Emory deputy GC recounts legal issues in treating Ebola patients

Emory Deputy GC Recounts Legal Issues in Treating Ebola Patients | Daily Report

A top lawyer at Emory University said Tuesday that even with a decade of planning, the school’s health care system had to deal with unexpected issues—including legal matters—as its campus hospital began treating Americans who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Emory has treated three patients in a special isolation unit. Two have been released; a third remains at the hospital.

On Wednesday, officials announced that a second health care worker who had cared for a Texas patient had tested positive for Ebola and was to be transferred to Emory later in the day.

Jane Jordan, who is the school’s deputy general counsel and its chief counsel for health affairs, said Tuesday that about 10 years ago, a special unit for serious communicable diseases was set up at Emory in conjunction with the next-door Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat CDC workers.

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The secret casualties of Iraq’s abandoned chemical weapons


The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong. It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.

Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.

He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.

The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.

All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”


NYT: Thousands of old WMDs foud in Iraq

After the U.S. invaded Iraq, American soldiers found, and in some cases were wounded by, thousands of chemical-weapons munitions and the U.S. government has been loath to talk about it, the New York Times’ C. J. Chivers reports tonight. Soldiers repeatedly uncovered caches of expired or degraded chemical weapons in the country and even had to deal with the munitions being incorporated by insurgents, perhaps unwittingly, into improvised explosive devices.

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Tifton Country Fair Ag-Stravaganza set for Oct. 11 at GMA

An old-fashioned country fair comes to town Oct. 11 when the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents its Country Fair Ag-Stravaganza. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The museum, gallery and Historic Village will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on that day. The steam train will also be running.

The Country Fair features activities from an original fair as well as popular activities and demonstrations from Fall Frolics Critter Saturday. Guests can interact with animals from Chehaw Wild Animal Park. The always popular Poultry Palace will be on site with its talented chickens ready to show off for the crowd.

 The Tifton Gazette

Woman dies, another injured in accident Sunday on Georgia 40

A woman died and another was injured in a traffic accident on Georgia 40 in Charlton County early Sunday morning, a Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman said.

Donna Dismuke of the state patrol’s Waycross post said she could release no details of the accident because it is still under investigation.

“Right now, we’re still trying to make the correct identifications of both of the victims,” she said.


Georgia licenses doctors when other states refuse

Physicians whose misconduct got them barred from practicing medicine in other states have won permission to work in Georgia, a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found.

The newspaper (http://bit.ly/10ywV3h ) examined more than 500 licensing and disciplinary decisions involving Georgia physicians. On nearly two dozen occasions, the board allowed doctors cited for criminal offenses or other misconduct to practice in Georgia even when boards elsewhere refused to license them. Some of those doctors committed financial crimes or other transgressions that likely would not directly harm patients. Yet others had inappropriate sexual relations with patients or engaged in other serious misconduct.


Brunswick police nab 15-year-old running from pawn shop toting assault rifle, 10 pistols

A Brunswick teen is in custody after a pawn shop burglary and very fortunate he wasn’t hurt considering he was heavily armed when caught, the interim city police chief said.

Two city patrol officers, Bobby Black and Franklin West, responding just after midnight Thursday to an alarm at T&C Pawn World on Community Road arrived in their patrol cars to see two males running away, detective Jose Galdamez said.

The two officers arrived less than a minute after the alarm went off, and West chased one suspect who was running along a ditch line wearing a backpack, Galdamez said.


Aunt pleas guilty to providing phony alibi for Brunswick youth who killed toddler

The aunt of convicted baby killer De’Marquise Elkins pleaded guilty Friday to providing a false alibi for him as police investigated the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy.

Katrina Elkins pleaded guilty to making a false statement to officers for saying De’Marquise, who is now serving what is likely a 105-year-sentence, was at her house playing games on her computer at the time Antonio Santiago was shot in the face by a youth who tried to rob his mother on a Brunswick street, District Attorney Jackie Johnson said.


Barnesville woman killed in Brunswick wreck Friday morning

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that occurred in Brunswick just after 11 a.m. on Friday.

Two occupants were involved in the single vehicle accident. The driver, 60-year-old Cynthia Tressell, was killed in the wreck while the passenger, 59-year-old Calvin Tressell, sustained minor injuries. He was transported to Brunswick Hospital.

According to GSP Trooper Quincy Melvin, Cynthia Tressell lost control of the vehicle and then overcorrected, causing the SUV to flip.

The couple is from Barnwell, SC.


Missing Folkston woman found near where car was located

Authorities have located a Folkston woman whose car was found on the side of the road Monday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Tasheka Maria Campbell was found about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday in the same area where the car was found, according to the GBI.

She was taken to a hospital for an examination.

Multiple organizations helped search for Campbell but no more details about how she was located have been released.


Search continues for missing Folkston woman

The search for a missing Folkston woman continued Wednesday as officials expanded the search perimeter and several law enforcement agencies joined the search.

Family members alerted police Monday after 34-year-old Tesheka Campbell didn’t show up to either of her jobs in Folkston.

A short time later, the car Campbell was driving was found about a mile away on the side of a road she never used.  Her purse was in the car, but her cellphone was gone.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the search, which included officers on ATVs and helicopters on Wednesday.

“We’re losing precious time,” said Shauntae Campbell, Tesheka’s sister.

The family has been asked not to help in the search to avoid compromising the investigation.

“There’s not a word for that feeling. It’s complete hopelessness,” Shauntae Campbell said. “You don’t know the emptiness that you feel when you can do nothing in your power to help someone that you love and be there for them. That’s a feeling that I can’t explain.”

Residents in the small town of Folkston said Tesheka Campbell was well known for her bubbly and loving personality.

“I miss her already. I’m ready to see her,” Shadeena Yarbraugh siad. “It’s very emotional.”

“It’s a rare occasion that we have something like this. Of course, the entire town is upset. We’re concerned,” Charlton County Sheriff Dobie Conner said.

“Folks want to help the family, and we’re doing everything we can to resolve the situation, and we hope and pray everything turns out. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Family members said the car Tesheka Campbell was driving belonged to one of her friends, and she rarely drove it. Shauntae Campbell said her sister’s car might have been having mechanical issues, which would explain why she was driving her friend’s car.

“I miss her so much. I want her home,” Shauntae Campbell said. “I’m ready for her phone call. I’m ready for my sister to be home.”

Tesheka Campbell is described as a black woman, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 240 pounds.

Anyone with information about Tesheka Campbell’s whereabouts is asked to call the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office at 912-496-7321 or the Kingsland GBI office at 912-729-6198.


Screven man dies in crash of pickup truck Thursday

A Screven man whose pickup truck went off a rural road Thursday morning died when he was thrown from the vehicle as it overturned, the Georgia State Patrol said.

James Edenfield, 44, was driving south on Hortense Road just outside Screven about 7 a.m. when his 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 went off the roadway as he traveled through a curve to the left, Trooper 1st Class Ty Brooks said in his report.


Camden to see 10 percent tax increase, mostly for development authority

Camden County residents will see a 10 percent increase in their property tax rates when the tax bill come in the mail in about two weeks most of it fund the Joint Development Authority.

County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night in favor of a so-called rollback increase that allows the county to raise the current millage rate of 11.70 to 11.94.  The 0.24 mill increase is the amount allowed by the state to  offset declining revenue as result of sinking property values, Budget and Finance Director Mike Fender said.

Commissioners had declined to use the rollback rate in the previous five years but said they deferred to Fender’s advice on using it this year.

“I wouldn’t ask for this if I didn’t think it was in the best interest of the county,” Fender said.


Two charged with several offenses after attempts to elude in Brantley

Two 37-year-old men were arrested after attempting to elude Brantley County deputies in separate incidents.

William Everette, 37, was arrested and charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude/Possession and use of drug related objects/driving while license suspended/too fast for conditions/weaving over roadway as well as a bench warrant in Wayne County. Deputies attempted a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle accelerated in an attempt to elude deputies. The vehicle finally came to a stop after a brief chase and Everette jumped out of the vehicle and ran but stopped when deputies called out to him. Everette was taken into custody and transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

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St. Marys museums waiving entry fees Saturday for Smithsonian event

Visitors to downtown St. Marys will be able to save a little money Saturday if they are planning to visit the city’s many small museums, but they may have to deal with a little more traffic.

