News for Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Georgia grown

Mansfield resident Carolyn Estes looks over the produce selection at The Fruit Stand on U.S. Highway 278 at Elks Club Road before purchasing a basket of Georgia-grown tomatoes. Proprietors, left to right, Tracy Vater, Shelly McIntyre and Regan Vater, with assistance from 10-year-old Dawson McIntyre, admit business has been hurt by the recent salmonella scare. The most recent updates, however, on the Federal Drug Administration Web site say tomatoes grown in Georgia have not been linked to the salmonella outbreak and are safe for consumption. The Fruit Stand produce comes from the Georgia State Farmer's Market and has been open for business seven days a week since May 12.

In the Pits: Casey Mears looking for a new ride

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If nice guys got all the best NASCAR rides, Casey Mears would have a job for life.

Graveyard girls Williams sisters win at Wimbledon despite court placement

WIMBLEDON, England - While Roger Federer glided to another victory on Centre Court, and Rafael Nadal won despite a scary stumble on Court 1, the Williams sisters found themselves playing back to back Monday on cozy, clattery Court 2, known as the 'Graveyard of Champions.'

Georgia mascot Uga VI interred in Sanford Stadium

ATHENS - Uga VI, mascot for Georgia football teams that won six bowl games among 87 victories over a nine-year span, was interred at the university's football stadium on Monday in a mausoleum with the remains of five predecessors.

Learning partnership to continue

CONYERS - After successfully implementing the Math Science Partnership grant money for the past year, teachers in the Rockdale and Newton County public school systems will receive more funding to continue its partnership programs.

Tougher DUI penalties begin today

COVINGTON - State law enforcement officials are gearing up for what they expect to be a dangerous Fourth of July holiday, with predictions of a dozen alcohol-related deaths over the long weekend.

Eagles face top teams in scrimmages

COVINGTON - The Eastside boys basketball team saw some top-notch competition in its summer practices.

Homeless man willing to go to jail

COVINGTON - It took a little convincing, but the Covington Police finally granted a man's wish Sunday night - they took him to jail.

Newborn expected to approve new budget, millage

NEWBORN - The Newborn Town Council is expected to approve the 2008 budget and millage rate at its Monday night meeting.

Health Reports 7/01/2008

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed.

Conyers posts 2-2 record in Savannah

CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 went 2-2 over the weekend at a baseball tournament in Savannah.

Senior Services expects growth

COVINGTON - Newton County Senior Services has come a long way since it opened its doors in 1970.

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