Georgia News Roundup
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TVA: Watts Bar more than 90 percent complete

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is more than 90 percent complete.

The federal agency announced a target completion date for the plant's Unit 2 reactor of December 2015.

It said this week that the reactor continues to meet safety and quality targets and remains on schedule and within budget.

The facility is on course to become the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

About 3,200 workers are on the Watts Bar 2 project, which will be TVA's seventh nuclear unit. Watts Bar 2 will add 1,100 megawatts of electricity, providing enough energy for approximately 650,000 homes.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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Nuclear regulator calls for comment on Sequoyah

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is calling for public comment on a study of the environmental impact of renewing the license of the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy for another 20 years.

The NRC plans two public meetings in Soddy-Daisy's city hall on Sept. 17 to present the findings of the draft study, which includes the preliminary conclusion that the environmental impact should not prevent the license from being renewed.

The Sequoyah plant is located about 20 miles north of Chattanooga and has been in service since 1981. The Tennessee Valley Authority's current operating licenses for the plant's two pressurized water reactors are set to expire in 2020 and 2021.

The NRC is accepting public comments on the environmental impact study through Sept. 29.

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Atlanta police to be featured on television show

ATLANTA (AP) — Members of the Atlanta Police Department's Narcotics Unit will be featured on an upcoming episode of a National Geographic Network show.

Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says the unit will be featured on a Wednesday episode of the series "Drugs Inc."

Espy says the episode will focus on the powdered form of the drug MDMA — known as "Molly" — which has become popular across the country. Authorities say the drug was once sold in pill form as Ecstasy and is promoted as being purer and additive-free.

Police say because demand for the drug has risen sharply, producers struggling to keep a steady supply have started introducing new and dangerous chemicals to it.

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Georgia AmeriCorps groups split $3.4 million in grants

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal says more than $3.4 million in funding will be split among more than a dozen Georgia AmeriCorps organizations working to meet local education, health, environmental needs and more.

Deal says the money is meant to help 690 AmeriCorps members in 15 organizations "to better meet local needs, leaving a positive and lasting impact on the state." Deal says the Corporation for National and Community Service is providing the funding.

Officials say Teach For America-Atlanta, United Way of Metro Atlanta and the Jekyll Island State Park Authority are among recipients of the grant support.

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Aviation, wildlife leaders to discuss bird strikes

ATLANTA (AP) — Wildlife experts and aviation industry leaders are scheduled to meet in Atlanta to discuss methods to help prevent bird strikes.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say the airport's fire training facility is hosting the annual Bird Strike Committee conference Wednesday afternoon.

Organizers say the three-day conference is expected to include more than 200 attendees sharing best practices to prevent collisions between birds and aircrafts.

According to the group's website, bird strikes cause more than $700 million in damage to U.S. civil and military aircrafts and the collisions put flight crew and passengers at risk.

Committee officials say the conferences are typically composed of practical classroom and field training sessions, presentation of technical papers, exhibits and demonstrations with vendors, and a trip to a local wildlife management area.

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Parents face child cruelty charges for messy home

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Snellville man and woman face child cruelty charges after authorities say their two teenage sons were found living in hazardous conditions at the family home.

The teens were removed from the home after animal control officers were called to the address Friday and notified state welfare workers. Police say they found roaches and fleas, cat feces and urine and trash in the kitchen of the home and in one boy's bedroom.

WSB-TV reports that the boys are staying with their grandparents.

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Georgia education board holds Common Core hearing

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Supporters of Common Core are urging state leaders not to move away from the education standards.

A series of public hearings to discuss the standards began with Tuesday's session. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that most of about 25 speakers supported the standards, including several current and retired teachers.

State Board of Education members are holding the sessions in congressional districts during the next few months and will send the feedback to the University of Georgia. The information will then be reviewed by the board as they consider whether to make changes to the standards.

Common Core has drawn opposition from some conservatives who view it as federal intrusion on local education decisions. Supporters say the standards increase the academic rigor of schools across the country.

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Production company plans construction in 2014

MELDRIM, Ga. (AP) — A production company promising a film studio campus in Effingham County is hoping to complete the first building by the end of 2014.

Medient Studios Inc. officials presented their master plan to local officials on Tuesday. The Savannah Morning News reports that CEO Jake Shapiro says the initial production building will support 200 jobs.

Shapiro says the first phase of construction including two stages will cost between $15 and $25 million. Later projects include hotels, a lake, sport fields and an amphitheater.

Some local officials say they're skeptical a project can get through a state review process before the end of the year. A committee plans to meet weekly while work continues.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com 

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Team investigating Fort Gordon soldier death

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) — A team from Fort Rucker, Alabama has taken the lead in investigating a Fort Gordon soldier's death during a training exercise.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the body of 27-year-old Anthony Thomas Scardino was found Friday night after he went missing during land navigation training that afternoon. Fort Gordon spokesman J.C. Mathews said it is standard procedure for a team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to investigate accidents, particularly when someone dies.

Mathews says an autopsy was performed Sunday by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

Base officials said in a statement that 2nd Lt. Scardino had three deployments. Scardino was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and was temporarily assigned at Fort Gordon for training.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

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Hancock County looking for temporary space after fire

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) — Hancock County officials are searching for temporary office space after a historic courthouse was gutted by a fire.

The county's commissioners may agree Wednesday to lease space from Oconee Fall Line Technical College's branch in Sparta for $1 a year. WMAZ-TV reports that all county business is at a standstill after Monday's early morning fire.

One commissioner says people who have to pay bills may get a grace period. The county clerk says employees still will be paid.

State authorities have said the fire caused about $5.5 million in damage to the Hancock County Courthouse which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cause of the fire is undetermined and no evidence of foul play was found.

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