News for Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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Clayton State returns to action Thursday

Classes have not restarted at Clayton State just yet, but for members of the men's basketball team, vacation is over.

Mount Zion's Morgan commits to WKU

Former Mount Zion running back Quartterrio Morgan has committed to playing at Western Kentucky next season.

Young Drew looking up

Front row. First chair on the right. An empty lecture hall. That's where Drew boys basketball coach Jarrod Davis went Tuesday night after the Titans reminded him how young teams seem to always grow.

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Dancer still in step after 45 years

There are not too many people in Clayton County who can say they learned how to dance alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, during the later half of the 20th Century.

Jonesboro City Council split on property tax

A division on the six-member Jonesboro City Council over the possible re-introduction of property taxes -- based on opinions voiced by city leaders on Tuesday -- appears headed for a split vote.

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Inmate arrested after escaping hospital

A 39-year-old woman who escaped custody in Clayton County, is back in jail after authorities arrested her again.

Holiday blood donations drying up

Blood donations are drying up throughout the Southern Crescent, according to officials with regional blood centers.

Fraternity program benefits area youths

Members of the Phi Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., said they had a successful first attempt at the chapter's "Shop with a Que" Program. The metro Atlanta graduate chapter program sponsored children from nine families living in Henry, Clayton and Rockdale, counties, said chapter member Philip Starke, who co-chaired the recent shopping event.

Governor picks Henry resident for statewide board

A retired McDonough pharmacist has been named to the state governing board that regulates pharmacies throughout Georgia.

Atlanta Hawks seeking anti-bullying contest entries

The Atlanta Hawks are using an essay contest to put bullying at school on the defensive. The Hawks are participating in a contest sponsored by the National Basketball Association.

Hartsfield-Jackson leads in self-service technology

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been recognized as a leader in passenger self-service technology by SITA, the world's leading specialist in air transport communication and information technology.

Can stores invent coupon rules? - Jill Cataldo

Q: "Our grocery store will not double coupons until a shopper has purchased items totaling $25. They will only double six coupons. Is the store allowed to set its own rules?"

Happy New Year - Martha Carr

It's time for my fourth annual New Year's Day tradition where my readers and I get to drop the need to set up contests with ourselves, and, instead, take a kinder, gentler approach. No more New Year's resolutions with very specific goals, like losing weight or keeping our finances balanced, that have an easy-to-spot pass or fail tag.

Voluntary tax break - Peter Funt

Seems there are almost as many theories about how to change the tax laws as there are citizens to whom the laws apply. Here's one simple idea -- a modest proposal that would help Americans at all income levels pay a bit less, while also providing some benefit to the unemployed.

Kinship Care receives $1,000 donation

Two families received toys and clothing for the holidays, thanks to a donation of $1,000 to the Kinship Care Resource Center, from the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Department.

Jonesboro officials' crystal ball

Jonesboro officials' crystal ball

CSU women put perfect record on the line

There's still plenty of basketball to be played, but Clayton State women's coach Dennis Cox is happy with the way his team has started the season.

School employees help 70 homeless families

Riverdale resident, Sabrina Brown, could not hold back her smiles after volunteers from the Clayton County Public Schools Homeless Education Services Department showed her several bags of gifts employees in the school system's maintenance department got for her five children.

Productive trip for Jonesboro

From Staff Reports

Middlebrooks, Charles

Middlebrooks, Charles Age: 76

The real outrages - Mike Reagan

A newly formed organization of black clergy has lashed out at supporters of the so-called 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, providing a graphic illustration of liberal America's favorite target –– the mixing of church and state.

Goodwill offers tips for year-end donors

Goodwill of North Georgia is working to remind potential donors to inspect their items before turning them over for someone else to use.

Clayton pupils ask Arne Duncan to visit

Clayton County Public Schools elementary school students got a lesson in writing to public officials this fall. They used their skills to campaign for U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to visit the school district.

We are not Scrooges! - Tina Dupuy

Ever been stuck in holiday traffic, fighting to be stuck in a holiday cashier's line so you can purchase low-price presents on your high-balance Visa listening to high-volume holiday music and think, "Why am I doing this to myself?! I don't even really LIKE Christmas. It's just a scheme to get me to gain more weight AND gain more debt."

Mount Zion's Morgan commits to WKU

Former Mount Zion running back Quartterrio Morgan has committed to playing at Western Kentucky next season.

First engraved bricks arrive for Streetscape

Three pallets –– which contained about 150 engraved, dark, red bricks –– were placed near a backdoor of Stately Oaks Plantation, in Jonesboro.

'Most Improved' student earns makeover

Sixteen-year-old Tahsae Thompson was voted most improved among her peers. The recognition earned the high school junior a free makeover for the holidays.

Red Cross to Observe National Blood Donor Month

Georgians will be among the thousands of blood donors honored the American Red Cross throughout January, for their generous annual blood donations.

Mercer, Christine G.

Mercer, Christine G. Age: 89

Will local gas prices top $3 per gallon?

Holiday travelers in the Southeast, and along the East Coast, found themselves navigating snow-flanked highways, and paying several pennies more to do it.