As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Crescent, GA, is for your family.
At Liberty Heating & Air, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.
When you choose Liberty Heating & Air, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.
We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Crescent, GA.
Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Crescent, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.
We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.
Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Air over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:
We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.
We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.
We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Air, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Crescent, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Crescent has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.
From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Crescent, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.
Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Air is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.
We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.
Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Crescent and the surrounding area:
Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Air, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.
Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.
If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.
Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.
South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Crescent can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Air a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.
Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:
Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Air, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.
As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:
You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Crescent. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.
Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.
If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Air.
You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.
As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.
If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.
If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.
When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, a one-time walkon and now a two-time national champion, is the winner of the annual Manning Award presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.“I obviously couldn’t be here without my teammates,” Bennett said Monday on a Zoom news conference. “I got sacked nine times this year. I owe a lot to my offensive line.”Quipped Archie Manning, the patriarch of the first family of quarterbacks, “I beat that in Chicago in one game,” referring to a game with the Saints ...
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, a one-time walkon and now a two-time national champion, is the winner of the annual Manning Award presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
“I obviously couldn’t be here without my teammates,” Bennett said Monday on a Zoom news conference. “I got sacked nine times this year. I owe a lot to my offensive line.”
Quipped Archie Manning, the patriarch of the first family of quarterbacks, “I beat that in Chicago in one game,” referring to a game with the Saints in which he was sacked 11 times.
Bennett was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy last summer.
“The coolest thing for me,” Bennett said, “is we went into a meeting room and talked ball. The biggest thing was meeting all the fellow (counselors). Getting to know them – we’ve still got a group chat … and we cheer each other on.”
The Manning Award is different from the other annual college football awards in that it takes into account the postseason.
“I think it’s one of the great stories ever in college football,” said Archie Manning of Bennett. “Just an unbelievable run through the postseason this year.”
In the SEC Championship win over LSU, the CFP semifinal at the Peach Bowl victory over Ohio State and the CFP national championship game triumph over TCU, Bennett earned most outstanding player honors in each game while completing 73 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns.
“The postseason – that’s where football is played,” Bennett said. “I think it is the most prestigious quarterback award in the country.”
Bennett’s starting center the last two years, Warren Easton graduate Sedrick Van Pran, announced Friday he will return for the 2023 season.
“Sed is that constant,” Bennett said. “He doesn’t get hurt, he plays every single snap and he loves football. I don’t know if he loves his teammates or football more. (Offensive linemen) don’t get the credit they deserve. He’s gonna help whoever (is the starting quarterback next year). He’s been on the biggest stage and in the biggest games and knows what it’s like to be a leader.”
Bennett said he will train for the NFL Draft at Apex Sports in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I told people coming out of high school and coming up to Georgia, it’s the same concept,” he said. “Once you get to the NFL, it’s the same thing. My job is to go out there and play football.”
Archie Manning got to know Bennett when grandson Arch was on the recruiting circuit, making four visits to Athens before ultimately deciding on the University of Texas.
“I had an opportunity on each occasion to spend time with Stetson,” Archie Manning said. “We all got to know him better and made his entire journey so much fun for us.”
Likewise, Bennett understands the importance of the Manning name. “I remember my dad telling me when I was growing up, ‘Watch Peyton and Eli. They do it right,’” he said. “(The Manning Passing Academy) is different than any other camp. Longevity is built from character, truth and solid people. I can’t think of a higher honor or award, besides being voted a captain.”
Later this year, Bennett will come to New Orleans to accept the Manning Award.
Brian Kelly and his staff parlayed an outstanding 2022 recruiting class at LSU bolstered by crafty additions through the transfer portal into a very successful 10-win inaugural campaign.Some ask if Kelly set the bar too high for future teams? He overachieved during his rookie year in Baton Rouge, but we must recognize the way he has organized the program since the conclusion of 2022. Sure, like every program in college football, the transfer portal has eroded away at some of LSU’s roster but for every player who departed, the do...
