - 11:45 pm
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IN GENERAL

WE (AUGUSTA) NEED LEADERSHIP,LEADERSHIP,LEADERSHIP,LEADERSHIP etc.,etc.,etc.,etc.,............GET THE MESSAGE

triscuit
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triscuit 12/07/12 - 01:21 am
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If Strength were black, would

If Strength were black, would there even be a hesitation? Seeing as how Roundtree gets his gala, what does Strength get for his 20+ years of service? It would be this commissions best decision, but the, when have they cared what was best. Save for 3 of them the rest are clowns.

ColCo
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ColCo 12/07/12 - 07:18 am
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Regardless of the name

Regardless of what the building is actually named, it will probably be better known as "The Treehouse".

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/07/12 - 09:10 am
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Food for thought

But at the end of Roundtree's term(s),
will we need to build something to appease
the Roundtree supporters?

Seriously, what would it be if we do?
We already have a jail, a detention facility,
a new RCSO HQ?

What?

tgentry
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tgentry 12/07/12 - 09:13 am
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A little different matter

I have no problem naming the building after the great Sheriff. I would even think doing it while he is alive is a true and great honor in itself. We now need to name the TEE center after some commissioners as well. I saw this article in the AJC. Civic Center Bleeding Red Ink. Here is the link

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/atlanta-civic-center-faces-red-ink-sh...

Sounds familiar and we haven't even opened the TEE yet. The points I'm looking at are toward the end of the Article.

allhans
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allhans 12/07/12 - 09:32 am
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Having one's name on a jail

Having one's name on a jail is a compliment?? :D

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/07/12 - 09:41 am
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What we really need

Lockett also questioned a recent naming decision for the city’s new Alexander Drive fire station. “Comments were made that we had no fire-suppression personnel, past or present, that was worthy,” he said.

1st Please tell us, who suffers under this misguided belief, or is this just tossed out words?

But aside from fire stations and Sub-stations, which are likely to have more than a dozen Hero's over the years. What would you name to keep up with the growing numbers of Fire Rescue and LEO's Hero's?

Personally I feel we need a real Fallen Hero Memorial Down Town.
A half circle Memorial Wall at 9th and Board, that is not lost every time we close down a government building and move to a new one.

Something in the open air, that everyone can see without having bail out a relative or visit a remote fire station or drive by a bridge.

Something that shows our respect for those that gave their all.

Something their children's children can be proud of.

I am sure if the CITY allowed a small area the citizens would donate, without being TAX'ed (Fred Russell), to build it.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/07/12 - 09:54 am
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How about "Richmond County

How about "Richmond County Detention Center"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/07/12 - 10:28 am
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I wonder if there is a way to

I wonder if there is a way to take names off of things? There are some I'd remove.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/07/12 - 10:54 am
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Naming Rights

Instead of imposing the new rain tax, the city can establish a long-term leasing agreement with any private individual or business to rent the rights to have their name on the building. I would suggest a ten-year non-renewable lease with payments to be made to the city annually.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/07/12 - 11:11 am
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How soon we forget!
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It was Bill Lockett who FIRST brought attention to the TEE Center debacle.

Austin, how can you speak of disrespect......your write-up about Dr. Roberson was crass and tasteless, to say the least.

When can we get another post presidential election-type write-up from you???

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/07/12 - 11:10 am
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Great idea, Joe,

but you better push it on through the commission quickly. The next batch of commissioners won't like it, being as Strength isn't really such a hero for the new majority of Richmond County's populace. The new commissioners aren't likely to do anything more than take bathroom breaks when it comes up for a vote, Lockett included.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/07/12 - 11:48 am
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Remember how Commission

Remember how Commission meetings used to go? They would last for hours with a huge spread of food. Commissioners would walk around eating. They would show "What I did on vacation" slides of city funded trips. I remember Andy Cheek walked out once when the slide show had been going on for a couple of hours. At least two vehicles were repo'ed during meetings. This transition period will be fun to watch. Personally, I'd remove the name Calhoun Exp. and name it after our first black fireman. Guess who that REALLY is?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/07/12 - 12:30 pm
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@Riverman

Would the first black city fireman be a commissioner elect??? I think I have heard that story.

Also had to read comments all the way down to triscuit to get a comment on the real reason Lockett has problems. Yes, it is all about race!

rebellious
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rebellious 12/07/12 - 01:18 pm
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Good Ole Joe

Good idea to commemorate Sheriff Strength.

As for Roundtree, I can see a statue of him, kneeling with a small child at his knee, reaching his hand to touch fingertips (ala the Michelangelo "Creation of Adam" painting). This would be a fitting tribute to memorialize a man having achieved such historical prominence. Performance be damned.

Anybody seen Obama's tribute to Neil Armstrong? It is a picture of His preiminence gazing at the moon. Brought a tear to my eye, just not for the reason some might think. His tribute for Rosa Parks is a picture of him sitting on the bus (fittingly in the front portion) gazing out the window. Just how do you spell Narcissist? I just wonder what he can do as a tribute of himself. Ah......maybe a rendition of God and him.....

"Lord, I apologize, and be with the starvin' Pygmies down there in New Guinea. Amen."

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/07/12 - 01:39 pm
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Rebellious

You appear to dislike the uber-ego in the WH even more than I do! I didn't think it was possible. Or perhaps you are simply much better at expressing and elaborating on that dislike than is yours truly.

catawba7
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catawba7 12/07/12 - 02:10 pm
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If Strength were black, would there even be a hesitation?

If Strength were black, would there even be a hesitation?

One of the main problems in Augusta (mean-spirited) racial issues.

Why don't you mention some things that African-Americans deal with on a daily basis just because of skin color?

We are not all the same, just like any other ethnic group there is diversity within the group.

I am getting a little sick and tired...of comments such as this.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/07/12 - 02:30 pm
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shades of ruffin. name a cell

shades of ruffin. name a cell after him and be done with it.

rebellious
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rebellious 12/07/12 - 08:18 pm
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Fiat

Yep, and I don't dislike anyone, repeat ANYONE because of the color of their skin. Where I part ways is on performance and, a pet peeve, arrogance. I have said on these boards before, when Baarck Hussien Obama got elected in spite of my candidate preference, I thought Hallelujah, we have that out of the way (i.e. a black President). And based on his first campaign themes and promises, I thought maybe I was wrong about his Politicoolgy (yes I just created a word, but based on the word Theology) I had high hopes he could move towards the middle and pull America together. I guess I hoped he could be a Democrat Reagan, if you can see the imagery. As you are well aware, he has moved so far left, and scarily towards the Socialistic view it alarms me. Not so much in terms of what he can achieve, but moreso in terms of the snowball he may have started. And who can neglect mentioning the fiscal policies he has initiated.

Anyhoo, yes I am very afwaid of where Barry has taken us. And yes, I abhore, despise, resent, and otherwise am repulsed by everything I have seen happen to these United States of America I love so much. And I have zero respect for him as the Commander in Chief of mt country.

I could fill your ear for hours on this subject, but I find it to be unproductive at the current juncture.

God Bless Us, Everyone!!!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/08/12 - 10:23 pm
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Too Bad we can't

take Politicians the court for breech of promise.

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