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Rising population in Georgia draws concerns

The state's population growth could outpace the number of doctors in clinics and hospitals. A panel of state lawmakers will be meeting over the next few months to determine what the Legislature can do to help increase the number of doctors in the state.

Currently, the state is ranked 37th nationally in the total number of physicians per 100,000 people. Along with an increase in residents, the number of elderly residents is increasing. There's also a lack of doctors in rural areas. Some physicians would like to see more state and federal funding for residency programs.

"The Legislature can certainly study this area and look at ways it could subsidize additional residency slots," said Dr. Eve Higginbotham, dean for academic affairs at the Morehouse School of Medicine. "I don't think anyone wants to say that the only solution for us is to import our medical graduates."

A brutal reality check

"The death of an elderly Canadian woman who was killed by an alligator on Skidaway Island is a tragic reminder that Mother Nature is a harsh mistress.

"An autopsy Tuesday showed that Gwen Williams, 83, bled to death because of bites attributed to an 8-foot gator, which a trapper caught and killed Wednesday.

"Authorities suspect the alligator had been living in a golf course lagoon about 500 feet away from The Landings home where Ms. Williams was house-sitting for her daughter and son-in-law."
Source: Savannah Morning News

 News from Georgia Public Radio
Sports, bacterial meningitis for one high school student, and more.
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Language in water management plan concerns some
The Comprehensive Statewide Water Management Plan has language that could allow interbasin transfers of surface water.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Georgia communities get grant money to become 'work ready'
24 counties will use $35,000 each to work on becoming a "Certified Work Ready Community."
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

PETA says contempt order issued by judge against Ag commissioner
The use of carbon monoxide chambers to euthanize animals in Cobb County prompted the contempt order against the Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Commissioner, Tommy Irvin.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Water crisis: Atlanta is three months from running out of water
Hydrologists say about three months of water are left before there's not enough to go around or enough for power plants to generate electricity.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 Richardson's tax plan could change service businesses
The way private service businesses and public governments do business could change if HR900 passes.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

 Rep. Keen pushes GREAT plan
Georgia's Repeal of Every Ad valorem Tax (GREAT) is being pushed by State Rep. Keen.
Source: Brunswick News

 New office hours for Rep. Barrow in Jenkins County
Source: Millen News

 Report blasts Rep. Deal's stance on immigration
The Center for New Community Building Democracy Initiative is blasting the House Immigration Reform Caucus, which includes Rep. Nathan Deal, as being nativist and anti-immigrant.
Source: Gainesville Times

Some Savannah candidates aren't seeking PAC approvals
Several candidates said that the Savannah Area Business Political Action Committee had already made contributions to Mayor Otis Johnson's campaign and the campaigns of two other aldermen, so there was no reason to seek endorsements or money.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta think-tank director thinks Richardson's tax plan could be approved
Alan Essig, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, spoke at a forum on tax reform at UGA on Tuesday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Barack Obama to campaign heavily in Georgia
An Atlanta office will be opened on November 1, staffed with two campaign workers, says David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager.
Source: Savannah Morning News

• Atlanta office planned for Barack Obama
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Carter says U.S. tortures prisoners
"Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights," Carter said on CNN. He also said that President Bush makes up his own definition of torture.
Source: WSB-TV

Political notebook: Lovelady's son drops out of council race
"At least for now, Norcross politics won't be a family affair for Michael and Gary Lovelady."
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Political Insider: Saxby, Dale and SCHIP. All brought together, courtesy of YouTube
"In terms of technology, this is incremental, but still worth noting. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the Republican up for re-election next year, has posted on an eight-minute explanation of his vote against the SCHIP bill."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On book tour with Jimmy Carter
A glimpse at a book tour stop at Union Square Barnes & Noble.
Source: New York Times

 Albany Tomorrow names new president & CEO
Kenneth Weaver, former city/county manager, will lead Albany Tomorrow Inc.
Source: Albany Herald

 Pierce County farmers battle erratic weather to make crops
The recent rain soaked the peanut fields, delaying the harvest process.
Source: Blackshear Times

 Free "small business start-up kits" available in Cherokee County
Source: Cherokee Tribune

 Beazer Homes probe reveals accounting problems
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

ASU professors think filmmaking could be big business for Augusta
The television and cinema lab at ASU is of such high quality that it could help attract professional production companies, say professors.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Drought is impacting MeadWestvaco Mill
The mill is on the Alabama side of the Chattahoochee River, about 25 miles south of Columbus; it relies heavily on the river to produce paper products.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

McLane Southeast to expand in Athens
The distributor will build a new refrigeration warehouse which should be completed by next summer.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

