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Clarke County superintendent named National Superintendent of the Year

Clarke County superintendent named National Superintendent of the Year

ATHENS, Ga. -- Clarke County School District Superintendent Dr. Philip Lanoue has been named the American Association of School Administrators' National Superintendent of the Year.

Lanoue was chosen as Georgia Superintendent of the Year in December. He has worked for the Clarke County School District since 2009 and was an administrator for the Cobb County School District before that.

Under Lanoue's leadership, Clarke County became a Title I Distinguished District and received a number of other statewide honors.

"I am incredibly honored to be recognized as National Superintendent of the Year, and am so proud to share this recognition with Athens and the Clarke County School District community," Lanoue said in a statement. "Together, as a community of learners, we have made a difference in the lives of our children, and I am so pleased that we have been recognized for this on a national level."

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia officials have not released what caused a student's recent death.

Athens Regional Medical Center confirms that Tanzila Alam passed away on Monday. Her roommate says she went to the student health center last week after developing a fever and becoming ill.

After several days of not feeling well, her roommate says Alam's uncle took her to the hospital, where she had a seizure and became unresponsive. She passed away the next morning.

UGA confirms Alam did not die of bacterial meningitis, despite many rumors. In a statement released Wednesday, University president Jere Morehead discounted those rumors and media reports from other outlets (this does not reference an 11Alive report):

Shots fired in UGA frat spat

Shots fired in UGA frat spat

ATHENS -- UGA Police tell 11Alive News the gun fired on campus early Sunday morning belonged to a member of a fraternity.

There was a fight between members of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities on Greek Park Circle leading up to the shooting. UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Gregory John O'Brien, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, was arrested Monday morning. Williamson said, at this time, they believe he only fired the gun once.

According Williamson, O'Brien was standing on a balcony of his fraternity house when he fired the shot.

O'Brien is charged with one count of reckless conduct, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a gun on school grounds.

UGA student from Decatur passes away

UGA student from Decatur passes away

ATHENS, Ga. -- Campus police are investigating the death of a University of Georgia student who was found unresponsive in a car.

UGA police say 19-year-old Michael McClary of Decatur was in the back seat while returning home after a night out with friends early Saturday morning.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the friends tried to rouse McClary after pulling into an East Campus parking deck and called police at around 2 a.m. Saturday. McClary was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said there were no signs of injury -- foul play, accidental or otherwise.

Solar farm proposed for University of Georgia

Solar farm proposed for University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- The state Board of Regents is expected to vote Tuesday whether to approve a small solar farm proposed by Georgia Power for the University of Georgia campus.

The solar farm, which would have a generating capacity of about 1 megawatt of electric power – enough to power an estimated 125 homes – would belong to Georgia Power, reports the Athens Banner-Herald. The proposed site is seven to 10 acres on South Milledge Avenue.

The project is termed "Solar Tracking Demonstration Project" in documents submitted to the regents.

UGA is not using the property and does not have immediate plans for the property, UGA Vice President for Research David Lee told the Banner-Herald.

Power generated would go to the state's power grid. The farm would benefit UGA researchers and students in engineering and agriculture, who could access the project for "learning opportunities," Lee said.

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

Ga. Tech student indicted in UGA website hack

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia Tech student has been indicted by a Clarke County grand jury for allegedly hacking into University of Georgia's computer network prior to the Nov. 29 football game between the rivals.

Ryan Gregory Pickren, 21, is charged with felony computer trespass for posting on UGA's online calendar two days before the match-up, the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting.

The illegal calendar entry, which was added below the actual listing for the game, said: "Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT."

An investigation was launched by the UGA Police Department, which did not arrest Pickren. Instead, a prosecutor submitted evidence to the grand jury, which indicted the Georgia Tech student on Dec. 16.

A bench warrant was later ordered and Pickren surrendered at the Clarke County Jail. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.