Brian Kelly and his staff parlayed an outstanding 2022 recruiting class at LSU bolstered by crafty additions through the transfer portal into a very successful 10-win inaugural campaign.
Some ask if Kelly set the bar too high for future teams? He overachieved during his rookie year in Baton Rouge, but we must recognize the way he has organized the program since the conclusion of 2022. Sure, like every program in college football, the transfer portal has eroded away at some of LSU’s roster but for every player who departed, the door swings open for a capable replacement.
LSU’s last signing class was golden, producing both starting offensive tackles – Will Campbell and Emery Jones – along with tight end Mason Taylor. Not mention, it included five-star linebacker Harold Perkins,w ho has stardom written all over him. Defensive end Quency Wiggins has just scratched the surface in the transition process from basketball to the football field full time, and he can develop into a dominant presence along the defensive line over time.
So who will be the freshmen newcomers from the ’23 class to make the biggest splash?
Offensive lineman Lance Heard, a five-star arrival from Neville High possessing a truckload of talent and ability, also has high expectations to play a prominent role quickly. Does he replace one of the young tackles or move inside?
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Heard has the required skill and attitude to be a compelling option who may be best suited to tackle. Some suggest that could lead to Jones moving to guard. If Heard isn’t a starter early, it will be difficult to keep him off the field for long.
Defensive end Dashawn Womack (6-5, 240) had 48 tackles (inclding 26 TFL), 15 sacks, five pressures and five fumbles recoveries last season. He will be an early enrollee.
As an edge rusher, Womack is advanced with enough athleticism to throw his hat in the ring for playing time in 2023. Add to the equation that B.J. Ojulari and Al Gaye left for the NFL and you have obvious vacancies. Womack is one who could make an immediate impact. He should become an integral part of the defense in short order.
Wide receiver Jalen Brown (6-1, 170), the product of Gulliver High in Miami, Fla. With 10.66 speed in the 100-meters, has the skills to take the top off of a defense. The hometown Hurricanes and Michigan both made a big push to sign him but Brown had the goal to play in the SEC.
Brown has worked to become even more explosive and faster while showing potential to make contested catches as more than just a deep threat. Although possessing a slight frame, he will gain strength once he arrives on campus.
Kelly recruited Brown while at Notre Dame and LSU receivers coach Cortez Hankton handled duties trying to get him to go to Georgia while he was there.
Javien Toviano (6-0, 185) will also be an early enrollee. The coveted cornerback narrowed his finalists to LSU, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and Texas A&M after compiling 105 tackles in high school with 19 passes broken up and three interceptions, returning two for scores.
The five star is very muscular and changes direction flawlessly, transitioning well with receivers. Toviano comes off the backpedal easily and plays comfortably in press coverage. One can assume he can excel on special teams.
Versatile enough to line up at corner or safety, Tovinano will join a crowded position group at the former spot with veterans arriving from the transfer portal. He is good enough to assert himself as an viable option this season.
Tight end Ka’Morreun Pimpton (6-6, 237) is a great fit for LSU’s offense. You will soon discover why Tiger coaches coveted his potential. With his size, physicality and catching radius, he could have a similar impact that Mason Taylor had last season. They could play together often. The tight end spot is one that is in need of quality competition.
The fact that LSU’s running back position is somewhat unsettled will present an opportunity for Holly, who played on the Union Parish varsity team as an eighth grader, to see the field as a true freshman.
Similar in stature and style to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Holly has tremendous drive and balance. He hits second gear in a hurry and excels at gaining yards after contact. He will compete during spring drills.
Whit Weeks (6-3, 215) followed his brother West, a transfer from Virginia, to LSU. Their father David was a team captain and All-SEC performer in 1995 at Georgia.
Last season as a senior, Whit totaled 104 tackles (19 TFL) and 2.0 sacks with three interceptions. Very athletic, he arrives to help an area of need.
