News for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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Hoke Mcdaniel, Sr.

Hoke McDaniel Sr., age 81, of Doraville, died Friday, January 19, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 plus years, Janell McDaniel. He is survived by ...

Charlie Few

Charlie Harris Few, age 76, of Duluth, GA, passed away January 30, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Jennifer Mims

Educator Mrs. Jennifer Lyn Tootle Mims of Hoschton, Ga passed away on Jan. 30, 2007 in Athens, Ga. Beggs Funeral Home, 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, Georgia (706)359-4117

Frank Leakey

Frank Leakey, age 76 of Loganville, GA died January 30, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Fran Leakey; daughters and son-in-law, Nancy Franklin of Bethlehem, Janet and ...

Woman's body found near Suwanee motel

SUWANEE - Investigators have ruled the death of a woman found dead at a Suwanee motel parking lot Monday afternoon a homicide - the first for the city in 42 years.

Berkmar overcomes sluggish first half to beat Parkview

LILBURN - For the first half of Tuesday's game against Parkview, the Berkmar girls still showed the lingering affects of their disappointing loss to Brookwood on Friday.

Gladiators fall to defending champ Alaska in OT

DULUTH - The Alaska Aces defeated the Gwinnett Gladiators 5-4 in overtime and the hometown fans once again filed out in silence.

prep roundup: Peachtree Ridge's Blackwell pours in 29 points in win

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge's Amber Blackwell scored 29 points as the Lions knocked off Forsyth Central 58-52 on Tuesday. Blackwell was also honored in front of the home crowd after surpassing the 1,000-point mark earlier this season.

Friend denies he gave $4,000 to Coke trade secrets suspect

ATLANTA - A friend of the woman charged with conspiring to steal Coca-Cola trade secrets denied Tuesday that he gave the defendant $4,000, contradicting her testimony that money she deposited two weeks before her arrest came from him rather than payment for the scheme.

Letters to the Editor

Vietnam's problems caused by U.S. action

I don't understand why you give so much space to Cal Thomas.

In Tuesday's column ("If protesters got their way, consequences would be deadly," Jan. 30, Perspective) he once again gets his facts completely mixed up.

Vietnam is doing just fine today. The cause for the millions of deaths in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the war is much more easily explained as a function of American intervention.

- Tom Turner

Duluth Clinton wouldn't put nation before herself

The main priority of the president is to protect the United States and its citizens. President Bush understands that.

Hillary Clinton also knows it full well, yet contends that it will be "the height of irresponsibility" if the war on terror spills into the next presidency (which she obviously expects to win).

I thought I had suffered through the height of irresponsibility during her husband's term, when he was too "busy" with Monica Lewinsky to take out Osama bin Laden, despite having multiple opportunities to do so.

Clinton voted to use military force in Iraq but condemns every move Bush employs to support her vote. When pressed to defend her vote, she skirts the issue and jokes about her ability to deal with "evil and bad men." (Most people assume she was speaking of her husband). Very funny. Ha-ha.

There are evil and bad men out there who would love to destroy America. We need presidents with the backbone to deal with that reality, not someone who just wants a comfy position with power.

CIDs agree: Big need for road funds

DULUTH - An alliance of local community improvement districts reiterated the importance of increased transportation funding Tuesday.

Thrashers top Devils in shootout

ATLANTA - Marian Hossa delivered the decisive goal in a shootout as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.

No run of the Mill win

One week before a monumental showdown with the nation's No. 1 team, the Mill Creek girls showed on Tuesday night why they have to be considered among the state's elite.

Champion horse's spirit captured our attention

"He's a horse - one of our patients - but he's Barbaro, and he won the Derby ... and I need to make sure he makes it through the night."

Student faces charges after bow found

HOSCHTON - A Mill Creek High School student was arrested Jan. 24 after a parking security employee spotted a compound bow in the student's vehicle, school system officials said.

400-room hotel, other expansions in the works for Gwinnett Center

DULUTH - Four years after the building of an arena and ballroom transformed the Gwinnett Center, officials are considering the next upgrade, which could include a luxury hotel.

A four-star future?

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Athletics

Feb. 17: The Brookwood community plans to honor longtime Bronco athletic director and head football coach Dave Hunter with a celebration dinner on Feb. 17. All friends, colleagues and former players of Hunter are invited to attend the event, which will be at the Gwinnett Marriott on Pleasant Hill Road. For more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner, go www.brookwoodbroncos.org or contact Marc Cain at mcainbia@bbia.net.

Dems should worry about wooing white men

If you believe the story in Atlanta's rapidly deteriorating major daily, then the Georgia Democratic Committee elected former state Rep. Jane Kidd as chairwoman last weekend mainly to attract female voters to the Democratic Party.

That far-fetched idea must have been meant as a joke. Sure, some women have abandoned the Democrats. But losing a relative handful of female votes in the governor's election is hardly the donkeys' No. 1 problem.

