News for Tuesday, August 22, 2006

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BARROW

ROBERTS, JIMMY

Jimmy Lee Roberts, age 79 of Barrow, passed away August 19, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, Georgia, 770-867-4553.*

BUFORD

PUCKETT, RUTH

Ruth Puckett, age 89 of Buford, died Sunday, August 20, 2006. Funeral Services will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, August 22, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Wayne Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. She is survived by Sisters and Brothers-in-Laws, Marie P. and Millard Peevy; Jeanette and Leon Allen, Nephews and Nieces, Drew and Donna Allen, Ricky and Stacy Waycaster, Lane Allen, James and Sheila Reed, Donn and Jerrie Lynn Peevy, Mitch and Jeri Peevy. Several great nieces and great nephews also survive. Ms. Puckett was a life long resident of Buford, a member of First Baptist Church of Buford, and a retired teacher after 40 years of service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Buford Building Fund, 4550 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford, Georgia 30518. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

DACULA

HUGGINS, DOROTHY

Dorothy Huggins, age 88 of Dacula, died Sunday, August 20, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

DULUTH

ANDERSON,

CYNTHIA

Cynthia Eunice Anderson, age 86 of Duluth, died August 20, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth. Ms. Anderson, a native of Cleveland, GA was a homemaker. She is survived by: Daughters, Vernice Page of Duluth, Geneva Cheek (Gary) of Cleveland, GA, Shirley Brown (Charlie) of Flowery Branch; Brothers, T.J. Winkler of Damascus, MD, John Winkler of Cleveland, GA; Sisters, Gertrude Postell and Beatrice Westmoreland, both of Cleveland, GA; 11 Grandchildren; 26 Great Grandchildren; 7 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Anderson, a son, John William Nix, and a daughter, Helena Harris. The family will receive friends Tuesday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

ELLIS, ALICE

Alice Vivian Lynott Ellis, age 80 of Duluth, died August 20, 2006. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

MCGEE, SUE

Mrs. Sue Eaton McGee, age 89, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 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.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

MARKS, CODY

Cody Marks, age 16 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 20, 2006. Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 24, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Piney Grove Cemetery, Odum, GA with Rev. Jimmy Lord officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 and Wednesday open all day at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

LILBURN

GREEN, ROBERT

Robert (Bob) Green, 74, of Dacula, formerly of Lilburn, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 20, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends at Peachtree Christian Hospice. Bob was born in Chambers County, Alabama. He served honorably in the United States Navy and graduated from Birmingham Southern College. Bob worked for the Texaco Oil Company for 25 years and then the U.S. Postal Service (Duluth Post Office) until his retirement. He was a member of New Hope Congregational Christian Church. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charon and Ellen Floyd Green, Chambers County, Alabama; his sister, Margaret Godfrey, Auburn, Alabama; and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Faye Hargett Green; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Greg Lee, Buford; daughter, Kelli Green, Dacula; granddaughters, Lindsey and Lauren Lee, Buford; brother, Richard Green, Alexander City, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 11:00a.m. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Jeff Rogers and Rev. Larry Sutton officiating. Interment will be at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Those desiring may make donations in Bob's name to Peachtree Christian Hospice, 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

HOOD, DOROTHY

Dorothy Wanitta Hood, 81, of Lilburn, died Monday, August 21, 2006. A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M. Wednesday, August 23, 2006 in the Lilburn First Baptist Church Cemetery. A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Hood was a homemaker and a member of Lilburn First Baptist Church. She was WWII era U.S. Army veteran where she served in the WAC's. Mrs. Hood was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Hugh Hood. Survivors include, daughters, Linda Hood of Sarasota, FL and Janie Lynn Hood of Lilburn; son, Ernest Hood of Jasper; brothers, Michael Osborne of Alpharetta and Louie Osborne of Florida; sisters, Louise Dickerson of Cumming, Catherine Mitchem of Lawrenceville, and Jean Mann of Dacula; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

TUCKER

ROSS, ROBBIE

Robbie Dean Hutchins Ross, 85, formerly of Tucker, died Thursday, August 17, 2006 at the Parklane Care Center in Wentzville, MO. A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday, August 24, 2006 in the Lilburn First Baptist Church Cemetery. A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Ross lived 83 years in Gwinnett and Dekalb counties and was a resident of the Parklane Care Center the past two years. She was retired as a bus driver from the Gwinnett County School System after 20 years of service and was a member of the former Williams Road Baptist Church in Norcross. Mrs. Ross was preceded in death by her husband, George Carl Ross, an infant son, Larry Carl Ross, her son-in-law, Billy G. Moon, Sr., and three brothers, Leon Hutchins, John Hutchins, and Curtis Hutchins. Survivors include, daughter & son-in-law, Deanna R. Moon of Sherman, TX and Deborah R. & Gene Ford of Lake Sherwood, MO; grandchildren, Billy G. & Renita Moon of Grand Prairie, TX, Kenneth L. & Teresa Moon of Mineral Wells, TX, Allison R. & Mark Thorn of Maryville, MO and Meredith A. Ford of Lake Worth, FL; great grandchildren, Amanda & Robert Spurier of Wiley, TX, Justin & Sara Moon of Ft. Stewart, GA, Robin Moon, Holly Moon, and Melissa Moore-Moon, all of Mineral Wells, TX; great great grandchildren, Trevor Spurier of Wiley, TX and Emma Rose Moon of Ft. Stewart, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry & Juliann Hutchins of Auburn, GA and Douglas & Janice Hutchins of Gainesville, GA; sisters and brother-in-law, Joyce & Fred James of Greeneville, TN and Janice O'Dell of Maysville, GA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hospice Memorial Fund, c/o HCR Manor Care Foundation, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699-0086, or to a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 24, 2006 from 9:00 - 10:30 A.M. at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

