January is " Fat-Free Living Month"
February is "Creative Romance Month"
Jan-Feb 2014

In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
Pet Corner
What's your New Year Resolution?
The Spirit of Christmas
2013 CCG Caring & Sharing Project
2013 CCG Holiday Decorating Contest
CCG Annual Fall Decorations
Public Safety Officers Making a Difference in Our Community
The Dream Lives" MLK Event
Veterans: You May Be Eligible for On the Job Training Benefits
Parks and Recreation Wins State "Agency of the Year"
Healthy Recipe
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
October/November 2013

New Hires

Bull Creek Golf Course

Jeffrey T. Ingram


Citizen Service Center

Bridget Stringer


Clerk of Muncipal Court

Duane Melvin


Cooperative Extension

Whitney S. James


Muscogee County Prison

Christopher Giddens


Parks & Recreation
Demi Newman

Betzabel Dortch

Corneilus Hillmon

Crystal Mason

Amme Brooks

Chandra Capers

Rhuel Pringle

Jamar J. Sheppard

Kathryn Joseph

Tonya Lokey

Chloe Richey

Sheryl Sanders

Jamal Whaley

Melissa Johnson

Travis Phillips

Police Department
Jennifer Bremer

Helen Mattox

Starkelia Moore

Alyssa Phillips

Meghan Worth

Public Works

Joel Fussell

Marcus Muhammad

Carson Thomas

Travis Mahone

James Helton

Benny Young

Alexis Steward

Robert Cooper

Eric Boyd

Sheriff's Office

William Macphail

Annjillian R. Youngblood

Raymond Gash

Alex Gonsalves

Jeremy King

Quinntin J. Mann

Vincent Lockhart

Constance S. Maddox

Superior Court

Kalvin Kirksey

Macie Day


Tax Commissioner

Ann Wade


Trade Center

Norman Cook



Michael A.Ryles

Sherry Wright




Clerk of Superior Court

Lasonja Gordon

Emergency Communication Technician II

Human Resources

Shanoa Young

Human Resources Technician

Parks & Recreation

Vicki Forrest

Marina Technician II


Police Department

Jessica Greene

Emergency Communication Technician II


John Bailey

Police Sergeant


Jason Swails

Police Corporal

Public Works

Jerome Green

Tree Trimmer I


John Sams

Equipment Operator III


Roy Chambley



Joel Fussell

Equipment Operator II


Kareem J Gibson

Equipment Operator II


Darvel Jiles

Equipment Operator II


Steven Johnson

Equipment Operator II


Matthew McClai

Equipment Operator III


Ira Miller

Maintenance Worker I


Paul Tollkuehn

Public Services Crew

Sheriff's Office

Carlus L. McCaulley

ID Technician


Jeremy Hattaway

Deputy Sheriff


Clerk of Superior Court

Nancy M. Moore

Clerk of Superior Court

15 Years of Service


Community Reinvestment

Lenora M. Smith

Community Reinvestment Technician III

18.5 Years of Service


Engineering/Traffic Division

Roger D. Gore

Traffic Sign & Marking

6 Years of Service

Parks & Recreation

Henry L. Brooks

Parks Crew Supervisor

36 Years of Service


Police Department

Bob James Woods

Building Service Worker

18.5 Years of Service


Ronnie J. Griffin


43.5 Years of Service


Vincent Lockhart, Sr.


26.5 Years of Service


Frank N. Massa III


34 Years of Service


Robert Oliver


29.5 Years of Service


Public Works

Donald Elmore

Supervisor - Electrical

21.5 Years of Service

Sheriff's Office

Irwin K. Brown


20 Years of Service


Lewis A. Thrasher

Medical Technician

17 Years of Service

Superior Court

John D. Allen

Honorable Superior Court Judge

27 Years of Service



Pet Corner
Start Your New Year off on the Right Foot!!

Right in time for New Year's Resolutions, January is National Walk Your Dog Month!

