Closer Look: Clarkston Mayoral Debate, Louisiana District Chief; And More

Closer Look concludes its series of mayoral debates with the candidates for mayor in Clarkston, Beverly Burks and incumbent Ted Terry.
Closer Look concludes its series of mayoral debates with the candidates for mayor in Clarkston, Beverly Burks and incumbent Ted Terry.
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Last November, Georgia voters rejected Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover plan. Since then Deal has turned his focus to the First Priority Act, which was signed into law earlier this year. Under the act, the state began a search for its first Chief Turnaround Officer, and last month, Dr. Eric Thomas was hired for the Chief Turnaround Officer position. Across the nation, many states have looked to turnaround initiatives in an effort to grapple with the challenges facing school districts. Today a look at Louisiana, which created its Recovery School District in 2003 to manage what it deemed “low-performing” schools. A conversation with the district’s CEO, Kunjan Narechania.
  • 17: 33: Ray Summerour is the owner of Brenda’s Grocery Store in the Baptist Town neighborhood located in Marietta. He’s been in a seven-year long dispute with the city of Marietta, which went before the Supreme Court of Georgia, about a property he refuses to sell to the city, where it wants to build a park. This week, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in favor of Summerour, we learn more from his attorneys Harry Camp and Don Evans.
  • 26:42: Our mayoral debate series concludes with a look at the race in Clarkston. The city’s current mayor, Ted Terry, is running for re-election but faces a challenger in former Clarkston city council member, Beverly Burks. The two participate in a live, in-studio debate on their vision for the city.

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