St. Marys Director of Tourism Angela Wigger said historic Orange Hall and the St. Marys Submarine Museum won’t charge their typical $5 admission that day as the museums participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual “Museum Day Live!” event.

“This is the first year Orange Hall has participated,” Wigger said. “The submarine museum has been doing it for six years.”As part of her duties as tourism director, Wigger manages Orange Hall, the iconic white mansion in the downtown area owned by the city.


Homeland Mayor Austin Hickox loses battle with rare form of cancer

The City of Homeland is in mourning this week after its beloved mayor, Austin Hickox, passed away on Tuesday morning. Hickox was at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his five children. He had been fighting a battle against a rare form of bladder cancer.

For more than 19 years, Hickox has been the steady steward of the city just north of Folkston. Homeland Council member Ouida Johnson recalled a couple of weeks ago that Hickox was overwhelmingly chosen to serve as mayor — twice — without even running for the office.

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Brantley 18-year-old hit with several charges after attempt to elude

Cody Cecil (18) was arrested and charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude police, failure to keep in proper lane, aggressive driving, street talking and harassing phone calls.  Deputies responded to Browntown Road in reference to harassing phone calls.  Complainant said that Cecil had called approximately 53 times in the past hour and had also sent several text messages.  While on scene Cecil drove by the residence and deputies attempted to stop him.  Cecil fled the area and accelerated in an attempt to elude deputies.  A short time later Cecil was apprehended and transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

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Statesboro bar near GSU permanently closed following student death

The Statesboro City Council permanently closed Rude Rudy’s, a bar next to the Georgia Southern University  campus, after police said a student was beaten to death at the bar less than a month ago.

A scheduled official revocation hearing was not held as the city council voted to accept a previously arranged agreement with the bar’s owner that would ultimately close the bar. As part of this settlement owner John Starkey voluntarily agreed never to obtain an alcohol license within the Statesboro city limits.

WJCL News.

Coast Guard, Navy to conduct exercise off Georgia coast

The Coast Guard and Navy plan to conduct a full-scale maritime exercise in the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Coast Guard says the exercise is known as Resolute Guardian. It is set to run from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. It will be held near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and continuing south to the Saint Marys River entrance.

The exercise will include small boat maneuvers, blank gunfire and distress signal training.

The Coast Guard is advising local boaters and community members that there will be a 500-yard moving safety zone around the vessels involved. There are no waterway closures or restrictions planned.


Southern Women’s Show set for Oct. 16-19 in Jax

The Southern Women’s Show packs four days with girls’ favorite things from shopping to fashion to food to favorite reality show personalities when it takes over the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville Oct. 16-19.

The show’s highlights include:

Real Housewife of O.C. Vicki Gunvalson. The Orange County version of Bravo’s Real Housewives wildly popular franchise started it all…and Vicki Gunvalson is the “OG of the OC”. The longest-running Housewife is President and Founder of Coto Insurance & Financial Services. She’s known to fans for her Type A workaholic personality, her infamous “woo hoo!” party chant and for finding herself in the center of drama between her kids, her relationship and her fellow housewives. Vicki spills the tea on what really happens behind-the-gates in Coto de Caza, and separates the fiction from the reality on the latest season of Real Housewives of the OC. Vicki appears on Thursday only.

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Brantley traffic stop leads to two arrests

Effingham investigators warn of Craigslist car cons | WJCL NewsCandi McCormick (32) was arrested and charged on a probation violation warrant out of Bacon County and possession and use of drug related objects.  James McCormick (39) was issued a citation for driving while license suspended.  Deputies made a traffic stop on McCormick’s vehicle and discovered that his license was suspended.  Candi had an active probation warrant and she was taken into custody.  Due to Candi being on probation a search was done on the vehicle and several snorting straws were found in her possession.

In other arrests:

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Baxley country singer wins Florida State 2014 Country Showdown

After months of competition in the largest country music talent search in America, Florida selected its winner Sept. 13 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground (SOSMPC) in Live Oak, Fla., With six acts — three solo singers from Florida, one band from Florida, and a duo and one solo singer from Georgia — judges had their work cut out for them as these were the best of the best out of hundreds who competed in the earlier stages of this annual contest. The winner – Nate (Nathaniel) Kenyon, 24, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Baxley and Statesboro, who already won the WAAC of Valdosta competition – was absolutely overjoyed and stunned to hear his name called as the winner.

The Baxley News-Banner.

Baker County Historic Jail full of old ledgers, books and archives

If people pass through the massive iron doors and enter one of the cells at the Baker County Historic Jail, they’ll find the inscriptions of prisoners of days gone by etched into the concrete walls.

But what they might miss are the old ledgers, books and archives that hold within them the history of the county.

The Baker County Historical Society took over the jail after it was deemed unfit for prisoners in the 1970s. Now, it is the largest resource for local history in the county.


FFA land judging event held in Tifton Thursday

Forty Future Farmers of America teams from South Georgia visited the Tift County Schools STAR Farm Thursday afternoon for the Land Judging CDE. This is the first year that the farm hosted the event.

The Land Judging CDE is a team event with four team members. Danny Bartlett, Georgia’s south region forestry teacher for agricultural education, oversaw the event.

Participants classified land into the land capability classes developed by the Soil Conservation Service. Classification is based upon the land judging factors of slope, topsoil thickness, erosion, topsoil texture, permeability of subsoil, drainage and effective depth of the soil, according to the Georgia FFA Association.

via Land judging event held in Tifton – The Tifton Gazette: News.

GM puts the brakes on 2,000 2015 Corvettes for driver airbag problem

General Motors has told Chevrolet dealers to stop delivery of about 2,000 of 2015 Corvettes to fix the driver’s airbag, the automaker said in a statement Friday.

The muscle cars are being inspected for a suspect part that attaches the air bag to the steering wheel. GM has also temporarily halted shipments from its plant in Bowling Green, KY, where Corvettes have been assembled for over 30 years.

Another 8,000 Corvettes are on hold at dealerships because a problem with the parking brake, which must be inspected to make sure it works on both rear tires.

Separately, GM said it is recalling about 270,000 other cars for various mechanical and maintenance issues.


Augusta fire chief contracts flesh-eating bacteria during rescue

While hiking with friends at Savannah Bluff Heritage Preserve in North Augusta on Aug. 31, Ian Buckley saw what appeared to be a head in the water. He quickly realized it was a woman standing waist-deep in the Savannah River, close to the Georgia bank.

“After a few minutes, I figured she was holding a dog or a baby,” he said.

She appeared to be in trouble, so the Augusta Fire Department captain sprung into action, wading about 300 yards across the rapids to get to her, bouncing off rocks and scraping his shin.

The woman had a 4-year-old and a sunken kayak. Buckley worked to free the kayak, then helped the woman and the child to safety. As they moved on downriver, Buckley stumbled back across the river.

He never imagined the incident would land him in the hospital for a week, or that he’d find himself battling necrotizing fasciitis, the same infection that gained attention in 2012 when it cost Georgia resident Aimee Copeland her left leg, right foot and both hands.


Guilty verdict in peanut trial should send warning to industry

Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over people’s welfare.

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related the nationwide outbreak in 2008 and 2009.

WJCL News.

Security breached: Intruder reaches front door of White House

The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended.

President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left the White House on Friday evening when the intruder climbed the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the residence, where agents nabbed him.

WJCL News.

Chad Nimmer wants to hear your plan — if you’re from Pierce anyway

State Rep. Chad Nimmer is a busy man. Between working back home in Pierce County and representing his community in Atlanta, there are no shortage of issues to review or phone calls to take.

But the Blackshear Republican says he’s concerned his position as a voice for South Georgia in the legislature isn’t being used to its full potential. And he’s looking for local officials to keep him busy with anything he can do to help the county.

“Wear me out while I’m there…”

via The Blackshear Times

Police find piles of stolen merchandise in Hinesville residence

A task force made up of the Hinesville Police Department and the Liberty and Long County sheriff’s offices busted a burglary suspect Wednesday afternoon in Hinesville who hoarded thousands of dollars worth of suspected merchandise.

Khalil Abdullah, who lives in the 1300 block of Forest Lake Drive was arrested without incident when officers initiated a search warrant and seized thousands of dollars worth of items suspected in burglaries in Liberty, Long and Wayne County as well as Hinesville.

