News for Thursday, July 12, 2012


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Edna Jean Brown

Edna Jean Brown, age 76, of Jackson, passed away, July 11, 2012.

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Students break ground on Hampton High

Members of the Henry County Board of Education, future students and other dignitaries were on hand Monday afternoon to participate in an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site where Hampton High School will open in 2014.

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Child rapist gets 125 years

A Clayton County Superior Court judge sentenced a child rapist to 125 years in prison Thursday after a trial jury convicted him on 11 counts involving a victim who was just 8 years old when the abuse started.

Trotter sounds off on Heatley

John Trotter, president of the Metro Association of Classroom Educators (MACE), is speaking out once again against Clayton County School Superintendent Edmond Heatley. This time Trotter is saying the district will be better off without him.

More details expected in death of toddler

More details could be released today in Wednesday’s death of a Jonesboro toddler, said Clayton County police. Sgt. Otis Willis III said the investigation into the death of a 2-year-old is ongoing and more information could be released soon.

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Six arrested following raid

Six people have been arrested following Wednesday's raid of three local businesses on suspicion of illegal commercial gambling.

Inclusion infusion: BOC wants minorities at TSPLOST table

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners this week asked metro Atlanta leaders to consider minority-run businesses for projects that would be funded by the proposed regional Transportation—Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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Forest Park football building bonds through faith

When 43 of coach Don Williams’ football players reported to camp on Tuesday, they may have felt like they were in the wrong place.

Clayton State generates $252 million impact on Southern Crescent

A new report from the University System of Georgia shows Clayton State University’s economic impact on the Southern Crescent in 2011 was third largest among state universities, trailing only Kennesaw State and the University of West Georgia.

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Stockbridge's Jorgensen outlasts Lester for sixth win

Make it four in a row for Taylor Jorgensen.

Early Christmas present: Jonesboro planning holiday parade’s return

Jonesboro residents got an early present from their City Council Monday when the governing body decided to take on the responsibility of resurrecting the city’s holiday parade after a four-year hiatus.

History discovered: African-American artifacts leading to museum

The movement to create an African-American museum got a boost Tuesday when the Clayton County Commission voted unanimously to lease a storefront located at 123 North Main St. in Jonesboro, to the tourism authority. The agreement states the tourism authority will lease the building for one year, but it can be renewed twice for two-year periods.

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TSPLOST could turn Tara into ‘super arterial’

Will life in the fast lane be better or worse?

The single most expensive Clayton County transportation project that would be financed by the proposed TSPLOST would change Tara Boulevard near I-75 into a limited-access highway with frontage roads.

Low turnout at Riverdale’s tax hearing

Not many residents showed up Wednesday to voice their opinion about the city’s intent to raise property taxes. In fact only two concerned citizens were present at the Riverdale City Hall public hearing sessions.

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Kroger’s USO ‘Round-Up’ exceeds goal

Customers of the Kroger Atlanta Division surpassed the ‘Round-Up’ goal set for the United Service Organization, by more than $31,000.

Morrow football assistant Foster promoted to head coach

School couldn't offer previous hire teaching contract

Clayton set to re-chart economic development strategy

Clayton County is kicking off development of its first economic game plan in 13 years with a public forum July 19 at Clayton State University.