Georgia News Roundup
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Man, 76, killed in east Albany fire

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia coroner's office has identified a man who was killed in a fire over the weekend.

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler says 76-year-old Eddie King died when his two-story house in East Albany caught on fire Saturday night.

WALB-TV reports that five people — including a 4-year-old child — escaped from the fire uninjured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Information from: WALB-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Town hall planned to discuss veterans' health

ATLANTA (AP) — The American Legion is hosting a town hall in Atlanta to discuss the quality of care being offered at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 1 on Shallowford Road.

Organizers say each year, officials with the organization's System Worth Saving Task Force visit about 15 VA medical centers nationwide to evaluate the quality of care being offered to veterans. This year, officials are visiting centers in Atlanta and Augusta, both of which have come under recent scrutiny for quality of service and backlogs for certain procedures.

A meeting in Augusta is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Broken water main opens sinkhole in Atlanta road

ATLANTA (AP) — Crews in Atlanta are working to repair a broken water main that caused a large sinkhole to open up beneath a busy road.

WSB-TV reports workers arrived on the scene at Collier Drive in northwest Atlanta at about 4 a.m. Monday to turn off the water. By the time they arrived, water flowing from the broken pipe beneath the road had caused a sinkhole about 5-feet-wide to open. The road near Interstates 20 and 285 also had visible buckling in several areas.

About 20 homes in the surrounding area were without water Monday morning. Crews were working to pump out water so they could reach the broken water main to make repairs.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: Student let 4 burglars into UGA dormitory

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say four men suspected of burglarizing a dormitory at the University of Georgia got into the building when a student held a door open for them.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports UGA police were called to Busbee Hall on the Athens campus early Sunday. Police say a student got into a fight with some of the suspects after finding them stealing items from his dorm. The burglars fled and escaped.

Police say surveillance video shows four men suspected in the burglary were let into the residence hall by a student holding the door, which otherwise would have been locked to non-residents.

A witness told police one of the burglars may have had a gun in his waistband, but nobody was threatened with a weapon at the dorm.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia police say man at church, cab driver robbed

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in the Macon area say they suspect the same man is responsible for robbing a man at a church and then trying to steal money from a cab driver.

The Telegraph of Macon reports both crimes were reported to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office with about 30 minutes of each other Sunday.

A 62-year-old man told police he was robbed Sunday morning at a church on Robert Henry Street by a man who demanded his wallet.

Investigators say they believe the same man called a taxi cab and demanded money as he put an object to the driver's head. The driver told police he saw the object was a stick and mashed the accelerator, causing his assailant to fall out of the open rear door.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia doctor donates Japanese prints to Alabama museum

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A retired Georgia doctor has donated a large collection of Japanese prints and books to the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama.

The museum's Asian art curator Donald A. Wood tells the Athens Banner-Herald that Dr. Roy Ward donated the works late last year to the museum. Wood said it's the largest donation of Japanese prints the museum has ever gotten.

Some of the prints are already on display, while others are set to make their debut this summer in a show of Japanese block prints. Block prints are made using colored inks or paints and carved blocks of wood.

Ward, who is in his early 90s and lives in Watkinsville, said he began collecting block prints more than 20 years ago.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Savannah port on target to hit growth milestone

By Russ Bynum, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Ports Authority's chief executive says a midyear growth spurt in cargo volumes shows the Port of Savannah is on target to reach a big milestone this summer.

Curtis Foltz said Monday the nation's fourth busiest container port handled 1.54 million containers of exports and imports during the six-month period from July through December. That's up 5.8 percent from the same period a year ago.

Based on those numbers, Foltz says he's certain Savannah will exceed 3 million containers moving through its gates when the fiscal year ends June 30. That's after three years in which volumes stayed flat at just over 2.9 million containers.

Foltz says the growth comes largely from U.S. retailers ordering more goods from Asia, a sign the economy is improving as consumers spend more.

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