WJCL News.

St. Simons sets Food & Spirits Fest for Oct. 1-5

segazine logoThousands of foodies and fun seekers will be treated to five days that will tantalize the senses when the third annual Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival unfolds Oct. 1-5 in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

The nearly weeklong #TasteSSI celebration showcases the area’s finest food, spirits and artistic talent amid the natural beauty of Georgia’s Golden Isles and is well on its way to becoming one of the South’s most-popular festivals. Continue reading

Campfire fun

Campfire Fun, 6-7 p.m., Crooked River State Park, 6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway, St. Marys. Features a ranger with stories and songs around a campfire. Bring s’mores supplies and roasting sticks. Free; parking $5. (912) 882-5256.

The Spitfire Grill

“The Spitfire Grill,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Valdosta State University’s Lab Theatre, 1500 N. Patterson St., Valdosta. Show continues 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 3 p.m. Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-24. $72, season membership; single tickets, $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 children and students; VSU students get in free. (229) 333-5973.

Quilt Guild meeting

Coastal Georgia Quilt Guild meeting, 7 p.m., Stepping Stones Quilt Shop, 545 Skylane Road, St. Simons Island. (912) 230-4102, (912) 638-7128, coastalgeorgiaquiltguild.com or steppingstonesquilts.com.

Tifton to host truck and tractor pull Sept. 26, 27

The fall edition of the Tifton Truck and Tractor Pull rolls into town Sept. 26 and 27 at the American Legion Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and the Southern Pullers Association, truck and tractor pullers from all across the Southeast will compete for Southern Pullers Association championship points and prize money.

“The 8,500-pound Light Pro Stock tractors class is a great one to watch. These tractors are powerful, loud and fast. Of course, we still have the big two- and four-wheel drive classes, too,” said Tyron Spearman, coordinator of the pull.  “Look for the points standing and competition schedule online at www.tpuller.com or find the Southern Pullers Association on Facebook.”

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Jekyll’s Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival this weekend


The Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District. Includes arts and crafts, a Family Fun Zone, live entertainment, Craft Brew Tastings, demonstrations, contests and live music. Free admission, parking $6, samples $3. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/shrimp-and-grits. (Officials told Segazine that limited parking means you’ll have to park at the airport and take a tram to the event itself unless you can secure parking away from the event location. The $6 fee is for entry onto the island.)

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Two women found dead on northside of Jax

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The bodies of two young women were found on the side of the road on the Northside early Thursday morning. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to find out who they are, what happened and how they died.

At 1:53 a.m. officers were dispatched to Sisson Drive, near the intersection of Main Street North and Clark Road, in reference to two bodies that were found.

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Georgia jobless up to 8.1 percent in August

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

“We had good job growth, both over the month with 24,700 new jobs and over the year with 79,300 more jobs, and initial claims, a leading economic indicator that measures new layoffs, decreased 27 percent,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “All of this positive data makes the rate increase somewhat questionable.

“With continued job growth and fewer layoffs, we would expect the rate to come down. We’ve talked with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which conducts the monthly household survey that determines the national and state unemployment rates,” Butler continued. “They say the ‘volatility’ in the monthly survey numbers ‘is expected’ and that it’s often ‘smoothed’ during the annual benchmarking process. Last year’s initial August rate was eventually reduced by a half-point, and we expect a similar reduction this year.”

There were 4,132,900 jobs in Georgia in August, the most since June 2008. Jobs were up by 0.6 percent, from 4,108,200 in July. The monthly gains came in government at 16,600 as seasonal school workers returned to their jobs after summer layoffs. Education and health services added 7,700 jobs, manufacturing recorded 4,000 new jobs, construction added 1,600 jobs, and other services added 1,500.

“Our over-the-year job growth, which was an impressive 2.0 percent, was the second largest for August since 2005 and came in all the important job sectors,” said Butler.

The job gains were in professional and business services, 25,400; leisure and hospitality, 16,100; trade and transportation, 13,200; manufacturing, 9,900; construction, 5,900; education and health services, 5,700; information services, 1,500; other services, 1,000; government, 300; and financial activities, 100.

There were 31,122 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in August, a decrease of 11,536, from 42,658 in July. For the past three years, initial claims fell by an average of 11,504 from July to August. Most of the August decline in claims came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and trade.

Also, over the year, initial claims were down by 12.3 percent. There were 4,381 fewer claims filed than the 35,503 in August 2013. Most of the decline over the year came in trade, transportation and warehousing, construction, administrative services, and health care and social assistance.

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Tim’s Vermeer

“Tim’s Vermeer,” as part of the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series, 7 p.m., St. Simons Island Casino, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. The 2013 film is Rated PG-13. $3. (912) 289-7357 or email litguildssi@gmail.com.

Two arrested in Brantley on multiple drug charges

Brantley County deputies seized almost 50 marijuana plants and arrested two while executing a search warrant.

Lisa Wainright, 52, and John Wainright, 54, were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, and trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine.  A search warrant was executed at the Wainright property where approximately 45 marijuana plants were located. Both were transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

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Investigators were called to the Southeast Georgia Medical Center in Brunswick in reference to Cruelty to Children. Medical staff had called and reported a child that had a small fracture to the upper left side of the skull. The Department of Family and Children Services along with Brantley County Investigators and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation interviewed the parents. The case was turned over to the GBI for further investigation. Continue reading

Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River, 6-9 p.m., Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Bay Street, Brunswick. Features the Parker Urban Band. Bring a blanket and picnic. $10 adults, children 16 and younger get in free. (912) 265-4032.

Fort Carolina

Fort Caroline Update, 3 p.m., Ashantilly Center, Georgia 99, Darien. Speakers are Anita Spring and Fletcher Crowe with “Where IS Fort Caroline?” Program followed by a reception. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. (912) 437-4473.


Zack Snyder reveals the Batmobile for ‘Batman v. Superman’ movie

Ben Affleck has quite a ride. It was always going to be hard to top The Dark Knight’s Tumbler, but the Batmobile in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman puts up a pretty solid fight. Seriously: check out that weapon on the front. You can see the photo in high resolution over at Imgur.

Set photos of the Batmobile leaked earlier today, and clearly, Snyder wasn’t happy with them. He just published this new photo on Twitter, and it’s evident that his Batmobile is far better looking than it appeared in those earlier grainy shots. This shot’s photographer, Clay Enos, even calls out the poor quality of the earlier images. “iPhone photography is great,” he writes, “but some things deserve more.”

The Verge.

Man dies after being hit by cement truck in Jesup

A man is dead after being hit by a cement truck in downtown Jesup around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Georgia 27 and North Third Street.

Georgia State Patrol identified the victim as Brandon Hill, 27, of Jesup.

“Hill had gotten into an altercation with a group of individuals and had thrown a bottle at a woman and began running.  Based on witness accounts, it is believed that Hill was being followed by three individuals when he ran into the intersection,” said GSP Trooper Raumando Thompson.

The cement truck driver identified as Andrew Donagi, 44, of Screven will not face charges. He was driving at the speed limit of 35 miles per hour when Hill stepped in front of the truck, said Trooper Thompson.

The Jesup Police Department is investigating the events leading up to the fatal crash.


Jesup man to get new trial in Glynn shooting deaths — 21 years later

A Jesup man convicted of murder in the 1993 execution-style shooting deaths of a woman and her son is set to get a new trial starting Sept. 22 before a Glynn County jury.

But in an unusual turnabout, prosecutors have asked Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Scarlett to allow them to use evidence that the original judge ruled out, Larry L. Jenkins Jr.’s confession that he killed Terry Ralston, 37, and her son, Michael, 15.

Jenkins was a 17-year-old student at Wayne County High School when the Ralstons were abducted from their coin-operated laundry in downtown Jesup. During a motions hearing Friday, he sat silently in a pumpkin-colored jail jump suit and with ankles shackled and his hands cuffed in front of him.


Jesup police investigating robbery at Heritage Bank

The Jesup Police Department is investigating a robbery at the Heritage Bank on Friday morning.

The police department says the vehicle they are looking for in connection with the incident is a black, four-door Buick with mirror decals along the bottom that resemble chrome and four hub caps but no center caps.

Those with any information regarding the robbery are asked to call the Jesup Police Department at (912) 427-1300.

