News for Wednesday, August 2, 2006

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Make growth responsible

"Will the last tree in Gwinnett County please turn out the lights?"

Groundbreakings held for two new fire stations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Dacula's firefighters didn't have time to enjoy the fanfare.

While politicians made speeches about the construction of a new fire station, ambulance and fire engine crews sped off, sirens blaring, to go to their next call.

Just like the old days

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Truck Buck Shoot-Out at Bass Pro Shops

• The 17th annual Truck Buck Shoot-Out finals, presented by Georgia Outdoor News, will be held on Sunday afternoon at Bass Prop Shops' Fall Hunting Classic. The event begins at 3 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at Discover Mills.

Corrections

In the July 26 article "Taking a gamble," the company Gene Budner works for was wrongly reported as U.S. Advanced Systems. He works for United States Advanced Network.

GBI investigating death after arrest

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how a man died after a July 22 police traffic stop in Lake City, a small town in Clayton County.

Offshore tax havens cost government more than $40B a year

WASHINGTON - IRS Commissioner Mark Everson told senators Tuesday that a trend toward a world economy helps wealthy taxpayers hide money in complicated transactions offshore, virtually invisible to tax agents.

Snellville's Taylor qualifies for U.S. Am

DULUTH - Golfer Richie Taylor of Snellville earned low medalist honors on Tuesday and got the bigger reward of earning a spot in the upcoming 106th U.S. Amateur Championship.

Renewal tool given sales pitch

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials are hoping to educate voters on a new way to pay for revitalization, but first they needed a little lesson themselves.

Northwest strike would test bankruptcy, labor laws

MINNEAPOLIS - The fight between Northwest Airlines Corp. and its flight attendants is about to turn into a fight between their lawyers.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

MORGAN, VOLLIE

Mr. Vollie Morgan, age 95, of Buford, GA, the Friendship Community, passed away on August 1, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, James T. and Lucinda Cross Morgan; sisters, Lily Morgan Braselton, Grace Morgan Freeman, Lula Morgan Gober, Effie Morgan Puckett; brothers, Wylie Morgan, John Morgan, Howard Morgan, and Jesse Morgan. Surviving are: Nieces and Nephews: Bernice and Frank Grizzle and John and Joe Grizzle, Buford, GA, Martha Kennedy, Buford, GA, Agnes Beacham, Buford, GA, Verlyn B. Hoffman, Rex, GA, Billy Ray and Claudean Garrett, Buford, GA, Runelle Morgan Atkinson, Auburn, GA, Inez Morgan Smith, Lawrenceville, GA; several great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Mr. Morgan was born on June 10, 1911 in Gwinnett County, GA. He was a retired leather worker from Bona Allen Company in Buford, GA. He was a member of New Bethany Baptist Church in Buford and a member of the Senior Adult Men's Sunday School Class. Vollie and Faye Williams Morgan and Silvey and Bell Williams Cross shared their home 50/50 until their deaths. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Marty Duren, Rev. Danny Ashworth, and Rev. Barney Williams officiating. Interment in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Buford, GA. The Senior Adult Men's Sunday School Class of New Bethany Baptist Church will serve as honorary escorts. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

CONCORD, NC

WILLIAMS, JOHN

John Wayne Williams, age 48, of Concord, NC, passed away August 1, 2006. Arrangements by Wilkinson Funeral Home, Concord, NC.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

NOBLETT, WILLIAM

William H. Noblett, age 61 of Lawrenceville died Tuesday, August 1, 2006 following an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Hewatt will officiate. A loving husband, father & papa, Mr. Noblett was an U. S. Army Veteran who served in Vietnam. He is survived by: Wife: Martha Noblett, Lawrenceville; Children: Carlene & Randy Moon, Oakwood, Patricia Henderson, Lawrenceville; Parents: Henry & Willie Mae Noblett, Winder; Brothers & Sisters-in-law: Ricky & Betty Noblett, Lawrenceville, Robert & Sarah Noblett, Auburn, Kenneth & Gayla Noblett, Ronald Noblett, Donald Noblett, Bobby & Shelia Noblett; Sister & Brother-in-law: Becky & Terry Skidmore, all of Winder; grandchildren: Brittany Moon, Jessica Moon, Jason Henderson; Special Niece: Lynn Roberts; Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM & 6-9 PM, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