Making it OK for white Georgia men to say they vote Democratic is by far the most difficult and important task facing the new chair.

Cagle school improvement package clears Senate committee

ATLANTA - The Senate Education Committee Tuesday approved Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's prescription for school improvement in Georgia, but not without opposition from Democrats and concerns from teacher groups.

Voting 4-3 along party lines, the panel sent to the full Senate legislation that would allow entire public school systems to seek charter status from the state. The nearly 70 charter schools now operating in Georgia had to apply individually for the designation.

The committee then voted 5-2 in favor of a bill aimed at increasing the number of "career academies" across the state.

Cagle, a Republican, is seeking $1 million in next year's budget to launch an additional five career academies, a form of charter school that works in partnership with local technical colleges.

The state Department of Education gives charter schools greater flexibility to manage their own affairs than traditional public schools enjoy, most significantly a waiver of state and federal regulations.

In return, the schools enter into contracts with the state in which they agree to meet certain performance standards. They can lose their charters if they fail to hold up their end of the agreement.

"This is about local control of schools in the true sense of the word," said Sen. Dan Weber, R-Dunwoody, the committee's chairman, who introduced both bills on Cagle's behalf.

Supporters who addressed the committee on Tuesday said students in charter schools outperform students in traditional public schools.

David Jernigan, principal of KIPP WAYS Academy, a charter middle school in Atlanta, said its first class of students several years ago raised their scores on a national basic skills test by 39 percent in language arts, 29 percent in reading and 41 percent in math, all in one year.

He said the school is all black, and 87 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

"We are closing the achievement gap that is being talked about all over our state," he said.

Under the bill, school districts interested in becoming charter systems would apply to a nine-member advisory committee appointed by the state Board of Education, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the Georgia House.

The committee would make recommendations to the board, which would have the final say.

Charter systems would be governed by councils made up of principals, teachers and parents. The councils would have control over curriculum, food, transportation and allocation of resources.

"It's based on one size does not fit all," Weber said. "Unique needs of students are best met if those closest to them are empowered to make decisions."

But Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, who voted against both bills, said he's not sure where that would leave local school boards.

"An individual charter school is one thing," he said. "But for the school board to delegate its authority to a school council, I'd like to see if that's constitutional."

Fort and representatives of teacher groups also argued waiving of government mandates would leave teachers in charter schools without job protections that are extended to teachers in other public schools, including salary scales, performance evaluations and fair-dismissal rights.

"There should be a 'good-cause' clause if you're going to terminate a teacher," said Jody Grogan of the Georgia Association of Educators.

Angela Palm of the Georgia School Boards Association said her organization supports the bills in concept. But she warned of nuances that lawmakers and educators will have to work through, including the likelihood that charter school systems will need more money than traditional schools.

"This is uncharted territory," she said. "It doesn't mean we shouldn't go there. It means we're going to have to feel our way through."

Aces high

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

SALTER, ROY

Roy M. Salter, age 57, of Auburn, GA, died Monday, January 29, 2007 after an extended illness. Mr. Salter has been cremated and a Family Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

AUSTELL

MARTIN, MICHAEL

Michael Wayne Martin, Jr., age 36 of Austell, GA, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

BETHLEHEM

TREADWELL, ANNIE

Annie Lou Treadwell, age 87, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away January 29, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

BUFORD

ARIAS, LEONARDA

Leonarda Arias, age 56 of Buford, GA, died Saturday, January 27, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

CONYERS

SALYER, DOROTHY

Dorothy Salyer, age 96, of Conyers, GA, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2007. She is survived by her Daughter, Dorothy Worthey of Conyers, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-law, Norma and John Darby of Stockbridge, GA and Margaret and Lee Bates of Conyers, GA; Son and Daughter-in-law, George and Angeles Clamp of Snellville, GA and D.L. Poteat of Pelham, GA; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, several nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carson Salyer. She retired from Emory Hospital as a nursing assistant after many years and was a member of the Water Oak Baptist Church in Milstead, GA. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Wages Snellville Chapel. Brother Everette Leavell and Rev. Leon Brownlee will officiate. Burial will be in the Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

DULUTH

HIGBE, LUCIELLE

Lucielle Higbe, age 86, of Duluth, died January 30, 2007. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

GRAYSON

GRIMES, MARTHA

Martha S. Grimes, age 66, of Grayson, Georgia, died Monday, January 29, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., 3705 Hwy. 78 W., Snellville, Georgia 30039, 770-979-3200.*

JEFFERSON

DAVIS, MARY

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Parr Davis, age 73, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Tuesday January 30, 2007 following an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LOGANVILLE