Read more at WSAV

College Park parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school

Parents say they’re alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

Feldwood Elementary School Principal Principal Raquel Harris says the Fulton County school system has purchased snake repellent for the perimeter of the school. Harris said employees are monitoring for snake movements at night and have contacted a pest control company.

Parent Temeka Strozier tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/X5Jxgq) that a snake crawled over a parent’s foot during a PTA meeting and open house on Tuesday.

Harris emailed parents a letter telling them that the safety of students is the school’s No. 1 priority, and that officials are working diligently to ensure that children are safe.

It wasn’t known what type of snakes are being seen in the school.


Average turtle nest year no cause for alarm

turtlesExcept for a long-missing loggerhead named Coral, sea turtle nesting in Georgia rated average in 2014.
Not that average is bad for this threatened species and Georgia’s primary sea turtle.

The 1,193 nests recorded through Labor Day fell far shy of the 2,289 counted last summer and ended a four-year run of nesting highs. But Georgia DNR Sea Turtle Program Coordinator Mark Dodd explained that while the 26-year average for loggerheads is 1,215 nests, a rise and fall in nesting is more normal than a string of annual increases.

“The overall statistical trend (for loggerheads) is still increasing, and we’re still in a recovery period. This is one of the natural fluctuations in nesting that we’ve seen.”

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Former Darien police lietenant charged in theft of narcotics from evidence storage

A former Darien police lieutenant was arrested Thursday on a charge of taking narcotics from the police evidence room, officials said.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Nicholas “Nick” O. Roundtree, 36, around noon and took him to the McIntosh County jail where he was booked and released on bail, the county Sheriff’s Office said….


Suspect in Memphis slaying jailed in Camden County

A Memphis, Tenn., man sought in a slaying there was apprehended after a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Camden County and is in the county jail in Woodbine.

About 1:40 p.m. Thursday, a white Ford Focus crossed from Nassau County into Camden County where Florida Highway Patrol officers, Camden County sheriff’s deputies and Kingsland police officers pursued it to a point near the Harriett’s Bluff interchange, Camden County spokesman William Terrell said….


Super PAC attacks on Michelle Nunn rated mostly true


The super PAC Ending Spending Fund is broadcasting another attack ad against Michelle Nunn, a politically pedigreed Democrat hoping to succeed Republican Saxby Chambliss as a U.S. Senator from Georgia.

This time, it’s a radio ad simulating a man-on-the street interview with a potential female voter.

In the ad, the announcer says: “According to news reports, she’s acknowledged allowing a convicted felon who is well known for his radical anti-American statements to actually hold a fundraiser for her.”

He then asked the unidentified woman: “Is there any wisdom in that thinking?”

“I’m going to say ‘None,'” the woman responds.

It’s part of a new campaign by Ending Spending that plays off Nunn’s well-known name. Her father, Sam Nunn was a respected moderate Democrat in the U.S. Senate for 24 years, from 1972 to 1997, who some considered White House or vice presidential material.

PolitiFact Georgia.

Rural voters key to Democratic Senate hopes in Georgia

Democrats are playing offense in Georgia and Kentucky in their fight to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and rural voters are critical to wresting both seats away from the GOP column this November.

In the Bluegrass State, Alison Lundergan Grimes has emerged as a good fundraiser and excellent retail campaigner, proving she really is like the “Kentucky Woman” that Neil Diamond sang about, as she tries to deny Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) a sixth term. Grimes needs to pull a huge vote out of the Louisville and Lexington areas as well as college towns like Bowling Green, but keeping McConnell’s vote down in the rural counties is essential if she is to win.

In the state’s eastern coalfields, McConnell has used the “war on coal” as a cultural weapon to tie Grimes to the unpopular current occupant of the White House. “Everybody just hates Obama and I don’t know what you can do to turn that around. I don’t know why, it’s like they’re brainwashed,” says longtime Democratic activist Linwood Hardy of Cadiz, Ky.


Social media harassment a problem — even in Brantley County

Social media harassment has become a serious problem, even in Brantley County

Deputies responded to Dee Gee Trail in reference to harassment recently after a complainant said that someone has been posting harassing comments on Facebook about his spouse and also accusing him of stealing.
In other related reports, officials were called to investigate two instances of credit card fraud including one in which the victim said an unknown subject had made five transactions on his debit card, and another in which the victim said someone stole his Go Blue card which is attached to his checking account and charged over $300.
In other arrests:
Michael Deslauriers (28) was arrested and charged with making harassing phone calls and disorderly conduct. Deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Ft. McIntosh Loop in reference to a report of terroristic threats and acts. The complainant said that Deslauriers had made threatening texts toward him. A short time later Deslauriers came to the sheriff’s office and admitted to texting the complainant several more times since being told not to. Deslauriers kept cursing and showing out while in the lobby in front of other people in the lobby. He was arrested at that time.

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Search underway for more bodies in squalid Massachusetts home

A search was underway Friday at a squalid home where the bodies of three infants were found among vermin and piles of soiled diapers, and authorities had not ruled out the possibility that more bodies may be inside, a prosecutor said.

Detectives investigating a case of reckless endangerment of children found the bodies Thursday at the house in Blackstone, about 50 miles southwest of Boston along the Rhode Island border. Four other children had been removed from the home two weeks earlier.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said the house was in “deplorable condition.” He said authorities don’t know when or how the babies died, or their ages and genders. No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the deaths.

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Whitehouse under fire for not opposing Boggs

An abortion rights group Thursday criticized Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., for not opposing a controversial nominee to a federal district court in Georgia.

The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America wrote Whitehouse after his comments Tuesday about nominee Michael P. Boggs. Whitehouse, when asked if he would vote for Boggs at the Senate Judiciary Committee level, said that he backs district court nominees who have the support of their home-state senators – which Boggs has.

Roll Call Politics.

SanDisk’s 512GB SD card will hold all the 4K video you can handle

If you’ve been dabbling in 4K video recording, you probably know that most SD cards won’t cut it; you’ll be thankful if you have enough space for a wedding video, let alone a magnum opus. SanDisk may have a solution for that space problem in its new, extra-capacious 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC card. It’s fast enough (95MB/s) to shoot interruption-free 4K, but also has more than enough storage for a day’s worth of movies and high-speed photography. Capture 60Mbps video on Sony’s AX100, for example, and you could theoretically keep going for almost 19 hours. You’re going to pay dearly for all that headroom, though. The 512GB card sells for a whopping $800 — unless video production is your bread and butter, you’re probably better off “settling” for the Extreme Pro’s 128GB or 256GB variants.


Dollar General goes hostile in bid for Family Dollar

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.

The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Stores Dollar Inc. for $80 per share in cash, the same offer that was rejected last week by the company’s board.

Shares of Family Dollar jumped 5 percent before the opening bell Wednesday and appeared headed for an all-time high.

Family Dollar, based in Matthews, North Carolina, has voiced concerns about such a deal passing antitrust review. In response to those fears, Dollar General has said that it is willing to divest up to 1,500 stores if the Federal Trade Commission requires it. The company also is offering to pay a $500 million reverse breakup fee if antitrust hurdles get in the way.

The Tifton Gazette

Southern rust hits Georgia corn crop early

Southern corn rust struck Georgia’s corn crop two weeks earlier this season and has spread across the Coastal Plain, says a University of Georgia plant pathologist. If not treated quickly, the annual disease can stunt plants and reduce yields.

“If you don’t protect against southern rust early enough, and it starts to spread, it’s hard to stop. Once it escapes the bottle, it’s hard to put back in the bottle,” said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Extension scientist based on the Tifton Campus. Kemerait has been busy answering phone calls from growers who thought they had the disease under control only to discover it when weather conditions favored a spread of the disease.

If southern corn rust is not spotted or treated quickly, it can have a devastating impact on corn production in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia where yield losses in excess of 25 bushels of corn per acre have been observed. Southern corn rust infects corn leaves. The infected leaves can’t produce as many sugars through photosynthesis, which reduces yield. It can also drain the stalk of its strength, making corn plants vulnerable during high winds that could blow the stalks down.

Moultrie Observer: News.

Charlton development authority hoping to attract new industry with ‘GRAD’ site

The state believes having prepared and available sites for industrial development will attract new industry to Georgia counties and they’ve come up with a program to encourage that development.

The Development Authority of Folkston and Charlton County wants to participate in the state’s Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Sites Program and is hoping to bring the city and county on board with the plan.

