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Nov-Dec 2013

In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
CCG United Way Campaign
Freddie Blackmon
Meet Someone You Helped
Citizens Access Portal (CAP)
Frank K. Martin Pedestrian Bridge Dedication
CCG Blood Drive Results
Pet Corner
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Employee  Spotlight
Iris Jessie, New Assistant Human Resources Director
Iris Jessie
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On July 29, 2013, we welcomed Iris Jessie back to the CCG family.   Her career began as Director of the Job Training Partnership Program. She was appointed Assistant City Manager and briefly served in the capacity of Interim City Manager. For nine years, she produced outstanding work and provided inspiration. She was highly respected, and received numerous accolades for her service.


In 1996, Iris announced her plans to take an Assistant City Manager position in Norfolk, Virginia. Although we were happy for her, it was somewhat disheartening as we repeated the cliché "Our Loss, Their Gain." A reception was held for her on August 20, 1996 prior to her departure. At that time, Representative Calvin Smyre told Iris, "Making a "U" turn is not against the law." For those who aren't drivers, a "U" refers to a turn made resulting in a reversal of direction. There are many instances in Columbus where signs are posted prohibiting making U turns. Fortunately, it isn't illegal to turn back to the Consolidated Government - despite the passage of many years.


Since the years spent away from Columbus, Iris's travels have expanded. She worked in Norfolk, Virginia for 8 1/2 years as Asst. City Manager. Her biggest accomplishment was creation of the Office of Neighborhoods in an effort to address the concerns of the diverse communities within the city. The Office of Neighborhoods actually grew into a department. In addition, she served the City of Riverdale for almost 9 years. There, she was successful in turning the Comprehensive Plan into a blueprint for the construction of a new city hall, multipurpose community center and amphitheater.


 Iris has never really been away from Columbus since it's her birthplace. Through visits home, she's been able to keep abreast of the wonderful changes that have taken place. In fact, she returned to Columbus largely due to the great sense of pride and civic involvement that sets it apart from other places she's lived.


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
June/July 2013

New Hires

District Attorney

Hayley Walker



Frank Spivey

Walter Dorsey



Catherine Clark


Information Technology

Bailey Shellhorse


Juvenile Court

Melanie Smith


Parks & Recreation

Angela Brummitt

Charles Carswell

Ruby Dawsey

Kelsie L. Faine

James Floyd

Carsten Thornton

Homer Chambley

Ronald Lunsford

Jerry Boutwell

Alan Averett

Valerie Beach

Keiundra Briggs

Erica Elder

Morris Galloway

Marilyn Godwin

Michelle Gregory

Christian Hadome

Tiffany Harvey

Erica Jones

Destiny Landers

Janta Marshall

Kendra Mobley

Tanesha Mobley

Jacqueline Phillips

Ashley Renfroe

Kenyana White

Orry Wilson

Vermechia Wilson

Brandon Allen

David Boone

Dolores Smith

Antonio White

Carla Martin

Emily Masciovecchio


Police Department

Heather Chancey

Laura Foree

Carlton Jakes

Enriquie Morris

Tiffany Duffie

Lonnie Grimes


Public Works

William Simmons

Hannah M Davis

James M Pirtle

John Robinson

Larry Brown

Tommy Davis

Joey Brown

Madeline Butler

Ralph Johnson


Sheriff's Office

Che Powdrill

Keith Searcy



Christopher Gentry

Cindy Moore

Maurice Steward





Francesca D. Dye

Payroll Coordinator   


Parks and Recreation

Cori Barber                  

Marina Technician


Gweniece Cade           Community Schools
Site Supervisor 


Micheal D. Curenton 
Parks Crew Supervisor


Teresa Snellings          Recreation Services
Division Manager


Police Department

Tracie Abell               
911 Center Supervisor


Joseph Bridges             

Police Corporal


Nekiesha Edmondson   

Police Corporal


Maxwell Todd                        Police Corporal


Timothy Wynn             

Police Lieutenant


Patrick Smith               

Police Sergeant


Jane Edenfield                        Police Corporal


Joyce Dent-Fitzpatric    

Police Lieutenant


Freddie Blackmon       

Police Captain


Debra Bailey

Police Sergeant


Public Works

Kareem J. Gibson        Equipment Operator I


Quincy Miles

Equipment Operator III


Christopher Robinette  Equipment Operator III


Terrence C. Mahone     

Tree Trimmer Crew


Sheriff's Office

Lataga Sene                Investigator


Kasey Trombley          Lieutenant


Edwin Hill                   

Deputy Sheriff


Tonya Johnson





District Attorney

Spurgeon A. Glenn

Administrative Assistant

21.5 Years of Service


James "Danny" Stokes

Engineering Inspector

20 Years of Service



Tina E. Trant

Planning Technician

37.5 Years of Service


Police Department

William R. Orlich


35 Years of Service


Public Works

Jessie D. Hall, III

Equipment Operator III

26 Years of Service

Newsletter Archives
Check out our archive section for previous editions here


Newsletter Staff

Sherry Evans

Jackie Goodwin 

Vickie Hughes  

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Susan Lathan 

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Cindy Ware
Sofia White


Suggestion Box
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CCG United Way Campaign

Our campaign for United Way is still in progress! Your colleagues are making commitments to achieve the biggest possible improvements in the lives people throughout our region.


