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Morrow Fire Department hosted a group of cub scouts from Pack 919

The scouts were taught about First Aid in order to achieve their First Responder badge. The scouts were taught what to do in cases for serious bleeding, stopped breathing, choking, shock, insect bites and burns. After the training they received a tour of the all the fire trucks. Thank you to the personnel of Station 1 A-shift for assisting. Captain Paul Bonner FF Matt Rawlins FF Taurus Christler FF Robert Cordy FF Brian Blish

Leading by example.

The City of Morrow and our Mayor Jeff Detar honored two young men with resolutions at the March 22nd Council meeting. Andrew & Aaron Boyd have proven themselves to be good citizens through the performance of their civic duties. All of the City of Morrow thanks them for their efforts

Santa & MPD Children's Christmas Party

The Morrow Police helped Santa Claus host his 2015 Chosen Children Christmas Party for deserving students of Morrow Elementary and their siblings. Everyone enjoyed a Pizza party before the children took part in "Reindeer Training" with Miss Karen before performing the annual Reindeer Dance. Santa was on hand (with his new bride, Mrs. Claus) to take requests and present some special surprises. The best one of all?? Every child received a brand-new bike for Christmas. Thanks to everyone who made this Christmas Miracle possible for the wonderful children of our community!

Join the We Need 2 Read “Read-A-Thon $3000″

The details are listed below:
• Title: Clayton County Presents Greg Street We Need 2 Read "Read-A-Thon $3000"
• Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
• Location: Clayton County Headquarter's Library 865 Battle Creek Road
• Registration: 8 AM on the day of; students will register to participate in the contest between 8 and 9.
• Read-A-Thon Hours: 9 AM - 3 PM (no more entries in the contest after 9 AM) The overall gist of the contest is that the students who read the most books between 9 AM and 3 PM and can prove that they actually read the books, will win the prize money.
• Participants: Middle and High School Students
• Maximum Number of Participants: 200
• High School Prize Details: 1st place $1000, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250
• Middle School Prize Details: 1st place $750, 2nd place $350, 3rd place $150
• Awards Distribution: The awards presentations will begin at 4 PM and we expect to close at 5 PM.
• Food and Snacks: Two of our vendors, Baker & Taylor book distributors and BrainFuse tutoring services are donating money to provide pizza for the students.
• Expected Media Coverage: Channel's 2, 5 & 46; Mr. Street is working on also getting CNN and HLN.
• Other Details: The library has devised a small group of called the CCLS Read-A-Thon Street Team who have been selected to assist Mr. Street with middle and high school visits and record special morning announcements for the local schools; the library marketing team is coordinating this with Mr. Street. This team is also compiling the lists of suggested schools in our community to visit.

City of Morrow 2015 Community Health Fair

Community Yard Sale Registration Opens

Morrow CAN (Community Act Network) has opened registration for the 2015 Fall Community Yard Sale. Register online at or contact Vickie Jennings @ 254-535-9741 to reserve a space. Don't wait to be a part of this event that is wonderful in so many ways!!

Summer 2015 Newsletter

It's Official!! Eastern Bluebird First Official Symbol of the City!!

At the June 9th meeting of the Mayor and Council, a resolution was passed naming the Eastern Bluebird as the Official Bird of the City of Morrow. The resolution recognizes the unifying qualities of governmental symbols and the opportunities provided for positive representation. The Eastern Bluebird was chosen because of several symbolic connections to the City of Morrow as well as other considerations. To learn more about the Eastern Bluebird check out:

Beautiful Yard Contest Winners 2015

Beautiful Yard Contest Winners:
6130 Phillips Drive - Best Overall.
1201 Foxcroft Drive - Most Dedicated Gardener.
6462 Meadowbrook Lane - Most Creative.
5988 Foxcroft Court - Best Contemporary.
1241 Brookview Court - Best Classic.

FreedomFest 2015

FreedomFest 2015 a success!

2015 CERT Training

Thursday, May 14, 2015 was the final CERT training and graduation. Thank you to our Fire Department and our CERT Volunteers! CERT graduates attended the May 26th Council Meeting where they each were presented with their certificate by program organizer, Training Officer/Captain Jeff Moss and Fire Chief Mark Herendeen.

