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February 6, 2019 iP orter t Page 7A a Monroe County begins advertising in this week's Reporter an auction of properties for unpaid taxes. Tax commissioner Lori Andrews is advertising 94 parcels, trying to collect more than $212,881 in unpaid taxes over the next four weeks. The notice, which usually shrinks each week as taxpayers settle up, is found in the D section. The delinquent properties are scheduled to be auctioned off on the courthouse steps at 10 a.m. on Tues- day; March 5. Bidding opens at the amount of taxes owed on the property. Buyers must bring certified funds or cash to buy the delinquent properties, and pay a $12 recording fee. Under the law, buyers aren't able to touch the property for 366 days after the auc- tion, giving the property owner a year to re-claim it. However, to redaim the property, the original property owner would have to pay 120 percent of what the buyer paid, said Andrews. Andrews has said she doesn't act on properties unless they're delinquent for more than one year. The last tax sale was held in Septem- ber For more information on the tax sale call the tax commissioner's office at 994-7020. Ton Monroe County school students reported injuries after their bus collided almost head-on with a 2019 Toyota Corolla driven by a 16-year-old on Thursday on Hwy. 41. Kaytee Gordon, 16, of Pea Ridge Road was fuming left onto Hwy. 41 from Industrial Park Drive. She told Monroe County deputy Holly Mar,nage that school buses facing her in the right-hand turn lane to rum onto Industrial Park Drive prevented her from : seeing the northbound school bus behind them. The vehicles collided almost head-on doing major damage tO both. Gordon, bus driver Juanita Mc- Donald of Forsy~ and all 30 students were freafed and released at Monroe County Hospital with no serious injuries, (Photo/Richard Dumas) A Farsyth man suffered burns to his face, head and chest when his car and then his home caught fire after he fell asleep in his vehicle in the garage on Jan. 22. Monroe County firefighters were dispatched to the home of Kirk Williams at 2993 Hwy. 42 around 1:22 a.m. on Jan. 22. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the garage and flames were seen shooting through the roof. Firefight- ers knocked down the blaze and found the worst dam- age in the garage where they found the shell of a 2019 Hyundai Elantra. Fire chief Matt Perry said that Williams apparently fell asleep in his car while listening to music as it was running in the garage, which then caught fire. Williams suffered burns to his face, head and chest but escaped through the flames. The home and car, however, were destroyed and three family pets also perished in the fire. Family members said Williams was on some new medications. Williams' wife passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 46. (Photo/Don Daniel) House Washing (Soft Washing) Sidewalks /Walkways Driveways Much More! Commercial Buildings f word appropriately and in days of lesson plans was Duffy resigned as a sub context, there any opportunity for a on May 8, 2018. He is ask- Continued from Front After he was removed discussion of Black History ing for a jury trial. In his suit, Dufl said from the sub list at MCMS, Week, c, ivi]rights or the he next began subbing Duffy wrote several let- teachers personal opinions for the ag teacher at Mary ters of complaint to the or interjection of stories Persons, but, then realized board office, threatening unrelated to the science that teachers first dass a lawsuit. Assistant super- curriculum" wrote Daniel. was actually at MCMS. He irttendent Jackson Daniel But Duffy was adamant said he became worded that Yarber would call the sheriffon him and accuse him of trespassing. Duffy wrote that he was worded he would be shot because "that happens too many times to black men in America" who come across police officers. Apparently last Febru- ary's incident wasn't the first time Yarber had asked Duffy to stay on topic as a sub. Duffy was subbing for MCMS social studies teacher Ms. Davis from Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017 and was supposed to teach about the Reconstruction Era in Georgia after the Civil War. But again, a par- ent called to complain, this time saying that Duffy had used the "n" word while teaching the class. Yarber had told Duffy to stick to the lesson. But Duff-y, 63, responded that he grew up in the Jim Crow Era and that students were not being properly exposed to the things of the past. Duffy daimed he used the replied with an April 25, 2018 letter reviewing the events that led to his removal from the MCMS sub list and said that the school system acted properly. Daniel noted that the lesson plans for both classes covered specific curriculum and did not encourage the teacher to share personal opinions, es- pecially in the science class when Duffy was supposed to cover dichotomous keys and the dassifications of organisms. "Nowhere in the five he did nothing wrong, saying he has 25 years of teaching experience. "I am not an idiot" wrote Duffy. "The parents made false accusations against me. He noted that he had never before had a com- plaint against him, and that he was an EEO investigator in the Air Force and knows the BOE's review ofhis situation was incomplete. "It is obvious this inves- tigation is solely aimed to destroy my reputation" said Duffy. Keep your lawn TICK & FLEA free! We recommend spraying in the months of April, June & August. 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