Here are some reasons why walking your dog is beneficial:


  1. Provides an outlet for their energy. Dogs build up a certain amount of energy every day that needs to be expended. If it doesn't happen through walking, it will often result in bad, destructive behavior or separation anxiety. You may have heard that a tired dog is a well-behaved dog, and also, a bored dog can become a bad dog. A good walk can also significantly calm a hyper or energetic dog.
  2. Provides both physical and mental stimulation. Exploring their surroundings with their senses is also an instinctual activity for dogs. During the course of a walk your dog will be exposed to all sorts of smells, sights and sounds. This also acts as a mental workout for the brain.
  3. Provides much needed social interaction. Socialization is an important part of any dog's life, especially in their early years. When walking you will most likely encounter other people, children and other dogs. This will help to build her confidence and social skills. Dogs who are not walked can become more fearful and shy, or might lack the necessary social skills to interact with people and other dogs.
  4. If you own other dogs, walking them together will help them to bond with each other as a pack and prevent behavior problems between them.
  5. Dogs are social beings that crave our attention - walking with them provides your attention and interaction with them.
  6. Regular walking can lengthen and improve the quality of life for your dog.
  7. And best of all... you will have a walking buddy and a reason yourself to get out, get moving, enjoy the fresh air and get yourself healthy and fit.

 Source: cincinnatidogpages.com 


Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center**

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)


For more information, call the Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512


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What's your New Year Resolution?
Get Fit! 
Sponsored By the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department

Fitness Schedule (PDF)


Keeping the 'Spirit' All Year     
Webster's Dictionary defines 'Spirit' in various ways. Supernatural being, mood, real meaning, and essential quality are words used to explain it. However, the Christmas spirit is not so straightforward or easily defined. The majority of folks interviewed agree that it is something special and it begins around Thanksgiving. The spirit of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season definitely makes people friendlier. They smile and greet others more than usual and they're more generous - giving without hesitation to help others in need. But once Christmas is over the mood wanes and the spirit seems to pass away as well.

It is a general consensus that there is no one-way to get the Christmas spirit.   Watching Christmas favorites and specials on television puts some people in the mood. Others say that special feeling comes from listening to Christmas music, shopping for gifts, decorating the home or sending Christmas cards to family and friends. It can be argued that one must already have the Christmas spirit in order to get in the spirit. Some people explain they celebrate and give in honor of Christ's birth, the reason for the season, but history reveals that such celebration and gift giving occurred before the Christ child was born. The Mesopotamians celebrated the coming new year and it was not until 350 AD that Julius I, Bishop of Rome, chose December 25th for the observance of Christmas.

More important than getting the spirit might be how to keep it all year long? One can begin by recognizing there isn't just one reason for a celebration. Each day that we live is a day to be celebrated. We can continue to give to those in need because it's always more blessed to give than to receive.   We can stay in touch with family and friends by sending Thinking of You cards or a card that recognizes any holiday. Finally, the spirit of a smile can lift one's soul at anytime. Memories of Christmas past will always evoke the gifts received, the smells, the food, the love and the smiles. It doesn't hurt to give a smile to someone whether you know them or not. In giving a smile you may receive a smile to help you carry the holiday spirit all year. 

2013 CCG Caring & Sharing Project

Mayor's Christmas Motorcade &

Collection for MCSD Homeless Students


The Columbus Consolidated Government employees participated in the 2013 Mayor's Christmas Motorcade & Collection Drive for the Muscogee County School District's Help Team and collected 16 boxes full of donations (personal care items, new clothes, and recreational items) for the residents of West Central Georgia Hospital and for the homeless students of our school system. Special Thanks to Columbus Fire & EMS for delivering our donated items to West Central Georgia Hospital.


Our Mayor along with the Caring & Sharing Committee would like to Thank everyone who participated in the year's Caring & Sharing Project. We are a very giving organization. Great job everyone!!



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2013 CCG Holiday Decorating Contest 

The Columbus Consolidated Government celebrated its Annual Holiday Decorating Contest during the month of December. We had 18 Departments/ Divisions participate this year. Congratulations to all of our winners!! Thanks to everyone who participated!!


Public Works- Pine Grove Landfill

Best Traditional Tree


Public Works- Facilities Maintenance
Best Traditional Scene


District Attorney's Office
Best Non-Traditional Tree


Solicitor General's Office
Non-Traditional Scene 


Fire EMS
Best Charlie Brown 


Parks & Recreation-Administrative Office
Best Home-Made Ornament 


Human Resources
Best Holiday Wreath 


Muscogee County Prison
Honorable Mention-Traditional Scene   



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CCG Annual Fall Decorations 



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Public Safety Officers

Making a Difference in Our Community  


Muscoge County Prison, Public Works Beautification and Rainwater Division employees participated in "Shop with the Cop" on December 19, 2013. The following Officers took time to shop and provide holiday cheer to a few very lucky children.