Vietnamese American Experience Proclamation

At the Council meeting on May 12, 2015, Mayor JB Burke and Mayor Pro Tem Hang Tran presented a Proclamation celebrating 40 years of Vietnamese American Experience. In attendance to receive this Proclamation included Hanh Dang - President of the Vietnamese Community of Georgia, Trinh Pham - President of BPSOS of Georgia and Duong Vo - Georgia Delegation and Leadership Summit Chairman and more.

National Day of Prayer

The Clayton County Nation Day of Prayer Community Breakfast, was held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Morrow Center in Morrow. This event hosted by The Clayton County Ministers' Conference, Rev (Rep) Mike Glanton, President , included Keynote Speaker - Mr. Miguel Southwell, General Manager of Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a Proclamation from Clayton County, and recognition of Jonesboro Councilman Wallace Norrington. Rounding out this event was the outstanding vocals of Ms. Patricia Leigh.

Morrow Toastmasters International Proclamation

At the Council meeting on April 28, 2015, Mayor JB Burke and Councilman Larry Ferguson along with the entire Council recognized the Morrow Toastmasters International Organization with a Proclamation. Toastmaster head, Antwan Wiggins, President of Morrow Toastmasters, accepted the recognition. He quickly then recognized his entire group. Anyone interested in joining this group is welcome. They meet at Strayer University.

Cross of Flowers

First Baptist Church of Morrow displayed a cross made of flowers in celebration of Easter. The flowers were brought in by church members from their yards.

Mayor Pro Tem - Hang Tran Honored

Recently the Georgia State Senate honored Mayor Pro-Tem Hang Tran. The Resolution congratulates Ms. Tran for being the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to public office in Georgia.

Ms. Tran's historic election "represents the emergence of Morrow's thriving Vietnamese population in city affairs" the resolution states in part.

Congratulations Mayor Pro-tem Tran!

Shirley Watterson Receives Key to the City of Morrow

At the Council Meeting on March 10, 2015, Mayor JB Burke and the Council along with all residents in attendance, honored Ms. Shirley Watterson for her service to the City of Morrow for the past 25 years.

Ms. Watterson who serves on the Morrow Planning & Zoning Board as well as serving as a volunteer at the Morrow Tourist Center, " a beloved member of this community and we appreciate all that she has done, all that she is, and all that she continues to do...", the Proclamation states.

Ms. Watterson was then presented with a copy of the Proclamation and the key to the City. Thank you Ms. Watterson!

Mayor Burke & Mayor Pro Tem Tran Support Local Pageant

Mayor Burke and Mayor Pro Tem Tran presented a Proclamation at the first Miss USA/Atlanta Sports Bar - Miss Skyboxx Pageant on January 29, 2015. Funds raised by the activities of this group are used to underwrite Mental Health in the African American Community grassroots mental health initiatives and operations. Pictured are Ms. Carolyn McKenzie with Mayor Burke and Mayor Pro Tem Tran.

2014 Safe Halloween hosted by Morrow Police Department a huge success!

City of Morrow residents enjoyed an evening of safe fun courtesy of the Morrow Police Department at the 2014 Safe Halloween event held at Olde Towne Morrow on October 31, 2014. Attendees enjoyed music, games, rides, popcorn, cotton candy, and of course LOTS of candy.

The End of Summer Party 2014

The City of Morrow hosted a "End of Summer Party" Saturday, September 20, 2014. This Party was planned and executed by City employees as a fun way to end the summer here in Morrow. The Party featured booths from local businesses, food trucks, Little Jimmy, music, bounce houses, Clayton County Sheriff's office, the Morrow Police Department, to a cool demonstration of a vehicle extraction by the Morrow Fire Department (to name only a few).

Salute to Veterans

The Morrow Civic Woman's Club, City of Morrow and Morrow Tourist Center participated in a Veteran's Recognition Program at Morrow City Hall. The recognition included the Morrow High School ROTC Presentation of Colors, a speech by Honorable Mayor JB Burke and the National Anthem sung by Sylvia Redic. It is with great pride and appreciation that we salute our Veterans!

