News for Saturday, May 17, 2008

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TB exposure from man may hit 200 Underwood jailed earlier for failing to do treatment

COVINGTON - As many as 200 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis by Anthony Underwood, the 32-year-old man who was jailed earlier this month for refusing to comply with his treatment plan, according to a spokesman for the East Metro Health District.

Baker running unopposed for eighth term on bench

COVINGTON - Probate Judge Henry Baker is one of only three local candidates running for re-election unopposed.

Government Meetings 5/17/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

CPD: Woman left children alone in car

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department has arrested a woman and charged her with four counts of cruelty to children after she allegedly left four young children unattended in a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Byrd makes most of easy conditions at AT&T

DULUTH - Jonathan Byrd took advantage of soft fairways and receptive greens at TPC at Sugarloaf on Friday, shooting his second straight 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the AT&T Classic.

Shootout makes its way back to Newton County

COVINGTON - Once a year, Newton County turns into the Wild West. It's that time again, with the 13th Annual Shootout at Mule Camp set to take place Thursday to May 25 at the South River Gun Club on Ga. Highway 212.

Rockdale Citizen Poll 5/17/2008

"May 1, 2008, Rockdale Citizen, "Diversity training devoted to change." Flash back, 2006 and before, voices from Rockdale began to rise from informed voters with inquisitive minds. Long before the national credenza for "change", voices of Rockdale had begun to speak loud, clear, and consistent. At each turn Rockdale voters' pursuit have experienced road blocks, double talk, and misrepresentations on a consistent basis. Many of us supported a new chair of the Board of Commissioners to operate Rockdale County in a more proficient and productive manner. The informed voter has been short changed from the day of seating the current chairman who continues to abdicate his responsibility to operate all of Rockdale County in a fair and equitable manner. On parallel notes of question, does the media struggle to report the news, make the news or both; will an ethics code with voter participation ever exist, or will a county attorney be elected to protect the voters? Note that an appointed county attorney is as a corporate lawyer, paid a retainer and expense (tax dollar) with first loyalty to protect elected and other appointed officials in lieu of tax payers/voters. Rockdale residents who do all things except pay taxes in Rockdale cannot afford to over look the responsibility to vote. Your vote is the only opportunity to change Rockdale County for the better. You asked for and now have the opportunity to select a resident of Rockdale as your political rep. It is a fact that the world easily understands the concept of a Noose vs "a knotted work related rope". The attempt cover up that continues is abominable - from the unqualified individuals who were staffing the HR Dept. through the biased games of deception. The implications of a noose are universal."

Hot Kyle Busch wins pole for All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - Kyle Busch continued his dominance with a flawless qualifying effort Friday night to capture the pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Eight straight at home Braves edge Oakland 3-2

ATLANTA - Mark Kotsay knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI double, and the Atlanta Braves edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night for their eighth straight home victory.

Eastside senioritis

Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Big Brown gets treated like a champ Derby winner basks in glory prior to Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE - Like any true A-lister, he kept the masses waiting for hours.

Community Calendar 5/17/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Singular Alcovy students to attend SEC schools

Guthrie wants to make mark with degree in business from Auburn

Man robbed at gunpoint after "friend' dupes him

COVINGTON - A Conyers man reported being robbed of $1,900 while he was helping a "friend" who had car trouble, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Porterdale workers will have to pay for portion of insurance

PORTERDALE - In the third round of discussions on the topic, the City Council agreed to require city employees to pay a portion of their medical insurance premiums. The discussion took place at a work session Tuesday night; the decision won't become official until the council votes on it, which could come at the next regular meeting June 2.

Newton Citizen Poll 5/17/2008

"In the news lately are reports of various companies' store closings and many in Georgia. I wonder if the owners of these companies ever bother to visit the affected stores to see where problems might be. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out if a store has very few customers that something is wrong. Many stores you frequent, the employees act like they're doing you a favor to even wait on you and many are socializing with each other and totally ignoring the customer. Many are grossly uninformed about the merchandise and don't seem to care about learning. Just there for the paycheck. And Life Goes On."

Salem knocks off No. 1-ranked Raiders Seminoles earn trip to quarterfinals

DALLAS - There are many words that could describe what happened at East Paulding High School on Friday.