USTA names new executive director and COO
Gordon Smith of Rome is the U.S. Tennis Association's new executive director and COO.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Timberland in Georgia sold
MeadWestvaco sold 323,000 acres of timberland in Georgia and Alabama to Wells Timberland REIT.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola invests in RecycleBank in Philadelphia
A $2 million investment will help RecycleBank expand nationwide next year.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola North America opens wastewater treatment plant in Florida
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Markets Tax Credit funding goes to SunTrust subsidiary
SunTrust Community Development Enterprises LLC got $100 million in tax credit allocation authority.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Next head of Georgia-Pacific plans more acquisitions
Jim Hannan will become CEO on November 1.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scientific Games may move HQ to Alpharetta
The company's current headquarters is in Manhattan, but their new $20 million press in Alpharetta may lure them here.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

EPA settlement with utility could impact other power companies
American Electric Power agreed to spend $4.6 billion to reduce emissions at its plants; this settlement with the EPA could impact other utilities like Southern Company.
Source: Christian Science Monitor

 Lowndes County schools make top 10 tech list
The school system is one of the top 10 Tech Savvy School Districts in the U.S.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

 Valdosta celebrates topping-out at new West Gordon Elementary
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

 Georgia boosts online education
A new website,, helps students find online courses.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

 University system may consider "niches" to manage school growth
Grouping certain specialties at specific universities may help spread out the student population more evenly.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

 UGA specialists looks at historical significance of Colquitt County
Ed Jackson of UGA is convinced there's enough history in Colquitt County to promote historical tourism.
Source: Moultrie Observer

 Georgia Gwinnett College to get student housing
The first 1000 beds will be ready by August 2009.
Source: Norcross Weekly

 Georgia Highlands-Cartersville to hold terrorist takeover simulation today
The Homeland Security exercise is being staged for law enforcement and emergency services agencies.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

 11 Rockdale County schools named Distinguished Schools
Source: Rockdale Citizen

 Newton County BOE agrees to cell tower on school property
Source: Newton Citizen

 Eight Newton County schools named Title I schools
Source: Newton Citizen

 State Superintendent Cox visits Jasper County High
Source: Monticello News

 Macon County BOE chooses Freightliner over Bluebird
Tempers flared over the decision; the difference between the two bids was $35.
Source: Citizen-Georgian

 Putnam County BOE now taking bids for new Putnam High
Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder

 Board of Regents approves Erk Russell Athletic Park designation
The area around Paulson Stadium at Georgia Southern will be named for the legendary coach.
Source: Statesboro Herald

 Holocaust survivor to speak at Reinhardt College
Thomas Reed will speak on October 15.

 Lori Wingate named Vidalia Teacher of the Year

School garden revived at Richmond County's alternative school
The project will do more than beautify the school, Principal Wayne Frazier said. It will also boost the self-esteem of students and enable them to take ownership in the school.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Muscogee County schools earn SACS accreditation
It's the first time the schools have earned this accreditation.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Parent-teacher talks in Clarke County often plagued with language barriers
More than 100 volunteer translators will be needed to make sure all of the county's 2,300 Hispanic students can be addressed.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

GC&SU projects approved by Regents
The Board of Regents approved the purchase and renovation of the downtown Campus Theatre for Georgia College & State.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Georgia's colleges prepare to go global
The state's colleges and universities are preparing curricula to put more focus on globalization to prepare students to live in a "global world."
Source: Macon Telegraph

Two colleges get nursing program grants
Georgia College and Middle Georgia College will each receive part of a $3 million grant distributed to 16 of the state's colleges for Nursing Education Initiatives.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Cobb BOE to join in Chamber's Project 2400
Cobb County's school board will spend up to $250,000 on SAT-prep courses at all high schools in 2008 in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Project 2400.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Consultant delivers results to Cobb BOE
A report on September focus groups shows that it's a challenge to give middle school students at different educational levels instruction that pushes them forward.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Brenau University gets $250,000 from Wal-Mart Foundation
The grant will establish a scholarship program and academic support services for Hispanic women pursuing degrees in healthcare-related professions.

• New scholarship for healthcare funded at Brenau
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fees at Valdosta State likely to increase by $90 per semester
The fees would go toward a new student health center and thousands of new parking spaces.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Gwinnett College works to get graduates jobs
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 Douglasville-Douglas County WSA hopes for wet November
In the past, the reservoir has always been full after November; now, Dog River reservoir's level is below 50%.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

 Water forum held in Conyers
“Our Water Future: The Science, Laws, a Citizen’s Role” was sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

 Blight-resistant chestnut tree planted at Prater's Mill
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Skidaway Island alligator trapped and killed
The alligator had attacked and killed an 82-year old woman on Friday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Gwinnett's Heritage Center wins national honor
The Environmental and Heritage Center has won the National Association of Counties' Sustainable Communities Award.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