Community Walk

Join us in Community Walks, August 15th - 7:30 a.m., August 27th - 11:00 a.m. and September 11th - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy nature, meet your neighbors and walk with us. Park at the Summerfest Field along Reynolds Road (across from Rock Springs Baptist, 5900 Reynolds Road). This is the starting point for each walk.

Annette Rozinski Honored Volunteer

On July 8, 2014, Michael Sakowitz Twomey, Executive Director of the Morrow Business & Tourism Association, joined the Mayor, Council, city staff and other volunteers to honored Annette Rozinski for 10 years of volunteerism with the City of Morrow. Congratulations and THANK YOU Annette!

Jessie Gilchrist Honored

Mr. Jessie Gilchrist of Truitt's Grill in Morrow honored for his continued support of the City of Morrow, with a Proclamation from City of Morrow Mayor and Council.

Distinguished Service Award

City of Morrow Mayor JB Burke presented with Distinguished Service Award by Pastor Darrell Kelly.

Georgia State University Honors Judge Ronald Freeman

City of Morrow Judge Ronald Freeman was honored by the Black Law Students Association when they named their Charter in his name.

National Autism Awareness Month

City employees (including the photographer not pictured and others) supported National Autism Awareness Month by wearing purple ribbons. This is such a worthy cause. If you want to know more about Autism, please go to

Emergency Preparedness

Don't get caught unprepared: Severe weather and emergency planning.

Santa Pictures

The Santa Pictures from Christmas in the Park have been uploaded to the Morrow Business & Tourism web site. Please click below to view and download your Santa pictures.

Bob Huie & Virlyn Slaton Retire

At the Council meeting on January 14, 2014, two pillars of the City of Morrow community stepped down from the Dias one last time as Council Members. Bob Huie and Virlyn Slaton made the decision earlier this year not to run for re-election and officially left office (retired) at the Council meeting.

Newly Elected Council takes Oath of Office

On January 14, 2014, at the Council Meeting, City of Morrow's newly elected Council members, Mr. Christopher Mills and Ms. Hang Tran were sworn in by Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda V. Carter and Mayor JB Burke.

Detective Troy Grisby Recognized

Burlington recognized Detective Troy Grisby today for his work on a major organized retail theft case that spanned the Metro Atlanta area. On hand for the award are Mayor J.B. Burke, James Mauldin Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Burlington, and Chief/Interim City Manager Chris Leighty. Congratulations Detective Grisby for a job well done!

Travelers Rest Baptist Church Celebrates 97 years

To celebrate 97 years, Travelers Rest Baptist Church hosted a vintage/classic car parade November 16th. The parade featured brass bands, local leaders, really cool cars and Morrow's own Mayor Burke!

Mayor Burke featured on GMA website

Mayor Burke was recently featured on the GMA website. Click here for more information.

Safe Halloween 2013

The Morrow Police Department hosts a successful Safe Halloween 2013. The event was opened by Mayor JB Burke and attended by many children of all ages.

Detective Paul Wages Public Safety Professional of the Year

City of Morrow Police Department's Detective Paul Wages was selected by the Knight's of Columbus Tara Council #6352 as the 41st Annual Public Safety Professional of the Year. Detective Wages was selected out of 15 Clayton County First Responder nominees. Please join us as we proudly congratulate Detective Wages!

City of Morrow Finance Department - Receives Award

The City of Morrow Finance Department was presented with the 19th consecutive Finance Award for Financial Reporting Achievement on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. This award recognizes not only the efforts of the City Financial Officer - Daniel Defnall, but also his small staff of Accounting Clerks: Juanita Davis, Hanh Kim and Van Tran.

Mayor JB Burke - Ribbon Cutting at Georgia State Archives

On 7/31/2013 City of Morrow Mayor participated with Archive officials and others in the celebration of the extended hours at the Georgia State Archives at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

Essie West Recognized for 25 yrs of service

Essie West, City of Morrow Court Clerk, was recognized at the City Council Meeting on August 27, 2013, for her 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Morrow. Congratulations Mrs. West!