To qualify for GRAD status, available sites have to be submitted by a local community or economic development organization to the state and its partners in the program (GA Power, Georgia EMC, and Electric Cities of Georgia) and reviewed by a third party. Categories of due diligence and review include minimum acreage (50), ownership security, zoning designation, road and rail accessibility, utilities service, and wetlands and stream delineation.

via Charlton County Herald

Large grant awarded for area pomegrenate industry

USDA Rural Development State Director Quinton N. Robinson and U.S. Congressman John Barrow have announced the approval of a $150,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) designed to boost the processing and marketing of pomegranates grown by farmers in southeast Georgia. The grant recipient, Seven Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Area Council Inc. of Baxley, will apply the RBEG funds to the purchase of equipment specially designed to wash and separate pomegranates from the hulls.

The Baxley News-Banner.

Stalled Georgia judicial nominee presents a dilemma for Senate Democrats

The troubled judicial nomination of Michael P. Boggs is stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the days grow short for congressional action this year, and the panel is moving other nominations ahead of his.

The troubled judicial nomination of Michael P. Boggs is stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the days grow short for congressional action this year, and the panel is moving other nominations ahead of his.

The committee added a slate of 10 judicial nominees to its agenda for votes this month, likely next week. That agenda does not include Boggs, one of President Barack Obama’s nominees to a federal district court in Georgia.

A vote now on Boggs’ nomination would unnecessarily risk a potentially awkward intraparty conflict among Democrats, Senate aides and nominations experts familiar with the nomination said. Committee Democrats either could reject one of Obama’s judicial picks for the first time. Or the nomination could advance to the full Senate with opposition from many Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Roll Call Politics.


Wayne hospital generates millions despite huge challenges

Wayne Memorial Hospital generated $109.1 million in revenue for the local and state econo-mies during 2012, according to a new report by the Georgia Hospital Association.

The report also found that, during the same time period, Wayne Memorial provided approximately $5.9 million in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 879 full-time jobs throughout Jesup and the rest of the state.

The Press-Sentinel

Bama the neglected dog dies – but not before experiencing love at last

bamaUPDATE: Officials announced Wednesday morning that Bama had died.

An area community fought to make sure a dog who wasn’t guaranteed tomorrow felt the love of a family just one more time.

Members of Coastal Pet Rescue made the decision to euthanize the hard-lived pooch Wednesday morning.  But not before a community showed him a warmth he may never have felt before.

 WJCL News.

State launches fraud investigation into Democrat voter registration group

Channel 2 Action News has learned Georgia’s secretary of state is investigating allegations of forged voter registration applications and demanding records from a voter registration group with ties to one of the state’s highest ranking Democrats.

A subpoena was sent to the New Georgia Project and its parent organization Third Sector Development on Tuesday.

The organization is a project of the nonprofit organization Third Sector Development, which was founded and is led by House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

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Daycare license revoked following Brunswick infant death

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Tuesday, issued a license revocation for a Brunswick daycare center after the death of an infant in August.

In a news release from Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin of DECAL, his organization confirmed that rule violations involving supervision and infant sleep safety may have contributed to the death of a child at Generation Kids Preschool Nursery located at 2267 Pinewood Street.

 WJCL News.

Driver dies after collision on Interstate 95

A driver was killed in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 95 near Airport Road on Tuesday afternoon.  The driver’s name was not immediately released, pending next-of-kin notification.

Florida Highway Patrol said Diana Pineiro, 28, was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer south on I-95 in the center lane.  The driver of a Nissan Titan was on the entrance ramp from Airport Road to I-95 southbound as a tractor-trailer was heading south in the right lane.


Students rally behind teacher who talks about Jesus in class

Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne.

Osborne said he didn’t feel supported by administrators, so he decided to take a few days off, he told WXIA-TV. He said he’s talked about God at school for years.


Is this the smart watch you’ve been looking for?

Today I finally got to try on a smart watch that fits my wrist, looks good, and purports to be full-featured yet not overly annoying.

By Rachel Metz

While other smart watches I’ve tried and spied have been mostly clunky, finicky, ugly, and, frankly, not all that smart (see “So Far Smart Watches Are Pretty Dumb”), Apple’s just-announced Apple Watch looks stylish, thoughtfully designed, extremely customizable, and full of great technology that is cleverly implemented. In other words, it appears to be awesome.

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Charlton commissioner wants accounting of rec department funds

Charlton County Commission Chairman Wade Johnson says he wants all county recreation department revenues revealed in their annual budget each year.

“They get concessions, sign-up fees, other things,” he said at last week’s regular commission meeting. “I want to make it loud and clear, I want this reported. I want transparency for the public.”

Johnson’s request was part of a general discussion on the county’s proposed 2015 budget. County Administrator Al Crace assured him the information would be included in future budgets.

Crace also noted the proposed $9.2 million budget does not represent any “significant” change from last year but requires .02 mills less than in 2014.

via Charlton County Herald

Brunswick hires consultant to review investigation of chief

The city has retained an outside consultant to review an internal affairs investigation of online training that resulted in the retirement of Chief Tobe Green and the resignations of two other officers, Mayor Cornell Harvey said.

Also the city has named Jimmy Carter, a former chief and former U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Georgia, as its interim police chief effective Monday, City Manager Bill Weeks said.

Carter had served 25 years on the Brunswick police force, the last seven as chief, before he retired to serve as U.S. marshal for the four years that George H.W. Bush was president.

Maj. Greg Post, who led the internal investigation into online training, has been interim chief and will report to Carter in his on-going role as operations officer, Weeks said.


Plant these now to help next summer’s garden

Home gardeners who plan to give their garden spot a rest this fall can plant seeds now to help next summer’s garden. A University of Georgia expert says planting a cover crop during this fall will add precious soil organic matter and nutrients that will benefit garden soil later.

“I am stuck on building soil organic matter and increasing the soil’s ability to hold on to nutrients,” said Julia Gaskin, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Boosting up soil matter is critical for encouraging healthy soil biology, which helps to make nutrients available for plants.”

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Cornfield robot sprays fertilizer on plants

This summer a Minnesota startup began deploying an autonomous robot that rolls between corn plants spraying crop fertilizer.

The robot applies fertilizer while the plant is rapidly growing and needs it most. This eliminates the need for using tractors, which can damage the  high stalks, and reduces the amount of fertilizer needed earlier in the season, says Kent Cavender-Bares, CEO of the company, Rowbot. Further, by reducing the fertilizer, the robot reduces the amount of nitrogen that can end up polluting waterways after rainstorms.

As the machine travels between rows, it can spray two rows of corn on either side of the machine. It uses GPS to know when it’s reached the end of the field, and LIDAR, or laser-scanning, to make sure it stays between rows of mature cornstalks without hitting them. Although such fields could also be fertilized at any time via irrigation, only about 15 percent of U.S. cornfields are irrigated.

Rowbot developed its machine under a strategic partnership with Carnegie Robotics, which grew out of research at Carnegie-Mellon University. This summer Rowbot used its machine to fertilize 50 acres of corn, at a charge of $10 per acre plus the cost of fertilizer.

MIT Technology Review.

Atlanta at epicenter of Apple's next industry disrupting quake - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta at epicenter of Apple’s next industry disrupting quake

For Apple, the road to its next billion-dollar market connects through Atlanta.

The consumer electronics leviathan has trained its lasers on the financial payments market — one in which Atlanta is a global hub.

About 70 percent of all U.S. payments processed annually run through companies based in Georgia. Four of the top 20 American Banker FinTech 100 companies are headquartered in the Peach State.

Apple (NYSE: AAPL) will announce, at an event Tuesday afternoon, a new mobile payments system that will transform its mobile devices into credit cards — no fumbling for wallets, or card-swiping required. The company will also launch the iPhone 6, in two sizes.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple appears to have finally embraced Near Field Communication (NFC) technology — equipping new hardware with a chip that allows information to be wirelessly and securely transmitted between devices.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Charlton County High School students select Mr. CCHS, Miss Shilofohaw

Charlton County High School students Fred Howard III and Savannah Kern are Mr. CCHS and Miss Shilofohaw for 2014. Howard is the son of Tammy Howard and the late Fred Howard Jr. Kern is the daughter of Brian and Stoney Kern. The students are selected from the senior honor court. They must have participated in extra-curricular activities and must have a spotless discipline record to be eligible for the honor.

via Charlton County Herald

‘Two old guys’ turn reclaimed wood into unique furniture

Hondo Ritchie’s special talent has led him to a new business.“I can read the wood.”

