Georgia News Roundup
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UGA women's studies institute to host conference

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia Institute for Women's Studies plans to focus on the arts at its annual conference.

The university said in a news release that presentation topics at the fifth conference will include art as a tool for women's healing, women in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, women in hip hop, gender in summer reading lists and art as discursive practices. The conference is set for Oct. 19.

The Women and Girls in Georgia Conference begun in 2007 to put a spotlight on research by, for and about women and girls in the state. It brings together researchers, teachers, activists and community members to share expertise, network and develop strategies to effect social change in Georgia and beyond.

Online:  The University of Georgia Institute for Women's Studies.

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Anti-underage drinking ads to air in Georgia theaters

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is using movie theaters to share its stance on underage drinking.

Department officials say they're sponsoring public service announcements on underage drinking that are being played in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas throughout the state, and at Screenvision Theatres in Columbus.

Officials say the campaign, named the "Alcohol Prevention Project" is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will run through June 30, 2014.

Assistant Director of the department's Division of Addictive Diseases Travis Fretwell says the project is focused on reducing early alcohol use among children and teens, and reducing binge drinking among teens and young adults.

Fretwell says more than 150 Georgia children die from alcohol-related issues annually.

Online: The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

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Zoo Atlanta offering free admission to educators 

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta is planning to show its appreciation to teachers and other school staff by offering them free admission.

Zoo officials say their semiannual Educator Appreciation Day is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and guests of teachers and other school employees will also be offered $2 off of their admission.

Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle says Educator Appreciation day is an opportunity for teachers and their guests to visit the zoo's Educator Lounge for private visits with animals and educational sessions from Zoo Atlanta staff members.

Officials say identification in the form of a photo ID, a pay stub or employee badge is required.

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Water main breaks, shuts down road near Atlanta 

ATLANTA (AP) — Crews in DeKalb County were working to repair a water main break that shut down Clairmont Road, a main artery through the suburban county just east of Atlanta.

Authorities say the road was shut down in both directions after the 30-inch water main broke shortly before noon Wednesday in the 2900 block of Clairmont. The road remained closed early Thursday in the area of the Century Center office complex and Interstate 85.

CBS Atlanta reports that damage to the road is expected to take several days to fix.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

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Jurors could be imported to Athens for man's trial 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are exploring the idea of bringing jurors who live outside the Athens area to the northeast Georgia community to decide the fate of a man charged with killing a police officer.

The idea is being considered because of extensive pretrial publicity in the case against defendant Jamie Hood. He is accused of killing an Athens police officer and wounding another officer in March 2011.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ken Mauldin recently agreed with defense attorneys that the publicity might make it difficult to find impartial jurors in the Athens area.

Both sides are expressing their views in pre-trial motions. Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard will make the final decision on the jurors and where the trial would be held.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

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Woman pleads guilty in Social Security case 

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Georgia woman has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to failing to report a woman's death and collecting about $141,000 in Social Security benefits over 26 years.

Minnie Carr Williams was indicted in federal court in Mississippi on July 24, 2012.

The indictment charged her with two counts related to the benefits and concealing the death of Elizabeth Strong. The indictment did not describe the relationship between the two women.

Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

Court records say she is from Riverdale, Ga.

The case originated in West Point, Miss., where Strong had lived.

She pleaded guilty to one count and faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Williams had been free on $5,000 bond.

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Ex-Atlanta school superintendent has breast cancer 

ATLANTA (AP) — The lawyer for Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta school superintendent indicted in the school system's cheating scandal, says the educator has breast cancer.

Attorney Richard Deane said Thursday that Hall is receiving treatment for the condition. He said she will continue to fight the charges against her.

Hall and 34 other Atlanta educators were indicted in March in the cheating scandal.

Howard Grant, executive director of the Atlanta Board of Education, said one of them, former elementary school Principal Willie Davenport, has died. She was 66.

A state investigation in 2011 found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Investigators say educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in.

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Police officer shot near Atlanta expected to be OK 

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has been shot just south of Atlanta, but the wound is not expected to be life-threatening.

Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the officer "is believed to be OK."

Lester said the shooting happened Thursday morning on White City Road near College Park, just inside the Interstate 285 perimeter.

CBS Atlanta reports that the officer is a member of a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team and was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Lester said she did not yet have any details on what led to the officer's shooting, and did not know if a suspect was in custody.

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Tire plant to bring more than 300 jobs to Georgia

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A tire company is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to central Georgia.

The Telegraph reports that the Kumho Tire facility in Bibb County represents a $225 million investment for the state.

Pat Topping, senior vice president of Macon Economic Development Commission, told the Macon newspaper that plans for the plant are moving forward and more information would be officially announced this week. Officials said the project had been on hold for five years because of difficult economic conditions.

The plant is expected to be about 1 million square feet. When first announced in January 2008, company officials estimated it would take about 18 months to begin production from the time construction started.

Topping said the workers would be hired in 2016 and 2017.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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