City Manager Jeffrey A Eady - 30 years of service

On August 8, 2013 City Manager Jeffrey A. Eady was honored by City Officials and City Staff at a luncheon in celebration for his 30 years of service. Mr. Eady started for the City in the Public Works Department as a laborer in 1983. He worked his way up to the Director position of that department in 1988, and held that job until he was offered and accepted the City Manager job in 2009. Congratulations Jeff!

FreedomFest 2013

On Saturday, June 29, 2013 the City of Morrow celebrated our Great Nation's Birthday with FreedomFest 2013.

City of Morrow Dedicates Fire Engine 1

June 20, 2013 - Mayor Burke spoke at the dedication, Councilwoman Bridges and Councilman Huie along with residents and City staff attended the dedication.

Clayton University Volunteers at the Garden

The Director of Campus Life, Natasha Hutson lead the way for Clayton University Instructors to join the Morrow Community Gardens in preparing new gardening beds for the latest members. This effort is a part of a different kind of curriculum. The hands on approach will introduce a Quality Enhancement Plan to engage students in a broader learning experience, which includes community involvement. As the instructors participate, the expectation is that they will incorporate their experiences into the classroom and foster an interest in participation among the students.

Captain Greg Tatroe - 2013 Graduate of the FBI Academy

City of Morrow offers CPR Training

The City of Morrow offered CPR Training to Government 101 Alumni and staff on 6/13/2013. Participants learned the basic of CPR today from Fire Training Officer - Jeff Moss.

The City of Morrow introduces a new Pathway Logo

Sustainable Leadership Conference a success!

On May 21, 2013, the City of Morrow hosted a successful "Sustainable Leadership" Conference. Seventy-five (75) local Officials, Business Executives, Government employees and Law Enforcement leadership attended the conference with Dr. Jeffrey Magee PDM, CSP, CMC.

City of Morrow Dedicates Municipal Courtroom to Judge Frost Ward

It was a powerful and touching moment when following Tuesday's Council Meeting the courtroom doors opened to a host of uniformed public safety men and women who entered and lined the walls of the room as City of Morrow FF/Paramedic James Rutmann played the bagpipes to honor Thelma Ward.

2013 Beautiful Yard Contest - City of Morrow

Boy Scouts Troup 4234 Visits Council Meeting

Boy Scouts of America Troup 4234 Visits 5/14/2013 City of Morrow Council Meeting. In attendance (listed in alpha order): Jeremy Bailey, Paul Bailey, Chris Bagwell, Mike Bagwell, Jason Clark, John Harty, Matt Herr, Romeo Suciu, Michael Teachout, and Tim Teachout.

Clayton State University Division of Student Affairs 2013 Awards

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Clayton State University's Division of Student Affairs hosted its' 2013 Awards and Recognition Program. The Awards Program was to recognize outstanding groups or individuals with successful development, enhancement or implementation of a specific project. Chief Chris Leighty was the recipient of the 2013 "Orange & Blue Contribution Award" for his and the Morrow Police Department's contributions, efforts, and results in the 2013 CSU Homecoming Parade.

Chief Leighty humbly accepted this award from Dr. Brian Haynes, Vice-President of Student Affairs. Chief Leighty stated that the parade project was a group effort of all City of Morrow departments coming together in support of the University parade.

City of Morrow Resident earns U.S. Citizenship!

Congratulations to Van Tran, City of Morrow employee and resident of the City. On Friday, April 19, 2013 Van took her Oath to become an official Naturalized U.S. Citizen.

Becoming a Naturalized US Citizen means that the individual was born in another country and granted U.S. Citizenship and the rights and privileges of that status. Individuals seeking this status must complete a process which includes : Permanent resident at least five (5) years, at least 18 years of age, ability to read, write and speak ordinary English, basic understanding of the fundamentals of US history and government, and good moral character & an affinity for the principles of the US Constitution.

City of Morrow - 2013 Government 101

On March 28, 2013, the City of Morrow began a Government 101 series. Sixteen (16) residents participated in this five (5) week series which included evenings spent learning about Administrative and Elective Officials duties, Fire, Police, E911, Planning + Economic Development, Public Works, Municipal Courts, and Administrative Services Departments.

