News for Wednesday, November 17, 2010


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Clutch Kicker

Ryan Kay did not like what he saw. As Dutchtown went through a drill during practice Wednesday, Kay saw teammates joke around after plays and display an unbefittingly jovial nature two days before the Bulldogs host a playoff game for the first time in school history.

Rush Job

When asked how would a defense defend against his potent running attack, Eagle's Landing Christian offensive coordinator Jason Carrera let out a little chuckle Wednesday as he walked towards the team's practice field.


Justin Tuoyo enjoyed his role last season. He was a 6-foot-8 sophomore without a sophisticated offensive game, so his order from Lovejoy coach Rick Francis was to make the area near the basket "his world," and to reject or alter any shots that entered.

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Jonesboro Middle holds Learning Carnival

Jonesboro Middle School has created a fun way to bring teachers, parents and students together for a night of learning, games and fellowship.

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Clayton officials tout force-clean efforts

The appearances of four unfinished houses and the properties that contain them, in a cul-de-sac just outside Morrow, are radically different from just two months ago.

AAA: Georgia Thanksgiving travel expected to increase

For the first time since 2007, Thanksgiving travel is expected to increase in the Peach State, said a spokesperson for American Automobile Association (AAA) Auto Club South.

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CSU to establish ethics, Gandhian studies center

Mahatma Gandhi helped shape the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, a Gandhian expert from an Indian university told students earlier this week at Clayton State University.

Most aware of getting emissions test early

Georgia's Clean Air Force recently published the results of its survey on motorists' confidence in the state's emissions-testing program.

Macy's offers free shipping for holidays, Black Friday

The holidays are near, and Macy's, Inc., is offering free shipping for its online customers for the first time, said a spokeswoman for the department store chain.

Arnold Elementary School Council to meet

J.W. Arnold Elementary School's School Council will meet today, from 7 a.m., to 8 a.m., at the school, which is located at 216 Stockbridge Road, in Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 473-2800.

IRS seeks Ga. taxpayers for refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is reporting that some 4,700 Georgia taxpayers are due refund checks, and that 261 of the checks belong to residents in Henry and Clayton counties.

Teen honored for saving siblings from fire

Patrick Henry High School student, Kayla Ingram, said a recent scare in her home has taught her a valuable lesson about fire safety.

Decisions Decided by the Deciding Decider - Will Durst

You have to marvel at George W. Bush's audacious return to the national stage, not to mention his curious timing. After all, there wasn't what you would call an overwhelming popular demand clamoring for his reappearance.

Ugly truth about D.C. - Tom Purcell

There's something ugly going on in Washington, D.C.

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Missing man found dead behind pawn shop

A missing Hampton man, who was last seen 11 days ago, at an America's Best Value Inn and Suites, in Jonesboro, was found dead behind a pawn shop.

Venues for 'The Nutcracker' performances change

Atlanta Festival Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker," will have new performance sites in Henry County this season.

Arts Clayton hosts 'Experience Art!' workshop

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Macy's offers free shipping for holidays, Black Friday

The holidays are near, and Macy's, Inc., is offering free shipping for its online customers for the first time, said a spokeswoman for the department store chain.

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Tift, 83, still looking to grow business

Though many his age are retired, Tommy Tift, Jr., said he works seven days a week, running the numerous businesses he owns.

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Country singer to take spotlight on stage

After years of practice, country music enthusiast, Ty Bates, will have a chance to share the spotlight with a well-known country singer –– Jake Owens.

State graduation tests to be phased out

Passing the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) will soon be a non-issue for Georgia's public high school students, beginning with the class of 2015, according to state education officials.

Abeyta, Jose’ Ernesto

Abeyta, Jose’ Ernesto Age: 80

Forest Park councilwoman claims discrimination

Forest Park Ward 2 Councilwoman Karen-Brandee Williams says retaliation against her outspoken nature is why some of her follow council members, and the city's mayor and city manager, allegedly refused to make accommodations for a muscle-and-ligament disease she has.

Baskette, Rachel A. Woods

Baskette, Rachel A. Woods Age: 69

Heatley, BOE spar over jobs funds

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley announced this week that he wants to use $9.3 million in federal money –– meant to save teacher jobs –– to extend educators' work year five days, while also requiring mandatory professional development.

Solicitor General's Office to donate to needy families

Members of the Pre-Trial Intervention and Diversion Program, of the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office, donated canned and non-perishable food items for the food drive the Solicitor General's Office recently conducted, said Tasha Mosley, solicitor general of Clayton County.

'It's a Wonderful Life' kicks off tonight

A classic holiday tale will take the stage this week, in a production designed to warm the hearts of audiences.


As his team prepared to play two-time defending state champion Southwest DeKalb at the Gwinnett Arena in the Class AAAA semifinals last season, Forest Park coach Steven Cole chatted with a couple of visitors outside his team's locker room.