Ritchie is half of the “two old guys’’ workforce at Island Sea Design along with Francis Antczak, who got fed up with the antique business and is finally doing what he wants.

“I wanted an American business,’’ Antczak said. “We cut wood. It’s all grown in America.”


Waycross police looking for man who attacked woman

Police said they are looking for a man who attacked a woman in Waycross in December.

According to the Waycross Police Department, a female was attacked by a man she believes is mentally challenged.

Police said the attack took place in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive near Highway 84.

According to the police department, the man spoke very slowly.

Police said the man last wore a black sweatshirt with a hoodie pulled tight to his face.

He is 6 feet tall and is between his 20s and 30s.

If you have information about the man, call 287-2989.


Sex offender wanted in Camden County arrested

Deputies in Camden County said a wanted sex offender was arrested Wednesday.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were searching for 44-year-old Jerry L. Dixon earlier this morning.

Deputies said Dixon was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Dixon was first charged with sexual battery against a child under 16 years old.


Waycross man pleads guilty to enticement of minors

Donnell Cornelius Shavers, 22, of Waycross  pleaded guilty earlier this week before Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to enticement of minors to engage in sex acts and to the production of child pornography.

Shavers will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U. S. Probation Office.

The case against Shavers and his codefendant Jacques Donte Taylor arose out of a joint investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, with additional assistance from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide U. S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

WJCL News.

Paula Deen gets 10-acre tribute portrait in Odum


When Paula Deen makes her big appearance in southeast Georgia later this year, it will be her second biggest one in the area. That’s because the other one will be so big that it literally takes up a 10-acre corn field.

Officials with Poppell Farms of Odum recently announced that the Savannah-based celebrity chef and her family will make a personal appearance at their farm on Oct. 5 and, in her honor, the farm will commission a full-sized corn maze in her likeness that the public will get to enjoy.

WJCL News.

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Foldable Wind Turbine Fits In Backpack, can Charge Laptop

While most wind turbines are getting bigger – like a U.K. design with blades as long as a football field – a few are going in the opposite direction and aiming to become as small as possible. A new 3-D printed wind turbine is small and lightweight enough to fit in a backpack.

Now raising funding on Kickstarter, the  AirEnergy3D is portable enough to take on a camping trip, or move from a rooftop to a balcony to catch the biggest breeze. It can be fully assembled without any tools. Devices like a laptop or phone can plug directly into the turbine to charge, or it can send electricity back into a household power system.


Group discusses replacement storefronts for downtown Jesup

By Derby Waters

With the sound of an excavator working just across the street, a group met Thursday afternoon in the Jesup Depot to discuss storefronts that will be built to replace those lost in the Aug. 4 downtown fire.

Cleanup has begun, and Van Williamson plans to start construction on the replacement building as soon as the cleanup is completed. He said the lot should be cleaned of the fire debris by the end of the week.

The Williamson family members were on hand to hear from community leaders and Julien de Rocher, a community design specialist from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Williamson said he plans to build a steel structure to replace the lost building that was built nearly 100 years ago. He said he is willing to listen to ideas of how the fronts of the stores should look so that the downtown appearance might be enhanced.

via The Press-Sentinel

Jeep ‘death wobble’ leaves drivers shaken and looking for answers

Imagine driving down the highway and having your car suddenly start to shake violently. It’s been happening to Jeep owners across the country. The ABC7 News I-Team has been looking into it and has the results of its investigation.

The shaking is so violent and shocking that many Jeep owners call it the “death wobble.” The I-Team knows of no one who has died, but we’ve obtained public records that link the problem to some serious accidents.

It is a scary experience — a violent shaking in the front end of the car that usually hits at highway speed when you make a turn or hit a bump.

Videos from YouTube show how frequently it happens to some Jeep owners. It’s become so common it has a nickname — the “death wobble” — because it is so jarring.

“The whole font end of the vehicle shakes back and forth,” Jeep owner Christopher O’Halloran said.

“It literally feels like the front end of your vehicle is going to shake apart,” Jeep owner Jeri McNeill said.


Three men arrested in Mexico-to-Florida drug bust, Mexican meth seized

Luis Acosta, 34, and Juan Espinoza, 33, both of Crescent City; and Enrique Munoz, 41, of Del Rio, Texas, were arrested in Jacksonville on federal charges in an investigation dubbed “Operation Glass House.”

According to court documents, Acosta, Munoz, and Espinoza participated in a conspiracy to acquire and distribute methamphetamine across state lines. The methamphetamine was ultimately distributed throughout Putnam County.

Investigators said the drugs were Mexican-made and were a higher grade at a cheaper price. Their street value in all was about $750,000.


Georgia attorney general defends staff in wake of $10,000 fine

State lawyers handling a lawsuit against the state ethics commission were dealing with a “difficult client” who acted inappropriately in withholding key documents, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday in response to his office being fined $10,000 by a judge in the case.

Olens defended the attorneys in his office who handled the lawsuit filed by the former director of the ethics commission, saying they acted “ethically and responsibly.” Olens added he disagreed with the judge’s decision to fine his office but had yet to decide whether to appeal.

“Unlike lawyers in private practice that get to withdraw from representation when you have a difficult client, we don’t have the same luxury,” Olens said. “Unfortunately we have learned a lot of facts in the case post-trial that we would have preferred to have learned pre-trial.”


Pierce commissioners consider various ways to raise taxes

A proposed user fee fell by the wayside and commissioners are now looking at a blended approach including the use of special tax districts, a millage rate increase, a two and a half percent across the board budget cut and fee increases to balance the county budget.

Still, the wait for a decision on county finances continues as no final decision was reached Thursday night. Commissioners discussed the budget for another two hours during the most recent session. The county commission has, so far, met three times for a total of five hours, with no final decisions yet.

A much-debated user fee fell by the wayside in favor of creating special tax districts county-wide to fund EMS and parks and recreation.

County attorney Willis Blacknall III explained the special tax districts would be better legally, since there would be no way to force collection of a user fee.

via The Blackshear Times

UF police investigate 4th attack, release photo of possible suspect

As the Gainesville Police Department and University of Florida Police Department investigates a fourth attack on a woman in the last week, surveillance photos and video of a possible suspect in the first two incidents are released.

UF police said the latest attack was just after 3 a.m. Friday in the Library West area. Authorities said the victim and an acquaintance left midtown walking to a home just off campus when the victim was grabbed by a man. The victim and the person she was with punched man and ran.


USPS price cuts have FedEx, UPS seeing red

The United States Postal Service is cutting its rate so much in advance of the holiday season that both FedEx (NYSE: FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) forcefully objected to regulators.

The Wall Street Journal reported e-commerce businesses have had their interest piqued by price cuts of as much as 58 percent for big-volume customers. Both FedEx and Atlanta-based UPS have said they will adjust their pricing models to apply dimensional weight pricing, something that a few retailers feared would threaten their ability to offer free shipping on many items. However, the Journal said, with the USPS’ move, that means shipping shorter distances could be significantly cheaper with the USPS rather than either of the two large private companies.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Moth Project: Georgia Southern studies shrinking pollinator populations

An exhibit at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro will explore the impact of declining insect populations on the pollination of trees and flowers.

GSU officials say The Moth Project will run from Sept. 11 through Sept. 17 and is focused on exploring the decline of pollinator populations – like honeybees – and a need to search for alternative pollination solutions.

WJCL News.

Antique table from Carnegies’ mansion returned to Glynn library

When Brunswick-Glynn County library trustees meet Wednesday, their elbows will rest on something familiar.

A Jacksonville-based moving company hauled an antique conference table back from Jesup where Linda Kean, the now-departed director of Three Rivers Regional Library, had it moved in July 2013.

“This will be their first meeting around this table instead of the white picnic table and the folding chairs,’’ said Geri Mullis, director of the one-county Marshes of Glynn Regional Library.


Budget committee says no tax increase for Charlton

Segazine SIt still has to be approved by the full commission, but the Charlton County budget committee has come up with a 2015 budget which requires no millage rate increase.

As advertised elsewhere in this newspaper, the county has proposed a $9.26 million budget for next year. The proposal will result in a millage rate reduction of 2/100s.