ROACH, JANE

Agnes Jane Holland Roach, age 82 of Loganville, Georgia passed away on Monday, January 29, 2007. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Lonnie Lee Roach. Jane and Lee were originally from Mullens, West Virginia. They were married on October 15, 1947. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janie and James Lineberger; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Mandy and Richard Seigler, Beth and Klint Segars; great grandchildren, Tyler and Tommy Seigler, Hayley, Kinsey, and Blake Segars; niece, Kate Holland and her husband, John Martin; nieces and nephews, Jeannie, David, Brenda, Debbie, Martha, Teresa, Terry, Michael, Robyn, Tammy and Lisa and all of their families. Jane was preceded in death by her great grandson, Tag Seigler, parents, Frank Holland and Rita Teree Beane Holland and her brother, Frank Holland, Jr. Jane was a proud mother and wife. She spent her life taking care of her family and enjoyed that. She also helped Lee with both Lee Laboratories in Grayson, Georgia and Roach Laboratories in Loganville, Georgia. She was a long time member of Grayson UMC. Jane loved her family, reading, traveling, shopping, gardening, cooking and chatting with her friends. Her life was greatly enriched by the care giving of Peggy, Tonia, Vanessa, Cherry and others. A celebration of Jane's life will be held Friday, February 2, at 2 pm at Grayson United Methodist Church with Dr. Phil Schroeder officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the funeral home. In memory of Jane, memorial donations may be made to Grayson UMC, PO Box 361, Grayson, Georgia 30017. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

SNELLVILLE

BAKER, GLENDA

Glenda Baker, age 65 of Snellville, died Saturday, January 27, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

In brief

Daughter honors Coretta King

with scholarship

•ATLANTA - Coretta Scott King's youngest child announced a scholarship in her honor on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the death of the civil rights matriarch.

Parents talk Internet safety at Hull Middle

DULUTH - About a week after David Richardson's daughter graduated Mill Creek High School, she moved away from home to live with a person she had met online.

LSU-Georgia: A growing rivalry between SEC elites

Two strong teams from the same conference, both led by dominant inside players, thrilling crowds with close games whenever they meet - there isn't a much better recipe for a rivalry than that.

Corrections

In a Jan. 26 story about changes in the county's fire code, the title of an executive cabinet member of the Gwinnett County Council of PTAs was incorrect. Donna Cook is the secretary of the organization.

Schools, county work toward arts center deal

WINDER - Barrow County commissioners and Board of Education members met Tuesday afternoon to discuss a first draft of an agreement to build a cultural arts and convention center at Ga. Highway 316 and

Ga. Highway 53.

The two entities have a combined $4.5 million in sales tax money to spend. But $4.5 million doesn't buy what it used to, so County Commission Chairman Doug Garrison is looking for an additional $6 million.

Police reports

Thief raids concession stand

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Rhodes Jordan Park foreman told police Thursday someone stole nearly $1,600 worth of baseball equipment and food from a park concession stand at 100 E. Crogan St.

Gators focused, unbeaten in SEC

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Billy Donovan spent the better part of the preseason telling his players how every opponent would give their best effort against the defending national champions.

Lawmakers aiming to safeguard 'bioprivacy'

ATLANTA - The House soon will take up a bill aimed at protecting Georgians from invasive electronic snooping made possible by technological innovation, the head of a legislative study committee said Tuesday.

"Georgians want to be forward looking with technology,'' said Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, chairman of the House Biological Privacy Study Committee. "But they want to make sure that basic privacy rights are protected.''

The study committee was formed to examine the impacts emerging technologies such as retinal scans, DNA profiling and radio frequency identification - the implanting of personal data into ID cards that can be downloaded from a remote location - could have on individuals' right to privacy.

Setzler presented the panel's findings on Tuesday, outlining legislation he plans to introduce later this week setting limits on "biometric'' information government agencies, schools or private businesses could obtain from employees, students, customers or criminal defendants.

The bill would allow businesses to fingerprint workers if it is related to their work duties. For example, a bank could require fingerprints for employees to access its vault, Setzler said.

But schools would not be allowed to require fingerprinting of students, nor would retail businesses be permitted to require customers to be fingerprinted to enter their stores or complete a sales transaction.

The bill also would prohibit the tracking of individuals through "remotely readable'' microchips implanted into ID cards.

"That is a profound violation of individual privacy,'' Setzler said.

Setzler said the bill would not seek to widen the permissible use of DNA profiling in crime fighting. Current law already allows authorities to take DNA samples from convicted felons and - with a warrant - from criminal suspects.

"Our biggest concern is if they change it to allow the taking of DNA prior to a conviction,'' said Sara Totonchi, public policy director for the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights. "(But) that's not even on the table.''

The legislation also will include a provision requiring collectors of biometric information to give written disclosures to those whose data they have on file. Personal information could only be used for specific purposes.

To prevent identity theft, third parties that seek personal information on individuals from a data collector would have to get the person's permission. Felony violators could receive up to three years in prison and be fined up to $5,000.

Maggie Garrett, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said her organization is excited about the bill.

"We think it's important to protect people's privacy."