Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia residents included in History Makers project

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 200 people from the Atlanta area are featured in an African-American oral history video collection that's now being housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The History Makers archive is a collection of thousands of hours' worth of oral history interviews that illustrate the African American experience. Organizers say the collection includes 2,600 hours of videotaped interviews from contributors in 39 states.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery and Andrew Young are among the nearly 200 metro Atlanta residents who are included in the collection.

Online: www.thehistorymakers.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


DeKalb County to swear in 23 new police officers

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County Police Department is welcoming nearly two dozen new officers to the force.

Officials say 23 new officers will receive their badges and take their oath during a graduation ceremony Thursday morning at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

Police say the new officers have gone through 26 weeks of training and will complete an addition eight to 12 weeks of field training after graduation.

Officials say the new officers are the department's 99th graduating class.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man found shot outside Atlanta restaurant

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a fatal shooting outside a restaurant in the city's Virginia-Highland neighborhood.

Police were called to the scene off Ponce de Leon Avenue on Atlanta's east side shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday.

WSB-TV reports that officers found a man dead in a car outside of the Real Chow Baby restaurant.

Few other details were immediately available early Thursday.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


MARTA rejects deal for expansion in Clayton County

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The board for metro Atlanta's rapid transit system has rejected a deal aimed at expanding service into Clayton County in exchange for a half-penny sales.

The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority board on Wednesday voted down the deal, but approved a higher, one-cent sales tax agreement with the county south of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Clayton County commissioners could now call another vote on the one-cent tax deal, or let the whole deal die.

The Clayton County Commission has until Sunday to accept the agreement.

CBS 46 reports that Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner has scheduled a special meeting for Saturday to discuss the proposal.

The half-penny sales tax was expected to generate about $25 million a year, and a full penny would generate about $49 million a year.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: Men with guns face off in Valdosta store

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Police say a misunderstanding between two men carrying guns led to tense moments in a south Georgia convenience store.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said the dispute happened Tuesday, the first day Georgia's new gun law took effect. The law allows people with gun licenses to carry weapons in more places.

Childress said the dispute began when a customer with a gun on his hip was inside the store when a second customer with a gun on his hip walked in.

Childress said one of them drew his firearm from its holster -- but never pointed it at the other man -- and demanded he show an ID.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports that police were called and one of the customers -- a 62-year-old man -- faces a disorderly conduct charge.

Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Storm passes Georgia, leaving rip tides along beaches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Tropical Storm Arthur has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake.

Arthur on Thursday morning trudged northward past Georgia and toward a possible landfall in North Carolina. The storm passed as Georgia beaches are filling with tourists for a busy Fourth of July weekend.

The National Weather Service says turbulent seas churned by the storm pose a high risk of powerful rip currents along Georgia beaches from Tybee Island to the Florida line.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman (BELL-tuhr-man) said Thursday that life guards were flying warning flags and urging swimmers not to get in the water above their waists. He said lifeguards are prepared to close the waters to swimmers if conditions worsen.

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