Georgia News Roundup
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Morehouse hosting Nelson Mandela memorial event

ATLANTA (AP) — Several political, civic and religious leaders are expected to speak at an event in Atlanta to honor former South African President and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela.

The World Affairs Council is hosting an event at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College Wednesday to honor Mandela, who died last week after being ill for most of the year.

The event's organizers say former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, CEO of the Martin Luther King Center, Bernice King, and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Doug Shipman, are expected to speak at the 7 p.m. event.

Scheduled performers include the Soweto Street Beat and Drummers for Peace, and the Morehouse College glee club.

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Showcase to feature goods made, grown in Georgia 

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say they're hosting the first-ever Christmas showcase exclusively featuring products made and manufactured in the state.

Officials said Tuesday that the idea for the Georgia Grown Christmas Showcase came after the success of a similar showcase this summer that featured goods from local farmers and manufacturers.

The showcase is intended to connect consumers with producers and products that are exclusively found in Georgia.

Department of Agriculture officials say the Christmas showcase is being hosted at the Atlanta Farmer's Market in Forest Park, which is about 12 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

The event is scheduled for Dec. 14 and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to take a photo with Santa Claus between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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Police call missing child case a hoax; mom charged 

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — The mother of a young child who was reported missing and later found safe is now accused of giving police false information.

East Point police say 28-year-old Cyndi Cuffie was being held in the East Point Jail on a felony charge of making false statements to police. It wasn't known early Wednesday whether Cuffie has an attorney.

Investigators say Cuffie told them her 3-year-old daughter, Kamile Shorter, disappeared from the 1400 block of Elizabeth Lane around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police said Kamile was found safe later Tuesday evening. She has been placed in state custody.

East Point police Lt. Cliff Chandler tells WSB-TV ( that investigators believe the incident is a hoax perpetrated by the mother. Authorities haven't commented on a possible reason as to why police say they were misled.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Zip line planned over Chattahoochee River 

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia company plans to build a zip line across the Chattahoochee River in the Columbus area.

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved a land deal that would make way for the 1,200-foot zip line.

Whitewater Express Inc. owner Dan Gilbert tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that the plans call for two parallel zip lines that would carry people across the river at speeds up to 40 mph.

Uptown Columbus Inc. President Richard Bishop said construction will begin next year, and the zip line could be operational before the end of October.

It is part of a larger project involving a whitewater rafting course that opened earlier this year on the river, which separates Columbus from Phenix City, Ala.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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Rally held at Capitol for teen found dead in mat 

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat are calling on the state's governor to order a coroner's inquest in the case.

The body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found Jan. 11, and sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident. Johnson's parents insist someone must have killed him.

Johnson's parents and their lawyers spoke Wednesday at a "Who Killed K.J." rally held on the steps of the Georgia Capitol.

The U.S. attorney in Macon announced in October that he planned to conduct a formal review in the case.

A spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is waiting on the conclusions of federal authorities before determining whether there is a need for further state action.

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Reward offered for 27 guns stolen from Forsyth pawn shop 

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials say a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the suspects who stole 27 guns from a pawn shop in Forsyth County.

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives spokeswoman Regina Milledge said Wednesday that her agency is offering $5,000 along with $5,000 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to provide the reward.

The ATF and Cumming police are investigating the theft of 27 guns on Dec. 2 from a pawnshop on Atlanta Road, about 40 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Special Agent in Charge, Christopher Shaefer, says there's a high likelihood that the stolen firearms will be sold or used by criminals in violent crimes.

Tipsters are asked to call the ATF gun hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or the Cumming Police Department at 770-781-2000.

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Supporters working to keep Georgia Civil War site open 

IRWINVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The leaders of a south Georgia county say community members and the Sons of Confederate Veterans group have stepped forward to stave off the closure of a Civil War historical site.

WALB-TV reports the Sons of Confederate Veterans have pledged up to $25,000 to keep the 13-acre Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Irwinville open. Irwinville is about 100 miles south of Macon.

The park is where Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, was captured by Union forces at the end of the Civil War.

Supporters of the park met with Irwin County Commissioners Tuesday and Commission Chairman, Joey Whitley, says community members are working to re-establish a friends group to support the park.

The park was in danger of closing because of budget concerns.

Information from: WALB-TV,

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