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Chairman candidate cited by county code enforcement
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Hubert White, a Democratic candidate for county chairman, has been cited by Newton County Code Enforcement for garbage debris. However, most of the trash has already been cleaned up, according to officials.

Pamela Maxwell, code enforcement coordinator for the county, said her office gave White's company, White Enterprises, a 14-day notice earlier in the month to cleanup the property.

"I do know that White Enterprises has cleaned up a majority of the property and the only thing that's left is some tires," Maxwell said.

According to Maxwell, her office was first alerted to the condition of the property, which contained a good deal of household waste and debris before it was cleaned up, after receiving a letter of complaint from a resident on March 26.

After first contacting GDG Cook LLC/Greyland Development Group, who is still listed by the county tax assessor's office as the owner of the property, Maxwell said her office was told White Enterprises had recently purchased the property.

Geoff Griffith, who administered the cleanup of the Cook Road property on behalf of White Enterprises, said the property was 98 percent cleaned-up as of Tuesday afternoon and all that remained to be removed were several tires.

Griffith said when the property was purchased in April, GDG had already been issued a citation for the garbage.

"When we purchased the property from Greyland Realty, there had already been a citation written to Greyland," Griffith said.

Griffith said he did not know why there was a delay from the time White Enterprises purchased the property to the time it took to clean up the garbage.

Calls to White for comment were not returned as of press time.