News for Tuesday, September 6, 2011


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Darrell Huckaby: The perfect day for a timeless classic

Rob Hembree -- who would become a judge in northern Alabama -- taught me to love the movie "Casablanca." Rob was the brother of Anderson Hembree, with whom I coached and upon whose couch I often slept.

Mark Shields: Re-election outlook grim for Obama

Late-night comedians use an old trick to bond with tonight's audience by poking fun at the alleged dim-wittedness or surliness of last night's audience. It's a favorite motif of David Letterman, who once used the Federal Reserve's pegging of the federal funds rate at just above zero to quip, "I haven't seen interest this low since last night's audience."

Doug Holt: Redistricting fairly smooth, along party lines

The General Assembly spent Aug. 15 through 31 in what is called a special session. It is referred to as "special" because it is outside of the normal 40 legislative day period, specified in the state constitution, that starts in January. Special sessions can only be convened by a formal proclamation of the governor, referred to as "the call".

Parents can learn more about supplemental educational services

Parents of students at Middle Ridge Elementary School and Newton High School have an opportunity to use supplemental educational services.

Officials urge caution during Preparedness Month

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and all Georgians are urged to be vigilent and prepared for man-made and natural disasters

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Covington firefighters ready for the big day and every day

Covington Fire Department firefighters are doing their Tuesday chores -- cleaning up the fire trucks. But this week, their chores are especially important as they prepare for an open house Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Covington Fire Department Headquarters on Pace Street to commemorate the 10th anniversary of

YMCA helps get a jump on diabetes

Citizens who are prediabetic can attend an upcoming lifestyle course offered by the YMCA.

Red Raiders have no problem with Salem

CONYERS -- The two-time defending Region 8-AAAA champions flexed their muscles Tuesday in Conyers.. Sam LaZear and Olivia Duncan reached base four times each to lead a 15-hit attack as Madison County cruised to 13-2 win over Salem. The Class AAAA No. 4 Red Raiders, who finished

Former Bulldogs Get College Careers Started

The college careers of Grady Jarrett and Jerry Mathis are under way.. Jarrett, the former two-time all-state defensive lineman for Rockdale and freshman at Clemson, got a chance to play in Tigers' season opener against Troy University. In a 43-19 Clemson win, Jarrett recorded one solo tackle. Clemson

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Oxford goalie has volleyball background

If college life is all about making transitions, then Oxford College sophomore Willa Brooks is probably an expert by now.

Newton cross country get two runners in top-20 at UGA Invitational

COVINGTON -- Newton cross country runners Alex Grady and Thomas Miller almost seem in mid-season form as they finished the UGA Invitational in Athens in the top 20 on Saturday.. Grady was seventh overall with a time of 16 minutes, 35.80 seconds with Miller crossing the finish line in

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1 injured as Tropical Storm Lee moves through Georgia

ATLANTA -- One person was injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged in a possible tornado in Cherokee County as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee crossed the state Monday afternoon, authorities said.. Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's department said the storm toppled trees, snapped power lines

Covington man robbed at Turner Lake Road gas station by masked man

COVINGTON -- A man leaving his place of business was robbed at gunpoint around 11 p.m. Saturday, according to the Covington Police Department.. CPD spokesman Capt. Ken Malcom said officers responded to an alarm call at the BP gas station at 6229 Turner Lake Road, but while en route were

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Phillies' Lee tosses another gem, shuts out Braves

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cliff Lee tossed a five-hitter for his sixth shutout of the season, helping the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies beat the second-place Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Monday night.. Lee (16-7) struck out six, walked none and needed only 100 pitches to finish off the Braves

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MLB races loosen up as September begins

The final month of the baseball season is upon us, and intrigue is unusually absent with the postseason looming.. The contenders have been identified, and the pretenders are looking forward to the offseason.. Four of the six division leaders have cushions of at least six games, and the wild-card

Falcons bolster secondary with Sanders, Hayden

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Excuse Kelvin Hayden if his head is spinning a bit.. He's buried himself in an unfamiliar playbook. He's trying to become familiar with different terminology. He's struggling to learn everyone's name on his new team, including the coaches for the Atlanta Falcons.. The cornerback called up one

Van hits 2-year-old during police chase in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta authorities say a 2-year-old child was struck by a runaway van after the occupants jumped from the still-moving vehicle during a police chase.. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the child was in a stroller at Perkerson Park when the van came crashing

Oldest Egyptian mummy in West in exhibit at Emory

ATLANTA (AP) -- The oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere will be part of an exhibit at Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum.. "Life and Death in the Pyramid Age" will run Sept. 10 through Dec. 11. It features the Old Kingdom Mummy, which was acquired by Emory theology

Ga. woman charged with murder in mother's death

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities have charged a Cobb County woman with murder after her 80-year-old mother died from what police say was likely neglect and malnourishment.. WAGA-TV reports that 49-year-old Melissa Blue was arrested earlier this month on charges of elderly neglect and cruelty

After slow start WNBA's Dream emerge as contenders

The Dream are looking like the team that reached the WNBA finals last season.After opening the season with a disappointing 3-9 record, the defending Eastern Conference champions have emerged as title contenders. Atlanta has won 10 of their last 13 games to clinch a spot in the