Georgia News Daily Digest February 17, 2015


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Smaller property tax hike forecast for DeKalb city residents

    Tax collections came in higher than expected at the end of last year, meaning the county can hold down the cities’ tax hike. Unincorporated DeKalb residents’ property tax rate will remain unchanged this year.

    2 hrs 24 mins ago

  • Atlanta weather | Icing knocks out power to thousands

    Nearly a quarter-million Georgians were without electricity early Tuesday after freezing rain overnight brought down trees and power lines from the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta northward.

    6 hrs ago

  • Icy commute would test weather prep

    Maybe we’ll learn Tuesday if Metro Atlanta’s new and improved winter emergency response system actually works. Its shiny fleet of salt brine trucks and weather-ready public officials went live Monday, but the brunt of the storm pushed to the north without delivering a true test of mettle.

    15 hrs ago

  • Suspect charged in fatal shooting of man in Cartersville

    Cartersville police have arrested and charged a 24-year-old man in the shooting death of another man late Saturday night. Antavious Deshaun Linley, 24, of Kingston, has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Actavious Thompson, also 24, according to police spokesman Maj. Mark Camp.

    22 hrs ago

  • City of Stonecrest proposal passes key test

    The city of Stonecrest would be financially sound. That’s the conclusion of a revised evaluation of the city’s feasibility conducted by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, an assessment that will help Stonecrest as it seeks approval this year from state lawmakers.

    Mon, Feb 16, 2015

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Savannah Morning News

  • Chatham County courts to get $2.9 million upgrade

    A new case management system that eventually will link Chatham County’s courts in a seamless system will kick off Tuesday, the next step to an almost two-year implementation period. “It will take us into the 21st century for business practices,” said Chatham County Superior Court Clerk Dan Massey, who has chaired the project from the start. The Odyssey Case Management Software System will cost …

    11 hrs ago

  • Pooler OKs contract for new football stadium

    Officials in Pooler on Monday approved a $655,000 contract with Plant City, Fla.-based GT Grandstands Inc. to construct a new football stadium for city youth at the recreation complex off Pooler Parkway. The approved project includes metal grandstands that will seat up to 4,000, a concessions stand, press box and locker rooms. City officials hope to have the stadium complete in time for football …

    11 hrs ago

  • COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Frazier latest Georgia Bulldog sidelined by injuries

    ATHENS — Georgia will be without starting guard J.J. Frazier tonight against South Carolina due to injuries sustained Saturday against Auburn. Frazier, the Bulldogs’ second leading scorer in SEC play at 11.5 points per game, sustained a concussion and a fracture to his orbital bone in his face in the second half. “Tough news for J.J. because he’s been a big part of our team,” coach Mark Fox said …

    11 hrs ago

  • Heath, Cox help Georgia Tech earn rare win over Clemson

    ATLANTA — Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has tried to help his players keep faith that the season is not lost. At least for one night, nearly everything fell into place for the Yellow Jackets. “We talked before the game,” Gregory said. “We’re taking care of it tonight, you know what I mean? Tonight’s the night. If it takes 40 minutes, we’re going to figure it out, or if we win going away, we …

    11 hrs ago

  • NASCAR: ‘Big game hunter’ McMurray looks for more major victories

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jamie McMurray’s first full day at Daytona International Speedway included a photo opportunity of the driver standing amid the track’s famed trophies. On his wrist was the Rolex he’d won two weeks earlier in the prestigious 24-hour sports car race. McMurray, with just seven career Sprint Cup wins, certainly knows how to pick the right time to win. So much so that team owner …

    11 hrs ago

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Athens Banner-Herald

  • Experience dyslexia at UGA event

    Athenians will have a chance to find out what dyslexia is like Wednesday evening at the Russell Research Library on the UGA campus. Deirdre Ryan of Learning Ally will present an interactive program called “Experience Dyslexia” that gives participants an idea of the difficulties the condition presents. Learning Ally, which has a recording studio just across Florida Avenue from the Russell Library …

    1 hr 22 mins ago

  • Ice storm cuts power, downs trees across Athens area

    The ice that formed on tree limbs and power lines as a winter storm moved through northeast Georgia during the evening kept emergency personnel busy well into Tuesday morning, according to reports from emergency service agencies across the area. Between 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday, Athens-Clarke County Fire & Emergency Services personnel responded to more than 100 calls of downed power …

    1 hr 38 mins ago

  • Blue Cross offers help after customers hacked

    Current and former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members are being offered free identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services in the wake of a massive data breach involving Anthem, the insurer’s parent company. Blue Cross members dating back to 2004 can start accessing these services before receiving a mailed notification from Anthem that will be sent in the coming weeks …

