Georgia News Roundup
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Kemp warns public of voter registration fraud

ATLANTA (AP) — Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding the public to stay alert for those who may be collecting personal data during voter registration drives.

Kemp says his office this week has received reports of voter registration drives where such information is collected that could be used for identity theft. He says residents don't have to provide an email address, phone number or full social security number in order to register to vote.

Kemp also says members of the public should never give personal information over the phone to anyone claiming to register voters.

He encourages those with an ID issued by the Department of Driver Services to use the state's secure online voter registration system. That can be accessed at the Secretary of State's website at

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Sam Nunn to be honored by US Navy Memorial

ATLANTA (AP) — A Coast Guard veteran and former U.S. Senator who represented Georgia will soon be recognized by the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Officials say Sam Nunn will be honored at the group's Lone Sailor Awards Dinner Sept. 17 at the National Building Museum. The Lone Sailor award is given to veterans who have excelled in their civilian careers while serving as examples of the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Organizers of the event say Nunn attended Georgia Tech and Emory University, served in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent six years in the Coast Guard Reserve while practicing law and managing his family farm in Perry.

Nunn's political career began in 1968, when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives.

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Georgia Department of Labor hosting career fair

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — The state Department of Labor and Hosea Feed the Hungry are teaming up to host a career and resource fair in metro Atlanta this week.

The event is being hosted at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers say potential employers will be hiring or discussing future employment opportunities while others will offer job readiness and dress for success workshops throughout the day.

Organizers say Hosea Feed the Homeless will be on hand providing groceries and back to school supplies to needy participants.

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Storms spark fires, down trees and power lines

ATLANTA (AP) — Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in suburban Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.

Heavy rains Thursday also flooded several lanes of Interstate 20 in Atlanta, leading to traffic jams during the evening rush hour.

There were several reports to the National Weather Service of trees and power lines down. Emergency managers and police told the weather service that trees were blown down in Fulton, Forsyth, Hall, Cherokee, Bibb, Houston and Wilkinson counties.

In Bonaire, south of Macon, law officers reported that a tree and live power lines fell onto a vehicle, trapping the occupant after 6 p.m. Thursday. No serious injuries were reported.

Northeast of Dublin, high winds blew a mobile home off its cinder blocks and damaged several buildings.

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Georgia boy, 13, killed while driving motorcycle

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia State Patrol says a 13-year-old boy riding a motorcycle was killed when it struck a curb and crashed in west Georgia.

The wreck happened around 2:30 Wednesday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.

State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said Tre Lovell Shelton of Douglasville was driving a Honda cycle north on Yeager Road when it struck the curb and left the road, then hit a pole.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the motorcycle overturned and the boy was thrown off of it. He was taken to a hospital but did not survive.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Crews continue searching lake for missing woman

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Emergency crews in Hall County are continuing to search for a woman who was seen jumping into Lake Lanier.

The Times reports that the threat of severe weather cut short their efforts early Wednesday evening, but the search was expected to resume early Thursday.

Fire crews were called to the south end of the lake, in the Big Creek Park area near Holiday Marina, in response to a possible drowning on Monday night. Hall County sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes said a woman was last seen jumping off a boat around 8:20 p.m. Monday and didn't resurface. Her name has been released.

Information from: The Times, 

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Drake earns 8 nominations for BET Hip-Hop Awards

By Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. Last year, the Canadian rapper and singer took home four awards, including the People's Champ Award.

Drake's 2013 chart-topping album, "Nothing Was the Same" had several hits from "Hold On, We're Going Home" with Majid Jordan to "Started from the Bottom."

Rap veteran Snoop Dogg returns as host and is expected to perform during the show, which will be taped Sept. 20 at the Boisfeuillet (BOH'-fihl-ay) Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

Jay Z, Pharrell and Future each scored six nominations. Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan and YG earned five nods apiece.

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Georgia homeowner wins $250,000 from mortgage lender

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia man and his family have won $250,000 to help pay the mortgage on their new home.

David Meeks of Forsyth was presented Thursday with a check for his prize winnings after entering a contest sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The lender asked people entering its "What Makes a Home" contest to use words and images to answer the question: What makes a place feel like a home?

Wells Fargo says Meeks, whose family recently moved into a new home 25 miles northwest of Macon, is the first of three winners of $250,000. He submitted a story and photo showing his young son's reaction to seeing his own room for the first time.

The company said Meeks plans to donate some of his prize money to charity.

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Contractor wants more time for Savannah River work

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (AP) — The contractor of a nuclear fuel project at the Savannah River Site near Aiken wants more time for its work.

Local media outlets report Shaw Areva MOX Services asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in May for a 10-year extension to build the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility.

The project is part of an agreement with Russia to turn nuclear weapons into reactor fuel. It is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. The current construction permit expires next year.

The issues have led the Obama administration to slash funding and propose shutting down construction to search for cheaper alternatives. Congressional support has backed funding through this fall, although a budget has not been passed.

NRC officials told the Augusta Chronicle no decision has been made on the request.

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