Georgia News Roundup
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Attorney general to launch food drive competition

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's attorney general is set to kick off an annual food drive competition among the state's lawyers.

Attorney General Sam Olens plans to launch the third annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Tuesday at the state Capitol. The food raised during the food drive benefits the state's seven regional food banks.

The law firm or legal organization that collects the most pounds of food per employee wins the Attorney General's Cup. Olens will also present a special award to the Law School that collects the most pounds per person.

Solo-practitioner Walter G. "Bo" Sammons Jr, of Sammons & Sammons in Warner Robins won the grand prize last year, with 9,218 pounds.

Mercer University has taken the law school prize for the last two years.


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Department of Corrections hosts military job fair

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Several state agencies will be looking to hire veterans during a job fair at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Augusta.

The Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia National Guard are hosting their Military Career fair March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Department of Corrections officials say they're expecting the Georgia Department of Defense, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the State Department of Labor and more to be on hand offering jobs to military personnel returning from active duty.

Commissioner Brian Owens says the job fair is meant to connect employers with veterans, who offer the agencies a talented and capable workforce to draw from.

Potential applicants are asked to check the department's website for an updated list of agencies looking to fill positions.



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Department of Juvenile Justice seeks to hire veterans

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice is recruiting veterans.

The department says it plans to participate in a string of job fairs around the state this month and hopes to attract veterans seeking work.

Department officials say the skills veterans get through their deployments, including discipline and leadership, transfer well to work with young offenders.

The department has openings for administrative roles, corrections and transportation officers, security emergency response teams, probation and parole specialists, nurses, doctors, social workers teachers and more.

The department will participate in job fairs at: Albany State University on Thursday; Fort Gordon on March 20; Clayton State University on March 20; Kennesaw State University on March 25; and the Springfield career fair in Conyers on March 27.

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Missing Georgia girl is found safe by a neighbor

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — A missing suburban Atlanta girl has been found safe after a neighbor spotted her walking along a road.

Police said 12-year-old Kelsie Lee was found by a neighbor walking along West Jones Bridge Road on Monday night. WSB-TV reports that the neighbor said she recognized the girl and asked her if she was Kelsie, and the girl said, "yes."

Earlier, Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the search for in the immediate area near her house in Peachtree Corners had come to an end before nightfall on Monday. The girl was reported missing around 8:45 a.m.

Ritter said earlier that Kelsie didn't have a history of running away, but investigators had not ruled that out as a factor in her disappearance.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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State studies options for traffic north of Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — State transportation officials are studying plans to widening a highway across Atlanta's far northern suburbs. They're also considering construction of a new highway to the north or south of State Route 20.

Plans for State Route 20, which connects Cumming to Canton, are prompting concern from residents in the area, who fear their properties could be in the way of highway construction.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale tells WSB-TV ( that State Route 20 has reached its capacity. She said that as the area continues to grow, traffic volumes will increase.

The Highway 20 Coalition, a group of homeowners and businesses concerned about the project, favors improvements, but is opposed to creating a full-scale expressway.

Officials say a decision on the plan isn't expected until 2018.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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1 person killed, 1 wounded in Atlanta gunfire

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating gunfire that killed one man and wounded another person at an apartment complex.

CBS Atlanta reports that the shooting happened around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday at the Etheridge Court apartments on Center Street Northwest.

Police say both victims are believed to be in their 20s. One was found in a car with two gunshot wounds to the back of the head. He died of his wounds.

The second person was also in the car, but escaped. Witnesses told police that person ran to Atlanta Fire Rescue station No. 38 for medical attention. That person had a bullet wound to the arm and was taken to Grady Medical Center.

Few other details were immediately available early Tuesday.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

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Women sought in killing of NW Georgia store clerk

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Police are searching for a female suspect in the killing of a convenience store clerk in the Dalton area of northwest Georgia.

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says deputies responded to a 911 call placed at 11:59 p.m. Sunday at a service station on Airport Road.

Chitwood tells The Daily Citizen of Dalton that the clerk's body was found on the floor. His name wasn't released.

Law officers says they've identified a suspect whose last known address is Detroit, and were issuing murder and armed robbery warrants for her. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said she's considered armed and dangerous, and is believed to be in the Atlanta area.

Sheriff's Capt. Rick Swiney said investigators are releasing few details, including any information on how the clerk was killed.

Information from: The Daily Citizen, 

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Bernice King turns in father's Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawyer involved in a dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter surrendered the items to be put in a safe deposit box.

A judge had ordered the items be kept there, with the keys held by the court, until the dispute is settled.

Lawyer William Hill, who represents the slain civil rights icon's estate, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the Rev. Bernice King gave the items to her brother Martin Luther King III so they could be placed in the safe deposit box during a Monday meeting that was over in five minutes.

Bernice and her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, are locked in a legal dispute over the ownership of the Bible and peace prize.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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