LSU hopes to lessen the blow following the loss of 2022 four-star Demario Tolan to the portal, and the younger Weeks has coverage ability that could help him see the field early. Weeks was the No. 11 rated linebacker in the ’23 class.
Ryan Yaites (6-2, 190) out of Denton, Texas will be an early enrollee. He is a good run stuffer and runs the alley with authority from the safety position. Yaites can line up at corner as well, and he should be a versatile special teamer. He has similar size and skills at this stage of two-time All-American safety Grant Delpit.
Running back Trey Holly (5-8, 190, 4.4) is an early enrollee who needs not introduction in Louisiana. The Union Parish product is the all-time rushing king in Louisiana prep history with 10,523 yards along with 146 touchdowns. He has 12,600 all purpose yards and 160 total scores.
Shelton Sampson (6-4, 190, 4.35), the big play machine our of Catholic-Baton Rouge, has all the prerequisites to work his way into the receiver rotation this season. Somewhat reminiscent of former LSU stars Michael Clayton and Terrace Marshall, Sampson is ready to see the field. He will arrive in time for spring.
Sampson has great length as a long strider who gains separation with ease. Sampson wins the 50/50 balls, making him a superb red zone option. He uses his size and strength well as a blocker on the edge.
D.J. Chester (6-4, 335), another exciting offensive line prospect out of Conyers, Ga., does not face major pressure to play early. I may not anticipate him wrestling away a starting spot immediately, but don’t undersell him as an early enrollee. He is versatile enough to play anywhere along the line, and his future may lie at Center.
The fifth rated player in the state of Georgia for 2023, Chester was recruited to LSU personally by offensive line coach Brad Davis.
Kaleb Jackson (5-11, 220), four-star running back from Liberty Magnet with 10.66 speed in the 100, is a physical runner with all the tools to get a major look during spring drills. He had 2,031 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior in 2021, but was limited in ’22 due to an injury in the season opener.
With his size, it is no surprise Jackson runs through tackles. He is a north-south runner who can bounce outside Jackson’s burst to reach the second level in an instant helps make him a legitimate home run threat.
Aaron Anderson arrives in time for spring training. Yes, I know that he is not a ’23 signee but the former five-star star who ended up with Alabama in 2022 spent most of last season nursing an injury. It’s like he is a redshirt freshman ready to compete for snaps on offense and special teams now that he is in Baton Rouge.
The 5-9, 185 pounder is a dynamic, explosive playmaker with sub-4.4 speed. While a senior at Edna Karr in ’21, JAckson snared 74 passes for 926 yards and 16 touchdowns while returning six kicks for scores. During his career with the Cougars he returned an eye-opening 20 kicks for touchdowns.
Anyone who saw LSU’s return game in 2022 knows a talent like Anderson has a chance to make a major impact if he wins a job fielding kicks or punts. He can also turn a short pass into a long touchdown.
After recently retiring from his decades-long career as a renowned economic tracker for Wells Fargo & Co., Mark Vitner has taken his passion for analyzing the industry to a more boutique level.Vitner — a resounding voice for Charlotte's regional economy — ...
After recently retiring from his decades-long career as a renowned economic tracker for Wells Fargo & Co., Mark Vitner has taken his passion for analyzing the industry to a more boutique level.
Vitner — a resounding voice for Charlotte's regional economy — officially left Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) last September. His tenure at the San Francisco-based bank included commentaries that were nationally picked up and encompassed a full economic breakdown.
Vitner's devotion to dissecting the economy never went away following his retirement.
Last December, Vitner launched Piedmont Crescent Capital — a local boutique advisory firm that provides economic consulting services to a wide range of businesses, trade groups and municipalities in the local and outside region. Becoming a business owner was a longtime ambition for Vitner, and he finally found the right time to make it happen.
