Georgia News Roundup
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Sewage plant odors could be topic of meeting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A neighborhood meeting is planned in the Savannah area where a planned sewage treatment plant has prompted concerns from the Savannah Botanical Gardens.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the concerns will likely be a topic at the Bacon Park neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Speedwell United Methodist Church.

Botanical garden chairwoman Betty Ward said about 70 percent of funding required to maintain and operate the botanical gardens comes from weddings.

Ward says any nasty odors could drive that business away, and "it could totally ruin the garden."

City staffers have sought to reassure gardens officials that the plant -- planned for the area of the Bacon Park Golf Course -- isn't expected to add to smells from a lift station that already operates in the area.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Road likely to reopen as water main work continues

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a major thoroughfare on Atlanta's east side will likely be open on Monday, though one lane could be closed for repairs to a broken water main during the early part of the week.

The break near DeKalb Avenue and Elmira Place was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, leading to the closure of DeKalb Avenue. Repairs were made and the road reopened Thursday night, but water began leaking again and the street was once again shut down early Friday.

Rain has complicated the repair project.

Atlanta Watershed Management spokeswoman Scheree Rawles says that crews will have to replace wet fill-in material with dry material. She tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( that workers will also have to pour more concrete and patch it with asphalt after the concrete has cured.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man fatally hit by vehicle on Atlanta interstate

ATLANTA (AP) — A 24-year-old woman faces charges after police say she was driving a vehicle that hit and killed a man on Interstate 285 in Atlanta.

Police say a man was walking in the emergency lane of the interstate around 4:45 a.m. Sunday when he was hit by a vehicle. Police say Tabatha Williams was the driver of the vehicle.

Williams faces charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving. She was being held in the Fulton County jail and it wasn't immediately clear whether she had a lawyer.

A passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was killed and said they didn't know why he was on the interstate shoulder.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Police seek suspect in unauthorized party shooting

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County authorities say two teenage girls were shot in the chaos following an unauthorized party in a park.

Police say about 1,000 people had gathered at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain Sunday night. Officers arrived to break up the unauthorized party, and police say the situation became unruly as the crowd dispersed.

Police say an argument erupted between two groups and shots were fired. Two teenage girls were shot. Both were taken to a hospital and were expected to recover.

Police say the shooter fled. Investigators interviewed the victims and witnesses to try to identify a suspect.

The party was promoted on social media. Police say they plan to review online postings to try to find the party's promoter.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Savannah police investigate fatal shooting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police were investigating the Sunday afternoon shooting that killed Malcolm Xavier Raphael Mitchell.

Police say Mitchell was driving a white sedan when another car drove by and shots were fired. Mitchell's car crashed into a yard and he was found lying in the street. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police haven't released a description of the suspect or the vehicle the suspect was driving.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call them.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Hinesville man dies in ATV wreck

WALTHOURVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 30-year-old Hinesville man died in an all-terrain-vehicle wreck.

Police say Dwayne Cornell Chapman was riding an ATV in Walthourville just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control and struck a tree. Police say Chapman wasn't wearing a helmet and suffered a head injury when he was thrown from the ATV.

Chapman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Atlanta airport general manager finalists named

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says three finalists have been selected in the search for a new general manager of the city's airport.

Reed's office announced the names in a news release Monday morning.

The three finalists are:

— Deborah Ale Flint, director of aviation at Oakland International Airport in California;

— Miguel A. Southwell, interim general manager, City of Atlanta Department of Aviation;

— Paul J. Wiedefeld, executive director, Maryland Aviation Administration.

The mayor's office says the search included an exhaustive look at top aviation executives at the top 40 airports in the country. Reed met last week with five candidates selected by the committee. He plans to conduct a second interview with each of the finalists and to choose a new general manager within the next two weeks.

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