LOGANVILLE

GRANTHAM, EDNA

Edna D. Grantham, age 68 of Loganville, GA died July 31, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

LEE, RONNIE

Ronnie Lee, age 43 of Loganville, died Monday, July 31, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 3, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Cline will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. A Truck Driver and member of the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #421 and the Yaarab Shriner in Atlanta, Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Lee. He is survived by: Father & Step-Mother: James and Brenda Lee, Lawrenceville; Brother & Sister-in-law: Tony & Jan Lee, Lawrenceville; Niece: Whitney Lee; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM & 6-9 PM, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

MAYSVILLE

WATSON, JESSIE MAE

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mrs. Jessie Mae Watson, age 76, of Maysville, Ga who passed away on July 31, 2006. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. (706)367-5467*

SUWANEE

HITE, RENE

Mrs. Rene Hite, age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 29, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

WOOSTER, OH

WILLIAMS, RUTH

Ruth M. Williams, age 84, of Wooster, Ohio died Sunday, February 5, 2006 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Billy N. Williams. Other survivors include: Daughters: Elizabeth Ann Sheets of Wooster, OH, Melissa Sue Williams (Roy Stamey) of Virginia Beach, VA; Grandchildren: Gregory, Joshua and Margaret Sheets, all of Wooster, OH. Ruth was born January 5, 1922 in Argenta, Ill, to Ora and Mary Mahaffey and married Billy N. Williams of Lawrenceville on January 21, 1945. She was a retired bookkeeper and homemaker and member of the United Methodist Church of Wooster. A memorial service will be held at Fairview Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 4:00 P.M. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411.

Rockdale County football player dies

Special to the Post

CONYERS - Fifteen-year-old Tyler Davis died Tuesday morning after collapsing and being hospitalized following a voluntary football workout Monday at Rockdale County High School.

Supplies in demand

In '80s, 'Vice' colored plenty of wardrobes

It was, I believe, the catalyst for introducing a large number of men to clothing in non-primary colors. "Miami Vice," the 1980s TV series that has just been retooled into a big-screen movie, was a Friday night staple you worked your social life around for fear Miami detectives Crockett and Tubbs would get into too deep a pickle with desperate drug smugglers this time and that you'd miss them shooting their way out of it to a suitably dramatic soundtrack, which no doubt boosted sales of Sony Walkmans, which were kind of prehistoric iPods.

County's head of planning set to retire

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Gwinnett's planning and development director retires in January, he'll be taking just his second real vacation in 27 years.

As he did for South, Williams dominates in NBA summer league

It had to start somewhere.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Aug. 4-5: Tryouts for 10U to 18U Berkeley Academy travel teams begin Aug. 4-5. For more details, call Lou Llerandi at 770-441-2242.

Kemp, Black vie for right to face veteran ag chief

ATLANTA - Two Republicans have been crisscrossing the state for months in an effort to put Georgia's longtime agriculture commissioner out to pasture.

Time to put the pads on

No matter if it's in August or the in the middle of July, there's nothing like that first day of practice for high school football coaches.

OFS redevelopment plans shelved

NORCROSS - A real estate development company that wanted to turn 75 acres of weedy parking lots and vacant industrial buildings into new condos and stores will have to put those plans back on the shelf.

McKinney: The elephants' helper

Republicans need Cynthia McKinney. The DeKalb County congresswoman defines the Democratic Party just the way the GOP likes it: strident, unresponsive and way out in left field. At least that's the way Republicans want voters to perceive Democrats.

Supplies in demand: Backpacks collected for children in need

LAWRENCEVILLE - Although a two-day drive to collect book bags for foster children and those in protective services has ended, more help is needed.

Consumer spending sluggish in June; inflation rate increases

WASHINGTON - Consumer spending was sluggish in June as Americans had to divert more cash to filling up their gas tanks and a key inflation gauge rose at the fastest clip in more than a decade.