WINDER

CASPER, LAMAR

Mr. Lamar "Nig" Casper, age 68, of Winder, GA, died August 20, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.*

PARKER, NORMA

Mrs. Norma Parker, age 68, of Winder, Georgia died August 20, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.*

Shockley's success could mean much to Falcons' future

FLOWERY BRANCH - The D.J. doubters will wise up sooner or later.

College jobs Web site expands reach

ATLANTA - Georgia's 34 technical colleges joined a 7-year-old online jobs database Monday.

GeorgiaHIRE, which began operations in 1999, allows college students and graduates to look for job openings posted by Georgia businesses and, conversely, gives employee recruiters quick access to potential hires.

With Monday's additions, the system now features more than 90 public and private postsecondary institutions.

"Georgia has the talent and the jobs,'' Gov. Sonny Perdue said during a news conference at his Capitol office. "It's a matter of connecting them.''

Students at participating institutions can post resumes on the site free of charge. Also for free, companies can search those resumes for their needs.

Employers are allowed to post jobs for a small fee.

The Web site's address is www.GeorgiaHIRE.com.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Aug. 19, 20: The Atlanta Baseball Club, home of the Atlanta Blue Jays travelling baseball teams, will host tryouts for the fall 2006/summer 2007 seasons on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Atlanta High School. Go to www.atlantabluejays.com for more information.

Investors profit after last week's gains

NEW YORK - Investors sold stocks moderately lower Monday, ending a five-day rally as rising oil prices and disappointing results from Lowe's Cos. raised concerns about a slowdown in consumer spending.

Old-fashioned letters are becoming a lost art

Does anyone write letters anymore? In this age of instant gratification, where the food is fast and the DSL connections faster, it's a legitimate question - one I often wonder when sending notes to my grandmothers, who are hardly of the dot-com era.

Police reports

Woman robbed by home invader

•LAWRENCEVILLE - An 87-year-old Lawrenceville woman was robbed Tuesday when a man forced his way inside her house on Maranatha Lane.

GAC's Hebert drawing plenty of D-I interest

NORCROSS - He likes the academics at Ole Miss, he loves the town of Athens and he has family in the LSU area, but Greater Atlanta Christian lineman T-Bob Hebert isn't ready to make his decision on where he wants to go to college next fall.

Letters to the Editor

We welcome letters from our readers. Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0603. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Our e-mail address is letters@gwinnettdailypost.com. Letters should be no more than 200 words and are subject to approval by the publisher. Letters may be edited for style and space requirements. Please sign your name and provide an address and a daytime telephone number.

Buford school board talks clothes, food

BUFORD - Survey results are in from parents of Buford city schools students, and the results are pretty much what Board members expected to see.

With about a third of all parents responding, about two-thirds of Buford Academy and Buford Elementary school parents would like to see some sort of standardized dress code or full uniform. Parents of high schoolers, however, overwhelmingly prefer that the current (no uniform) policy stay in effect.

Former Gladiator Milam signs with AHL Chicago

The Chicago Wolves announced the signing of Troy Milam, a key member of the Gwinnett Gladiators' American Conference championship team, to a contract on Monday.

Young is just as bad as Allen, Cosell

Sen. George Allen, (R-Va.) was caught on tape referring to a campaign worker for his Democratic opponent, James Webb, as a ''macaca.'' The campaign worker, S.R. Sidarth, is East Indian and it was quickly noted that the word ''macaca'' is considered a racial slur in some European countries. Macaques are monkeys and, thus, the derivative ''macaca'' is considered racially insensitive.

Telephone is merely an outsourcing tool

Dear Alexander Graham Bell: We need to talk. Let's meet face to face, though. The last thing I want right now is another telephone call.

195 request transfers to new schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has granted requests from 195 students wishing to transfer out of their "needs improvement" schools.

One charged after 3 shot in Norcross

NORCROSS - An embattled corner of Norcross became the scene of a triple shooting and a fatal pedestrian accident Sunday night.

Tarvin tosses no-hitter in Berkmar's 11-1 win

LILBURN - Cat Tarvin tossed a no-hitter and struck out seven as Berkmar (1-0) won its season opener 11-1 on Monday against Decatur.

200-plus lbs. of meth, coke taken off streets

LAWRENCEVILLE - Federal officials Monday announced what they believe to be the third-largest drug bust in the country this year and one of the top in metro-Atlanta history.