“The goal of the budget committee was always to have no tax increase,” County Administrator Al Crace told the Herald last week. “It wasn’t easy, but we got it all inside the box.”

via Charlton County Herald

Man caught peeping in Belk’s dressing room

A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with two counts of peeping Tom in connection with an incident that occurred at the Belk in Cumming on Saturday.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Randy William Wilson of Cleveland, Ga. on Thursday after receiving a tip as a result of the media coverage of the March 29 incident.

When detectives arrived at his home on Thursday, Wilson fled. After a brief foot chase, Wilson was taken into custody. In addition to the peeping Tom charges, Wilson was currently on parole. He has also been charged with parole violation.

Last Saturday, deputies were called to the Belk in Lakeland Plaza in Cumming with a report of a man peering under the door of a female dressing room while a woman was undressing.


American Textile adding 100 jobs in Tifton

American Textile Company will expand its Tifton operations by investing $10 million and creating more than 100 new jobs during the next three years.

The Duquesne, Pa.–based company’s 418,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility currently employs 200. With its newest expansion, ATC will grow employment and sales with a strategy to manufacture and ship most items from four strategically located sites in the United States, according to the Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.

ATC President and CEO Lance Ruttenburg said consumer demand for American-made products, coupled with rising freight costs and overseas wages, has made it financially viable for companies to expand in the United States.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Judge levies $20K in sanctions against AG’s office, ethics agency head

A Fulton County judge has ordered the office of Attorney General Sam Olens and the head of the state ethics commission to pay $10,000 each as a sanction for discovery violations related to a whistleblower trial of the ethics agency’s former executive director.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville ruled Wednesday that Holly LaBerge, the head of the ethics agency, and the state Law Department were complicit in failing to turn over a memo that appeared to show staff members from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal threatened LaBerge to make an investigation into the governor’s finances go away. Attorneys for the former head of the ethics agency, Stacey Kalberman, had sought any evidence of such communications before she took the case to trial.

via Judge levies $20K in Sanctions Against AG’s Office, Ethics Agency Head | The Daily Report.

DuPont withdraws Wayne mining permit request, may re-draft

DuPont has requested that its application for a permit for surface mining in Wayne County be withdrawn.

Although not totally clear how or when, the company apparently plans to redraft its plans for mining here. It appears the company is still interested in mining here at some point in the future—but it is now willing to listen to local residents.

With hundreds of local residents joining in opposition to a plan by the company, Clement J. Hilton, plant manager for DuPont in Starke, Fla., sent a request for withdrawal of the application to Kelly Adams, head of the surface mining unit of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“DuPont requests to withdraw our surface mining permit application for the Amelia A & B project. DuPont will take this time to address various points raised in recent meetings within Jessup (sic),” Hilton wrote.

via The Press-Sentinel

CSX: Film crew denied track access twice before Wayne crash

CSX Transportation twice denied producers of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman permission to shoot on its railroad tracks before a freight train slammed into the film’s crew in south Georgia, killing one worker and injuring six, the company said in court documents.

Legal filings in Chatham County State Court mark the first time Florida-based railroad operator CSX has made any publicly available statement about the Feb. 20 crash involving one of its trains and the crew of the movie “Midnight Rider.” Lawsuits have been filed against CSX and the film’s producers by the parents of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant killed in the collision, and two injured crew members. Director Randall Miller and two other top executives on the production have also been indicted on criminal charges.

via CSX Says Film Crew Was Denied Track Access Before Crash | The Daily Report.

Blackshear police arrest suspect in 2012 fatality

Blackshear police have made an arrest related to a two-year-old incident in which a pedestrian crossing a highway died after being struck by a van.

“A witness came forward who was able to provide us with critical evidence that essentially broke the case,” Police Chief Chris Wright tells The Times.

Robin Dana Gould, 55, of Blackshear was killed in April 2012 while crossing U.S. Highway 84 between Huddle House and True Value in Blackshear.

via The Blackshear Times


Brunswick college professor bans ‘bless you’

College-of-Coastal-Georgia-logoA professor at Coastal College of Georgia in Brunswick has reportedly banned students from saying “bless you” in class and has threatened to deduct points from their final grade if they dare to say it.

Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, lists six rules on behavior for his Introductory Physics class, Campus Reform reported.

Under Rule No. 6, Mr. Gardner reportedly states: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!”

He goes on to say that saying “bless you” is “especially” rude and that offenders may see an immediate 1 percent final grade deduction for each occurrence.

“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,” he warns.

“I don’t know why I should be addressing this to you,” Mr. Gardner said when asked for comment from Campus Reform, prior to hanging up.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that a Tennessee high school student was sent to the principal’s office for saying “bless you” to another student who sneezed.

Washington Times.

Watchdog group demands investigation of Deal’s top aides

A watchdog group demanded an internal investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides, claiming that a recently revealed memo drafted by the ethics chief was proof that she was coerced into creating a “politically favorable outcome” for the governor.

Sabrina Smith of Georgia Watchdogs filed the complaint with the Office of the Inspector General claiming that executive counsel Ryan Teague and chief-of-staff Chris Riley, who has now joined the campaign, violated state law prohibiting government employees from coercing co-workers for political gain.

Political Insider blog.

One-year-old dies in Brantley

The death of a 1-year-old Brantley County child Sunday, despite attempts to perform CPR, remains under investigation this week.

Brantley deputies responded to the 13000 block of Raybon Road west in reference to a Code Red.  When deputies arrived Amy Lee was performing CPR on Haylea Davis.  Deputies took over CPR until the EMS units arrived but he coroner pronounced Davis dead at the scene.

VA nurse gets 5 yearsfor bogus worker’s comp claims

A VA nurse from Glennwood, will serve five years in federal prison and must repay $450,000 in federal funds she received by filing bogus worker’s compensation claims, the U.S. attorney said.

Loretta Smith, 41, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to two counts of mail fraud in the mailing of the fraudulent claims and Senior U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced her Friday in Dublin, where Smith had worked as a nurse at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

In a charging document, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Smith had filed claims between July 2009 and February 2013 in which she falsely asserted she been injured on the job and had traveled for medical treatment and had paid for the treatment.


DuPont tells Wayne residents about mining plans

A standing-room-only crowd of some 300 local residents filled the main building at Cracker Williams Recreation Center Tuesday night to discuss plans by the DuPont corporation to mine in Wayne County.

Heavy attendance at meetings of the county commissioners and a push for a local zoning ordinance are expected to follow this first meeting called by the Concerned Neighbors of Wayne County.

Concerned residents in the area of the proposed mines, elected officials, the environmental savvy and the just-interested listened to speakers discuss what DuPont’s permit request to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may mean for the county.

via The Press-Sentinel

St. Simons man among 4 dead in Ohio plane crash

School officials say the three passengers killed in a fiery plane crash in Ohio were members of the varsity wrestling team for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The three wrestlers have been identified as 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio, 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland, and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia. The 20-year-old pilot, William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan, also was killed.

University officials said Felten and Marcelli were second-year students, while Hill and Pishevar were freshmen.

Marcelli graduated from Jackson High School in Massillon and twice qualified for Ohio’s state wrestling tournament.

The plane crashed and then exploded shortly after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Regional Airport in suburban Cleveland about 10 p.m. Monday. The four men were trapped inside the wreckage.


Brunswick man gets life for 2013 murder


A 33-year-old Brunswick man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 murder of a man, who was found stabbed to death in a burnt out car, prosecutors said.

Keyarn Filer was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the murder of Fullmore, who was found dead in the driver’s seat of a burning 1991 Ford Explorer near Old Jesup Road back in September 2013, the District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

An autopsy revealed Fullmore had been stabbed several times, prosecutors said.

Filer was convicted on charges of malice murder and arson in the case. In court Monday, he apologized to the court and Fullmore’s family, prosecutors said.

via Brunswick man gets life for 2013 murder.

Bat disease found in wild Bulloch snake

snake2A disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia.

An emaciated mud snake from Bulloch County tested positive last month for Snake Fungal Disease, according to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. The mud snake is the first free-ranging snake from Georgia that the Athens-based cooperative has confirmed with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, the fungus associated with the disease.