 Therapeutic wheelchair invented to help tone muscles, increase range of motion
The first Genesis wheelchair was presented to Rachel Abee at the Clinch County BOE meeting Wednesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Jefferson approves system for elderly safety checks
An automated call system will soon check each day on elderly and homebound residents in a program called the Community Safety Check Program.
Source: Athens Banner Herald

VA Secretary speaks in St. Simons
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Gordon Mansfield spoke to a crowd of more than 200 at the state's Veterans Service Officer Training Conference.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Black churches follow lead of Norcross pastor against AIDS
The Rev. William Sheals began preaching about AIDS in 1991 and outreach and education have been addressing the issue increasingly ever since.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

3,600 to take part in this weekend's breast cancer walk
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Aging in place" aided by technological advances
Systems like AttentiveCare and GrandCare are allowing older family members to stay in their homes and far-away family members to monitor them via webcams and sensors.
Source: Los Angeles Times

Phoebe Putney Memorial puts patient care news online
A web site offers free personalized patient Web pages to keep family and friends updated about the hospital stay of patients.
Source: Albany Herald

 Another dogfighting site suspected in Moultrie
Source: Moultrie Observer

 Tift County BOC holds heated discussion over water meters
Source: Tifton Gazette

 40 acres rezoned near Toyo plant in Bartow County
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

 Sex offender in Conyers gets 20 years for not registering
Source: Rockdale Citizen

 Newton County to enforce sign ordinance
Source: Newton Citizen

 Elbert County Commission chairman wants to begin process for zoning law
Source: Elberton Star

 Bids for Decatur County phase II landfill rejected
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

 Petition to recall Marshallville mayor fails
Source: Citizen-Georgian

 Wilkes County doctor dies at 83
Dr. Charles Wills had just retired a few days before he died.
Source: News-Reporter

 SPLOST projects moving forward in Walton County
Source: Walton Tribune

 College Park wants to annex part of Clayton County
Source: Clayton News Daily

 Developer threatens to sue Forsyth County
WEllstone LLC is giving the commission one month to reverse a decision that denied development of Lanier Golf Course; if the decision isn't reversed, the county will face a $100 million lawsuit from Wellstone.
Source: North Fulton News

 Perry considers upgrading water meter reading
Source: Houston Home Journal

Detour to be set up for Savannah's Waters Avenue
Drainage improvements will begin on October 22 and will take about 45 days to complete for a 16-block stretch of Waters Avenue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

2008 millage rate tentatively approved in Springfield
The millage rate will be lowered for 2008.
Source: Savannah Morning News

State Sen. Frank Albert wants levee removed in Augusta
Albert says the levee is no longer needed as three dams are upstream; he wants the 88-year old levee removed to reveal more riverfront.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Crime up in Athens by 54%
Air conditioners are at the top of the list for thieves due to their copper content.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Macon mayor says he won't sign hotel deal
The city attorney and outside legal counsel said that the mayor's refusal to sign the deal isn't enough to kill the deal, which would put a hotel in the lot near Wilson Convention Center and Macon Coliseum.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Bibb County's chief tax appraiser to announce plans today
Jim Davis was offered a position by Glynn County about three weeks ago; he's expected to let Bibb County know his intentions today.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Marietta mayor vetoes full disclosure on land deals
A City Council resolution to make sure all future city land deals took place in the public with full disclosure of purchase price, acreage, location and seller was vetoed by Mayor Bill Dunaway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta City Council votes to sell three land parcels
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Rome: Downtown icon dies at 68
Charles "Chuck" Lanham ran the Forrest Barber Shop for more than 20 years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Gwinnett's "Mansion Madam" gets 7 years probation

Suwanee to hold two groundbreakings
Groundbreakings will be held for Sims Lake Park and for a pedestrian underpass.

Judge says Nichols defense will get funds
The defense will keep four attorneys and get enough money to properly defend Brian Nichols.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

• Judge Fuller rebukes legislature over Nichols funding
Source: Atlanta Daily Report

Tax allocation districts gaining popularity
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 Support the Blazers
"Coming off a hard-fought victory last Saturday against the Southern Arkansas Muleriders, the Valdosta State University Blazers could have used a break. On Sunday, however, they were back to the practice field preparing for a new opponent coming on a much shorter week."
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

 Albany ready for the Games
"About 1,000 athletes are descending on Albany this weekend, bringing with them family, friends and a lot of enthusiasm."
Source: Albany Herald

 Sam Griffin, Jr.: The real stuff
"Wynton Marsalis is more than arguably the world's finest trumpeter-surely its finest jazz trumpeter: His comments in concert with pianist Marcus Roberts in Tallahassee Monday night reveal him as a voice of hope in a bleak world where appreciation of wholesomeness, substance, discipline and excellent have atrophied."
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

