News for Wednesday, December 8, 2010


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Tara Winds to host annual holiday concert

What did the lawyer, the judge and the emergency room doctor do when they walked in a band room?

Fees for senior centers set to increase

Out-of-county residents, who use Clayton County senior centers, will now have to pay $170 more per year to use those facilities, as they will have to carry the bulk of rate increases approved by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners this week.

Airport's rental car center stimulates economic growth

The rental car center at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just turned a year old, and has already driven economic growth to neighboring businesses, according to a spokesman for the airport.

Health expert has some TSA screening concerns

There has been much debate about health risks that may arise due to screenings conducted by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers.

'Board Break-a-Thon' to benefit United Way

Adam Stanfield has been preparing for the past several days to take on the challenge of breaking 1,000 wooden boards with his hands.

King Elementary to host social science fair

Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School will host a holiday program/Parent-Teacher Association meeting/social science fair on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the school, which is located at 5745 West Lee's Mill Road, in College Park. For more information, call (770) 991-4651.

District Attorney's Office receives federal award

The Clayton County District Attorney's Office received an award from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Atlanta Field Division, for its role in the takedown of an alleged, major Mexican drug cartel.

Jonesboro man pleads guilty to civil rights charges

A Jonesboro resident, and former correctional officer at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, pled guilty, in federal court, to violating an inmate's civil rights by using excessive force against the inmate, and obstructing a federal investigation of the incident.

Top ten Christmas gifts for your Wall Street broker buddies - Will Durst

It's the most ... wonderful time ... of the year.

Our snapshot of America - Tom Purcell

It was a fine night that offered an interesting snapshot of America.

Clayton County Chamber to hold Holiday BASH


'Dancing' competition yields $1,200 for CASA children

Officials from the Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) group, and its Ambassadors Behind CASA (ABC) support organization, waltzed away on Tuesday with a big check from organizers of the Clayton's Finest Dance Off competition.

Delta to add Wi-Fi to 223 regional jets

Delta Air Lines, which has the world's largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, recently announced it will add onboard Wi-Fi to all of its 223 regional-jet aircraft, operated various carriers through Delta Connection, said a spokesman for Delta Air Lines.

Capital (sic) Hill - Peter Funt

As the debate over taxes raged, one compromise the Senate rejected would have extended tax cuts for all Americans, except those who are millionaires. In the words of the bill's author, Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York, "Do we want to extend those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires at a time of huge deficits? I would argue vociferously we shouldn't."

AAA: Seniors should prepare for driving challenges

While growing older, seniors may find new obstacles ahead that may negatively affect their driving ability, said a spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association (AAA) Auto Club South.

Chambers, Casey

Chambers, Casey Age: 39

Secrest, Angela “Angie” Michelle

Secrest, Angela “Angie” Michelle Age: 30

Gambling machines, cash seized in 2-county raid

Authorities arrested 15 people, and seized several hundred gambling machines, from a dozen locations in Clayton and Rockdale counties, Monday, according to a Clayton County Sheriff's Office statement issued Deputy Alicia Parkes.

Live in peace - Martha Carr

The new employment numbers are out from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and at 9.8 percent, we lost more jobs in November than we gained. We aren't in another recession, but we have a long way to go before we're all the way out of the Great Recession.

Mrs. Claus visits local children at library

Local children patiently waited for a special guest to arrive, in the children's section of the Clayton County Headquarters Library, in Jonesboro Tuesday.

Weather officials give winter outlook

The frigid weather is expected to last through Thursday, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Spencer Smith.

BOC appoints Jeff Hood interim fire chief

On Christmas Day, Clayton County is going to get the gift of a new interim fire chief, complete with more than three decades of experience in the county's fire department.

Johnson's jumper saves North Clayton

Dennis Johnson hit a mid-range jump shot with 7.5 seconds left, and Morrow missed two shots in the closing seconds to give No. 6-ranked North Clayton a 65-64 win over the Mustangs in a Region 4-AAAA game Tuesday at home.

Biles, James Lawrence "Skeeter"

Biles, James Lawrence "Skeeter" Age: 78

Lovejoy finishes strong with 53-44 win over Jonesboro

When Lovejoy coach Rick Francis was finally able to reach his office following the team's win over Jonesboro Friday, he just wanted to take a seat.

Confession key evidence at murder trial

Attorneys for both sides in the murder trial of Dana Gregory McFarlane, a truck driver accused of killing his fiancee, agreed he is responsible for her death.

Secrest, Angela "Angie" Michelle

Secrest, Angela "Angie" Michelle Age: 30

Shortcuts: Sharp answers to couponer's FAQs - Jill Cataldo

Q: "This week the deodorant that my husband uses is on sale for $1.99. I have two manufacturer coupons for $1 off a purchase of two deodorants. Can I use both of those coupons when purchasing just two deodorants?"