The series ended on April 25, 2013, with a discussion on how these participants could serve the City on Boards, Committees and attendance at city meetings, along with an explanation as to the role the Morrow Business & Tourism group has with the City of Morrow. Afterwards, Mayor JB Burke presented each participant with a certificate of completion and the City hosted a graduation reception.

The 2013 Government 101 class consisted of: Ray Aballo, JoAnn Adkins, John R. Anderson, Michelle Anderson, Bill Baldowski, Cherie Crisp, Dorothy Dean, Jeff DeTar, Jim Duckworth, Gilda Hutcheson, Lana Labay, Dianne McDonald, Rose Noble Nelson, Danny Rudd, Rico Smith and Cathy Turner.

City of Morrow Police Earns State Re-Certification

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the 7:30 p.m. City of Morrow Council Meeting, Chief Lou Dekmar, LaGrange Police Chief and former President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs, presented Chief Christopher Leighty and the Morrow Police Department with its 2013 Re-Certification Award.

Chief Dekmar outlined that in order to earn this award, Police Departments have to do a self-access in 118 Standards, then open themselves up to a panel of objective outsiders who review all 118 standards for compliance. The panel unanimously supported Re-Certification of the Morrow Police Department. This support shows a standard of excellence in the Morrow Police Department. Furthermore, there are 700 Georgia Police agencies in the state and less than 100 currently hold this achievement. Chief Leighty, Commanders , Cpt. James Callaway, (also the compliance Officer for the City), Cpt. Greg Tatroe, Cpt. Wayne Butler , as well as ALL police supervisors, officers, and non-sworn personnel, should be very proud of this achievement.

Chief Leighty specifically recognized Cpt. J. Callaway for his part in this Re-Certification process. Additionally, Chief Leighty recognized Officer P. Hammond who currently manages the Evidence Room. Congratulations to all City of Morrow Police Department Staff (both sworn and non-sworn)!

John Maner retires from City of Morrow Boards

John Maner, who is retiring from his positions on the Downtown Development Authority, Morrow Housing Authority, and Planning & Zoning Board, was recognized at the Council meeting on March 26, 2013 by Mayor JB Burke. The City of Morrow is proud to have worked closely with Mr. Maner in the past and hope our business relationship, while changed, will continue going forward. Thank you Mr. Maner for your service to the City of Morrow!

Amanda Morrison - Non-Sworn Employee of the Quarter

Lt. White presents the employee of the quarter (non-sworn) to Communications Officer Amanda Morrison. Good Job Amanda!

Code Enforcement Officer Tracy Recognized

Our Code Enforcement Officer, Marti Tracy, getting recognition for her recent National Code Enforcement Certifications. Good Job Marti!

City of Morrow Honors Morrow High School STAR Recipients

On March 12, 2013, Mayor JB Burke, who "adopted" the Morrow High School, honored the 2013 STAR Student, Ms. Lindsey Perry; STAR Teacher, Ms. Ginia McMillan, and Morrow High School Principal, Dr. Pamela Pitts at the Council Meeting. Mayor Burke along with Clayton State University President Dr. Hynes, outlined the outstanding achievements of all three and presented awards to each of these incredible ladies.

Michael Madron - Sworn Employee of the 3rd Quarter

Master Patrol Officer Michael Madron was honored by Chief Leighty and Mayor JB Burke as Morrow's 2012, 3rd Quarter - Sworn Employee of the Quarter. Congratulations Officer Madron!

2013 Clayton State University Homecoming

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, Clayton State University celebrated Homecoming in a grand way. The festivities started with a Parade that started at the City of Morrow Municipal Complex, traveling down Hwy 54 to Clayton State University. Dignitaries in the Parade included Dr. Tim Hynes President of Clayton State University, City of Morrow Mayor - JB Burke, City of Morrow Council Members - Jeanell Bridges and Larry Ferguson, and City of Lovejoy Mayor - Bobby Cartwright. Also participating in the Parade was the City of Morrow Fire Department.

