BC-GA--Georgia Weekend Items,ADVISORY, GA
Here’s a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for this weekend - July 7-8.
GEORGIA TREE CLEARING
ATLANTA — Georgia road crews are the in the midst of a statewide tree-clearing project, which has drawn complaints. State lawmaker Jason Spencer says his constituents are upset about the bare, swamp-like land left behind on some interstates and state highways. The Georgia Department of Transportation says it’s halfway through the two-year, statewide project about safety and vegetation maintenance. Agency spokeswoman Natalie Dale says that 472 people have died from hitting trees in Georgia over the past three years. Plus, she said, the project will keep more trees from falling into roadways. UPCOMING: 350 words.
Information from WABE Radio
A developer is planning to install a monument honoring Martin Luther King Jr. as the centerpiece of a public waterfront park in Savannah. City officials say it will be the first monument to honor the civil rights leader in Savannah or Chatham County. The Savannah Morning News reports that the 8-foot-tall monument will feature a larger-than-life bust of King facing north toward the river. The site is near the $270 million Plant Riverside hotel complex being built on West River Street. UPCOMING: 300 words.
Information from The Savannah Morning News.
AP Member Exchanges
ATLANTA — Columbus restaurateur Mark Jones is sitting in an Atlanta rehab hospital clinging to hope of a full recovery but balancing it against the reality of his situation. And that reality is a tough one.
By Chuck Williams. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
ATLANTA — Mandi Sorohan said she wasn’t invited to the ceremony when then-Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the distracted-driving law named for her son in 2010. She wasn’t even sure the governor would sign the law until he did it. But Sorohan was there when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a tougher law that will effectively replace Georgia’s existing texting ban — formally known as the “Caleb Sorohan Act for Saving Lives by Preventing Texting While Driving.”
By David Wickert. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.