Manufacturing accelerates in July; prices rise

NEW YORK - The nation's manufacturing sector expanded in July at a faster clip than in June, while companies paid significantly more for raw materials, a trade group said Tuesday.

Barrow BOE considers hooking up to Internet 2

WINDER - Barrow County Schools could become the first U.S. public school district to join the Internet 2 network, Marshal Chambers, recruiting team member, said.

Police reports

Fire displaces couple, injures man

•LILBURN - A man was injured and a couple was displaced in an early-morning fire Sunday.

Lt. Gov. hopefuls call truce on negative ads

ATLANTA - The two Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor in next week's runoff are promising to end all negative ads for the duration of the campaign.

The race between former legislators Jim Martin of Atlanta and Greg Hecht of Jonesboro is one of several during the primary season that have been marred by virtually nonstop mudslinging.

The Democratic gubernatorial primary contest between Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and Secretary of State Cathy Cox - won by Taylor - was another.

On the Republican side, state Sen. Casey Cagle and political consultant Ralph Reed battered each other mercilessly in a fight for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor won by Cagle.

State Sen. Bill Stephens and Fulton County Commission Chairman Karen Handel continue to hammer each other in their Aug. 8 runoff race for the Republican nod for secretary of state.

But until now, none of the candidates locked in these heated contests has vowed to call off the negative ads.

The truce between Martin and Hecht was declared during a televised debate on Monday night.

It was Martin, a member of the Georgia House for 18 years, who called for the pledge.

It came after he criticized two mailings sent out by the Hecht campaign, including a flier slamming Martin for sponsoring legislation in 1994 that would have created four categories of rape.

The piece quoted Martin as saying that some rape victims "should have known better.''

Martin has said that his bill would have led to more convictions because it would have allowed juries, which sometimes find extenuating circumstances in rape cases, to send defendants in those instances to prison for lesser sentences than the law at the time allowed instead of letting them go free.

"That's an outrageous piece of mail,'' Martin said during the debate. "It totally mischaracterized my position.''

Hecht, who served for six years in the House and Senate, apologized for taking the quote out of context and agreed to Martin's call to stop the negative campaigning.

But Hecht went on to accuse his opponent of being the first to go negative in the race.

"This was started by you, Jim, and you know it,'' Hecht told Martin.

Hecht said Martin put out a mailer early in the campaign charging that Hecht didn't support women's rights.

"I had been an attorney for 11 years representing women,'' Hecht said.

Martin also objected to a Hecht campaign mailer that said 72 abused or neglected Georgia children who had been brought to the attention of the state's child protection agency died during Martin's tenure as head of the department that oversees the agency.

"It was totally inappropriate,'' said Martin, who added that both governors he served under - Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue - congratulated him for the job he did at the Department of Human Resources.

Martin finished first in the July 18 primary with 41.2 percent of the vote, to 36.4 percent for Hecht.

State law requires a runoff when candidates fail to garner a majority of the vote.

Jessie Watson

MAE Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mrs. Jessie Mae Watson, age 76, of Maysville, Ga who passed away on July 31, 2006. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Rene Hite

Mrs. Rene Hite, age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 29, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Ruth Williams

Ruth M. Williams, age 84, of Wooster, Ohio died Sunday, February 5, 2006 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Billy N. Williams. Other survivors ...

William Noblett

William H. Noblett, age 61 of Lawrenceville died Tuesday, August 1, 2006 following an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2006 in the Lawrenceville ...

John Williams

John Wayne Williams, age 48, of Concord, NC, passed away August 1, 2006. Arrangements by Wilkinson Funeral Home, Concord, NC.

Edna Grantham

Edna D. Grantham, age 68 of Loganville, GA died July 31, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Vollie Morgan

Mr. Vollie Morgan, age 95, of Buford, GA, the Friendship Community, passed away on August 1, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, James T. and Lucinda Cross ...

Ronnie Lee

Ronnie Lee, age 43 of Loganville, died Monday, July 31, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 3, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...