 Robert Williams, Jr.: National Newspaper Week a good time to think about how we keep our freedoms
"Remember the game where several stand in a circle and one whispers into the ear of the person standing next?"
Source: Blackshear Times

 Coddling criminals protects politicians
"An accused sex offender and his attorney work out a complicated plea, the judge signs off and bends the rules, and the district attorney vows to revisit the issue."
Source: Columbia County News Times

 Patrick Graham: Sorting out the GREAT plan
"Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson was in Walton County on Monday meeting with the GOP faithful to tout his plan to eliminate property taxes in the state and replace them with new sales taxes on goods and services."
Source: Walton Tribune

Tom Barton: Politicians pitch and catch
"Mike Royko, my all-time favorite newspaper columnist, wasn't a fan of politicians. But he came by his distaste honestly."
Source: Savannah Morning News

Finding justice
"By the power of his own confession and the power of a jury's conviction, Jose Medellin deserves to die. Unfortunately, by the power of an international treaty, he also deserves a new trial."
Source: Savannah Morning News

K.W. Oxnard: Savannah real estate market taking breather, not tanking
"You know all those doom and gloom stories about the real estate market-that the sky is falling, sellers are getting pounded and buyers beware?"
Source: Savannah Morning News

A celebration of unity
"Want to buy a ticket to someplace wonderful? We promise the destination is so great, you likely won't be content to merely visit. You'll want to stay there. That place is a unified Augusta - an Augusta where obstructive issues such as race are cast aside so the city can move forward."
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The loss of a hero
"The first three months of 1942 was the darkest period of the war. Our Navy was in ruins. The Japanese were winning on every front, and America was waiting on them to invade the West Coast."
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Important steps on a long road
"Given the perception -- and, let's face it, the familiar reality -- of Victory Drive, the very idea would have been unthinkable just a few years ago: In place of a tattoo parlor, a pawn shop and the notorious Traffic Light Lounge, a brand-new hotel and restaurant will be rising from cleared land at the South Lumpkin Road intersection."
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Search for schools chief can't be business as usual
"Thus far, it appears the Clarke County Board of Education is headed down a routine path in a search for a new superintendent that should be anything but routine. At a meeting scheduled for 6:30 tonight, the school board is expected to pick a search firm to help it and the community find someone to lead the county's public school system into and through what are sure to be some challenging days."
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Donald Wilkes, Jr.: Legislation only way to get eyewitness ID reform
"LaGrange Police Chief Louis M. Dekmar's Friday opinion piece in the Athens Banner-Herald, opposing proposed legislation to reform Georgia police eyewitness identification procedures, rests on two unwarrantable assertions: more research is needed, and rather than passing laws we should trust the police themselves to make any needed reforms."
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

News flash: Mayor Ellis is right to abandon hotel plans
"If nothing else, Macon's Mayor C. Jack Ellis is full of surprises. Late Tuesday night on Fox 24 he announced he was backing away from the controversial convention center hotel deal with Noble Investment Group, the same deal he's shepherded for more than a year because, he said, the deal has become too expensive."
Source: Macon Telegraph

Our most faithful ally prepares to pull the plug
"Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that Britain will halve its 5,000 troops in Iraq by next spring and likely withdraw them entirely by year's end."
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Cartoon: Mike Lester: Macon mayor's celebration
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Let's see more
"When the fourth annual Rome International Film Festival ended its run not long ago, its marketing director said that “anecdotal evidence” showed that attendance was the best yet as no precise nosecounts appear to be kept."
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mike King: Biolabs must be closely watched
"With a boom in the number of laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins, federal regulators must decide quickly who should be responsible for monitoring the safety of their work."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Maureen Downey: Put a cork in it
"DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones pledges that his legacy will be an enhanced quality of life for county residents. That promise conflicts with his opposition to earlier bar closings in DeKalb, where revelers can now down shots until 4 o'clock in the morning."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dink Nesmith: Win, then get paid
"Since 1966, I've been buying Georgia Bulldogs tickets. As a student, I stood in the rain to watch us whip the Gators, 51-0. Steve Spurrier hasn't forgotten, and he's been paying us back ever since."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jay Bookman: Minus limits, Jekyll could be monster
"Everybody involved in the redevelopment of Jekyll Island State Park —- the politicians, the state officials, the private developers —- talks in reverent tones about protecting the island's ecology, beauty and character. There's no reason to believe that they're anything less than sincere."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mike King: Medicare isn't socialism; we need nurses
"Sign up here for the socialized medicine plan of your choice. Those full-page newspaper ads and TV commercials you are seeing that tout Medicare insurance plans for senior citizens have become a fixture this time of year. The companies sponsoring them are competing for the business of senior citizens who want them to manage their health care needs. The "uniquely American" system we have created over the last few decades for the nation's senior citizens is a combination of government-subsidized health care managed by for-profit insurance companies."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution