News for Thursday, August 16, 2012


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Coaches use scrimmages as chance to evaluate

Teams get their first taste of the upcoming season tonight as they participate in scrimmages against opposing teams.

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Forest Park's Williams wins Rotary’s Crying Towel award

It was a time for jokes and one-liners as coaches in Clayton County tried to win the annual Crying Towel award on Wednesday in an afternoon luncheon sponsored by the county’s Rotary Club.

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ROAD TO KICKOFF: Drew looking to make ‘statement’ this season

Titans hope to build off playoff appearance

Drew is in Phase Four of its building plan, and coach Jarrett Laws is expecting some big accomplishments this season.

Fire pumper coming to Morrow

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to let the fire department buy its first new fire truck in 14 years.

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Congressman’s annual health fair coming Saturday

Sheriff’s challenger under 37-count indictment

Congressman David Scott’s (D-Ga.) eighth annual 13th Congressional District Health Fair is literally — in the words of little orphan Annie — “only a day away.”

Najee to headline Jonesboro jazz fest

Acclaimed contemporary jazz artist Najee, along with Jeff Bradshaw and Avery Sunshine, will headline the Atlanta Contemporary Jazz and Neo Soul Festival Friday and Saturday at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro.

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Businesswomen share stories of persistence, positivity

Four Clayton County businesswomen gave their sisters — and a few brethren as well — pep talks Thursday at a chamber of commerce luncheon spotlighting their achievements.

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Task force to plot how to harness Hartsfield

A group that wants to figure out how to tie the Southern Crescent’s economic fortunes to the strength of the world’s busiest airport will hold its first meeting Friday morning.

Suspected gang member indicted for murder

Trio faces charges in separate case

A suspected gang member who goes by the alias “Obama” has been indicted for murder in the death of a man killed during a drug deal gone wrong, according to court documents.

Woman charged with vehicular homicide, selling bootleg porn

An Atlanta woman is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail after being charged with vehicular homicide in the traffic death of a Morrow cab driver.

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Mama’s ring sparkles with angel’s kiss — Ronda Rich

Mama's rings bring a comfort to my heart and spirit that words, no matter how grand, cannot describe. Something rather amazing happened, though, when Mama died and her rings moved to reside on my right hand — the sparkle of that ring seemed to multiply significantly.

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Police cancel Mattie’s Call for Riverdale man

Clayton County police cancelled a Mattie’s Call Thursday for a Riverdale man who walked away from his home Monday just after noon.

Man charged with murder in cellmate’s death

Officials call alleged murder a first for jail

A Locust Grove man has been charged with what is believed to be the first murder inside the Clayton County Jail, said authorities.

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Insults fly as Kimbrough, Hill face off in debate

Sheriff’s challenger under 37-count indictment

Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough and challenger Victor Hill faced off in a political debate Wednesday morning for the first time in four years, trading insults and focusing on Hill’s pending 37-count criminal indictment.