The parade which included three bands, a ROTC group, students, vintage cars, and more, was enjoyed by everyone. City of Morrow Police worked the event successfully ensuring the safety of participants and spectators.

Joyce Bean Appointed to Planning & Zoning Board

On January 22, 2013, the City Council appointed former City of Morrow employee and long-time resident, Joyce Bean to the Planning & Zoning Board. The vacant position on this Board is due to the retirement of John Maner.

Ms. Bean is well known, knowledgeable of the City, and respected in the community. She has held several positions with the City of Morrow throughout her career as an active employee, with her final years working in the Economic Development Department. Jeff Eady, City Manager, expressed his delight in welcoming Joyce back into active service for the City.

Congratulations Hanh Kim

The City of Morrow Finance Officer, Dan Defnall recognized Accounting Clerk, Hanh Kim for her 5 years of service with the City of Morrow at the Council meeting on January 8, 2013.

City of Morrow Community Gardens

On December 18, 2012, Clayton County Senior Services Director, Mary Byrd, and Atlanta Regional Commission Development Manager, Lifelong Communities, Laura Keyes hosted a Lifelong Clayton Initiative "Year in Review" meeting.

At this meeting the City of Morrow Community Garden was recognized and presented an update. Planning + Economic Development Director, Michael McLaughlin spoke briefly as introduction of the program and gave Cathy Turner, President of the City of Morrow Community Gardens and the 30+ members credit for the tremendous success of the gardens. Cathy talked about planning, construction, education, community pride, friendships and helping the less fortunate. All of these successes result from a community garden started with a grant from the ARC Lifelong Communities group and the Kaiser Permanente. Cathy also talked about the growth the City of Morrow Community Garden participants hope to achieve this next year.

Also recognized at this meeting was Clayton County Commission Chair, Eldrin Bell. Mr. Bell was recognized as being a champion for senior services in Clayton County. This is seen not only in his acts as Chair for the Commission, but in his personal volunteering, which he expressed would continue as he steps down from his role as Commission Chair.

If you are interested in becoming a part of shaping the future of Clayton County and specifically Morrow by serving on advisory groups to the Lifelong Communities, please contact Tila Andrews at 770-603-4062 or email her at

If you want to come out and play in the dirt and learn about gardening with Morrow neighbors, call or email Cathy Turner at 404-482-6235 or Community Gardens volunteers hold regular meetings the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Call Cathy for the location.

Christmas for the Kids of Morrow

December 12, 2012, the City of Morrow Police Department headed up a Christmas event for 21 children of Morrow Elementary. These children were ones that would not otherwise experience the wonders of receiving gifts this Christmas.

Shoebox Recycling Program

Several months ago the City of Morrow employees began a program to collect "used" shoes as a part of a Shoebox Recycling Program.

2012 Christmas in the Park

The City of Morrow and Morrow Business & Tourism Association again teamed up to host Christmas in the Park to the joy of children young and old.

Atlanta Magazine Vol. 52 No. 6 - October 2012

The October 2012 edition of "Atlanta Magazine" includes an article entitled, "A Home For All Seasons" by Jan Hickel. This article talks about the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and addresses the older adult population through Lifelong Community initiatives. An inset in this article talks about Lifelong Clayton/Morrow and mentions the City of Morrow's walkability study and Community Gardens. The City of Morrow, its leadership, businesses, and residents continue to stress the positive experiences of living, working, playing, learning and doing business in Morrow.

Morrow Police Department Special Olympics Award

The City of Morrow Police Department was honored with an award from the Special Olympics for its participation in the Tip-A-Cop program which raised money for the Special Olympics. Chief Chris Leighty presented the award to the Council at the Council Meeting on November 27,2012. Congratulations team Police!

2012 Safe Halloween a Success!

The City of Morrow Police Department hosted the City's Annual "Safe Halloween" on October 31, 2012, to the delight of children young and old.

Lee Street Bridge Ribbon Cutting Photos

On Tuesday, September 20, 2012, the City of Morrow Elected Officials, City Staff, Georgia Department of Transportation, Local Business owners and friends, celebrated at the official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Lee Street Bridge.

