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NeighborWorks Has Mayor and Councilman at Demolition

NeighborWorks Has Mayor and Councilman at Demolition

Columbus, GA – Mayor Teresa Tomlinson begins the demolition of Mr. Paul L. Jones’ home. 

Councilman Glen Davis (r) and Mr. Paul L. Jones, Sr. take part in demolition for NeighborWorks.
Photos by Times Staff Photographer

Columbus, GA – The street was set up for a prestigious ceremony to begin the NeighborWorks Columbus Cottage program for Mr. Paul L. Jones, Sr. He is the 2013 Columbus Cottage recipient. Mr. Jones’ home was significantly destroyed in a fire, shortly after the death of his wife of 50 years, Mrs. Bernice Marie Tolbert Jones. The repairs on the home would have been too costly for Mr. Jones, who now lives on a fixed income. He is temporarily living with one of his six children. The NeighborWorks Columbus Cottage program will begin the work on the 5th cottage home shortly. Mr. Jones was part of the Negro Baseball League and it was appropriate that Councilman Glenn Davis was present, who was a professional baseball player. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson had a hand in the ceremony as she began the demolition of the burned home. Lil “D” or Mr. Derek Greene (executive and air personality with ClearChannel) served as MC over the program before the actual demolition took place. The George W. Carver High School band took part in the program as well as Mrs. Cathy Williams, president and CEO of NeighborWorks. She remarked during the demolition ceremony that when she asks for support for the Columbus Cottage Program, her message is heard and she always gets a positive response. Spotted in the audience for the ceremony were Mr. Joe Foster, Ms. Elaine Gillespie/representative for U. S. Congressman Sanford Bishop, Radio Personality Edgar Champagne and Radio Personality Al Haynes. There was no mistake where the program took place as Columbus Police Department uniformed officers helped with the traffic flow.

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