Georgia News Roundup
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Emory to host exhibition on Seamus Heaney

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University in Atlanta plans to hold a major exhibition to celebrate the life and work of Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

"Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens" opens Feb. 22 at the Robert W. Woodruff Library. The school says the exhibition will include rarely seen photographs, personal correspondence with other writers, and the surface of his one-time writing desk.

Heaney first gave a reading at Emory in March 1981, gave the inaugural Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature in 1988, and held readings and poetry workshops in the 1980s and 1990s. He last visited Emory for a reading in March 2013.

The Nobel Prize winner, who died Aug. 30, placed his papers at Emory's library in September 2003 in honor of his friend, retiring Emory president Bill Chace.

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Grand jury scheduled to meet in Georgia ethics case

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grand jury is scheduled to receive documents related to a state ethics commission investigation into ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

At least four people received subpoenas last month asking for records to be produced to the grand jury on Tuesday. Those included two current and two former commission employees.

Deal's attorney has said the inquiry doesn't involve the governor and likely includes allegations agency documents in the case may have been altered or destroyed.

The subpoenas show federal authorities want any documents related to the commission's investigation of Deal's campaign finances and disclosures during his 2010 run for governor, but reveal nothing about the scope of the inquiry.

Deal was cleared of major charges in the ethics probe and agreed to pay $3,350 in administrative fees.

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Semi wrecks, spills chicken onto interstate ramp

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Workers were trying to clean up thousands of pounds of frozen chicken after the meat spilled from a semitrailer, leading to traffic tie-ups on a metro Atlanta interstate.

Authorities say the truck wrecked about 3 a.m. Tuesday on the ramp from Interstate 285 southbound to I-20 eastbound.

WSB-TV reports that crews were using heavy equipment to try and clean up the semi's load of 38,000 pounds of frozen chicken, much of which spilled onto the shoulder of the ramp.

Crews were able upright the truck and reopen the ramp by 6 a.m., but were still working to clear the spilled chicken.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Island residents raise concerns about wind turbine 

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Some townspeople on Tybee Island near Savannah are expressing concerns about plans for a wind turbine, but others say the structure represents a unique opportunity for the beach town and should be welcomed.

The Savannah Morning News reports that about 100 people packed Tybee Island's City Hall Monday night to hear about plans for the 50-kilowatt wind turbine.

Councilman Paul Wolff said the wind turbine is a way to invest in the community's future with minimal expense because it is being offered as a gift.

The Morning News reports that Wolff privately negotiated with an international corporation for the wind turbine that's valued at $272,000. It would cost an estimated $134,000 in shipping and installation expenses.

Some residents expressed concerns about the upfront costs and worry that it could harm birds.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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'Duck Dynasty' star to make appearance in Savannah 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — One of the stars of TV's "Duck Dynasty" reality show is scheduled to make an appearance in Savannah.

Organizers of the annual Southern Women's Show say Jessica Robertson from the A&E show is among celebrities scheduled to appear. The event is scheduled for Feb. 21-23.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Jessica Robertson is expected to share her personal story about life in Louisiana and the importance of family. She is the wife of the youngest Robertson son, Jep. Guests can meet her and participate in a special Q&A session during her segment.

The show follows the exploits of the Robertson family and their West Monroe, La.-based business that makes duck calls and decoys.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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