Lee Street Bridge Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, September 20, 2012, the City of Morrow Elected Officials, City Staff, Georgia Department of Transportation, Local Business owners and friends, celebrated at the official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Lee Street Bridge.

2012 Merchants Meeting

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the Morrow Tourism and Business Association (MBTA), under the leadership of President & Executive Director Michael Sakowitz Twomey, hosted a Merchants Meeting for all local businesses. This meeting attended by Elected Officials, City of Morrow & MBTA leadership and area business representatives, informed attendees of the City's progress, concerns and achievements in the past, currently and for the future.

Michael McLaughlin, City of Morrow Planning + Economic Development Director, explained where the City has been, where it is today, and what the City hopes for in the future. He addressed both the assets and challenges that the City of Morrow has faced and will face going forward. Mr. McLaughlin stressed that our growth is a partnership between the City, residents, and the local businesses, emphasizing that in order to know success we must all work together. He encouraged business representatives to make comments and ask questions as needed.

As a preliminary to the keynote speaker, George Jeburk inspired the attendees with his speech entitled "In This Very Room." Mr. Jeburk is the Area Governor, Toastmasters International and currently a volunteer with the MBTA.

Dr. Tim Hynes, President of Clayton State University was the keynote speaker of this event. Dr. Hynes proudly announced that Clayton State University has been ranked 5th in Georgia Universities and Colleges. This impressive achievement demonstrates Clayton State University's quality as an institute of higher education. Dr. Hynes expressed the advantages of a partnership between a University, local government and local businesses in his presentation entitled, "The Economic Impact Clayton State University Helps Create for Region". Dr. Hynes' information was relevant for the challenges facing the business community today and in the future.

If you missed this Merchants Meeting, we sincerely hope you will make plans to attend the next one. If you want more information about these meetings, please contact the MBTA.

"Save Our Georgia Archives" at the State Capital

On the grand Rotunda of Georgia's State Capital Building, Morrow's own Mayor JB Burke addressed the over 100 supporters of the Georgia Archives about a pending decision to limit public access. Mayor Burke eloquently spoke against the decision reminding us of the Archives importance and service to all Georgians including residents, students and historians. Joining other regional dignitaries was Morrow Mayor Pro-Tem, Jeanell Bridges.

Budget cuts reducing the Archives staff of ten to only a staff of three will reduce the public's access by a very limited "by appointment only" basis. During the rally, the audience was reminded that if the decision stands, the State of Georgia will be the only State with no full-time access to historical records.

If you are interested in signing a petition to save the Archives, please access the petition through Facebook Here.

Morrow's Pathway and Underpass

The Morrow Pathway underpass construction is complete! The pedestrian and bicycle underpass at Morrow Station Park near the entrance of the University will allow active residents and visitors to run or bike under Highway 54/Jonesboro Road and continue to the 1.5 miles of Morrow Pathway trails.

City of Morrow Resident Honors Local Fire and Police

To show his appreciation for the men and women of public safety, in honor of this day, 9/11, Mr. John Marxen graciously provided lunch to the City of Morrow Police and Fire personnel as well as the entire city staff. Mr. John Marxen is a long time Morrow resident whose grandfather served as a career Fireman and Fire Chief. While the cookout was fun and delicious, it was an important reminder that we suffered great loss that day, 11 years ago and the sacrifices of our Nation's public safety professionals should never be forgotten. During a brief speech, Mr. Marxen honored us all by sharing remarks from former President Georgia Bush. Mr. Marxen added, "You all share in that sacrifice... Thank you for all you do." A moment of silence was observed while "Taps" played in memory of all the men and women lost in 9/11.

FreedomFest 2012

Thankfully as American citizens, we can all stand united in the freedom we enjoy. Freedoms that we remember were earned through the wisdom, courage and blood of our forefathers along with the brave men and women who serve now in our Armed Forces and those who have served and sacrificed through the years.

FreedomFest 2012 celebrated our unity, pride and freedom. Morrow Business & Tourism Association, directed by Mike Twomey, supported by the hard work of the staff and made possible by the commitment of our many wonderful volunteers, presented our community with an exciting mix of music, food, activities, information and, of course, a fireworks extravaganza.

