Atlanta mayor: Georgia Democrat chair should 'move on'
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he believes a change in leadership of the state Democratic Party is needed because of distractions involving the state chairman.
Reed, one of Georgia's highest-profile Democrats, said Wednesday the focus needs to be on building a successful campaign for the 2014 U.S. Senate race.
Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon has been dealing with several issues recently, including a voluntary reprimand by the State Bar of Georgia, a separate lawsuit filed by a client and reports of weak party fundraising.
Reed emphasized that his comments were not about Berlon's issues, but rather insuring that the chair is focused on the campaign and not personal distractions.
Reed reiterated his belief that Democrats can win the competitive Senate race.
He said Berlon "owes it to the party to move on."
Inmate found stabbed outside Savannah hospital
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah are investigating the stabbing of an inmate from a center designed to help prisoners transition from custody back into society.
Savannah-Chatham police say the man was found early Sunday morning in the parking lot of Memorial University Medical Center. Police spokesman Julian Miller said he was found by people passing by in the hospital's parking lot.
Police said he told them he had been stabbed during a robbery attempt.
They said the 37-year-old is an inmate at the Coastal Transitional Center.
Miller tells The Savannah Morning News (http://bit.ly/112ixc1) that the victim was rushed into surgery.
Detectives were looking for information on a silver crossover style SUV that was seen in the area.
Information from: Savannah Morning News
Movie filming to close bridge linking Georgia - Alabama
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Moviemakers say filming of "Need for Speed" will close a bridge linking Georgia and Alabama for several days as they shoot a scene of a car being driven into the Chattahoochee River.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the 13th Street Bridge over the Chattahoochee will be closed from the morning of June 4 until as late as noon June 8.
The bridge links the Georgia city of Columbus to the Alabama community of Phenix City.
Patrick Mignano of NFS Productions/Dreamworks Studios said the scene to be filmed on the bridge will involve a high-end sports car being driven off the bridge into the river below.
"Need for Speed" has already filmed scenes in other Georgia cities, including Macon and Rome.
Residents plan celebration for wounded soldier
AUBURN, Ga. (AP) — Northeast Georgians are planning a welcome-home celebration for a wounded soldier.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that U.S. Army Specialist Sam Walley of Barrow County is expected to return home to Auburn for his first visit on Thursday since suffering an injury in June.
Walley, a Winder-Barrow High School graduate, suffered the loss of an arm and a leg in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.
City officials in Auburn are inviting those in the region to welcome Walley home by lining the streets with American flags and signs.
A motorcade will be escorted into Winder on Georgia Highway 11 and is expected to arrive sometime between 3:30-4 p.m. on Thursday.
North Georgia man killed in machinery accident
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say large machinery caused the death of a 60-year-old man in north Georgia.
The Times of Gainesville reports that Jack "Red" Young was killed around 3 p.m. Saturday at his shop in downtown Dawsonville.
Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond said the accident involved a Bobcat and it appeared that Young became trapped in the machinery.
Dawsonville is about 60 miles north of Atlanta.
DNR proposes creating new law enforcement division
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing to create a new law enforcement division, separating it from its Wildlife Resources division.
DNR Deputy Commissioner Homer Bryson said the move is aimed at reorganizing the department's personnel to eliminate duplication and become more efficient.
The board is expected to consider the plan during its June 25 meeting at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
The Times of Gainesville reports that the public has a chance to comment on the proposed change, including at a public hearing set for Tuesday at DNR offices in Atlanta and through verbal and written means by June 18.
If approved, the proposal would take effect July 1 but be phased in over five years.
Georgia to hold public meetings on NC-GA rail proposal
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia transportation officials are planning to hold public meetings on proposed rail service between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.
State Department of Transportation officials say the Atlanta to Charlotte passenger rail corridor would be an extension of the southeast high-speed rail corridor that is under development from Charlotte to Washington, D.C. It would go southeast from Charlotte through parts of South Carolina and into Atlanta.
There are six potential corridor route alternatives. Officials say others may also be evaluated if they're identified during agency and public scoping meetings.
The public meetings are set for: June 4 in Suwanee, Ga.; June 5 in Greer, S.C.; and June 6 in Charlotte. A virtual meeting will also be available on the project website from June 4 through July 4.
More Info: http://dot.ga.gov/AtlantaCharlotteHSR