Mark Goolsby’s family has called Juliette, GA home for almost 200 years. He doesn’t live in the white two story family home on Luther Smith Road, and probably never will, but his 80 year old mother still does. “My mother doesn’t want to leave this place. She’s been here 62 years after she married my dad. She doesn’t want to relocate,” Goolsby said. It’s what’s nearby that gets Goolsby talking relocation. The ash pond for Georgia Power’s coal fired Plant Scherer is just through the treeline across the road. Mark Goolsby believes the plant is what has made his mother sick for years and is what caused the liver cancer that killed his father.
Republicans have declared Monday Tenth Amendment Day in the Senate, and they plan to vote this week on three bills that highlight the constitutional amendment that relegates to the states any powers not given to the federal government. At the top of the list is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would exempt Georgians from the requirement to buy healthcare that was part of the federal healthcare reform package.