Judge to make Miranda ruling

CALHOUN - (AP) The judge in the case of a man accused of killing four people and abducting three young girls in northwest Georgia said Monday that he will review records before deciding whether the hospitalized defendant was advised properly of his rights before an an investigator questioned him.

Corrections

An incorrect phone number was published in Sunday's Gwinnett Daily Post regarding a road closing. Jones Bridge Circle one tenth mile North of Revington Drive and Jones Bridge Circle intersection was to close Monday for approximately 3 weeks for drainage improvements. The detour for north and south bound drivers is Jones Bridge Circle to Fitzpatrick Way. For further information contact the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6700.

It is the policy of the Gwinnett Daily Post to correct all errors of fact.

Report: State can raise money and slash taxes at same time

ATLANTA - State lawmakers could raise more tax revenue and provide tax relief to most Georgians at the same time, according to a study released on Monday.

In a 13-page report, the Atlanta-based Georgia Budget and Policy Institute suggested two combinations of tax increases and tax cuts that would result in a net gain of $245 million a year for the state, yet roll back the tax burden for all but the richest 5 percent of taxpayers.

"These examples aren't set in stone,'' said Alan Essig, the think tank's executive director and a former legislative budget aide. "These are just two examples showing you can improve the fairness (of the tax system), ensure adequacy and actually give a tax cut to the great majority of Georgians.''

Tax reform has been on the front burner of the Republican-controlled General Assembly for the past couple of years.

Last summer, a legislative study committee held public hearings around the state on a proposal to do away with school property taxes and replace the lost revenue with a 3 percent increase in the state sales tax.

This month, another study committee began examining whether to eliminate or reduce Georgia's car tax.

Meanwhile, two other legislative panels are considering broader overhauls of state taxing and spending, including whether to tie Georgia's budget to population growth and inflation.

The report criticizes the state's current tax system as outmoded. At a time when consumers are buying an ever larger share of their purchases in services as opposed to tangible goods, Georgia was collecting sales taxes on only 36 of 168 services in 2004.

At the same time, according to the study, Georgia's income tax brackets haven't been updated since the 1930s, when $10,000 a year was considered a good income.

"We haven't followed examples of other states in using the income tax to balance the regressiveness of our other taxes,'' said

Sarah Beth Coffey, the report's co-author.

The study recommends cutting taxes on most Georgians by broadening the income tax brackets and reducing the sales tax rate.

To offset the revenue that would be lost by the two reforms, the report also suggests extending the sales tax to more services, raising the state's cigarette tax and reviving Georgia's estate tax, which was effectively abolished in 2001 by a change in federal law.

But Rep. Larry O'Neal, chairman of the House Comprehensive Tax Reform Study Committee, said legislative Republicans aren't likely to support anything that smacks of a tax increase.

O'Neal, R-Warner Robins, also chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said the best tax reform the General Assembly did during the just completed term was last year's passage of a corporate income tax relief measure. He said the bill was good for Georgia's economy because it made the state more attractive to new and relocating businesses.

"A lot of what Mr. Essig and his crowd are recommending, I'd say, is on the liberal side of the policy agenda,'' O'Neal said. "Most of it appears to lead to a greater means-tested tax system.''

O'Neal, however, did concur with the report's recommendation that the state complete a "tax expenditure report,'' a full accounting of all sales tax exemptions offered in Georgia and their fiscal impact.

The study also endorsed reducing the car tax by 50 percent. However, it emphasized that the state should pick up the costs of the tax cut rather than impose it on local governments and schools and make up the lost revenue by broadening the sales tax base.

Lamar Casper

Mr. Lamar “Nig” Casper, age 68, of Winder, GA, died August 20, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.

Dorothy Hood

Dorothy Wanitta Hood, 81, of Lilburn, died Monday, August 21, 2006. A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M. Wednesday, August 23, 2006 in the Lilburn First Baptist Church ...

Sue Mcgee

Mrs. Sue Eaton McGee, age 89, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Cynthia Anderson

Cynthia Eunice Anderson, age 86 of Duluth, died August 20, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Interment ...

Norma Parker

Mrs. Norma Parker, age 68, of Winder, Georgia died August 20, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.

Cody Marks

Cody Marks, age 16 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 20, 2006. Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 24, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Piney Grove Cemetery, Odum ...

Alice Ellis

Alice Vivian Lynott Ellis, age 80 of Duluth, died August 20, 2006. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Dorothy Huggins

Dorothy Huggins, age 88 of Dacula, died Sunday, August 20, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Ruth Puckett

Ruth Puckett, age 89 of Buford, died Sunday, August 20, 2006. Funeral Services will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, August 22, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart ...

Robbie Ross

Robbie Dean Hutchins Ross, 85, formerly of Tucker, died Thursday, August 17, 2006 at the Parklane Care Center in Wentzville, MO. A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M ...

Robert Green

Robert (Bob) Green, 74, of Dacula, formerly of Lilburn, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 20, 2006, surrounded by his family and friends at Peachtree Christian Hospice ...

Jimmy Roberts

Jimmy Lee Roberts, age 79 of Barrow, passed away August 19, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, Georgia, 770-867-4553.