Even the record high temperatures did not stop the community from coming out to celebrate our Nation's Independence. Morrow Mayor JB Burke was on hand to welcome all of our citizens and guests, and the fireworks began at the close of our National Anthem sung by Sylvia Redic, Morrow's Grant Administrator.

Scout Troup #4344 Visits City Council Meeting

Boy Scout Troup #4344 associated with the 1st Baptist Church in Morrow, practiced civic responsibility by attending the June 26, 2012 City Council meeting. These young men are the future leaders of tomorrow!

2012 "Most Beautiful Yard" Contest Winners!

On 6/26/2012 at the City of Morrow council meeting, Mayor JB Burke congratulates 1st place winner Eugenia Green.

Morrow PD Raises Money For Special Olympics

On June 21, 2012, in partnership with Joe's Crab Shack, the Morrow Police Department participated in "Tip A Cop" program to raise money for the Special Olympics.

It was a fun day where Police personnel served and waited tables, as well as danced all for the Special Olympics. In addition to the tips which totaled $1,512.70, Joe's Crab Shack donated 10% of sales from anyone that came in with a coupon in support of this program. That 10% donation totaled $1,796.43.

In total Joe's Crab Shack and the Morrow Police Department raised $3,309.13 for the Special Olympics.

What a great day! Thank you to everyone that came out in support of this event. Police Chief Leighty stated, when he gave a report to the Mayor and Council, that he was "...humbled and proud for the support of the Mayor, Council and City of Morrow employees."

Mr. Buck Shirley Honored

Mayor JB Burke announced through a Proclamation that June 12, 2012 is "Buck Shirley Day" for the City of Morrow. At the June 12, 2012, Council meeting Mayor Burke read a Proclamation honoring Mr. (Buck) Shirley as the Oldest Continuous Living Morrow Resident (since 1933) Buck served 10 years as volunteer Fire Chief, served on the City Council, and currently serves on the City of Morrow Planning and Zoning Board and Downtown Development Authority. Buck was support at the meeting by his wife of 58+ years, Carolyn . Carolyn was recognized at the meeting for her ten (10) years of volunteer service with the Morrow Business and Tourism group. Congratulations Buck!

City of Morrow Recycle News

Are you a member of Recyclebank? Signing up is easy - and you can earn "Free Stuff" and "Discounts" through recycling points. Go to to sign up today.

Cumulative Statistics through April 2012 for the City of Morrow:
1,054 Households participating in recycling
71.5 tons of recycling collected
1054 rewards points redeemed
$820.20 rewards points value

Republic Services and Recyclebank representatives will be present at the June 30, 2012 FreedomFest to assist in signing up for the Recyclebank rewards program. Recycling starts with you. Join today for our future!

MBTA Volunteers & Staff Service Awards

Recently the Mayor, Council and MBTA Executive Director Michael Sakowitz-Twomey recognized volunteers & staff for their service to the City.

Pictured here are: (front row, left to right) Eloise Belle Isle, Grace Cogman, Annette Rozinski, Roxie Romine, Shirley Watterson, George Jeburk, Goody Johnson; (back row) Lori Wade, Jeanell Bridges, Mike Twomey, Janice Lockhart, Bob Huie. Also pictured, Mike Twomey with Carolyn Shirley.

Officer M. Sutton Receives Life Saving Award!

On 5/2/2012, Officer M. Sutton was at Southlake Mall food court when he was advised of a female choking. Officer Sutton immediately responded to the location where he found the female to be conscious but having difficulty breathing. While on the scene, the female took a sip of her drink at which time she became unable to breathe on her own.

Recognizing that this was a life threatening situation, Officer Sutton proceeded to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the female. After several thrusts, Officer Sutton was able to dislodge the food from the female's throat. The female was then able to breathe on her own. Officer Sutton's quick actions resulted in preventing a possible loss of life for the victim.

This action on Officer Sutton's part brought great credit upon himself, the City of Morrow, and the Morrow Police Department. We commend him for his action!

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