Town of Forkland breaks ground for Dollar General store

The Town of Forkland, (Greene County, AL) symbolically broke ground on Friday, August 30, 2019 for its first Dollar General retail store, which will be located on Alabama State Highway Hwy 43. The bulldozers had already begun to turn up the ground for construction of the store that is expected to hire 6 to 10 employees at the start.
In the opening ceremony, Travis Wilson, District Manager for Dollar General, stated that the Forkland store is a new prototype.
“The Forkland store is unique. There will not be another like it in the District, which now has a total of 20 stores. It will have home and domestic goods; larger capacity for frozen and chill goods,” he said.
He confirmed that Dollar General is in the process for securing a manager for the store, who is expected to be a local resident and he added that the number of employees could increase depending on the growth. Wilson also acknowledged that there will be growth opportunities for associates to “climb the ladder.”
In his remarks, Wilson noted that Dollar General is always excited to get involved with serving the community, providing access to affordable goods. “ I love the excitement I see here today for the Dollar General store. I assure you Dollar General its just as excited to be a part of this community.”
According to Wilson, the Forkland store should be completed by mid November.
Forkland Mayor Charlie McAlpine shared Reflections of the process the town went through in developing the partnership with Dollar General. “We wanted to develop a strategic plan and wanted all of Forkland to participate in this planning,” he stated.
McAlpine explained that if you are going to do business, you have to be set up for business. “You have to get your house in order, and our house is in order. We are financially sound to do business on the level we are pursuing now,” he stated.
In his overview, the mayor shared more specifics of the town’s plans for growth. “We have started our police force. We hired our chief and will continue to grow the force. We will be activating our municipal court. We plan to build a public safety building in Forkland; expand public parking, improve recreation. We are currently working to renovate our park,” he explained.
Mayor McAlpine noted that all this will take a little time, but we are determined to meet our goals. “We have plenty on the horizon,” he exclaimed.
Forkland Clerk, Kinya Isaac Turner, presided over the Groundbreaking Ceremony, at which time she credited Team Forkland for the good work that brought them to this moment. Team Forkland members include: Mayor Charlie McAlpine; Councilman Christopher Armstead; Councilman Preston Davis; Councilwoman Samitria Gray; Councilman Willie Sashington; Councilman Joe Tuck; Kinya Isaac Turner; Lynette Woods; Mary Madison; Sylvester Hall; Thomas Smith; Carrie Jones; Scheree Datcher and Elmira Smith. McAlpine remarked to the gathering that Kinya Isaac Turner is the hardest working clerk he has ever seen.
The Welcome was brought by Forkland Mayor Pro-Temp, Joe Tucker and Invocation by Pastor Carol Branch. Mrs. Gertrude Parker shared sentiments From the Community, stating that Forkland was incorporated in 1974 and has been on the move ever since.
Robert Stewart, Outreach Coordinator from Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s office, brought greetings and proclaimed that “ Forkland is the success story of the Black Belt.”
The gathering enjoyed food and refreshments at a reception which closed out the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

School board approves personnel transfers, non-renewals and resignations

At its regular meeting held Monday, May 14, 2018, the Greene County Board of Education approved a variety of changes regarding the school system’s personnel as recommended by Superintendent, Dr. James Carter. Transfers among the central office personnel effective for the 2018-2019 school year include the following: Robert Stewart from Technology Coordinator to Truancy Officer; Cindy Taylor from Truancy Officer to Attendance Supervisor; Makane Morrow from Child Nutrition Program Director to Technology Coordinator.
Other transfers from the various school facilities effective for the next school year, include the following.
* Garry Rice from Principal at Greene County High School to Principal at Robert Brown Middle School;
* Fredrick Square, from Principal at Robert Brown Middle to Assistant Principal at RBM;
* Toice Goodson, from Principal of 9th Grade Academy at GCHS to Principal at Greene County Learning Academy;
* Barbara Martin, from Principal at Robert Brown Middle to Principal at Eutaw Primary School;
* Teresa Atkins from teacher to CNP Director;
* Patricia Rhone from Business Education Teacher at Robert Brown Middle School to Teacher at Greene County Career Center;
* Nathaniel Webb from Transportation Department to Maintenance Department;
*David Peterson from Maintenance Department to Transportation Department.
The board approved the following non-renewals recommended by the Superintendent Carter. It should be noted that individuals approved for non-renewal at the close of a school term may be called back to the school system, for the next term, on an as-needed basis.
* Eutaw Primary School Non-Renewals: Johnnie Lee, 1st Grade Teacher; Kendra Payne; 1st Grade Teacher; Fentress Means, Physical Education Teacher; Tweila Morris, Secretary; Katlin Whittle, Art Teacher; Jacqueline Allen, Reading Intervention Teacher.

