Georgia News Roundup
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Deal to sign new inland port agreement

CORDELE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a new inland port agreement with the Georgia Ports Authority and Cordele Intermodal Services.

Georgia Ports Authority officials say the deal, which will be signed Wednesday afternoon in Cordele, will help create and expand international markets for regional businesses.

Officials say the state's deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs. Officials say the ports contribute $18.5 billion in income and nearly $67 billion in revenue for the state's economy. The industry also provides the local economy with about $2.5 billion in tax revenue.

Cordele is about 40 miles northeast of Albany.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia state patrol honors slain officer with memorial

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia State Patrol is set to honor the first state trooper to die in the line of duty with a memorial in Macon.

Officials say Georgia State Trooper Sgt. William Frederick Black Jr. is being honored with a memorial Wednesday at the Interstate 16 and Ocmulgee East Boulevard interchange in Macon.

Officials say Black became the first state trooper to die in the line of duty on Dec. 20, 1940. The Legislature adopted a resolution during the last session to dedicate the interchange to his memory.

Gov. Nathan Deal is slated to deliver a keynote speech during a ceremony at the Grand Opera House in Macon before the memorial signs are unveiled at the interchange.

Officials say the ceremony will also include a wreath-laying at Black's grave.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Goble fraud trial is set for October

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville, Miss., has been rescheduled for Oct. 7 in Oxford.

The Delta Democrat Times reports that Edna Goble's attorneys had sought time to review more documents provided by the government. Her trial had been set for July 22 in Oxford.

Goble, of Conyers, Ga., faces 10 counts of providing things of value to former superintendent Harvey Franklin Sr. in exchange for a consulting contract with the Greenville Public School District. She has pleaded not guilty.

Franklin pleaded guilty last August to accepting $47,000 in bribes from Goble. He has not been sentenced. He resigned last May.

Goble is founder and president of Teach Them to Read Inc., a reading-intervention company.

Information from: Delta Democrat Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Riverdale woman shot to death in her apartment 

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — Clayton County police say a 23-year-old woman was shot and killed in her Riverdale apartment.

Police tell WSB-TV officers were called to an apartment complex around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. Police taped off a staircase to an apartment building as they investigated.

Clayton County police Lt. Anthony Thuman says officers had questioned two people of interest but declined to identify the people interviewed.

No arrests were immediately made.

Neighbors told the television station that the woman lived in the apartment with her brother.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Man accused of killing family pleads not guilty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Hephzibah man accused of killing his parents and brother has pleaded not guilty in the slayings.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that 26-year-old Ryan Jones entered the plea Tuesday during a pretrial hearing. He faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted in the shooting deaths of Roosevelt and Edna Jones, both 64, and 20-year-old Russell Jones.

The partially burned and dismembered bodies of Jones' family were found in a field behind an elementary school in May.

Authorities say another one of the couple's sons asked police to perform a welfare check because he had not heard from his parents or brother for several days. When police arrived, they found blood throughout the home.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ex-roommate of slain officer faces murder charge 

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Jail records show the former roommate of a suburban Atlanta police officer who was fatally shot faces a murder charge.

U.S. Marshals and Fulton County police arrested 30-year-old Danielle Alexis Parker Tuesday in the slaying of 34-year-old East Point police Cpl. Crystal Parker. Danielle Parker was expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Investigators have not released a motive in the slaying.

Crystal Parker was found dead inside her home south of Atlanta Sunday night. Police say she suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Cpl. Kay Lester with Fulton County police says Crystal Parker may have been dead for three days before her body was found.

Crystal Parker was a six-year veteran of the East Point Police Department and was named the department's officer of the year in 2012.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Bronze statue of gold miner placed in White County

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) — A bronze statue of a gold miner has been put in place to commemorate the discovery of gold in White County.

WDUN reports that the statue was placed on the grounds of the White County Courthouse Museum Tuesday. Artist Gregory Johnson had been working on the statue since its donation was announced in January.

The money for the statue came from Annette Adams of Cleveland, who made the donation in memory of her late husband Gene. She was on hand as the statue was placed on its base.

Historical Society president Judy Lovell says the organization plans to hold an official dedication ceremony soon.

Information from: WDUN-AM, http://www.accessnorthga.com/wdun/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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