Tucker Times - August 2019

Tucker Times Covering Tucker, Northlake, & Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 8 • AUGUST 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! As a still-new city since 2015, Tuck- er continues to impressively evolve and grow which, fairly frequently, means setting new precedents in municipal gov- ernment. That happened early last month with Tucker’s historic hire of Toni Jo Howard as the city’s first-ever Finance Director. Experienced in municipal gov- ernment and accounting, she’s the ideal person to fill this new key position. “Toni Jo is going to be a tremen- dous asset for Tucker,” predicted City Manager Tami Hamlin. “As we contin- ue our focus on financial responsibility and balanced budgeting, her expertise will be key in keeping Tucker a model Continued on page 4 John Meager got his first train set in 1945. “I figured I got it when I was seven years old and it was one of the best Christmases I ever got.” Said the Bir- mingham Alabama resident. “My mother used to tell me that she bought it on the black market because during WWII all the metal was going toward the war effort.” Meager went on to work for the railroad and says he still has that first train engine his mother gave him. Twenty-year-old Ethan O’Donoghue of Lilburn said his fascination with model trains goes back to when he was 4 or 5 years old and he saw his grandfa- thers’ train on Christmas. O’Donoghue says while most of his friends are on Xbox or PlayStation, he appreciates the level of detail that goes into model trains. Jonathan Pizza lives in Marietta and is originally from Hoboken New Jersey. “I used to ride the train every day to go to school in New York.” He says. Pizza inherited the love of model railroading from his father. “We’ve had a master layout in the family for 30 years.” Model Train Hobby Spans Generation Historic Hire: Tucker Gets First Finance Director It was all smiles for Toni Jo Howard and her hiring committee when she assumed new duties for the City of Tucker in early July. Continued on page 4 Ethan O’Donoghue (l) & John Meager check out a model train at Legacy Station in Lilburn. (Photo: Dean Hesse)