    2 hrs 7 mins ago

  • Expect delays in Banner-Herald deliveries this morning

    Delays are expected for home and single copy deliveries this morning due to inclement weather. Due to fallen trees and icy areas, several delivery routes are still blocked at this time. Subscribers in the Madison County and the Jefferson and Commerce area can expect a more delayed delivery due to these issues. Several roads are reported to be blocked at this time, but progress is being made to …

    5 hrs ago

  • Athens-Clarke Co. Police Dept. advisory on weather/road conditions

    Athens-Clarke County Police Dept. would like for all commuters to be aware of multiple power outages in the area effecting some traffic lights. Please treat intersections with no working lights as 4-way stops. There were also many reports of fallen trees on the roadways that crews are working to clear. GDOT has been treating the state roads in the county overnight. Though none has yet been …

    5 hrs ago

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WSB-TV 2 Atlanta

  • Hero dog attacks and stops would-be robber

    It was just a typical Monday morning last week at  Holly’s Gas Station. Justin Ireland was at work with his dog, Thor, when a suspicious man walked in. “Guy walked up to the door, asked if he could use my phone,” Ireland told WGME . “I never let anyone in the building. So I said no, I don’t have a phone you can use.” When the man pulled out a gun and demanded money, it became clear he wasn’t …

    22 mins ago

  • Thousands lose power during ice storm

    Hundreds of thousands of Georgians lost power overnight Tuesday as ice brought down trees and power lines across the state . Channel 2’s Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologists are tracking another system that could bring another chance for ice and snow this weekend.   The Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat was tracking the freezing rain and sleet as it moved into metro Atlanta and north Georgia …

    36 mins ago

  • ‘Zombie cat’ photos show recovery

    The Humane Society of Tampa Bay released new photos Monday and gave an update of the recovering “Zombie Cat” who had been hit by a car and buried only to show up on a neighbor’s yard a few days later . The cat (Bart) appeared to be recovering from his injuries and has been gaining weight, according to the Humane Society.  The society …

    1 hr 52 mins ago

  • QUIZ: Do you know what to do if you encounter black ice?

    Even if your area hasn’t been buried by snow, you still may experience another winter-weather hazard: black ice. But are you prepared? Find out with our quiz, courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Read more trending stories

    4 hrs ago

  • WATCH: Georgia school makes music video to announce snow day cancellation

    A northeast Georgia school found a unique and catchy way to announce its school closing this week,  Atlanta’s WSB-TV reports . Faculty and students of The Little School in Clarkesville got creative,  making their own music video called “All About That Ice,”  a parody on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” “Because you know I’m all about that ice, ’bout that ice, no school,” starts the video …

    8 hrs ago

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  • Georgia colleges missing course enrollment projections

    The Augusta ChronicleFeb 15, 2015
    ATLANTA — Administrators at Georgia’s public colleges have a hard time predicting the popularity of academic majors they offer, according to …
  • Better Marriages of Georgia Augusta Getaway Valentine’s Weekend

    WJBF-TVFeb 3, 2015
    Augusta, GA – Spend Valentine’s Day with Better Marriages of Georgia in beautiful downtown Augusta, Georgia. The home of The Master’s golf …
  • Search committee to find Azziz replacement named

    Columbia County News TimesFeb 14, 2015
    Regent Jim Hull, of Augusta, will lead the search committee to find the next president of Georgia Regents University, the University System of …
  • Georgia justice reforms working, report says

    The Augusta ChronicleFeb 15, 2015
    Released last week, the report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform documents a reduction in the growth rate of adults behind …
  • Short Takes

    AugustaJan 30, 2015
    After graduating from Richmond, the Augusta native would go on to be named captain of the freshman team at Georgia Tech, where he was a defensive lineman …

    Comedian Kevin Hart to perform in Augusta

    NBC26.tvFeb 13, 2015
    AUGUSTA, Ga. … today a massive North American arena tour, making a stop in Augusta at James Brown Arena on Sunday, June 14.
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    Execution date set for sole Georgia female death row inmate

    The Augusta ChronicleFeb 9, 2015
    ATLANTA — Georgia is set to execute its only female death row inmate later this month, which would be the first time in about seven decades …
  • Georgia man seriously gored by bull in Spain

    The Augusta ChronicleFeb 15, 2015
    MADRID – An American youth is recovering in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in western Salamanca after being savagely gored during a …
  • Augusta City Administrator investigating claims of inappropriate

    WRDW-TVJan 26, 2015
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) —- It’s the department where employees with the City of Augusta are supposed to report problems with their …