Vitner — who lives in the Charlotte area — doesn't envision operating the economics firm on a scale such as Wells Fargo, but he hopes to have a handful of recurring clients to provide them with the resources they need for optimal decision-making. As chief economist at Piedmont, Vitner will regularly publish reports on economic indicators, real estate and regional economic conditions. He is also available to speak to business leaders, policymakers, forecasters and corporate planners at client engagements.
While still not completely retired from the workforce, Vitner has enjoyed the greater flexibility and freedom he's gained from leaving a large corporation. That includes more time with family, diving into new hobbies and traveling, among other endeavors.
Vitner recently spoke with the Charlotte Business Journal about what's in store for his new business, his transition from corporate economist to entrepreneur and his life post-retirement. His answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.
Why did you start Piedmont Crescent Capital, and what's your vision for the company?
Well, essentially, I've always wanted to have my own business, which is one of the reasons that I choose to retire a little early — so I would have time to go out there and do it. One of the things that I've always enjoyed working as an economist was the interactions that I had with businesses. And it's really where the rubber meets the road in terms of economics and figuring out how the economy impacts a business and what they can do to plan their operations and deal with the ups and downs in the economy. And so, my plan for Piedmont Crescent Capital is to work with just a handful of customers where in a sense, I will be a part-time economist. I'm looking for engaging businesses that do not have an economist and probably do not need a full-time economist on their staff but could benefit from having an economist there when they need them. I plan on writing on most major economic reports, but I'm not going to publish nearly as much as I did when I was working at Wells. But I'm still going to be publishing regular economic reports. I will be adding local economic outlooks for the Carolinas and Charlotte and other states that I'm covering closely — most of which are going to be in the South. I'll still cover California and Texas just because of their importance to many of the businesses that I'm working with.
It's been just over four months following your retirement in September. How have you spent that time off?
It took me a while to unwind in terms of turning off CNBC, and I get the Wall Street Journal every day, so I still read the Journal. I never really turned off my analysis of the economy. I didn't take that much of a break. But I have spent a little bit more time in the gym and hiking and skiing. So I have been enjoying a little bit more leisure time, which is something that I really wanted to do.
How long have you wanted to establish your own business?
It's always been a dream of mine to have my own firm, but at the same time, I really enjoyed working for Wells Fargo. Being an economist at a major bank had a lot of advantages to it, too. So I've always wanted to do it. It always seemed like, well, maybe next year. I probably came up with the name Piedmont Crescent Capital and the idea for the business maybe four or five years ago. It really was kind of in the back of my head as to what I wanted to do. And other than registering the name, I didn't do anything else. I just kind of kept it and said when the time's right, I'll do this. And I kind of was thinking about it and came up with what my basic plan is, which is pretty straightforward. I want to work with a handful of companies. I don't want to work with so many companies that I can't give them the attention that they need. But I want to have a variety of businesses that keeps it very interesting to me and makes the best use of my experience.
How has the transition treated you from working at Wells Fargo to becoming an entrepreneur?
It's been pretty seamless. You do miss the interaction that you have. One thing Wells has that I didn't have is the access to so much information. Working at an investment bank, you've got what seems to be unlimited resources. And I had to go out and shop for them. Everything that I had at Wells Fargo, I've been able to go out and find them on my own. But that had challenges because I had to learn new software. When you're working for yourself, you've got to do all of those things. And I knew that, because part of my job at Wells Fargo was working with small businesses. And I used to always tell people what people don't understand about small-business owners is that they're not only the president and CEO of that small business, but they're also the human resource officer and the compliance officer, and they're the No. 1 and No. 2 best salesperson. So I'm getting to live that myself now.
What’s it like to be your own boss and have more flexibility for personal commitments?
It's great from that perspective. It's great so that you have the freedom. I was actually giving a presentation in Columbus, Georgia, and I didn't get back home until like 1 a.m. And so on Friday there wasn't any economic news, and it was the day ahead of a long weekend. So I spent a little bit of time with the kids before they went back to their home, and they went back to college on Sunday. And it's nice to have that freedom. Quite frankly though, since Covid, you've had a lot more freedom working in a large corporate environment, too. So something like that probably would have been possible even when I was at Wells, but certainly it's nicer not even having to think about it. You can get even more flexibility than you would working in a large corporation.
