News for Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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Countywide fire hydrant testing under way

COVINGTON - Residents who turn on the tap to find discolored water flowing out shouldn't be alarmed: It's likely due to testing of fire hydrants being conducted by Newton County Fire Services.

High court reinstates sentence

COVINGTON - The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday to reinstate the death penalty for Brian Keith Terrell who was convicted in 1992 for the Newton County murder of 70-year-old John Watson.

I-20 ramp at Alcovy to close for 3 weeks

COVINGTON - The I-20 westbound ramp at exit 92, Alcovy Road will be closed for three weeks beginning Friday for ongoing construction, the Georgia Department of Transportation has announced.

Police bust grow house in Covington More than 23 pounds of marijuana confiscated

COVINGTON - Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit raided a marijuana grow house in the city of Covington on May 20, and confiscated more than 20 pounds of freshly grown marijuana, Commander Lt. Philip Bradford said.

Salem Road BP robbed at gunpoint

COVINGTON - Two gunmen robbed the attendant at the BP station at 3501 Salem Road Thursday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Health Reports - 06/02/09

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.

All the right steps NFL, former Tech standouts share lessons at camp

COVINGTON - Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, among others, showed their skills to more than 80 future football professional hopefuls in Derrick Moore's Putting It Together Training Camp Combine.

Family seeks help to find missing man

CONYERS - Family members of a missing Conyers man are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Kobe faces Superman once again

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant is staring down the prospect of sharing the court with Superman again. Only this time, it's Dwight Howard and not Shaquille O'Neal who's wearing the cape that Bryant wants to tug on.

American Legion Baseball: Rockdale turns to pitching Murphy's squad opens season tonight at home

CONYERS - If there's one thing a baseball team can never have enough of, it's pitching. And as Rockdale Post 77's American Legion team opens its summer season at 7 p.m. tonight against Canton at Henson-Carr Field, the team boasts a deep pitching staff that should keep the team competitive well into the summer.

Federer rallies for victory in five sets No American men left after Andy Roddick falls

PARIS - Roger Federer knows full well, of course, that Rafael Nadal is no longer around this year to befuddle him, to beat him, to stand between him and a French Open title.

Just like the pros

Staff Photo: Manny Fils