* Robert Brown Middle School Non-Renewals: Teresa Atkins, Consumer Science Teacher; Justin Booth, Agro-Science Teacher; Danielle Edison, Special Education Teacher; Fredrick Holmes, Music / Band Teacher; Shunetta Kirkman, 6th Grade Teacher; Ashley Moore, 5th Grade Teacher; Cardelia Page, 5th Grade Teacher; Deborah Summerville, 7th Grade Teacher; Miakka Taylor, 8th Grade Teacher; Katlin Whittle, Art Teacher; Jacqueline Edwards, Part-Time Janitor.
*Greene County High School Non-Renewals: Justin Booth, Part-Time Physical Education/Agro-Science Teacher; Wanda Gaitor, Part-Time Secretary; Fredrick Holmes Music / Band Teacher; Fentress Means, Driver Education Teacher; Demilia Snyder, Science Teacher.
* Greene County Career Center Non-Renewals: Sondra Green, Health Science Teacher; Mary Henderson, Part-Time Secretary.
* Greene County Learning Academy, Non-Renewal: Dr. Bennie Pennington, Lead Teacher.
* Maintenance Department Non-Renewal: Carl Oliver.
* Transportation Department Non-Renewal: Gerald Holloway, Bus Driver.
The board approved the following resignations: Shennell Spears, Business Management Administration, Greene County Career Center, effective May 312, 2018; Diana Bowden, Lab Aide, RBM, effective May 26, 2018; Dr. Sharon Jennings, Principal Eutaw Primary School, effective May 31, 2018; Marsha Powell, Bus Aide, Department of Transportation, effective March 16, 2018; and Dora Hardy, Cook at Greene County High School.
The Superintendent recommended and the board approved sending letters of termination to the following personnel for Additional Service Contracts (Separate Contracts).
* Robert Brown Middle School: Corey Cockrell as Head Football Coach, B-Team Basketball Coach and Athletic Director; Henry Miles as Assistant Football Coach; Dorris Robinson as Cheerleader Sponsor; Jeffery Wesley as Head Basketball Coach.
*Greene County High School: Rodney Wesley as Head Basketball Coach & Assistant Football Coach; Kendra Payne as Head Basketball Coach (Girls); Karon Colman as Head Football Coach & Track Team Coach; Jacob Sullivan as Assistant Football Coach; Janice Jeames as Girls’ Volleyball Coach and Girls’ Basketball Coach; Frederick Holmes as Band Director; Fentress Means as Head Baseball Coach; Justin Booth as Assistant Baseball Coach; Su’Kovia Hicks as Head Softball Coach (Girls); Drenda Morton as Cheerleader Sponsor.
The board approved the following recommendations for employment as bus drivers for the Summer Enrichment Program: Felecia Davis; Marcus Steele; Teresa Hill; Eddie Coats; Ayanna Crawford; Michael Bolden; Verna Nickson.
The board also approved hiring Walter Taylor of Montgomery, AL as Interim CSFO.
In Administrative Services, the board approved Robert Brown Middle School request to travel to Six Flags Over Georgia for Math and Science Day; and payment of all bills, claims and payroll.
In other business, the board approved the 4-day work week, each day from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm, beginning the week of June 4-8, 2018 and ending the week of July 23-27, 2018. Any and all schedules that differ from the one stated above must be submitted and approved by the superintendent prior to the start date of June 4, 2018.