Georgia News Roundup
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Tennessee students cycling across country

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of University of Tennessee students has traveled nearly 3,000 miles by bicycle to draw attention to the issue of human trafficking, and they have just a few more days to go.

They call themselves the Freedom Cyclers. Their journey started last month in Los Angeles. WATE-TV says the bikers made it to Knoxville by the end of last week. The plan is to finish in Savannah, Georgia, by the end of this week.

By that time, the cyclists will have traveled more than 3,200 miles since June 11.

Rider Matthew Roelofs told the station he can't think of a worse situation to be in than what is endured by victims of human trafficking.

Information from: WATE-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Corrections workers meet in Savannah for training

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Hundreds of visitors are expected in Savannah this week for a regional law enforcement conference.

The Southern States Correctional Association is hosting a summer training conference in Savannah through Wednesday and is expected to draw more than 600 visitors from across the country.

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles Director of Training Lisa Lance said in a statement that some of the training programs focus on workers' mental and physical health, and job readiness.

The Southern States Correctional Association is composed of more than 1,200 members from 14 states.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Atlanta Medical Center hosts job fair for nurses

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Medical Center is hosting an open house and job fair for experienced registered nurses.

Officials say the medical center is hosting events Monday and Tuesday at its campuses in Atlanta and East Point. Organizers say the medical center is looking for registered nurses with at least two years of acute care experience.

Officials say the event will feature on-the-spot interviews and offers.

Monday's event is being held at the Atlanta Medical Center's cafeteria conference room. Tuesday's event is being held in the auditorium of the medical center's East Point campus. Both events are scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man struck and killed by car while lying in road

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities have identified a man struck and killed by a car south of Atlanta as 20-year-old Keenan Hopps.

Fulton County police tell WSB-TV that the man was involved in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, and was lying in the road after the wreck when another vehicle struck him.

Police say the crashes happened around 4 a.m. Sunday at near Boat Rock Road Southwest and Bruce Place Southwest in south Fulton County.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Pregnant woman struck and killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman has been killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia.

The Times reports that the woman was struck by a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. Sunday as she tried to cross the southbound lanes of Georgia 365 near Mud Creek Road in northeastern Hall County. Her name wasn't immediately released.

Authorities say the driver tried to swerve to avoid hitting the woman, but struck her with the front of the car.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan Munger described the street as a rural county road with no street lights or stop lights.

After the accident, officials discovered the woman was pregnant.

Information from: The Times, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall.

Richmond County sheriff's officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria's Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon on Saturday.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows the male entering the store and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag.

Authorities say he left without paying for the merchandise, valued at $1,900.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Semi wreck snarls traffic on Atlanta freeway

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a jack-knifed semitrailer caused some traffic delays before the wreckage was cleared near a busy freeway interchange just northwest of Atlanta.

The big rig wrecked and slammed into the median wall on Interstate 85 northbound, just north of I-285, around 4 a.m. Monday. Crews worked to make repairs to the wall before dawn Monday.

WSB-TV reports that several lanes were closed in both directions on I-85 at the start of the Monday rush period.

By 6:20 a.m., the wreckage of the rig had been cleared and traffic was moving once again.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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