Georgia News Roundup
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Federal agency to upgrade Toccoa infrastructure

TOCCOA, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce is investing $1.42 million to upgrade a north Georgia city's water and sewer system in hopes that the improvements will encourage economic growth.

Officials said in a statement Wednesday that upgrading infrastructure in the Stephens County city is expected to serve local manufacturing businesses — including an automotive parts manufacturing company — and help the area attract new investment and jobs.

Officials say the investment is being made by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This branch of the Department of Commerce is responsible for investing in economically distressed areas to create jobs.

Toccoa is about 95 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

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More signs placed in Gullah-Geechee Corridor in South Carolina

LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (AP) — Two more signs designating the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor have been placed in South Carolina.

A ceremony marking the event is being held Thursday at the South Carolina Welcome Center in Horry County on U.S. Highway 17 at the North Carolina border where one sign is placed. Another is located at the southern edge of the county.

The signs are the last of some 50 being placed along the corridor reaching from southeastern North Carolina along the coast to northeastern Florida. The area is where the descendants of sea island slaves live in a culture known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

Michael Allen of the National Park Service says larger signs are now planned for interstates leading into the corridor.

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Medical forms needed from Georgia commercial drivers

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Driver Services says it's reaching out to commercial drivers whose federal medical certifications are past due.

Officials say more than 25,000 Georgia commercial drivers still need to complete their federal medical clearances within 60 days or risk having their commercial drivers' licenses disqualified and canceled.

Department officials say 92 percent of more than 314,300 Georgia commercial drivers have completed the new medical certification process by Jan. 30, 2014.

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Georgia's jobless rate rises to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 7.2 percent in May -- up from 6.9 percent in April.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is typical for May. He said that during this time of year, new jobseekers typically enter the labor force, primarily college graduates looking for full-time work and students seeking summer jobs.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new unemployment numbers early Thursday.

The May rate of 7.2 percent is down from 8.4 percent from May of last year.

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Police apprehend suspect, end all-night standoff

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northern suburbs have apprehended a suspect after an all-night standoff with officers.

Police and a Special Weapons And Tactics team were called to a home on Old Woodbine Road in Sandy Springs Wednesday night.

CBS Atlanta reports that members of the SWAT team entered the residence shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, arresting the man inside without incident. Authorities said he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation.

Police tell WSB-TV that a woman at the home had called police around 10 p.m. Wednesday, reporting that her son threatened her with a stun gun. Police said she was able to get outside, but her son refused to come out.

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Last of 3 fugitives in Detroit drug case captured

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say they've captured the last of three men sought since they didn't appear in a Detroit courtroom to hear the verdict in a major drug trial.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Robert C. Watson tells The Associated Press in an email that Earnest Proge Jr. was arrested Wednesday in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Watson says more details will be released later Thursday.

Proge and two brothers had been free on bond when they were expected at court May 12. The jury convicted them of drug conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy charges.

Carlos Powell was captured the night of June 4 in the St. Louis, Missouri, area and Eric Powell was arrested at the same time near Atlanta, Georgia.

Federal prosecutors said the drug ring operated from 2006 to 2010.

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Board, filmmaker to negotiate old Army base land

ATLANTA (AP) — A board working to redevelop a former Army base south of downtown Atlanta will begin negotiating a possible sale of some Fort McPherson land to filmmaker Tyler Perry.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority voted Wednesday to begin formal negotiations with Perry.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said such a development would draw other businesses to the area and further solidify Georgia's growing reputation as a major player in the film industry.

The nearly 500-acre former Army post closed in 2011.

Perry has produced TV comedies such as "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne," and he's also producing shows for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that Perry's representatives didn't return calls Wednesday.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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