Georgia News Roundup
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Jeff Gordon visits UGA, helps pack meals for needy

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is spotlighting efforts to help the hungry during a visit to the University of Georgia.

Gordon on Thursday helped student volunteers from Campus Kitchen at UGA pack meals and deliver food to two families who are part of the Athens Community Council on Aging's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.

Gordon later met with Coach Mark Richt and football players to discuss the importance of helping others.

The trip was part of AARP's and AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger, which was launched in 2010 to raise awareness about the problem of hunger among those 50 years and older.

Campus Kitchen at UGA is run by students and is part of a national network of 33 universities and schools that work together to combat hunger in their communities.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia labor department hosting bilingual job fair

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Labor is planning to help an insurance company find bilingual insurance claims associates in the metro Atlanta area.

State labor officials said Thursday that the department will host a recruitment fair for State Farm Insurance Sept. 11 at the Georgia Department of Labor's North Metro Career Center.

Officials say applicants must be fluent in English and Spanish, and language tests will be administered to all applicants.

Labor officials say those who are 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED are welcome to apply and at least one year of call center or customer service experience is preferred.

Applicants are asked to bring a resume and to be prepared to fill out an application.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Authorities identify fisherman who fell in river

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have identified a fisherman who fell into the Chattahoochee River as 69-year-old Thomas Luckett of Dunwoody.

Gwinnett County fire officials say they pulled his body from river around 1:30 p.m. Thursday near Jones Bridge Park in the Norcross area.

Authorities say he fell from a 12-foot long boat when it hit a submerged tree limb and the impact sent him overboard. Officials say the man was unable to swim and was not wearing a life-jacket.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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MARTA eyes expansion in Atlanta's northern suburbs

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials with the Atlanta area's public transit system are studying the idea of expanding the service farther north into the metro area's sprawling northern suburbs.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will hold a public meeting about the concept on Sept. 26 at Alpharetta City Hall.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that several ideas are being explored, including adding buses, light rail or heavy rail along a 12-mile stretch of Georgia 400 from Dunwoody to Alpharetta.

Details about the cost and potential ridership of the proposed expansion were not available Thursday. However, officials said those figures would be presented at the public hearing.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police say suspect threw man off 5th floor balcony

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — A Dunwoody man is facing a murder charge after police say he threw an Atlanta man from the fifth-floor balcony of an apartment building in Atlanta's northern suburbs.

Dunwoody police say 24-year-old Barrett Ricks was taken into custody Wednesday. Police said in a statement that Ricks attacked 31-year-old Isaac C. Herrington of Atlanta before they say he threw him off the balcony.

Police said the death happened early Wednesday morning at the Axis at Perimeter Apartments in Dunwoody. Jail records indicate that Ricks lives in the complex, and police describe the two men as casual acquaintances. It wasn't known early Friday whether Ricks has an attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Pedestrian struck, killed on I-85 near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian has been struck and killed on Interstate 85 just northeast of Atlanta.

Gwinnett County police say the death happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday in the northbound lanes of the interstate just north of Georgia 316.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/15aMcmn) that two right lanes of northbound I-85 remained blocked at 6 a.m. The identity of the person killed wasn't immediately released.

Few other details were immediately available early Friday.

Gwinnett police have not said what the person was doing on the interstate.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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