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Rain Blamed for More Pollution in Athens Creek

ATHENS, GA -- Recent rains are blamed for causing more pollution in an Athens creek that was contaminated when a chemical plant burned.

The Environmental Protection Division says recent tests show that levels of formaldehyde have increased in the Trail Creek from last week. The waterway flows into the North Oconee and Oconee rivers. Para-dichlorobenzene was also detected.

Authorities say they suspect rain washed more formaldehyde from low levels of the creek deeper into the waterway.

Firefighters pouring water on the burning J&J Chemical Co. plant last month inadvertently sent pollutants into the creek, including a toilet bowel dye that turned it blue.

The DEP says the pollutants are at low levels that do not threaten people, but it recommends avoiding the water.

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
governor.
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Online:
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Athens Creek Blue with Pollution

ATHENS, Ga. -- Recent rains are blamed for causing more
pollution in an Athens creek that was contaminated when a chemical plant burned.

The Environmental Protection Division says recent tests show
that levels of formaldehyde have increased in the Trail Creek from last week. The waterway flows into the North Oconee and Oconee rivers. Para-dichlorobenzene was also detected.

Authorities say they suspect rain washed more formaldehyde from low levels of the creek deeper into the waterway.

Firefighters pouring water on the burning J&J Chemical Co. plant
last month inadvertently sent pollutants into the creek, including
a toilet bowl dye that turned it blue.

The DEP says the pollutants are at low levels that do not
threaten people, but it recommends avoiding the water.

Georgia's Oldest Woman Turns 114

MONROE, GA -- The world's third oldest person and Georgia's oldest has celebrated her 114th birthday.

Besse Cooper had a birthday party Thursday at Walton Regional Medical Center's facility in Monroe.

The Gerontology Research Group, which certifies supercentenarians, lists her as the third oldest person, having been born on Aug. 26, 1896 in Tennessee.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that family and friends gathered with Cooper at her party to sing songs, release 114 balloons, blow out 114 candles and watch an Elvis impersonator.

Cooper's family says her lifestyle, which included adventure and lots of time outside, may have helped her live so long.

Cutting Landscaping Costs By Using "Sheep" Labor

 Everything old is new again.
The automobile replaced the horse and buggy.
The tractor replaced the team of oxen.
The computer replaced....well....everything.
But today, up the road in Athens, Jennif Chandler is reaching back in time to show that sometimes the old ways can be the best ways.

On this normal street, at this normal house in Athens, Georgia, something....not all that normal is happening.

 

Jennif Chandler calls herself the Sheep Lady of Athens. And during the twenty five years has been raising sheep she couldn't help but notice something.

"We used to have honeysuckle that uh you couldn't even walk through" recalled Jennif Chandler. "And now it's completely eradicated."

UGA Football Fans Can Text For Help at Games

ATHENS, GA -- Football fans watching games at the University of Georgia will be able to send text messages to request assistance in the stadium this season.

Fans who need help at Sanford Stadium can send a text message to a central command post using their cell phones.

UGA and In Stadium Solutions will offer the text message
communication system starting at the home opener on Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Fans in the stadium will be able to text "DAWGS  (
issue) (location)" to 69050. Standard data and SMS rates will
apply.

Brothers Wanted in Philly Slaying Found in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Federal authorities have found two brothers
wanted on murder charges in Philadelphia hiding out in an Athens apartment complex.

Jim Burke of the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force said deputy marshals tracked 25-year-old Edward and 27-year-old Cornell Lowery to the complex. The two were arrested Tuesday.

Officials say the brothers are wanted in the July 27 slaying of
a man in Philadelphia's Nicetown neighborhood. Police say they shot Jason Patton-Thompas several times in the head and chest.

Burke wouldn't say how the pair ended up in Athens but said they didn't resist arrest, and marshals found no weapons in the
apartment.

Both men waived extradition Wednesday morning.