Latoya Day (MCP) shopped with Austavia Jackson-Lee

James Gunter (MCP) shopped with Kelsi Walker

Marc Holmes (Rainwater Division) shopped with Jamiracle Newkirk

Freeman Johnson (MCP) shopped with Kenyetta & Kendall Crowell

Jamie Johnson (MCP) shopped with Ayashera Taylor

Chris Lahnala (MCP) shopped with Tashawn Hinton

John McCarley (MCP) shopped with Trenya Smith

Charles Youmans (Beautification Division) shopped with Jeffery Smith


See Pictures... 


The Dream Lives" MLK Event
Saturday, January 18, 2014


The Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity will host the inaugural MLK Legacy commemoration entitled The Dream Lives. The event will commence at noon, Saturday January 18, 2014. At the sounding of the city's noon siren system, community organizations and individuals will descend in a processional from four staging areas to the Columbus Consolidated Government Center Plaza. There a festival will be held with performances and inspirational speakers. Food and beverages will be provided, as well as other activities for families and citizens of all ages. The event is FREE to all.


The goal of the event will be to renew the spirit of the MLK legacy to meet the challenges of today. The event will allow our community to draw in citizens of all ages, races and walks of life. This event will unify the community and provide opportunities to appropriately honor a man who gave his life in the quest for equality and prosperity for all.


Organizations, schools, companies and other groups can join in the processional by registering on-line at www.thedreamlivescolumbus.com or by calling (706) 225-4658 (CCG Parks and Recreation). The event is being promoted on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter (#thedreamlives).


Contact Information

Judy Tucker - (706) 225-3163

Holli Browder - (706) 225-4658

MLK Event

Veterans: You May Be Eligible

for On the Job Training Benefits

veterans The Georgia State Approving Agency for the GI Bill wishes to spread the word about an On-the-Job Training benefit program. It seems that most people, including veterans, are not aware of this benefit. Recently hired (up to 36 months ago) Columbus Consolidated Government employees who are veterans may be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Veterans must have left the service with an honorable discharge no more than 10 years ago. Members of the Reserve Components may also be eligible. More information may be obtained by calling the Georgia Department of Veterans Services at 404-656-2306/2322 or e-mail saasmb@vs.state.ga.us Additional information is available at the following website: www.sdvs.georgia.gov - then select "State Approving Agency," Or contact Human Resources, 706-653-4059.

Parks and Recreation Wins

 State "Agency of the Year" 

The Columbus, Georgia Parks and Recreation Department has won the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's (GRPA) top award. The city's Parks and Recreation Department accepted the Agency of the Year Award for the population of 150,001 and over held at the Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center. Columbus had been selected as the site for the 2013 GRPA State Conference in a competitive bidding process.

Other 2013 GRPA State awards received by the Department include: 

  • Programmer's Section Distinguished Professional of the Year (Holli Browder);
  • Dorothy Mullins Arts & Humanities Award - Cultural Affairs Section (Empty Bowl Program);
  • Cultural Affairs Volunteer of the Year (Nancy Hall);
  • Therapeutic Section Volunteer of the Year (Connie Sieg).

"We could not be more proud of our Parks and Rec Department. They continue to serve this community and impress their peers. We are fortunate to have such a devoted team," said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.


Dr. Worsley acknowledges how far the Department has come in a short period of time: "I couldn't be more proud of the dedicated staff at Columbus Parks and Recreation. We have built a professional team of individuals who are committed to quality programming and stellar customer service. This award is a testimonial to the exemplary services that our department provides to the citizens of Columbus, Georgia on a daily basis."
The State of Georgia is divided into seven Parks and Recreation regions. Columbus is in the District 3 Region of Georgia which includes the entire southwest area of the state, including 40 counties and cities, such as Thomasville, Valdosta, Albany, and Americus. The "Agency of the Year Award" for the population 150,001 and over was vetted through a competitive process. Columbus beat out cities such as Augusta, Savannah, and Atlanta.    



See Pictures from the 2013 GRPA Conference  


Healthy Recipes

Crescent Roll Taco Pizza

Crescent Roll Taco Pizza

1 # extra lean ground beef or turkey

1 envelope taco seasoning mix

2 cans reduced fat crescent rolls

1 can fat-free refried beans

2 cups shredded low fat cheddar or Mexican cheese

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 small jalapeno, deseeded and chopped

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1/2 cup chopped green onions


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown ground meat and drain well. Stir in taco seasoning with water according to the package directions.


