clear
Sunday February 7th, 2016 5:37AM

Cornelia pays tribute to former officer

By Rob Moore Reporter
CORNELIA - Before any business was conducted at Tuesday night's Cornelia City Commission meeting, Mayor J.C. Irby paused to pay tribute to former Cornelia Police Capt. J.L. Smith, who died early Tuesday.

"I'd like to offer tribute to one of the citizens of Cornelia - a long-term employee and a dedicated person," Irby said.

Smith followed in his father's footsteps, serving his community through law enforcement.

"His career began in 1974 as a patrol officer," Irby said. "Growing up in Cornelia, he knew most of the citizens in the community. He was able to deal with situations with care and concern, and had the respect of most everyone in the county."

Smith worked for Cornelia for nearly three decades.

"J.L. worked his way through the ranks during his 28-year tenure," Irby said. "In 2002, upon his retirement, he had reached the rank of captain. Even though he retired, Smith loved the people of Habersham County. He was a great influence on all."

Funeral services for Smith will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home in Cornelia. Burial, with full law enforcement and military honors, will follow in the Good News Baptist Church Cemetery in Cornelia.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Committee leaves transportation funding to lawmakers
Georgia will have to cover a $1 billion to $1.5 billion transportation funding gap to stay economically competitive, a committee of lawmakers is warning in a report issued Tuesday.
5:36AM ( 1 year ago )
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his...
1:51AM ( 3 hours ago )
School lockdowns now routine part of student life in Georgia
School lockdowns, and preparing for a possible intruder, have become a fact of life for many Georgia schools.
By The Associated Press
10:53PM ( 6 hours ago )
20 Hall County students chosen semifinalists for Governor's Honors Program
Twenty Hall County School District students have been selected as Semifinalists for the Governor’s Honors Program
By AccessWDUN staff
9:00PM ( 8 hours ago )
More than 20 people arrested by Georgia, Tennessee authorities on sex-related charges
Authorities say more than 20 people have been arrested on charges related to sex trafficking and online exploitation of children in Tennessee and Georgia.
By The Associated Press
6:00PM ( 11 hours ago )
Gainesville-based food bank benefits from Kroger 'Can Hunger' food drive
Thanks to the Gainesville area’s support, it was another record-breaking year for Kroger’s annual “Can Hunger” Food Drive.
By AccessWDUN staff
5:14PM ( 12 hours ago )