Two area doctors, co-owners of the Tabby Power Solar Co. in Bulloch
County, have formed the Georgia Energy Trust Fund to direct part of
their company’s proceeds to the county.
And, while it will take more than a few generations – some 350
years, in fact – Savannah dermatologist Dr. Sidney P. Smith and
Brunswick pathologist Dr. Pat Godbey hope the trust fund will
eventually generate enough money to pay all of Bulloch County’s
budget and create a prototype other rural Georgia counties can
Initially, the doctors are donating 1.5 percent of the gross
receipts from their six-acre solar farm in Pembroke to the trust,
which will invest in state bonds for the county. The county will
then receive half of the earned interest, with the other half
reinvested for the county.
Interesting angle, that: they’re not directly selling the power
to the county; they’re using some of their income to buy bonds
for the county.
And they’re inviting others to do the same:
Other county solar installations, both private and public, will be
able to contribute to the fund, he said.
Will Georgia Power (or somebody) sue?
And they didn’t wait for North Carolina or New Jersey to do it first:
Smith believes the Georgia Energy Trust is the first trust fund of
its kind in the country.
“It will lead to financial independence in the counties in
which it is enacted.”
Two weeks ago today a U.S. appeals court ruled that
citizens can video police.
The actual decision is broader than that.
It’s not just about police, it’s about
“The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a
The First Amendment issue here is, as the parties frame
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
it, fairly narrow: is there a constitutionally protected right to
videotape police carrying out their duties in public? Basic First
Amendment principles, along with case law from this and other
circuits, answer that question unambiguously in the affirmative.
It is firmly established that the First Amendment’s
aegis extends further than the text’s proscription on laws