Georgia News Roundup
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Longtime Savannah CrimeStoppers director retiring

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The man who oversees the CrimeStoppers police tip program in Savannah is retiring after 14 years on the job.

Savannah-Chatham County police say Demery Bishop's last day as the agency's CrimeStoppers director will be Friday. Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert will appoint someone to fill the job temporarily until a permanent replacement is hired.

Bishop became Savannah's longtime CrimeStoppers director after a 23-year career with the FBI. At CrimeStoppers he was in charge of the tipster hotline that allows residents to report information to police anonymously and offers cash rewards for tips that help lead to convictions.

Bishop says his retirement plans include spending more time with his family as well as more time surfing.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UGA to partner with local school district

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia and the Clarke County School District have launched a new initiative aimed at bringing K-12 students to the university every year to learn more about college.

The initiative, called Experience UGA, will include annual field trips starting in kindergarten for those attending schools in the district. Officials say the goal is to increase college enrollment and student success.

Previously, funding was not available to pay for annual field trips reaching the district's more than 12,000 students. Officials say substantial financial support is being provided through the President's Venture Fund. Private donations and grants are also being sought.

This year, seven field trips are being planned to cover a range of topics from art and music to biological sciences.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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River paddlers to compete in Darien race

DARIEN, Ga. (AP) — Paddlers in Darien will be competing in a race this weekend to historic Fort King George.

The Florida Times-Union reports that kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders will take to the Darien River on Saturday for a 2.4-mile race as part of the city's Fall Fest.

The course will take competitors along scenic and historic stretches of the Darien River.

The race wraps up near the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia's coast. From 1721 to 1736, the fort was the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in North America.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Family of Fort Knox soldier reports him missing

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — The family of a Fort Knox soldier last seen visiting his parents on Thursday in Sarasota, Fla., has reported him missing.

The Manatee County sheriff's office in Bradenton, Fla., says Pfc. Daniel Dezinno left his parent's home to return to the central Kentucky military post but hasn't reported or been heard from since.

Relatives say they contacted the Florida Highway Patrol and Georgia Highway Patrol, but no one reported seeing the 30-year-old soldier.

Sheriff's department spokesman Dave Bristow says Dezinno's credit card was last used Friday. Bristow says Dezinno's phone was shut off the same day.

Bristow says there is no evidence indicating foul play or that Dezinno might be in danger.

Dezinno may be driving a 2005 silver Subaru sedan with Kentucky tag 168PHP.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Party in style at the Florida-Georgia game for $250

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Looking for a tailgate party for the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville? It could cost you $250.

That's the price of admission to the Playmaker's Club, a three-story structure being erected outside Gate 4 at EverBank Field in time for Saturday's SEC matchup. But at least you'll party in style. Admission gets you unlimited bar, buffet, celebrity appearances and a pre-game concert. Oh, and there's air-conditioning and private restrooms.

The Florida Times-Union reports the portable party is being hosted by IMG College, which handles multimedia marketing and rights for 200 colleges. Next stop? The Rose Bowl in January. That's followed by the BCS national championship game, also in Pasadena, Calif.

IMG Senior Vice President Kelli Hilliard says premium hospitality is a new business line.

She says they'll sell 300 tickets.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Pedestrian struck, killed by car in Atlanta area 

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in the Atlanta area.

CBS Atlanta reports that the person was hit near a Shell service station on Memorial Drive in DeKalb County early Wednesday morning.

Police tell WXIA-TV that the woman stepped from the sidewalk into the path of a westbound passenger car.

Authorities shut down all lanes of the busy thoroughfare for a time early Wednesday, but the roadway reopened later in the morning.

Few other details were immediately available.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

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