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Man, 72, Found Dead In Burning Truck

MENTONE, Ala. -- Officials have identified a man killed in a fiery truck accident in Mentone last week as a 72-year-old from Georgia. Mentone Assistant Police Chief Kirby Johnston says the man has been identified as Al Lee Smith of Dalton, Ga. Johnston says Smith suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Johnston says firefighters were called to an area just off Alabama 117 Wednesday night, to what appeared to be a brush fire. Firefighters discovered a pickup on fire, with the woods around it also on fire. When the fire was extinguished and the truck was pulled out, a badly burned body was found inside. Kirby...

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Former President Jimmy Carter Hospitalized

ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland, after being taken there with an upset stomach. Carter, 85, was a passenger on a commercial flight to Cleveland on Tuesday morning and became ill. Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, says Carter was taken off the plane by rescue crews. The Carter Center released a statement that said, "While on a flight to Cleveland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observation. He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week." Georgia...

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Man Killed After Fall From Deer Hunting Stand

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities say a 45-year-old Hall County man is dead after a 25-foot fall from a deer hunting standing. Hall County Sheriff's Office officials haven't released the man's name. They say he had gone about 200 yards behind his home to set up the stand for a future hunt. Col. Jeff Strickland says the man's brother went to look for him after he didn't return for a time. His body was discovered shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Police believe it was accidental. Last week, a 62-year-old White County man was injured after falling from a deer stand....

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Man Cited After Picture Found On Phone

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Authorities say a photo-filled phone led them to a man later cited for driving his truck into a Clayton County home and then driving away. Clayton County Police Officer Otis Willis says authorities cited Barney Bernard Phelps with three counts of striking a fixed object, driving while his license was suspended and failure to maintain lane stemming from the Saturday incident. Authorities say a white 1998 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck struck a home in Ellenwood then left the scene. Nobody was injured. Celina Nyack said she and her husband thought they heard someone kicking in their door when someone drove...

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1 Dead, 1 Injured In Motorcycle Wreck

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A man has been killed and a woman seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in LaGrange.LaGrange police told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper that 27-year-old Christopher Monk of LaGrange died in the accident when his motorcycle ran off West Lukken Industrial Drive Saturday morning and hit a utility pole.A passenger on his motorcycle, 26-year-old Keli Dalton of LaGrange was being treated at a Columbus hospital. Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer...

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State Adding Manpower To Find Tax Deadbeats

Department of Revenue officials told Channel 2's John Bachman they've added 36 tax agents in the last few months. Commissioner Bart Graham said the extra personnel will cost $2.2 million, but will pay for itself in under four months. Since the staff was added, the state has collected more than $1 million in outstanding taxes. The state put a list of all tax-delinquent businesses and individuals on its website. Bachman recently took that list and tried to confront some businesses on it. The list showed Southern Detail Suppliers in Cobb County owing $97,000. When Bachman asked for a comment, he...

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Southwest Airlines To Buy AirTran For $1.4B

SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Airlines Writer Posted: 7:17 am EDT September 27, 2010Updated: 9:26 am EDT September 27, 2010 NEW YORK -- Southwest Airlines said Monday it will buy AirTran for about $1.42 billion. The move will put Southwest in head-to-head competition with Delta Air Lines in Delta's home base of Atlanta.The buyout, funded mostly with debt, will also give Southwest a bigger slice of the market in cities like Boston and New York, where it has been expanding.Southwest, based in Dallas, carries more passengers than any other airline in the U.S. Besides its base in Atlanta, AirTran has hubs in Milwaukee...

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Feds allow Sandy Springs out of Voting Rights Act

By April Hunt The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6:40 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010Sandy Springs has become the first Georgia city to bail out of the Voting Rights Act’s federal oversight of its elections. Now, given the relative cost of the city's legal challenge and what it expects to save on paperwork and running its own elections, more cities in the state and across the South may follow suit. “The fact is, Section 5 is time consuming, expensive and a regulatory nightmare,” said Doug Chalmers, a Johns Creek attorney who helped Sandy Springs request a U.S. Justice Department exemption from that section of the act. “I...

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Rolling Meth Lab Found During Traffic Stop

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County police arrested three people after they found a rolling meth lab inside a car during a traffic stop.Officials said an officer made a traffic stop near a gas station at Highway 41 and Highway 92 near Acworth on Thursday night.Police said they found the meth lab inside a Chevrolet Impala. Officials said all the components necessary to make methamphetamine were packed inside the car.Three people inside the car were arrested. Their names have not been released.A special police team that dismantles meth labs was called to the scene....

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Officials May Decide To Keep Ga. 400 Toll

ATLANTA -- The state Road and Tollway Authority could vote Friday on whether drivers will still have to pay tolls on Georgia 400 after toll requirements expire next summer.North Fulton County’s Senator-elect, John Albers, is asking SRTA to stop the toll and let voters decide. State officials promised that the 50-cent toll would be removed in 2011 when the highway was being built in the early 1990s. One issue is whether the state can afford to give up the revenue it gets from the toll and still complete promised highway projects.The authority could also decide to continue the toll and...

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