Georgia News Roundup
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Fort Valley State to inaugurate ninth president

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — Fort Valley State University is preparing to inaugurate its ninth president later this week.

University officials say Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith will be formally welcomed to university during a ceremony on Friday morning. He began his term as university president in late July.

University officials say Griffith's vision is to bolster student-initiated research, cultural diversity and global connectivity.

School officials say more than 3,000 students are enrolled at Fort Valley State University, which was founded in 1895.

Fort Valley is about 30 miles southwest of Macon.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Atlanta police swearing in 28 new officers

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Police Department is getting 28 new officers.

The Department says it plans to hold a swearing-in ceremony Thursday for 26 new male officers and two new female officers.

The ceremony comes at the end of 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy. The training included classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, department policy and procedure, defensive tactics, arrest techniques and physical fitness.

The next step for the new officers will be 12 weeks of field training with department veterans.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia musicians launch campaign for soundtrack jobs

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of Atlanta musicians and others are campaigning for the entertainment industry to consider them before recording television and movie soundtracks elsewhere.

Atlanta Jobs With Justice organizers say the group is launching the Listen Up! campaign Thursday with a press conference on the steps of the state Capitol.

Organizers say they plan to push television and film production companies receiving tax incentives to use local talent for film and television scoring jobs.

Representatives from the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians, labor organizers and others are expected to be on hand for the event, which begins at noon.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Death of Georgia film worker 'senseless,' father says

By Russ Bynum, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The parents of a Georgia camera assistant killed by a freight train while filming a movie say they're grieving, angry and want someone held accountable for their daughter's death.

It's been less than two months since 27-year-old Sarah Jones died after being struck by a train on tracks spanning the Altamaha River southwest of Savannah. She was part of a crew shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman.

Her parents, Richard and Elizabeth Jones, of Columbia, S.C., told The Associated Press on Wednesday their daughter's death was "senseless." Richard Jones says he believes the film's producers "did so many wrong things on so many levels, it's just unbelievable."

Donnie Dixon, an attorney for the film's director, Randall Miller, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


School bus cameras nab 17 violators in 1st week

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A new camera system being used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators in its first full week of operation.

Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. James Carter says violators face a $300 fine for their first violation, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third.

Carter tells The Athens Banner-Herald that authorities are hoping to change driver behavior by having them pay the consequences for their violations.

The violations were captured by cameras activated when a school bus arm with a stop sign and flashing red lights swing out as the bus picks up of discharges students. Close-up images record the tags of violating vehicles.

The system utilizes a series of six cameras mounted on the bus to catch violators from multiple angles.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

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