Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia State appoints first innovation officer

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say the school has appointed its first chief innovation officer.

In a statement, GSU officials said former vice president for innovation and new product development at NCR Corporation, Phil Ventimiglia, has been tapped to serve in the position. Officials say Ventimiglia will direct the school's information systems and technology department and explore new ideas for academic programs.

GSU Vice President for research and economic development James Weyhenmeyer says officials expect Ventimiglia's role to help Georgia State become a top urban research university.

Ventimiglia earned a master's of business administration from Yale and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

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Funerals scheduled for 2 Atlanta firefighters

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Fire Rescue officials say they're preparing for the funerals of two firefighters who died recently.

Department spokeswoman Janet Ward says the funeral for 36-year-old Sgt. Frank Guinn is set for Thursday afternoon at the Peachtree Road Presbyterian Church. Guinn was training for a triathlon in New Orleans when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

Ward says services for 24-year-old Jermaine Hall are scheduled for Friday morning at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. Hall died of a brain aneurysm.

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Atlanta to host jazz concert, party in cemetery

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta city officials say they'll celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs with a jazz concert and party in one of the city's most famous cemeteries.

Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell says aside from honoring the department's 40th anniversary, the May 4 festival at Oakland Cemetery will also honor former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson — who founded the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Jackson is buried in Oakland Cemetery along with another former mayor, Ivan Allen Jr., "Gone With The Wind" author Margaret Mitchell and golfing great Bobby Jones.

The event is also expected to feature a multimedia exhibition, which is being presented in partnership with the Atlanta University Center.

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School officials ID 3 students in pepper spraying

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Three Douglas County High School students are facing possible disciplinary action after school officials say they took turns releasing pepper spray from a can inside the school.

Douglasville police spokesman Maj. G. Graff says 75 to 100 students complained about itchy eyes and noses after the spray was set off Wednesday morning.

Douglasville Police Capt. J.R. Davidson tells the Douglas County Sentinel that authorities reviewed surveillance video to determine who was responsible. Douglas County Principal Tim Scott said tips from students assisted in confirming their identities.

Scott said the students would face a tribunal through the Board of Education and that any punishment by the school system would be determined using board policy.

Information from: Douglas County Sentinel, 

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Man killed, woman wounded in Union City shooting

UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) — Police southwest of Atlanta are investigating a shooting outside a gas station that left a man dead and a woman wounded.

The gunfire happened shortly after 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a Chevron Station on Buffington Road in Union City.

Police tell CBS Atlanta ( that officers responding to a 911 call found the man dead and the woman shot multiple times. She was taken to a local hospital.

Few other details were available early Thursday morning.

Union City is 20 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

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Water main break floods Atlanta street

ATLANTA (AP) — A broken water main break has left water standing in an Atlanta intersection, closing the street and snarling the morning commute for some residents.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the break near DeKalb Avenue and Elmira Place was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday.

DeKalb Avenue was closed in both directions as crews worked to repair break and clean up the mess.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Old meat processing site now island research lab

OSSABAW ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A former meat processing facility on a Georgia island has been transformed into a laboratory for scientists and students at Armstrong State University.

WSAV-TV reports that renovations to the 400-square-foot building on Ossabaw Island were recently completed by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.

Armstrong State officials say the new Ossabaw Field Lab grew out of a recommendation at a 2012 community meeting regarding ways to accommodate visits to the island by the university's biology students.

Armstrong intends to offer a coastal ecology class soon, utilizing the field lab and the island.

Biologists will be able to analyze their findings and extract DNA from plants and archaeologists will be able to clean and classify artifacts.

Ossabaw Island is a barrier island seven miles south of Savannah.

Information from: WSAV-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Acting Cumberland Island chief to stay permanently

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The National Park Service says its acting superintendent on Cumberland Island will keep the job on a permanent basis.

Gary Ingram has been filling in as the Park Service's top official for the Cumberland Island National Seashore since January, following the retirement of former superintendent Fred Boyles. A Park Service spokesman in Atlanta, Bill Reynolds, said Thursday that Ingram has been hired to remain in charge of the federal protected island off Georgia's coast.

Before coming to Cumberland Island, Ingram served since 2007 as superintendent of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains. Before that, he worked in Washington and at Yosemite National Park in California.

Cumberland Island is home to more than 9,800 acres of protected wilderness and unspoiled beaches. It attracts about 43,500 visitors a year.

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