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Coweta Facilities Re-named

Post Date:12/14/2007

Coweta County News Release
For Immediate Release: Contact Patricia Palmer:
November 20, 2007 770-254-2603

County facilities named
Library re-named for Powell-Range for Scogin

The Coweta County Commission voted for the official renaming of two county facilities at its November 6th meeting. The Newnan-Coweta Public Library will soon be known as the A. Mitchell Powell, Jr., Public Library, in memory and honor of the late county attorney and school board chair. In addition, the county shooting range will be named in memory and honor of the late Jimmy Scogin, who was a heavy equipment operator, a state certified corrections officer and a certified training officer with the Coweta County Road Department.

Powell was Coweta County attorney for 18 years. He advised county leaders on legal matters through the most vigorous time of growth this county has seen.

“Mitch was one of the finest people to ever work for Coweta County. He was smart, honest and fair and always had the best interests of the county and its citizens at heart,” said Theron Gay, Coweta County Administrator. “Those who knew him also know that, naming this library in his memory, is a perfect fit for the kind of man he was.”

Powell believed in the value of an education and in the benefits of being “well-read.” His wife, Anne, is the school librarian at Smokey Road Middle School and together they had a varied and vast collection of books. Powell was also Coweta County School Board Chairman where he devoted many hours and much expertise to the continuous improvement of education for Coweta children.

“Renaming the Newnan-Coweta Public Library for Mitch is especially appropriate because of his life long love of learning and his love for his hometown,” said Tim Higgins, Coweta County Commission Chairman. Powell was a native Newnanite, only leaving for a short time to earn a Masters Degree in Theology from Harvard University in 1987. He also earned a Bachelors degree, cum laude, from Shorter University in 1975, and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University in 1978.

County officials have discussed this change with members of the Newnan City Council and Newnan Mayor Keith Brady, along with board members of the Newnan-Coweta library.

In the same complex as the Newnan-Coweta Public Library, ironic and fitting, sits the Asa Mitchell Powell, Sr. Expo Center. The Expo Center is named in honor of Mitch’s father, who has also dedicated much of his life to making our community a better place.

James “Jimmy” Scogin died June 25, 2007 as a result of injuries he suffered in April while on the job supervising inmates on a tree removal project.

As a part of his job, Scogin worked on many projects and buildings in the county, including the Prison Firing range. He worked on the building of the range and then served as a trainer for the facility.

“Jimmy was the driving force behind the building of the Prison Firing Range,” said Coweta County Prison Warden Bill McKenzie. “He donated many hours to getting this range operational and then helped train other corrections officers.”

The range is located across the bypass from the Coweta County Prison and is used by Coweta County Corrections officers and serves many agencies from local to state to federal for recertification of law enforcement officers.


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