What Charlotte-area community engagements are you still active in?
Well, I took a little bit of a break there. They were winding down and I'm not serving on any boards. I've been asked by a couple, but I really thought that I should put my full attention into getting Piedmont Crescent Capital up and running and securing some clients. And really I only want a handful of clients, and I'm more than halfway to my goal for the first year. But I don't want to get involved on the boards until I know what the time commitment is going to be for me to run this business. I'm still serving on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia, but I've been on that board for a long time.
What are some of your goals for Piedmont Crescent Capital moving forward?
My immediate goal is to have five clients that I'll work as a fractional economist for. So basically two client tiers. Companies that I would work as a fractional economist for in different industries, so I would be their economist but not on their payroll. But then I have other clients that I just do presentations for and I have a large number of clients, probably 15 to 20 clients, that I give two or three presentations a year for. My goal is to build that book of recurring business. And along with that, my very immediate goal is to streamline the publication process. Because in a large company, you write the report, you know somebody else who's making the graphs for you. You have other people that are going to proof it, lay it out and edit it. For myself, when I produce a report, I have to do everything. I have to make the graphs. I have to write it, edit it and put it up on the web. That process, I would like to get better at that in the near term. It's a learning process because there's new software that I've had to learn. I've always had this fear that I would be bored. I don't think I've been bored in my life, so I don't ever want to be. But I have really enjoyed going into business for myself, and the thought of going into business for yourself is a little scary. In my circumstance, I've already worked a very long career, so I kind of look at it as something that I've always wanted to do before I truly retired from the workplace.
Parades are reserved for Mardi Gras and other special occasions in New Orleans.Those special parade occasions include St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish-Italian Parade, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Bayou Classic, Easter, the Children’s Hospital Holiday Parade, and sometimes others.Of course, we are always looking for a reason to celebrate.That is the nature of being from this area.It is one of the endearing, enticing, enthralling, entertaining, excellent aspects of being from or living in the New Orleans are...
Parades are reserved for Mardi Gras and other special occasions in New Orleans.
Those special parade occasions include St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish-Italian Parade, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Bayou Classic, Easter, the Children’s Hospital Holiday Parade, and sometimes others.
Of course, we are always looking for a reason to celebrate.
That is the nature of being from this area.
It is one of the endearing, enticing, enthralling, entertaining, excellent aspects of being from or living in the New Orleans area.
To witness the exuberance of long-starving Tulane fans and newly minted Green Wave fans over the past month has been very encouraging.
Rick Jones brought Tulane baseball to a new level, the pinnacle of success with a pair of College World Series appearances.
Perry Clark resurrected a basketball program from the depths of the death penalty to being an NCAA tournament team more than once.
Lisa Stockton grew a women’s basketball program into a consistent winner and postseason team on several occasions.
Then, there was football.
The record speaks for itself and it has been detailed, disappointingly, on many occasions both here on my radio shows and in mass media, period.
In fact, while we have always paid attention to Tulane football on our radio shows and here at CrescentCitySports.com, mass media coverage diminished over time, due to the vast de-emphasizing of newspapers, an overall lack of local radio shows and with television stations simply prioritizing coverage to other entities, outside of game coverage.
Now, at least for now, all of that has changed.
What a month it has been in Tulane football history!
While the 1998 team which went unbeaten and finished seventh in the nation remains the standard for Tulane football, the euphoria and momentum of that season was tempered, if not doused with cold water with the immediate departure of Tommy Bowden for Clemson and “Winnebagos on Wednesdays,” the infamous phrase used to describe the decision by Bowden to depart.
