SAVANNAH, Ga. — From Capitol Hill to the governor’s office, Georgia officials sounded both stunned and defiant Tuesday after the Obama administration’s new budget failed to recommend funding to start the $652 million deepening of Savannah’s busy shipping channel – a project Vice President Joe Biden pledged just six months ago would get done “come hell or high water.”
COLUMBIA — Eleven protesters who want South Carolina lawmakers to accept federal money to expand Medicaid and spend more on education and other programs got themselves arrested Tuesday as they blocked a road leading into the garage at the Statehouse.
The well-orchestrated protest was part of the Truthful Tuesday demonstrations that the South Carolina Progressive Network and other organizations have staged since lawmakers returned to Columbia in January. But this was the first time members of the group went away in handcuffs for their cause.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man accused of stealing a South Carolina physician’s identity and treating hundreds of patients, by doing checkups and prescribing drugs, pleaded guilty Tuesday.
Ernest Osei Addo, 51, stole the identity of a friend who was a doctor and he worked for several medical clinics before his scheme was uncovered, authorities said. Police believe Addo, who was heavily in debt, was motivated by money.
Curbing inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals could greatly reduce potentially fatal bacterial infection and help stem a tide of antibiotic resistance threatening the current drug supply, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
In its monthly Vital Signs report on important public health issues, the CDC said hospitals should take more steps to discourage inappropriate use of the drugs.
The National Nuclear Security Administration will begin shutting down Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility while it assesses alternative ways to dispose of plutonium.
In recent years, the Obama administration has slowed funding for the MOX project that has cost taxpayers $3.9 billion on so far, according to the NNSA. Cost estimates for the program’s life cycle had risen to $30 billion.
Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen and her husband, District 3 Commissioner Charles Allen, both agreed to resign Tuesday.
The Board of Commissioners announced the Allens’ resignations after a closed executive session with attorneys at the end of Tuesday’s meeting. Augusta attorney Jack Long arrived with a sheaf of settlement agreements already signed by the Allens, who were not present.
Augusta author Charmain Zimmerman-Brackett won the 2014 Yerby Award for Fiction with her novel, The Key of Elyon.
The award is named in honor of Frank Yerby, an Augusta native whose novel The Foxes of Harrow was the first by an African-American author to sell a million copies. It is awarded by Paine College during the annual Augusta Literary Festival.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This profile is part of an ongoing series on area law enforcement officers.
Until a few months ago, Georgia State Trooper Ahmed Sayad had never fired a gun, but he didn’t let it stop him from pursuing a career that put the then-unfamiliar object at his hip 24/7.
Sayad, who lived in Yemen until he was 11, said law enforcement was something he was always interested in. Living in a Third World country and witnessing corruption only furthered his drive for a career in law enforcement.
Aiken County sheriff’s investigators have identified a suspect in Monday’s fatal shooting of a Beech Island man.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Reginald Jerome Hamilton Jr., 22, of Aiken, on a charge of murder, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office Tuesday.
The American Legion will hold a series of sessions in Augusta next week to discuss veteran benefits, including the quality of care being provided at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.
The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 205 on Highland Avenue. Officials seek feedback on the quality of care provided at the Augusta VA hospital, which last year reported that the delay of 5,100 endoscopy consultations in its gastrointestinal program led to the deaths of three cancer patients.
The Georgia Department of Corrections and the state chapter of the Army National Guard will be hosts for several law enforcement and public safety agencies at a military personnel career fair March 20 at Fort Gordon.
The event, which will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the post’s Army Reserve Center, will offer jobs with at least 10 organizations for military personnel returning from duty.
The Mayor’s Masters Reception will not be held this year, organizer Wayne Hawkins confirmed Tuesday.
No Masters Tournament participant would commit to attend the annual event, which was held the Monday of each Masters Week.
“We never could get a yes,” Hawkins said. “Got a whole lot of nos, and we ran out of time.”
The reception, which began in 1999 and had been held for 15 consecutive years, featured a golfer who was given a key to the city. The event included a sampling of food from area businesses and restaurants.
Two more candidates for local office filed qualifying paperwork Tuesday in the Richmond County Board of Elections office.
Mayoral candidate Charles Cummings filed and paid the $1,950 fee Tuesday, according to Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey. Cummings is a south Augusta businessman.
Also qualifying was Sammie Sias for the Augusta Commission District 4 seat, Bailey said. Sias is a retired Army sergeant major and a neighborhood activist.
Four Clemson football players have been suspended for the season opener at Georgia on Aug. 30, the school announced Tuesday.
David Beasley, Shaq Anthony, Garry Peters and Corey Crawford will miss the game due to a violation of team rules, coach Dabo Swinney said.
“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said.
DECATUR, Ga. -- A suburban Atlanta elementary school principal caught in a child pornography sting was escorted into a DeKalb County courtroom today for his first appearance, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
John Harold McGill is charged with computer or electronic pornography and child exploitation.
After leading USC Aiken to a third consecutive Peach Belt Conference regular season title, Pacers coach Vince Alexander was named the league’s Coach of the Year today.
USC Aiken, No. 8 in Division II, finished the regular season at 26-3. Also, the Pacers are ranked No. 1 in the Southeast Region rankings.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — An independent investigation of the Savannah-Chatham Police Department is expected to last about two more months, and more officers may be forced out of the department depending on the findings.
The brief update on Alexandria, Va.-based MDB International’s investigation and the police department was provided by City Manager Stephanie Cutter and Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert during a news conference Monday.
ATLANTA -- Republican gubernatorial challenger David Pennington, a trio of superintendent candidates and a handful of congressional hopefuls were the newest names to be added to the primary ballots Tuesday morning.
Pennington showed up with a handful of supporters in his effort to unseat Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. Deal was the first to qualify Monday, and State Superintendent of Schools John Barge is expected to file his paperwork before the weeklong qualifying period ends.
ATLANTA -- An exemption from sales taxes on parts to repair airplanes would become permanent under legislation passed by the House of Representatives 163-10 Monday.
Only the owners of planes registered in other states are eligible.
Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, a tax lawyer by profession, argued that the $16 million in annual taxes the state would forego will stimulate $800 million in repairs. The mechanics doing the repairs would pay $27 million in income taxes, resulting in a net $13 million tax boost for the state.
Morris News Service
ATLANTA -- The Senate voted 35-18 Monday to prohibit health plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act to cover abortion except in medical emergencies.
Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said Senate Bill 98 matches longstanding federal law which prohibits federal tax funds from going toward abortion. Many Georgians consider abortion murder, he said, and do not want the taxes they are forced by government to pay going toward premium subsidies for policies that cover elective abortions.