If you have already given, THANK YOU! Because you choose to LIVE UNITED, you're creating a brighter future for our community.


If you haven't yet made your gift, please consider making a pledge that will help address critical needs in our community. Your gift to the United Way is tax deductible.


Click the link to follow our progress. Again, Thank You for Living United!    





Freddie Blackmon - United Way Volunteer
Captain Freddie Blackmon 

Captain Freddie Blackmon volunteers as a United Way Loaned Executive for the 2013 fund raising campaign. Captain Blackmon has been employed with the Columbus Police department for 27 years. He says that he joined the Police department for several reasons: to serve the community and protect lives, for the opportunity to help others make better choices and the constant experience of new challenges and diversity of job tasks.


As a Loaned Executive, he is responsible for scheduling a planning meeting with the Employee Campaign Coordinator (ECC) of businesses and organizations in our area.   He assists the ECCs with their campaign kickoff and gives a presentation designed to encourage employees to support the United Way. In his presentations he shares the knowledge and insight gained from touring United Way programs and partner agencies. His experience from the tours enable him to highlight the four core areas in which United Way provides assistance - basic needs, income, health and education. His duties as a Loaned Executive allows him to better meet the goals he has set for himself as a police officer - providing opportunities to serve others and experience new challenges.


Meet Someone You Helped: Mikey
Mikey has been diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), which is on the Autism spectrum of disorders. His mother reached out to Megan's House for some much needed respite care over Christmas break 2012 and most recently on Martin Luther King Holiday.

Mikey really enjoys his time at Megan's House, a program of Easter Seals West Georgia. The staff works with him one on one with any subject area his mother would like them to focus on. Megan's House provides snacks, meals, movies, and a playground. Mikey loves to play basketball at Megan's House. The staff is very understanding and able to cater to his needs, while still providing appropriate discipline and guidance. Mikey looks forward to going to Megan's House. It's a second home and a second school.

Mikey's mother utilizes Megan's House on school breaks to keep Mikey in a routine. This is important for children with special needs because regression is a huge concern. Megan's House has provided his mother with much needed
rest, because she knows that her child is in good hands. Mikey's mother qualified for 100 free hours at Megan's House, which is extremely helpful since childcare for special needs children is expensive. Mikey's mother is very
grateful for Megan's House and the services they provide.

Citizens Access Portal (CAP) is Now Operational  


The Development Resource Center is pleased to announce that the new and improved Citizen Access Portal is now operational. Citizens may obtain information from this site. They can search for Permits and Plans in several
different ways and see the scheduled inspections for a certain date.


Check it out today at  



Frank K. Martin Pedestrian Bridge Dedication 


On October 9, 2013 the City of Columbus celebrated the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Frank K. Martin Pedestrian Bridge.  The bridge was named after Frank Martin who was the 64th mayor of Columbus.    


During Martin's tenure as mayor, he championed a new 1-percent sales tax that would fund several new capital projects. Citizens approved what would become the first of several successful Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes (SPLOST), and Columbus has been transformed into a model city for arts, athletics, revitalization, and citizens services all because of this effort. This initial SPLOST changed the local mindset from passive to active, which continues to this day.


The $6.2 million dollar project provided needed structural improvements within the existing right-of-way for pedestrian traffic on the 14th Street Bridge. The bridge crosses the Chattahoochee River to connect Columbus to Phenix City, Alabama. The bridge was closed in 2000 to vehicular traffic due to extensive structural insufficiencies.  


The pedestrian bridge now offers connectivity and continuity to the Columbus and Phenix City Riverwalks. Visitors and residents of the Chattahoochee Valley area who enjoy whitewater watching will have the opportunity to view rafters, kayakers and canoeists make their way down the Chattahoochee River while having a good time and experiencing all what Columbus and Phenix City have to
offer. The plaza can also be utilized for special events.  



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CCG Blood Drive Results



The Mayor's Office partnered with the American Red Cross on Thursday, September 11, 2013 to host a blood drive. 53 life saving units of blood were collected!! This will provide saving blood and or blood products for nearly 153 patients in our community. Thanks to all who participated!!


Pet Corner 

December 2, 2013 is National Mutt Day


National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. The biggest percentage of dogs euthanized in due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals.

National Mutt Day was created to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes.

Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs - such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind.

There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters who are desperately searching for a new home. One of the county's most famous movie dogs is Benji, a mixed breed Terrier.

Visit your local shelter and find a new friend today! If you can't adopt a mixed breed friend on December 2nd, please donate at least $5 to your local animal shelter, as they all need financial assistance and every dollar counts!

You can also volunteer to walk a dog, donate food and other supplies needed to your local animal shelter or make a donation in the memory of a loved dog.


Above information provided by,
Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center** ($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)
Healthy Recipes

Here are a couple of lightened up seasonal recipes that are very good alternatives to the full-fat versions. Enjoy the holidays without sacrificing taste or your waistline! 


