News for Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Covington takes over TV channels

COVINGTON - The city of Covington has taken over two television channels from Charter Communications for public use.

County faces $5M shortfall

COVINGTON - County commissioners are grappling with how to make up an estimated $5 million shortfall to this year's budget.

NCSS changes transfer policy

COVINGTON - At its January meeting, the Newton County Board of Education approved several changes to its student assignment policy, which determines if a student can be assigned to a school outside of their attendance zone.

Safety counts Officials urge locals to have visible house numbers

COVINGTON - Looking for a street number in the dark can be nerve-wracking, but if you're answering an emergency call when seconds can mean the difference between life and death, it can take on an entirely different sense of urgency.

RMC sold to LifePoint Hospitals Inc. for $80M

CONYERS - Rockdale Medical Center entered into a new era as a privately owned hospital Monday after local officials completed the sale of the 55-year-old facility to LifePoint Hospitals Inc.

Original king of comedy Steve Harvey to sign his new book at the Mall at Stonecrest

Steve Harvey is perhaps best known for his ability to make people laugh, which he has been doing consistently for more than two decades. But on his daily syndicated radio show, Harvey gets serious when the talk turns to relationships.

Lady Pats don't want early exit Tough region schedule will test Heritage girls soccer team

CONYERS - Expectations this season for the Heritage girls soccer team are simple: qualify for the Class AAAA state tournament.

Braves, Kotchman agree to $2.9M deal

ATLANTA - Casey Kotchman and the Atlanta Braves avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,885,000.

Student dies after being shot in car

CONYERS - A Newton High School senior was shot and killed early Sunday morning while riding home in a vehicle with four other teenagers, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

Heritage, Salem hit court as playoffs near

CONYERS - Two local schools are back in action on the hardwood in 8-AAAA South games tonight as another takes a much-needed night off.

Community Calendar - 2/3/2009

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

'Game for the ages' Super Bowl XLIII another instant classic

TAMPA, Fla. - Ben Roethlisberger looked one way, then another. Finally, he somehow spotted Santonio Holmes in the right corner of the end zone, obscured by three defenders.

Health Reports - 2/3/2009

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 - 02/3/2009

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Vitale: Georgia should hire Bob Knight if he's interested

ATLANTA - Bob Knight would consider returning to the sideline if the right coaching opportunity presented itself.