Press dough in an ungreased 11 1/2 inch x 16 1/2 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet, over the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or just until golden brown.

Place refried beans in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute (or until warmed through).

Carefully spread beans over warm crust creating a thin layer.

Top with cooked beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese followed by tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives and green onions.

Return to oven for 3-6 more minutes until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with a dollop of fat free sour cream, if desired.

Makes 12 main dish servings or 48 appetizers.

15-Minute Black Bean and Corn Salsa


15-Minute Black Bean and Corn Salsa

1 can black beans, drained
1 can yellow corn, or yellow and white corn, drained
1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes and chilies
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
about 3 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
a dash of lime juice (or squeeze one lime)


Combine beans, corn and Rotel in bowl. Add onions and cilantro and stir. Add lime juice to taste. Tastes best if made a day ahead. Serve as a salad, dip or topping for tacos or fish. Goes great with Crescent Roll Taco Pizza. 

Healthy Food Quiz

What is your nutritional IQ?

Getting the facts about food can help you lose weight!!


Test your Food IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a $5 gift card to Subway! All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to humanresourcesdepartment@columbusga.org by February 7, 2014.    

CCG Employees Only


1. If you eat lots of fruit you do not have to eat any vegetables.

a. True  b. False


2. You can't overdose on vitamins because they're vital nutrients.

a. True  b. False


3. Adult women and men need the same amount of iron per day.

a. True  b. False


4. Eating salads may promote bone health.

a. True  b. False


5. When eating more fiber, you should drink less fluid, to avoid bloating.

a. True  b. False


November/December 2013 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Ebony Scott, Finance Department

Answers to the November/December 2013 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.A; 2.B; 3.A; 4.B; 5.A 
Upcoming Community Events
January/February 2014

Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games at the Columbus Civic Center

cottonmouthsvs. Bloomington Thunder

January 3 - 7:30 pm


vs. Bloomington Thunder

January 4 - 7:30 pm


vs. Fayetteville Fire Antz

January 18 - 7:30 pm


vs. Louisiana Ice Gators

January 25 - 7:30 pm


vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers

January 26 - 4:00 pm


vs. Huntsville Havoc

January 31 - 7:30 pm


vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

February 14 - 7:30 pm


vs. Louisiana Ice Gators

February 15 - 7:30 pm


vs. Fayetteville Fire Antz

February 21 - 7:30 pm


vs. Mississippi River Kings

February 23 - 4:00 pm


vs. Mississippi Surge

February 28 - 7:30 pm


For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org

Water Aerobics

Monday & Wednesday- Year Round

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division (Must register through Therapeutics)

Columbus Aquatic Center

For more information, please call 706-323-8707


bull rider Professional Bull Riders

January 10 & 11 - 8:00 pm

PBR is coming to Columbus and this year they're Buckin' For A Cause! Come out and watch the excitement of Professional Bull Riders while supporting a good cause. Portions of event proceeds will be donated to help support local organizations for autistic children and their families.

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org


Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus

January 28-29 - 7:00 pm

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus HeroesSM, showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength.

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org


Zac Brown Band

Zak Brown January 30 - 7:00 pm

Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. The band's three platinum-selling albums 'Uncaged' (Atlantic/Southern Ground), 'You Get What You Give' (Atlantic/Southern Ground) and 'The Foundation' (Atlantic Records/Home Grown/Big Picture) have together sold over six million copies and produced a historic series of ten #1 hit singles.

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org


Monthly Special Needs Friday Night Dance

January 31 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

Pop Austin Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month

Visit http://www.columbusga.org/parks/therapeutics.htm for a copy of the Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter filled with programs and special events for the month of February.

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


Meet the Browns

Meet the Browns February 1 - 7:30 pm

CD Entertainment welcomes Meet The Browns: A Night of Love & Laughter II at the Columbus Civic Center. Featuring actors David & Tamela Mann, aka Mr. Brown & Cora, from the hit stage play, movie, and TV show.

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit www.columbusciviccenter.org


Valentine's Ball

Ball February 14 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wear your best outfit, have your picture taken, enjoy a sit down meal, and dance the night way! Semi-formal

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

Pop Austin Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


Monthly Special Needs Friday Night Dance

February 28 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

Pop Austin Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


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