Foolproof Fat-Free Gravy


2 cups turkey drippings

1/8 tsp ground white pepper

1/4 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp chicken bouillon granules

1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp unbleached flour

1/2 cup skim milk


De-fat the pan drippings by placing them in a fat separator. (If you don't have a separator cup, pour the drippings into a bowl, add a few ice cubes, and skim off the fat once it rises and hardens.) Combine the fat-free drippings, pepper, poultry seasoning, and bouillon granules in a 1-quart saucepan, and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.


While the gravy is heating, combine the flour and milk in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and shake until smooth. Slowly add the milk mixture to the simmering broth, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Continue to cook and stir until the gravy is thick and bubbly. Transfer the gravy to a warmed gravy boat or pitcher, and serve hot with the turkey.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups



Cran-Raspberry Ring


First Layer

1/4 cup sugar

1 pkg (4-serving) sugar-free raspberry gelatin mix

1 1/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail

1 cup finely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, stemmed

1 cup finely chopped fresh or frozen raspberries

Second Layer

1 pkg (4-serving) sugar-free raspberry gelatin mix

1 cup cranberry juice cocktail

1 cup fat-free sour cream

1 1/4 pounds seedless green grapes


First Layer: Combine the sugar and gelatin in a medium-sized heat-proof bowl, and stir to mix well. Place the juice in a small pot, and heat to boiling. Pour the hot juice over the gelatin mixture, and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature, and stir in the fruits. Pour the mixture into a 6-cup ring mold, and chill for several hours, or until firm.


Second Layer: Place the gelatin in a medium-sized heat-proof bowl. Place the juice in a small pot, and heat to boiling. Pour the hot juice over the gelatin, and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature, and stir in the sour cream. Pour the mixture over the first layer in the mold, and chill for several hours, until firm.


To unmold the ring, dip the mold in warm - but not hot - water for 5 to 10 seconds. Beware: If the water is too hot or the mold remains in the water too long, the gelatin will start to melt. Remove the mold from the water and loosen the edges of the mixture with a knife. Place a serving platter upside down over the mold, and invert the mold onto the platter. Arrange some of the grapes in the center of the ring, and the rest around the outer edges of the ring. Slice and serve chilled.


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 by December 11, 2013.   

CCG Employees Only  


(All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing.)

1.A diet containing an adequate supply of fiber will help prevent constipation, lower blood cholesterol levels and help control glucose levels.     

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. All fresh or raw vegetables are more nutritious than cooked or processed vegetables   

a. Yes  b. No

September/October 2013 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Teresa Snellings of Parks & Recreation

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


Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Games


vs. Huntsville Havoc

November 1 - 7:30 pm


vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

November 2 - 7:30 pm


vs. Fayetteville FireAntz

November 22 - 7:30 pm


vs. Huntsville Havoc

November 24 - 4:00 pm


vs. Mississippi RiverKings

November 29 - 7:30 pm


vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

December 13 - 7:30 pm


vs. Mississippi Surge

December 21 - 7:30 pm


vs. Louisiana IceGators

December 22 - 4:00 pm


vs. Peoria Rivermen

December 26 - 7:30 pm


vs. Peoria Rivermen

December 27 - 7:30 pm

Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit 



Water Aerobics

November 4, 11, 18, 25 & December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 1:00 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

Columbus Aquatic Center.  

For more information, please call 706-323-8707


Veteran's Day Parade

November 9 - 10:00 am

Parade Route begins on the corner of Dillingham Street & the corner of Broad Street in Phenix City.  

For more information, please contact 706-653-4483


Thanksgiving Luncheon

November 14 - 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

Pop Austin Recreation Center

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


Turkey Bowl  

November 21 - 2:00 - 4 :00 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division

AMF Peach Bowl Lanes

For more information, please contact 706-323-8707


Monthly Special Needs Friday Night Dance

November 29 - 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


Holiday Open House & Sale

December 7 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

December 8 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Featuring handmade artwork in pottery, glass, and more. Stop in for refreshments and enjoy viewing and buying the work of local artisans.

Sponsored by the Columbus Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Studio

Britt David Cultural Arts Studio

For more information, please contact 706-653-4196


Charlie Wilson

December 6 - 8:00 pm

From his breakout as a member of the Gap Band ("You Dropped A Bomb On Me," "Outstanding") in the '80s to his revered solo recordings (2005's certified gold Charlie, Last Name Wilson, 2009's Grammy nominated Uncle Charlie, and his 2010 release Just Charlie), Wilson has sold millions of albums.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit  


2013 Bi-City Christmas Parade

December 14 - 10:00 am

Parade Route begins on the corner of Dillingham Street & the corner of Broad Street in Phenix City

For more information, please contact 706-225-4658


Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

December 14 - 4:00 pm

Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairytale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit 


Holiday Extravaganza

December 19 - 6:30 pm

Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department- Therapeutics Division. Must R.S.V.P.

Pop Austin Recreation Center

For more information, please contact Carolyn Golden at


Pancake Breakfast

December 23 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

December 27 - 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


New Year's Ball

December 30 - 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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