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Man accused in officer death to be tried in Athens


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Georgia police officer will stand trial in Athens, with jurors brought in from another county.

Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard ruled this week that jurors for the trial of Jamie Hood will be chosen from Elbert County.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Hood and District Attorney Ken Mauldin had expressed concerns about selecting an impartial jury from the local jury pool. Media coverage of the case has been extensive in the Athens area.

Hood is accused in the death of Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian. Authorities say he also wounded a second officer in 2011.


Making restaurants more friendly to moms

Making restaurants more friendly to moms

There is big push in Athens to make restaurants more accommodating to breastfeeding mothers.

A group called "Community Breastfeeding Coalition" is launching a campaign to offer Athens restaurants opportunities to list themselves as breastfeeding friendly online.

Restaurants would have to pay for that listing.

The group also wants stickers in windows of those restaurants to help moms.

UGA summer enrollment down for 4th straight year


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia administrators say summer enrollment has declined for the fourth straight year.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports UGA had 13,549 students enrolled as of July 9. That's just a few students less than UGA had last summer, but it's 14 percent drop from 2010 when summer enrollment was 15,731.

Administrators at the Athens campus say the economic recession that began in 2008 is still partly to blame. But they also say recent policy changes have made it harder for students to afford summer classes. Lottery-funded HOPE scholarships stopped covering full tuition for most students in 2011. And policy changes have made need-based Pell Grants tougher to get during summer.

UGA's summer enrollment figures no longer reflect the actual number of students on campus. Many now take courses online.


Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

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Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Man accused of hit-n-run injuring Emily Bowman in court

Man accused of hit-n-run injuring Emily Bowman in court

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. -- It was a story last winter that touched hearts across Metro Atlanta. Emily Bowman, a Kennesaw State student in Athens for a friend's birthday, was hit by a car and suffered severe brain damage.

Monday, in Clarke County Court, marked the first time Bowman and her family sat in the same room with the young man accused of hitting her and running.

Last winter, police say Bowman was struck by a red Mazda. The driver, 22-year-old William Wilson Heaton, allegedly fled the scene. Police found open bottles of alcoholic drinks in his truck.

Sixteen months later, came the first hearing. Bowman and her parents sat in the front row, Heaton several feet away.

Bowman has made great strides since surviving a three-week coma. But her recovery has been slow, and her parents say, on this day, Heaton didn't look at them.