Georgia News Roundup
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GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Transportation officials say construction lane closures will be suspended during the holiday weekend.

Officials say GDOT is suspending lane closures on interstates and major state routes between noon Thursday and 5 a.m. Monday to offset predicted heavy traffic.

GDOT officials say the suspended lane closures will not include emergency lane closures that may be necessary.

Crews may still be working near highways and drivers are asked to exercise caution and obey posted speed limit signs.

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Turner Field to host naturalization ceremony

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials say more than 1,000 people are set to become American citizens during a ceremony this week at Turner Field.

Officials say USCIS Regional Director Kathy Redman will administer the Oath of Allegiance to new citizens during the special ceremony Wednesday morning.

Organizers say special guests are expected to include Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz and others.

Officials say candidates from 81 countries are expected to become citizens during the ceremony.

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Hearing, vote set on 400-foot tower in Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — A public hearing and city council vote are set in an Atlanta suburb, where officials are considering a proposed 400-foot tower for emergency communications.

The Johns Creek City Council is holding the public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday. Council members are scheduled to vote after the hearing.

The tower is being proposed for a site near Johns Creek High School and the St. Ives Country Club.

Residents who object to the tower say it would be the tallest structure in the city just northeast of Atlanta and include a strobe light at the top to warn aircraft in the area.

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has said the tower is needed to enhance public safety communications. He says the current system isn't working adequately and needs improvement.

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Official proposes renaming Savannah courthouse

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker, the late J. Tom Coleman Jr.

Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott introduced the idea to fellow commissioners, none of whom raised any immediate objections.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the proposal is for the Chatham County Courthouse Judicial Center in Savannah, which is known locally as the Montgomery Street courthouse.

Scott, who served in the Georgia General Assembly with Coleman, said Coleman was largely responsible for construction of the courthouse. It was Coleman, he said, who put the construction of the courthouse on the ballot in the 1970s, not long after voters had rejected a plan to finance it with bonds.

On June 4, Coleman died at age 85.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Police seek suspect in West Point slaying

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Police in the west Georgia town of West Point are seeking a suspect in the killing of a man outside a liquor store.

West Point police say the suspect got into a physical confrontation with Willis Bulger on Saturday at West Point Spirits and Wine. Police say the suspect pulled a gun and fired, killing Bulger, and then fled the scene.

Police said they're seeking a suspect who they believe is still in the West Point or nearby Lanett, Alabama areas.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that police are asking anyone with leads about the case to contact them.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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Early voting begins for Georgia's primary runoffs

ATLANTA (AP) — Early voting has begun for Georgia's primary runoffs, including a closely watched battle between two Republicans vying for the state's open Senate seat.

The in-person early voting period began Monday and runs through July 18. The election is July 22.

Those who didn't vote in the primary are still eligible to vote in the runoff and can select either a Republican or Democratic ballot. Those who voted in the primary, however, are required to cast a ballot with the same party.

The Senate race is among a dozen being watched nationally as Republicans seek control of the Senate. Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue are on the ballot, and the winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the fall.

More information on early voting locations is available at

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4 killed, 2 hurt in northeast Georgia crash

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Hall County fire officials say four people have been killed in a crash on a northeast Georgia highway. They said two others were being treated for injuries.

Authorities tell The Times that the wreck happened Monday morning on Athens Highway at Oak Grove Road, east of Gainesville.

Fire officials said a semi-trailer turned on its side and at least one other car was involved in the crash. Few other details were immediately available.

Authorities said the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Fire Services and Georgia State Patrol were all responding to the scene.

Information from: The Times, 

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Storm brings heavy rain, high wind to north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters have issued a flash flood warning for part of north Georgia as a thunderstorm moves through the area.

The National Weather Service is warning that flash flooding is possible in Gilmer County until around 3:45 p.m. Monday. Forecasters say between 1 ½ and 4 inches of rain had fallen in parts of the county since Sunday.

Forecasters say recent rain has already caused minor flooding at several creeks and streams in Gilmer County.

The National Weather Service says the storm packing heavy rain, frequent lightning and high winds is also expected to cause ponding on roads in the metro Atlanta area and could produce pea-sized hail.

Forecaster say the storm is moving southeast at about 30 mph.

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Delta jet returns to Jamaica after fluid leak

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Delta Airlines jet was forced to return to the airport in Jamaica shortly after takeoff Monday because of an apparent mechanical problem in one of its engines, the company said.

The MD-88 experienced a pneumatic leak in its No. 2 engine and returned safely to the airport in Kingston, spokesman Morgan Durrant said.

The Atlanta-bound flight had 149 passengers and a crew of five.

Jamaica Fire Brigade spokesman Emilio Ebanks told RJR News in Jamaica that the plane was airborne when smoke was seen coming from it. Durrant says there was no fire.

Delta planned to re-route a new aircraft to Jamaica for the flight to Atlanta.

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Boy, 12, killed in Alabama motorcycle crash

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Russell County, Alabama say a 12-year-old boy has died in a motorcycle crash.

Deputy Coroner Lawman Davis tells WTVM-TV Christopher Haywood died Friday afternoon after the crash in Phenix City, Alabama. Authorities say the boy appears to have died of blunt force head trauma.

Davis says the 34-year-old driver of the motorcycle was also hospitalized at the Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. Authorities say the driver told investigators there was a problem with the motorcycle's throttle.

Authorities say the crash is under investigation.

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