Then Tulane president Scott Cowen uttered the phrase at the press conference announcing Bowden’s departure, citing what Bowden wanted Tulane to become in football. Cowen later parlayed that phrase into a book.
Tulane was nowhere near to making that kind of commitment to football under Cowen.
Fast forward to the 2022 season.
The Green Wave earned a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
For the first time ever, Tulane earned the opportunity to host that game.
Then, the Green Men extracted revenge in a huge 45-28 win over Central Florida.
It appeared history was repeating itself.
Then came Georgia Tech.
Then came word that Willie Fritz would likely depart.
The bright light of shining success was again ready to be darkened quickly.
Against USC, Tulane played.
Trailing late, some fans prayed.
A brilliant rally led to a program now made.
Then came the parade.
Literally thousands showed out on campus to show their new heroes Sunday.
Students, largely apathetic for decades about the sport, on or off campus at the Superdome, got engaged as the 2022 season progressed and were out in force Sunday.
Now, the trick is to keep them on the train and to keep the train rolling.
Fritz, who has been named national Coach of the Year by two different entities, went from being a day, an hour, perhaps a minute or second away from a move to Atlanta, now says he want to retire as the head coach in New Orleans with the guys wearing olive green and sky blue.
What a difference a month makes!
Bowden remains a friend, a good man who did a great job in a brief period at Tulane.
There was no reason to cast blame at him leaving for a much bigger program in a big conference with a big budget and big aspirations. After all, Clemson had won a national championship in 1981 and would win twice more with Bowden’s successor. It was a huge step up, at the time.
While Georgia Tech plays in the same conference as Clemson and has been a national champion, most recently in 1990, it did not have the advantages that Clemson has, including budget commitment, facilities or attendance. It is much harder to win consistently at Tech than at Clemson.
Tech clearly wanted Fritz to make the commitment immediate and depart Tulane before its Cotton Bowl game with USC.
Fritz, an honest, likeable man of character, was not going that route.
He stayed the course.
Tulane won, of course.
Now the course of the journey is set with a steady hand steering the ship and with Tulane finally having a chance to cement itself as a consistent winner in the sport that matters most with a coach who can accomplish the elusive feat who has the support of his university president and athletic director to make necessary commitments and improvements to keep the Green Wave at or near the top of its revamped conference.
It is not far-fetched but rather realistic, if not rather easy to believe that Michael Fitts and Troy Dannen will commit to making Tulane competitive nationally in the sport that matters most for many years to come. Now is the time.
You can no longer throw shade at Tulane football.
Instead, you can throw a parade while keeping an eye out for Winnebagos on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays.
Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol this Monday. The House will convene at 9:30 a.m. You can watch the session live here.Members of the Georgia House of Representatives will have a new speaker following the death of Speaker David Ralston. A January 3 special elect...
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol this Monday. The House will convene at 9:30 a.m. You can watch the session live here.
Members of the Georgia House of Representatives will have a new speaker following the death of Speaker David Ralston. A January 3 special election to fill the seat has gone to a runoff scheduled for January 31. Sheree Ralston, the late speaker’s wife, will face Johnny Chastain in the District 5 contest. Ralston is executive director, and Chastain is a board member, of the Fannin County Development Authority.
Some big issues likely to come up this session are pay increases for law enforcement officers, online sports betting, and legalizing casinos.
The Clayton County Legislative Delegation met with various stakeholders in September to set its priorities for this session. Those stakeholders included Clayton County Public Schools and Atlanta Tech on education, Clayton Center on mental health, Clayton County Government, Judge Will Simmons and Judge Robert Mack on Superior Court, Judge Keisha Wright Hill on Magistrate Court, and Carol Yancey of Oakwood Trails Neighborhood Watch on the Clayton County Ethics Board. (The Ethics Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday night.)
