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Botanical garden at UGA to host concert series

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia is hosting a summer concert series that kicks off next week.

The Sunflower Concert Series begins June 10. The series includes a variety of musicians who will from 7-9 p.m. in the terraced flower garden.

The 2014 schedule:

  • June 10: Southern rock group Saint Francis, with Rachel O'Neal opening;
  • July 8: An intimate acoustic performance by Randall Bramblett, with Dodd Ferrelle opening;
  • Aug. 26: Upbeat Latin jazz, traditional Cuban and Caribbean styles and funk versions of jazz standards by Grogus, with Steve Dancz opening;
  • Sept. 30: Eastern European style dance tunes by Klezmer Local 42, with Mary Sigalas opening.

Admission includes beverages and light snacks. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic dinners


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Joint training exercise set for Georgia military sites

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — A joint training exercise is set to begin at three Georgia military sites near Columbus, Savannah and Valdosta.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports about 800 soldiers will participate in the training, which begins Monday and continues through June 13.

The training is scheduled for Fort Benning near Columbus, Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah and Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.

The newspaper reports units taking part in the training include 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment from Fort Campbell, Clarksville, Ky., and the Air Force Special Operations Command from Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther, Fla.

Officials say helicopters and fixed wing aircraft will be used, along with training ammunition and other devices aimed at making the exercise as realistic as possible.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Family of toddler hurt in raid want federal review

By Kathleen Foody, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney for the family of a Georgia toddler severely burned by a flash grenade during a police raid says they want federal and state investigators to review the case.

Family attorney Mawuli Mel Davis said Monday no physical evidence has been collected at the home where the raid occurred. Earlier, Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman said his office is investigating whether any officials involved in a May 28 raid should face criminal charges.

Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. The device creates a bright flash and loud bang to distract suspects.

Davis says 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh is scheduled for surgery Monday and remains in critical condition. The family plans a vigil at the hospital.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

TVA finishes repairs on Raccoon Mountain facility

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has completed repairs at its Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility.

TVA shut down the Raccoon Mountain facility near Chattanooga two years ago after inspections found significant cracks in the rotors. The utility ended up making about $90 million worth of repairs.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports officials say the facility will help TVA keep homes cool this summer, especially during times of high demand.

The generators pull water from the river and pump it up through a concrete tunnel through the middle of the mountain to fill a reservoir. Then the water flows back down through those generators to make power.

The plant provided an average of 1,652 megawatts of electricity a day, enough to power nearly a million homes.

"For air quality, it's a good thing," said Robert Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau. "The cleanest power comes from solar and hydroelectric. The more hydroelectric, the better."

The plant was completed in 1978 and TVA relies on it when demand for power is high, such as hot summer days when air conditioners are going.

"It's a hydroelectric battery, essentially," TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said. "It's stored potential energy."

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, 

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