Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta airport launching free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA (AP) — Free wireless Internet access is being launched at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the airport's general manager Miguel Southwell are slated to announce the launch of free wireless Internet during a press conference Wednesday morning in the airport's atrium.

Airport officials say Hartsfield-Jackson is the world's busiest airport, serving more than 94.4 million passengers annually to more than 150 domestic and 70 international destinations.

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Atlanta firefighters to hold training at airport

ATLANTA (AP) — Commuters and others who notice smoke near Atlanta's airport Wednesday morning shouldn't be worried.

An Atlanta Fire Rescue Department spokeswoman says firefighters will be holding live burn training at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The department says commuters and nearby residents will likely see black smoke coming from the direction of the airport.

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Georgia juvenile inmates to make cards for the elderly

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is launching a community service project aimed at connecting juvenile offenders with the elderly.

Department spokesman Jim Schuler said in a statement Tuesday that juvenile offenders will begin making greeting cards that will be distributed to residents of a nursing home in Gainesville.

Officials say the program's overall goal is to help young offenders develop understanding and empathy for Georgia's aging population.

Department officials say detainees may frequently feel lonely and forgotten while in custody — similar to what the elderly sometimes feel while living in senior centers and assisted living facilities.

Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper says the project titled "Show Them We Care" is being handled by the department's office of victim services and the division of education and re-entry services.

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Restaurant catches fire in DeKalb County

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities were battling a large fire at a restaurant near the northeast edge of Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports that firefighters arrived at the Longhorn Steakhouse on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

By 4:30 a.m., there were still flames inside the restaurant, but firefighters said the fire was under control.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

700 pounds of shrimp seized off Georgia coast

OSSABAW ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Three commercial fishermen are facing charges of illegally trawling for shrimp off Ossabaw Island after state rangers boarded their vessel and seized 708 pounds of shrimp.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the fishermen were apprehended by Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers. They are accused of trawling for shrimp in closed waters Saturday morning off Ossabaw Island.

Commercial shrimp season doesn't open until June 10.

Authorities said the confiscated shrimp has a commercial market value of $3,577. The DNR declined to identify the 44-foot shrimp boat.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Woman, 53, found dead at scene of townhome fire

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Fire officials in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs are investigating a blaze at a townhome, where a woman was found dead inside.

Gwinnett County fire officials say the 53-year-old woman was found in the room where the Saturday evening fire occurred in the townhome on Heritage Valley Road in Norcross.

Fire officials said in a statement that foul play does not appear to be a cause of the blaze.

Relatives told authorities the woman was a heavy smoker, but fire officials said they were not certain whether smoking played a role in causing the fire.

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