News for Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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Officials: Go get flu shots now

CONYERS - With the flu vaccine now available at both Rockdale and Newton county health centers, public health officials are reminding residents to get an early jump on preparing for the upcoming flu season.

Senior homestead exemption on ballot

COVINGTON - Newton County senior citizens will get an additional break on taxes if a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot passes.

HHS students mourn girl's death

CONYERS - The first day of school after fall break was a sad one for many at Heritage High School after word spread that a fellow classmate died over the weekend.

NMC group to hold golf fundraiser

COVINGTON - The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary isn't waiting for the leaves to change color to celebrate autumn. The group is following the established tradition of teeing off at the 18th annual Autumn Action Golf Tournament, set for Friday at Indian Creek Golf Club.

Gettin' healthy Cafeterias feature healthier options during special week

COVINGTON - This week, the Newton County School System's food services department wants students to think about eating healthy lunches.

Ryan not your average rookie Quarterback part of Falcons' surprising start

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan had just pulled off an improbable comeback when someone questioned his credentials.

Community Calendar 10/14/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Health Reports 10/14/2008

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department and the Newton 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.

Government Meetings 10/14/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Sports briefs

Romo out with broken finger

Eagles still in control of region destiny

CONYERS - With four weeks remaining, the 2008 high school football season is hitting the homestretch.

Bowden leaves Clemson Coach resigns after Tigers start year 3-3

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tommy Bowden decided he'd done all he could do for Clemson football, telling his athletic director Monday he'd step aside for the future of the program.

ALCS: Rays hit 4 homers, beat Sox 9-1

BOSTON - B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria and the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays are bashing their way through their first trip to the playoffs.

Vandy swaps QBs to spark offense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bobby Johnson wants to wring more production out of Vanderbilt's offense, so he is switching quarterbacks following the 22nd-ranked Commodores' first loss of the season.