Georgia News Roundup
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Student art competition underway in Georgia 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — High school and college students from around the state will have the opportunity to compete in an art competition conducted by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia.

Officials say the competition is open to Georgia students in the ninth grade and above. The goal is to recognize student talent and create items for the garden's gift shop. Items will include totes, stationery, T-shirts and journals.

The contest winner will receive $1,000 with awards of $500 and $250 also available. The deadline is Dec. 4 and entries can be mailed in.

An entry form, as well as information on contest rules, can be found online.

Online: State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Forsyth railroad depot added to National Register

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A central Georgia railroad depot dating to the mid-1800s has been added to America's official list of historical treasures.

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division says three buildings that make up the Forsyth Railroad Depots and Baggage Room have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They include a passenger and freight depot built around 1850, a second passenger depot dating to 1899 and a separate baggage room constructed in 1917.

The property is located in Forsyth, about 25 miles northwest of Macon. The buildings were cited as excellent examples of railroad buildings in Georgia. And the 1899 depot also stands as a historically significant example of how public buildings were segregated in the late 19th century, with its separate waiting rooms and restrooms for white and black passengers.

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Police make arrest in burglary at Hank Aaron home

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say they've made an arrest in a burglary at baseball great Hank Aaron's Atlanta home.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon says one suspect was in custody Monday night.

"We do anticipate additional arrests and will release all of that information when doing so will not hinder the investigation," Lyon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police did not immediately release the name of the suspect or further details.

The crime happened while the 79-year-old Aaron and his wife were away from home in July. A neighbor saw a broken window, and officers arrived to find two BMWs missing from the garage and closets ransacked. Jewelry and car keys were the only other items taken.

A Mobile, Ala., native, Aaron played from 1954 to 1976 for Milwaukee and Atlanta.

As an Atlanta Brave, Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record of 714 career home runs on April 8, 1974. His home run record of 755 home runs stood for nearly three decades.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Atlanta site considered for state history museum

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials are considering the idea of a adding a new tourist attraction to downtown Atlanta in the form of a state history museum.

Gov. Nathan Deal recently toured the old World of Coca-Cola building at the edge of Underground Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"The building was designed to be a museum, and the governor thought it would an ideal location for a history museum if the price were right and the state was able to attract a significant amount of private dollars," said Brian Robinson, Deal's spokesman.

Officials emphasized that the plans are in the early stages, and several options are being considered.

Georgia has no official state history museum. In the past, it has had halls of fame for state golf, music and sports legends in Augusta and Macon, but poor attendance led lawmakers to slash funding for them a few years ago.

"Telling the state's history is very important. We have had a hodgepodge of historic preservation for years," said George Hooks, a member of the University System Board of Regents, a former state lawmaker.

A state history museum would bring increased tourism to downtown Atlanta, Hooks added.

Underground Atlanta could also benefit from the additional foot traffic, said developer Dan O'Leary, whose company has run the attraction since the late 1990s.

The cost of fixing up the building was set at $17 million in 2011. The governor could include money in next year's budget to jump start the project. Deal has generally had little difficulty getting his bond proposals approved by the General Assembly.

"The first thing we need to do is re-evaluate the building and see what kind of condition it is in," said Paul Melvin of the Georgia Building Authority. "We need a clearer picture of how much it's going to cost."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Atlanta mayor pledges more security for east side

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor is promising to increase police overtime and video cameras on the east side of the city, where residents have expressed concerns about violent crimes, burglaries and break-ins.

CBS Atlanta reports that Mayor Kasim Reed made the comments Monday night at a community meeting in east Atlanta.

Reed said the numbers show crimes like murder, rape and assault are down 17 percent in the area since 2009 but acknowledges that it's still a problem.

The mayor also talked about adding more after-school programs for teenagers since a lot of the crimes, like snatching laptops and cellphones, are committed by teens.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Atlanta mayor to make stadium announcement

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to make what could be a significant announcement regarding plans to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons in the city's downtown area.

WAGA-TV reports that the announcement is expected sometime Tuesday morning, though it's not clear exactly what the mayor will reveal.

City and state officials have been negotiating for land and considering two possible sites -- one just south of the Georgia Dome and one to the north of it.

After negotiations with two churches at the south site stalled, state officials said they were turning their attention to the north site for the $1 billion retractable-roof stadium.

Information from: WAGA-TV,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Gwinnett County teen charged with causing bogus Pennsylvania SWAT alert

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — A 17-year-old Georgia boy has been charged with sending a bogus computer message that prompted a SWAT response at a western Pennsylvania home.

Police in Gwinnett County, Ga. and Westmoreland County, Pa. are not identifying the boy because of his age.

But he's been charged in Georgia with sending a message to Westmoreland County 911 dispatchers on Jan. 8, claiming a woman had been shot and that a gun-wielding man remained at a home in Washington Township, about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Such incidents are referred to as "swatting" because they're an attempt to provoke a special police response.

Authorities say the boy was chatting on a computer with a 13-year-old girl who lived at the home before sending the message.

Nobody was hurt during the police response, though the homeowner was briefly handcuffed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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