Thanksgiving means family time. Around the Head household, the next two holidays are treasured because there’s not a lot of family time

.Last weekend, while returning home from Atlanta, I thought there might not be such a thing this year. Finding flashing blue lights in my rear view mirror seem to be my specialty.

I have flashbacks of being hauled off in the back of a police cruiser to College Park every time I enter Lumber City in Telfair County. My heart skips a beat while I cruise through the county on my way to the interstate.

The palpitations happened again last weekend. As I crossed the county line into Jeff Davis County coming home, I started breathing a sigh of relief. On my drive from Hazelhurst to Baxley, I saw a familiar sight gaining in my rear view mirror.

I had set the cruise control at 63 mph, two miles below the posted speed limit. My taillights were working … what had I done?

Apparently, there is a community (Graham) where I did not see the 45 mph posted speed limit sign. At 1 a.m. in the morning, I was just trying to get home safely.

The good news, I received a warning from the Appling County deputy. He accepted my apology of blindness and let me finish my route home.

Back to Atlanta, though. The drive up was like watching a NASCAR event. At times the traffic was four-wide on I-75. I’m in one of the middle two lanes with the cruise set on 80 mph and I’m getting passed like I’m out sight-seeing.

Enroute to my destination in Clarkston, I turn onto I-285. About five miles from my exit, traffic slowed down for an off-ramp lane. I moved over a lane, looked in the rear view mirror and noticed smoke.

A vehicle, running close to 90 mph, was locking down on the brake system and sliding sideways towards the back of my vehicle. The driver let off the brakes, missed the traffic entering the off ramp, and flipped four times on the embankment.

I don’t know the outcome of the victim(s), I can only hope they are able to share a thanksgiving meal with family.

May God bless each and everyone and safe travels.


Rick Head is the editor of The Alma Times. He can be reached at