Snake Fungal Disease is a severe dermatitis that causes scabs, crusty scales, nodules, abnormal molting and other changes to a snake’s skin. First reported in a captive black rat snake from Sparta, since 2006 the disease has turned up in growing numbers of wild snakes in the eastern and midwestern U.S. At least eight species, varying from milk snakes to eastern racers, have been infected.

The severity of infection varies and the overall impact on populations is not clear. Yet, among Illinois’ last population of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes, all of the snakes that showed signs of infection died, according to a University of Illinois professor studying Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola. In New Hampshire, the disease was implicated in a 50-percent decline in an imperiled population of timber rattlesnakes.

The increasing reports and potential threat have prompted comparisons to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed an estimated 5.7 million hibernating bats and spread from the Northeast to as far west as Missouri. White-nose was confirmed in Georgia in 2013. The fungus related to white-nose is similar in some aspects to Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, including that it occurs naturally in soil.

Senior wildlife biologist John Jensen, a herpetologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, suggested that Snake Fungal Disease is, for now, a deeper mystery than white-nose. “There’s a lot more we don’t know about it,” said Jensen, who works for DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section.

The challenge in learning more is that snakes are more difficult to monitor than many other animals.
Wildlife biologist Dr. Jessica McGuire of the Nongame Conservation Section said that when studying such diseases, “You opportunistically get what data you can, and focus from there.”

Questions include how Snake Fungal Disease is transmitted, what factors spur infections and how can the disease be treated. The fungus is not transmitted to humans, according to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. However, people could possibly carry it on clothes or equipment.

“This case definitely highlights the importance of disinfecting field gear,” McGuire said of the mud snake.

A volunteer with The Orianne Society, a Georgia-based nonprofit focused on conserving imperiled snakes, found the emaciated snake on the edge of a blackwater swamp near Statesboro.

Because mud snakes are cryptic and solitary, the incident could point to the ease at which the disease is spread, Jensen said. “I guess the take-home message is that all of our snakes may be susceptible to this.”

While noting that hundreds of healthy snakes have been found in Georgia and the eastern U.S. this year, Dirk Stevenson of The Orianne Society called the emerging disease issue troubling. “Scientists with The Orianne Society will closely examine all snakes they encounter – including the federally protected eastern indigo snake – at study sites in Georgia and other states for symptoms of the fungus,” said Stevenson, director of the organization’s Fire Forest Initiative.

How You Can Help

Georgia DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section works to conserve native snakes and Georgia’s other rare and endangered animals and native plants. Yet the agency receives no state general funds, depending instead on fundraisers, grants and donations.

Help by purchasing the new nongame wildlife license plate – a bald eagle in flight! – or renew your older eagle or ruby-throated hummingbird plates. Thanks to a law change this year, you can upgrade to a DNR wildlife plates for only $25 more than a standard tag, and more of those fees will be dedicated to conserving Georgia wildlife.

Supporters can also contribute directly to the Georgia Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund. These programs support conservation of wildlife not legally fished for, hunted or collected. Details: www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/support.


Four arrested in traffic stop by Brantley deputies

Four people were arrested in a traffic stop by Brantley County deputies made when, during routine patrol, deputies observed the suspect vehicle with a  tag light that was not working and initiated a stop.

Tina Burgess,39, was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension of criminal and tag light required.  Darvin Mancil, 23, was arrested and charged with outstanding warrants/willful obstruction of law enforcement, Bobby Mancil, 28, was arrested and charged with outstanding warrants and willful obstruction of law enforcement, and Tina McDowell, 34, was charged with littering from a motor vehicle. 

Occupants of the vehicle tried to walk away from the scene and gave a false name for one of the men in the vehicle.  Both of the males tried to elude deputies but were quickly apprehended.

In other arrests:

Judi Gavalas,66, was arrested and charged with DUI-Controlled Substance/Driving without a Valid License/Weaving over Roadway.  Deputies made a traffic stop on Gavalas for crossing over the fog line into the grass several times.   Gavalas stated she had taken hydrocodone and that could be why she was weaving.  She was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

William Kennedy, 50, was arrested and charged with Theft by Shoplifting.  Deputies were dispatched to the Dollar General on Cleveland Street in reference to theft by shoplifting.  The offender was still on the scene when deputies arrived.  They spoke with Kennedy and he gave them a pack of tagless tanks he had taken from the store without paying for.  Kennedy was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center. 

Tony Johns, 54, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule ii controlled substance, drugs not in original container, driving while license suspended, and operating restrictions on off-road.  Deputies got out with Johns for driving his ATV on the paved road.  His license was found to be suspended and a pill bottle was found with different prescription medication inside of it.  

Charles Boyett, 31, was arrested and charged with Driving while license suspended, DUI-alcohol and weaving over roadway.  Deputies observed Boyett cross the fog line into the grass and then cross over the center line.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop and they could smell an odor of alcohol coming from Boyett’s person.  It was also discovered that his license was suspended.    A breath test confirmed the presence of alcohol.  

In other activity:

Deputies responded 0n 08-22-2014 to the 900 block of Picketts Mill Trail in reference to disorderly conduct/unruly juvenile.  Complainant stated the juvenile had left school early and went to his grandparent’s home in Florida without permission.  When the juvenile returned home he started cussing and picked up a knife threatening to harm himself and threw the knife at the wall. A juvenile complaint form was filled out.  Deputies responded to this residence a second time in reference to Disorderly Conduct/Unruly Juvenile.    Complainant stated their son was acting out and throwing things around because he could not do what he wanted.   A juvenile complaint form was filled out.  On 8-24-2014 deputies were called back to this residence in reference to the same complaints.  The juvenile had punched a hole in the door and broke a cell phone.  Another juvenile complaint form was filled out.  

Deputies responded to Fifth Avenue in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant stated that someone had taken some mail from their mail box.

Deputies responded to Otter Road in reference to criminal trespass.  Complainant stated two juveniles were spotted trying to take their cat.  They were told to put the cat down and they left.

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Plantation Drive in reference to theft by taking or burglary.   Complainant stated that someone had made entry into the home through the back door and taken several items including a nebulizer and a wooden flag case. 

Deputies responded to a criminal damage to property call that occurred in the 19000 block of U.S. Highway 82.  Complainant stated that someone at this location had damaged his car by scratching the top and the sides with an unknown object.

Deputies responded to Baker Hill Road in reference to stalking.  Complainant stated he saw a subject standing in the yard with a baseball.  The offender had previously been told not to come back to the property.  The offender was not located at the time of the report.

Deputies were dispatched to the Friendly Express on Georgia Highway 520 in reference to theft by shoplifting.  The suspect was gone when deputies arrived.  The complainant said that the suspect got a pair of sunglasses and went to the restroom.  The suspect discarded the tags in the restroom and left the store.  

Deputies responded to King Street in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant said that someone stole a bottle of prescription medication.  

Deputies responded to Georgia Highway 520 near Hoboken in reference to criminal trespass and theft by taking.  Complainant said there were some people picking palmetto berries on their property and they did not have permission to do so.  The offenders had permission to pick on the land beside the complainant’s property but must have gotten confused.

Deputies responded to the Dollar General in Hoboken in reference to theft by shoplifting.    Complainant said a while female concealed a sports bra and a pair of shorts on her person.  The complainant asked the female to remove the items and the female walked out of the store.  The female was gone when deputies arrived.  

Deputies responded to Saw Grass Road in reference to burglary.  Complainant said that when he arrived home the back door was open and a window was broken.  The home had been vandalized but nothing appeared to be missing.   

Deputies responded to High Bluff Road near Silver Lake Road in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant said that the offender took his dog and posted a picture on Facebook trying to locate the owner.  Another person claimed the dog and the offender will not contact the complainant.  

Rep. wants to make hospital authorities more accountable

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, met with state officials this week to discuss proposed legislation to make hospital authorities across the state more accountable.

Spencer said he introduced legislation to address the issue during the General Assembly session earlier this year, but the bill died because it’s too complicated.

“This is a comprehensive bill that will require a lot of discussion,” he said in a phone interview Thursday. “There are several weaknesses to the Georgia Hospital Authorities Law that have contributed to many rural hospital closures across the state. Particularly, the audits provisions are the weakest and the governance structure of hospital authority boards are too political. These are the provisions that are under discussion for revision.”

This bill will take several discussions to move in order to implement better changes in the law, he said.

via The Brunswick News

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