Georgia News Roundup
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Macon trolley named after Otis Redding song

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A trolley car in Macon has been named after the song "Dreams to Remember," a tribute to the late Otis Redding, who co-wrote it with his wife Zelma.

NewTown Macon made the announcement on Monday, in honor of what would have been Otis Redding's 72nd birthday. The Telegraph reports that the event was attended by Redding's widow, Zelma, and children Karla Redding-Andrews and Otis Redding III.

Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Ga., and moved to Macon at age 5.

Terrell Sandefur, owner of Macon's SoChi Gallery, came up with the idea to name the trolley in a tribute to the late soul singer, who had hits with songs such as "Try a Little Tenderness," ''These Arms of Mine" and "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay."

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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More than 70 arrested on alcohol charges near UGA 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Athens police say more than 70 people were arrested for alcohol-related offenses surrounding a football game between the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina.

Police Maj. Mike Hunsinger is in charge of downtown operations for Athens-Clarke police and told the Athens Banner-Herald the weekend was busy, but the number of arrests was comparable to many other times UGA has played a major SEC opponent.

Officials say most who were arrested were young adults strolling through downtown Athens carrying open containers, or were staggering while they walked.

Police say 20 people were charged with driving under the influence and arrests were also made for marijuana possession, underage drinking and public urination.

Authorities say arrests were made by Athens-Clarke police, UGA police and the Georgia State Patrol.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour speaks on energy issues 

By Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is defending a coal-fired power plant that's under construction in Kemper County.

Barbour says the U.S. should develop a variety of energy sources, including Mississippi-mined lignite that will be used at the plant.

As governor from 2004 to 2008, Republican Barbour signed a law allowing Mississippi Power Co. to charge higher rates to finance the Kemper plant.

Mississippi Power is a subsidiary of Southern Company, which has long been represented by BGR, the Washington lobbying firm Barbour co-founded.

During an energy speech Tuesday to the Madison County Business League, Barbour acknowledged the financial link between Southern Company and BGR. He noted after the speech that he was not working for BGR while he was governor; his assets were in a blind trust.

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Jekyll Island residents debate officials over mail service

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Some Jekyll Island residents say they're upset with island officials discussing ending home mail delivery with the U.S. Postal Service.

The Florida Times-Union reports the Jekyll Island Authority's attorney, Chris O'Donnell, told members of the island's citizens association Monday that the USPS looking to cut expenses means they could potentially lose their post office.

Association member Bonnie Newell says decisions on postal services are supposed to be made by residents of the resort island, not the authority. Newell says laws prevent the USPS from cutting service without consent from island residents.

O'Donnell says the authority is trying to strike a deal because pending federal legislation would give the USPS authority to cut home delivery service at its discretion, which could leave the island without delivery and a post office.

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