Georgia News Roundup
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Live fire exercise scheduled at Fort Knox

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A live fire training exercise is scheduled to take place at Fort Knox.

The 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., will conduct the training Wednesday at the central Kentucky military post.

The exercise is the battalion's annual Task Force Training in preparation for the unit's 20th deployment to Afghanistan. Approximately 600 Army Rangers will participate in this military exercise.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is a special operations force that conducts forcible entry operations and special operations raids across the entire spectrum of combat.

The training will consist of realistic military exercises designed to test the soldiers' readiness capabilities.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


US transportation secretary to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — The Obama administration's transportation chief plans to visit Atlanta to tour two large-scale projects.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx plans to tour the new Atlanta Streetcar Vehicle Maintenance Facility and the east side trail of the Atlanta BeltLine project Wednesday.

The Department of Transportation says Foxx is traveling around the country to highlight the importance of transportation investment.

The first phase of the Atlanta Streetcar is set to open later this year and will run between the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park.

The proposal for the BeltLine includes 22 miles of trails, transit and parks circling downtown and connecting city neighborhoods. The Eastside Trail currently provides a paved walking and cycling trail stretching just over two miles.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Labor officials form Georgia safety partnership

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal labor officials say they're launching a partnership with several Georgia organizations to try preventing construction workers from being exposed to a potentially harmful material.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Georgia Tech officials and several other organizations signed an agreement Tuesday to provide construction industry employers with information and training to reduce workers' exposure to crystalline silica dust.

Labor officials say the dust particles can be inhaled and are known to cause non-reversible and sometimes fatal lung diseases.

Labor officials say workers are typically exposed to the dust during cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, rock and stone products. Officials say processes associated with mining, tunneling, demolition and several other types of work are typically linked to silica exposure.

Online: www.osha.gov/silica 

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Public memorial for Herb Emory set for Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) — A public memorial service is planned for Saturday to celebrate the life of longtime WSB Radio and WSB-TV traffic reporter "Captain" Herb Emory.

WSB-TV reports that the public memorial is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in east Cobb County.

The family has scheduled a private funeral service.

Emory was helping at the scene of a car crash in Douglas County when he had a heart attack.

The 61-year-old Emory spent many hours a week in a helicopter hovering over Atlanta's infamous traffic jams, offering words of support and empathy to frustrated drivers.

He had served as an Atlanta traffic reporter since 1971 and had been with WSB Radio and WSB-TV since 1991.

He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Thieves steal House clerk's car outside Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) — Thieves stole a car -- along with expensive equipment inside -- from a car parked outside the Georgia Capitol that belongs to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Reilly discovered broken glass and his 1993 Chevy Suburban missing from its spot at the curb of the Capitol on Monday.

Authorities believe someone smashed the window, hot-wired the car and vanished sometime between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday. Reilly said Capitol Police have told him video cameras show two men breaking into the car and driving away.

Reilly had packed the vehicle for a family ski trip to Colorado, and the thieves made off with his son's high-performance ski equipment, cameras, a GPS, tools and prescription sunglasses.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Heavy rain leads to sewage problems in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Heavy rains have led to continuing sewage problems in the south Georgia city of Valdosta.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports that 11 manholes throughout the city had spilled an estimated 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways as of Tuesday afternoon.

City officials say many of the overflows were still ongoing Tuesday afternoon. They said the spills have been reported to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Among the overflows: Two manholes on Scott Drive overflowed, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of wastewater in Sugar Creek.

Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man sentenced to hard labor for indecent exposure

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An eastern Alabama man accused of flashing several women in Phenix City has been sentenced to 30 days of hard labor, but must serve seven years of hard labor if he gets in trouble in the next two years.

Assistant District Attorney Joe Edwards tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that 22-year-old Zachary Heath Belitz was given the sentence Tuesday.

In March, Belitz was accused of throwing a brick at the home of man who maintains a Facebook page known as "The Neighborhood Watchers."

Authorities say the dispute centered on an update the administrator posted on the social media site. The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Belitz threw the brick after the Facebook group's administrator posted an item about the indecent exposure charges.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Up to 100 students hit by blast of pepper spray

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say up to 100 high school students were affected by the release of pepper spray inside Douglas County High School.

Douglasville police spokesman Maj. G. Graff said someone set off the pepper spray in a hallway of the Banks Building at the school west of Atlanta.

Graff said between 75 and 100 students complained about itchy eyes and noses.

Graff tells WSB-TV that police were unsure who released the pepper spray, and were looking at surveillance video to learn more.

Emergency officials evaluated the students as firefighters helped evacuate part of the building.

Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html 

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