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JACKSON COUNTY, Ga. — The mayor of Nicholson, Ga., has turned himself in to the GBI.
Ronnie Maxwell is under investigation after a Jackson County review committee determined he used $10,000 of SPLOST money to pave his mother’s driveway.
Maxwell claimed in reports the driveway is part of a public street called Old James Maxwell Road, but such a street does not exist in Google Maps or feature any sort of signage in Nicholson. Now, that street has fresh pavement on a block where nearly every other driveway has gravel.
Last week, GBI agents reviewed a number of documents at Nicholson City Hall. One agent said they were looking over the city’s expenses in general when it comes to spending taxpayer money. Maxwell was attending a leadership institute in Jekyll Island at the time.
Nicholson, population 1,200, is located in Jackson County, north of Athens.