Among the first House members to prefile bills this session are Rep. Sandra Scott (D-76) and Rep. Kim Schofield (D-63). Scott was named Minority Chief Deputy Whip for the House. The “whip” is the person who keeps party members in line on a given vote. In the Georgia House, that will be Rep. Sam Park (D-107, Lawrenceville), Georgia’s first Asian-American to hold the position. Rep. James Beverly (D-143, Macon) will serve as Georgia House Minority Leader.
Scott has prefiled the following:
Schofield prefiled HB10, which would require the Georgia Secretary of State to provide a secure electronic voting portal for visually-impaired voters. The portal would allow visually-impaired voters to vote the correct absentee ballot on their own devices, print it out and mail it to their board of registrars, or send in their ballot by e-mail.
HB1, the “Georgia Pro-Birth Accountability Act,” which is sponsored by Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick (D-95, Lithonia), would require the state of Georgia to compensate women who are “compelled by the state to carry the pregnancy to term and give birth to a child” because of Georgia’s so-called “heartbeat” law banning abortion after six weeks. (While electrical impulses can be detected in the zygote at six weeks, a fetal heart does not develop until about ten weeks into a pregnancy.) The bill would entitle pregnant women, who would have to file an affidavit, to:
No prefiles were listed on the Senate side as of press time Sunday night. The new lieutenant governor, Burt Jones, will preside over the Georgia Senate. Jones, a Trump loyalist who won Trump’s endorsement, was one of the fake electors who attempted to install Trump after the November 2020 election, did a brief turn in Clayton County during his campaign with several Black business owners at a closed event at Ray’s Southern Foods in Forest Park. Last July, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney blocked Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from pursuing charges against Jones, citing the fact that Willis had held a fundraiser for Jones’ opponent, Democrat Charlie Bailey.
Clayton County is represented at the Gold Dome by these elected officials. Note that some legislators listed below may not be based in Clayton County but may represent parts of Clayton County due to new maps the Georgia Assembly approved after the 2020 Census. Those maps were not posted on each legislator’s page throughout the last session. As of press time Sunday night, the Georgia Assembly website still has not posted new district maps showing detailed current boundaries on each member’s official page.
You can see general outlines of the House and Senate districts below, as well as how the reapportionment committee divided the population count within Clayton County by commission and school board districts. You also can download or order more detailed files and maps. Maggie Lee at Atlanta Civic Circle made maps that let you zoom in at street level here.
121-H State CapitolAtlanta, GA 30334Office: (404) 463-5260
420-A State CapitolAtlanta, GA 30334Office: (404) 656-5095
409-C Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.Atlanta, GA 30334Office: (404) 656-0116
Rep. Sandra ScottD-76, Rex
611-D Coverdell Legislative Office BuildingAtlanta, GA 30334Office: (404) 656-0314
While your elected officials work for you, they’re more likely to respond positively to someone who is polite and prepared. Provide them with specific information about your concern. Get to the point and ask them for what you want: help solving a problem, their vote on a particular bill or issue.
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities offers this handy advice for contacting your legislators.
Your best bet by far is to take MARTA. Public parking is expensive and limited.
You can take the 196 bus to the airport, then transfer to the eastbound MARTA train and get off at the Georgia State station. You’ll need to walk about two blocks to get to the Capitol building. Enter on the side of the Capitol that faces the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.
You also can park and ride by catching the GRTA Xpress 440 or 441 bus from Clayton County to downtown.
Be aware that you will need to go through security and present your ID to enter the Capitol building. The House is on one side; the Senate is on the other. Visitors generally can watch from the gallery but are not allowed to disrupt the proceedings.
You might run into your elected official(s) outside the chambers, where dozens of lobbyists wait to cut deals with them. Check which groups are paying lobbyists to work the room for their cause here.
You also can take a self-guided tour or schedule a guided tour of the Capitol Museum, which includes historic portraits of elected officials and notable Georgians like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Clayton County’s own Sparkle K. Adams, as well as battle flags, artifacts related to Georgia politics and history, and a two-headed calf.
More redistricting maps you might want include: