News for Tuesday, January 9, 2007

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Cennie Phillips

Cennie “Azilee” Phillips, age 81, of Winder, GA, passed away January 8, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Manny Adams

Mr. Manny Adams, age 75, of Bethlehem, GA, formerly of Lilburn, died January 7, 2007. Mr. Adams retired 15 years ago with 18 years of service from Druid Hills Golf ...

Cassie Knight

Cassie “Granny” Knight, age 89 of Winder, formerly of Gwinnett County, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 3:30 PM, Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in ...

Earnest Porter

Earnest Ray Porter, age 73 of Loganville, GA, passed away on January 8, 2007. He is survived by: Sons: Tommy Porter and Robert Porter; Daughter: Gail Heath, all of Lawrenceville ...

Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton, age 64 of Buford, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Lillie Rice

Lillie Mae Beck Cavanaugh Rice, 75, died peacefully at home and surrounded by her family just two weeks before her 76th birthday on January 7, 2007. A Graveside Service was ...

Time for Democrats to show sincerity

When one is ''converted,'' people look for changes in behavior that testify to a transformation of heart and mind.

Library board approves code of conduct policy

LAWRENCEVILLE - Librarians now have it in writing - making loud noises, skateboarding and fighting are grounds of removal from the county's 14 library branches.

North announces Hall of Fame class

North Gwinnett announced on Monday the list of players and teams selected for induction into the high school's long-running athletic Hall of Fame.

Career year

Man reportedly accused of extorting Oprah Winfrey waives preliminary hearing

CHICAGO (AP) - The case against an Atlanta man reportedly accused of trying to extort $1.5 million from Oprah Winfrey is likely headed to a grand jury.

Lawmakers from Gwinnett to focus on transportation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's legislators have a short wish list from the county government. Instead, they will likely spend their time on transportation issues.

Clarification

An article in Friday's Gwinnett Daily Post about an annexation and rezoning considered by the Dacula City Council said condemnation information was not on record. In fact, the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners had voted earlier in the week to begin condemnation proceedings on the 16-acre tract in the path of the planned Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

College recruiters flock to Norcross football team

It shouldn't be surprising. After all, Norcross finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and No. 1 ranking in the state.

OBITUARIES

BETHLEHEM

ADAMS, MANNY

Mr. Manny Adams, age 75, of Bethlehem, GA, formerly of Lilburn, died January 7, 2007. Mr. Adams retired 15 years ago with 18 years of service from Druid Hills Golf and Country Club as the assistant general manager. Mr. Adams was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1931 to Aaron and Leah Holloway Adams. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Shirley Adams of Bethlehem; daughters and sons-in-law, Laura Greer and Ronnie Watts of Bethlehem and Carrie and Michael Slay of Monroe; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Ena Adams of Winnipeg, Canada and Baxter and Elsie Adams of Melton, Newfoundland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Myra and Morley Taylor, Jane and Frank Wiseman, Rowena Brown, Josephine and Bill Noseworthy, and Ina Adams, all of Newfoundland; former son-in-law, Brinkley Starr of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Brian Greer, Selena Starr and Jennifer Greer. The body was cremated and the cremains will be taken home to Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to any Humane Sociey or Pet Rescue of your choice. J. C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel, Covington.

BUFORD

DESANCTIS,

ANTHONY

Mr. Anthony Desanctis, age 90, of Buford, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, Janaury 7, 2007. 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.*

MILLER, FORREST

Mr. Forrest A. Miller, Jr., age 79, of Buford, GA, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2007. Surviving are: Wife of 53 Years: Mrs. Jean E. Miller, Buford, GA; Daughters and Son-in-Law: Linda Cook, Dacula, GA, Debbie and Clark Spratlin, Cumming, GA; Sons and Daughter-in-Law: Richard and Andrea Miller, Alpharetta, GA, Kenneth Miller, Buford, GA; Seven Grandchildren: Kristin Cook Ledford and husband, Tommy Ledford, Sean Cook, Kaitlin Cook, all of Dacula, GA, Amber Miller, Lawrenceville, GA, Samantha Spratlin, Jillian Spratlin, Alexis Spratlin, all of Cumming, GA; Former Son-in-Law: Jerry E. Cook, Jr., Buford, GA; Former Daughter-in-Law: Cheryl Miller, Lawrenceville, GA. Mr. Miller was born on March 9, 1927 in Shelbyville, KY. He retired after 25 years of service from Phillips Petroleum Company in Atlanta, GA. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a Mason and a member of the Fellowship Lodge in Tampa, FL. He was a graduate of Tampa Business College and was of the Methodist faith. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Fitzgerald officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 17 Executive Park, Suite 115, Atlanta, GA 30329-2012, or to the American Lung Association, 2452 Spring Road, Smyrna, GA 30080 in memory of Forrest A. Miller, Jr. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

CUMMING

POSEY, GRACIE

Mrs. Gracie Posey, age 94, of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2007. 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.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

MARTIN, JOAN

Joan Martin, age 52, of Flowery Branch, died Sunday, January 7, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345, www.stewartfh.com .*

MARTIN, RICHARD

Richard Martin, age 64, of Flowery Branch, formerly of Buford, died Saturday, January 6, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345, www.stewartfh.com .*

LAWRENCEVILLE

FARMER, EVA

Eva Catherine Farmer, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Sunday, January 7, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Austin L. Farmer; children, Steven Farmer, Sun City, AZ, Barbara McGee, Thornton, CO, Marie Stasul, Grayson, GA; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 10, 2007 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Burial St. Charles Cemetery, Long Island, NY. Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., 770-277-4550.

HENRY, MARGARET

Margaret P. Henry, age 88, of Lawrenceville, died January 7, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. R. Curtis Henry on April 27, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret "Jo" Cook and her husband, Ronald of Griffin, GA, Janis "Jan" Gimbert and her husband, Steve of Clarkesville, GA; brothers, Donald Parks and his wife, JoAnn of Stone Mountain, GA, Charles Parks and his wife, Betty of Atlanta, GA; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Gwinnett Hall Baptist Church. Rev. Rex Richards will officiate. Burial Westview Cemetery. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., 770-277-4550.

SHELNUTT, JUANITA

Juanita Shelnutt, age 78 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 6th, 2007 from respiratory complications. Mrs. Shelnutt was blessed and survived by her four daughters, Mrs. Nancy and Mike Warren of Gilbert, AZ, Ms. Gerita Shelnutt-Milam and Carrie King of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Kim and Dana Russell of Loganville and Mrs. Tracy and John Pump of Newnan; one sister, Mrs. Jeanette (William) Hughes of Conyers and a large loving family of nine grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband, Frank "Gerald" Shelnutt, a distinguished Army Officer and Gwinnett County Deputy Sherriff and Justice of the Peace, preceded Mrs. Shelnutt in death in 1977. Mrs. Shelnutt was born in Fitzgerald, GA, attended and studied at Berry Academy in Rome and moved to Atlanta in her early twenties where she worked as a hairdresser. Other occupations included a long, successful career in sales working for Rich's. Mrs. Shelnutt was a strong, independent woman with an unforgettable sense of humor, a love for good food, cooking, music and beautiful country drives. Mama, our hearts go with you. Our love and memory of you will live forever and ever. Through the Glory, the Mercy and the Majesty of God, we celebrate your Homecoming to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and your reunion with Daddy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel presided by Rev. Jerry Meredith with interment following at Prospect United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, GA. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

THURMOND,

PHYLLIS

Phyllis "Anita" Thurmond, age 73, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, January 7, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:30AM, Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Thompson will officiate. Burial Fairview Memorial Gardens, Stockbridge. A member of the VFW and American Legion Dance Clubs, Mrs. Thurmond was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Clayton Thurmond, brother, Jack Perry and sister, Francis Plaxico. She is survived by: Children: Phyllis D. Sargent, Duluth, Darren Clayton & Robin Thurmond, Buford; Brothers: William B. Perry, Gainesville, Charles Perry, Sanford, FL, Tommy Perry, Orlando, FL, Jeff Perry, Sanford, FL; Grandchildren: Shane L. Sargent, Victoria L. Thurmond, Tyler C. Thurmond; Cousin: Loriana Perry; Several nieces, nephews and other family members also survive. Flowers accepted or memorials to: The American Cancer Society, Gwinnett County Unit, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, Georgia 30097. Family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-9 PM, Tuesday, January 9, 2007 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

JOHNSON, ONNIE

Gwinnett County native, Onnie Johnson, age 86 of Loganville, passed from this earth to her eternal home on January 7, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:30 PM, Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Harold Thomas will officiate. Burial Green Lawn Cemetery, Roswell. A charter member of South Gwinnett Baptist Church, Mrs. Johnson was retired from Avon Cosmetics with 25 years of service and was preceded in death by her husband, Royce Johnson and son, Dean Johnson. She is survived by: Children: Ann & James Green, Loganville, Bobbie & Larry Staton, Lawrenceville; Grandchildren: Jeff & Coral Staton, Brian Johnson, Deana & Tony Keys, Todd & Lynn Murrell, Michele & Chad Wright; 8 Great Grandchildren, Several Nieces, Nephews, and other family members also survive. Flowers accepted or memorials to South Gwinnett Baptist Church Building Fund, 3400 Rosebud Road, Loganville, Georgia 30049. Family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-9 PM on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

PORTER, EARNEST

Earnest Ray Porter, age 73 of Loganville, GA, passed away on January 8, 2007. He is survived by: Sons: Tommy Porter and Robert Porter; Daughter: Gail Heath, all of Lawrenceville; Sisters & Brothers-in-Law: Evelyn Boyett, Statham, GA, Addie Peavey, Lawrenceville, GA, Mardell Whitley, Loganville, GA, Margie & Robert Holdbrook, Loganville, GA, Doris Spain, Grayson, GA, Shirley & Wesley Roebuck, Buford, GA; Brothers & Sister-in-Law: Raleigh & Louise Porter, Clarence Porter, Gene Porter, all of Loganville, GA; 4 Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews; Special Friend: Nancy Moon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Cathy Blount and Rev. Ted Dunagan officiating. Interment to follow at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Wednesday 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

NORCROSS

PINSON, KENNETH

Kenneth William Pinson, age 49, of Norcross, GA, died Friday, January 5, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

VALDOSTA

ELLISON, MARY

Mary Ellison, age 80 of Valdosta, formerly of Doraville, died Saturday, January 6, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

WINDER

CHEELEY, BOMAR

Bomar Robert Cheeley, age 83, of Winder, GA, passed away January 6, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Kozlov looks to end yearly All-Star snub

DULUTH - Despite a successful 15-year career, the NHL All-Star Game has meant just one thing to Slava Kozlov: a couple of days off in midseason.

Central's Warren takes Gilmer job

By Will Hammock

Sports Editor

will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com

What was rumored to be true for weeks became official on Monday when Central Gwinnett's Bradley Warren told his players he had resigned as head football coach to take the same position at Gilmer.

Documentaries not so boring anymore

I knew what I was getting into when I decided to see the movie "We Are Marshall."

In Brief

UPS names

new chief

operating officer

•ATLANTA - UPS Inc., the world's largest shipping carrier, named its international chief as its chief operating officer Monday.

Local briefs

Men attempt to rob jewelry store

•SNELLVILLE - Police responded to an armed robbery of a Snellville jewelry store Friday after receiving a call from the store's alarm company.

According to a police report, three black men entered Helzberg Diamonds at 1350 Scenic Highway about

8:30 p.m. demanding

diamonds and money.

Employees of the store told police three men, one armed with a gun, ordered them to get down on the floor while the men rummaged through the store for money.

The men fled the store without any money or items after the store manager was able to push a store panic button and security responded to the scene, according to the report.

Employees told police the men shattered a glass jewelry case with a hammer before leaving.

Man robbed

in apartment parking lot

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man told police he was robbed Thursday while walking through the parking lot of his Huntington Village apartment complex at 2460 Windsor Woods Lane.

According to a police report, the victim was approached from behind by two black men, one armed with a knife which he held to the victim's throat while taking his money and false gold belt buckle.

The victim told police the men took his belongings and ran to a nearby apartment.

Oil prices fall on mild weather concerns

NEW YORK - Oil prices declined Monday, extending last week's plunge as heating oil supplies go unused due to mild weather in the Northeast United States.

Prostitution case to go to grand jury

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Monday he will seek indictments against the two women charged with running a brothel from a Sugarloaf Country Club home.

Emory acquires love letters of poet Ted Hughes

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library is now home to love letters between a former British poet laureate and his mistress.

Swim Roundup: County honors swimmers, divers of month

The Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Booster Club named its swimmers and divers of the month on Monday for the month of December.

I-985 lane will be closed Wednesday in Oakwood

OAKWOOD - Two northbound lanes of I-985 at exit 16 in Oakwood will close from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday for restriping. The right lane will close first, then traffic will shift to the left lane. Drivers will use the inside shoulder as the left northbound lane. Crews will be working from the ramp at exit 16 to just south of Ga. Highway 53, said Terri Pope, Ga. DOT communications officer.

Braselton police bust Chateau Elan area burglary ring

BRASELTON - Braselton police arrested four men Thursday for a series of auto break-ins in a Chateau Elan neighborhood.

A total of 62 warrants were served against Charles Frazier, 18, Suwanee; Thomas Russell, 19, Lawrenceville; Brian Strawn, 18, Lawrenceville and Ryan Wisely, 17, Lawrenceville. The men were charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, entering an auto, motor vehicle theft, loitering and impeding an investigation.

Sugar Hill holds annexation meeting

SUGAR HILL - More than 100 property owners faced Sugar Hill's officials Monday to discuss the city's proposed legislative annexation of about 700 acres. The acreage stands in the area of Ga. Highway 20 and Suwanee Dam Road.

Property owners who do not want to be annexed into Sugar Hill might remain in the county, if omitting their property does not create a land island, Mayor Gary Pirkle told the standing-room only crowd.

Funeral held for slain kids

WINDER - About 400 to 500 people, including 15 Barrow County deputies, attended the funerals of Elexis Nicole Hill, 9, and James Ross Hill, 4, Monday.

The siblings were found stabbed to death in their Tanners Bridge Circle home Wednesday.

Temple of God Holiness Church in Winder could not hold the crowd that showed up to lay the children to rest. Attendees spilled out the doors and waited outside throughout the service delivered by Minister Rachel Hutchinson, the Rev. John Grant, Deacon Charlie Tyler and Elder Paul Grant. ShaShanda Berks and Paul Tyler sang solos. Imagine That Photos and Printing printed the funeral programs free of charge.

Wrestling Roundup: Parkview takes first at Chattahoochee Invite

The Parkview Panthers had eight individual champions and rolled to the Chattahoochee Invitational title over the weekend.

Winners for Parkview were: Chad Mitchell (119 pounds), Carson Fields (125), Ryan Galloway (130), Jesse Miller (140), Connor Dalton (171), Charles Sandusky (189), Nandor Csonka (215) and Brian Farris (275).

School board to vote on attendance boundaries

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Board of Education members will vote Thursday on redistricting that will decide the attendance boundaries of three elementary schools scheduled to open in August.

Perdue inaugural address outlines 'state of the future'

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue spoke of Georgia's future on Monday, four years after inheriting a state government struggling through a budget crisis brought on by an economic downturn.

"When I gave an inaugural speech four years ago, we didn't have the luxury of looking at the future," Perdue told an audience of nearly 5,000 gathered at downtown Atlanta's Philips Arena for his second inauguration.

"We were more focused on the more urgent needs of the present. ... Now, with our state on solid footing, we can look clearly to tomorrow and see where we want our state to be five, 10, 20 years from now."

Perdue took the oath of office as Georgia's 81st governor during a nearly 90-minute celebration long on pomp and ceremony but with less historic significance than the 2003 inauguration inside the same venue.

It was then that he became Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, following an upset victory over incumbent Democrat Roy Barnes.

However, history also was made on Monday when Perdue, after being sworn in, administered the oath to the state's first Republican lieutenant governor, Casey Cagle, and first GOP secretary of state, Karen Handel.

Perdue called Monday's 20-minute speech his "State of the Future" address.

It was short on specifics. Those will come on Wednesday, when the governor delivers his annual State of the State message to a joint session of the General Assembly and unveils his 2008 budget request.

But the governor talked in optimistic terms about his vision for Georgia in 2020, when his twin granddaughters, Sunni and Mary Kate, will be 20 years old.

"I want them to enter their 20s with an excellent education," he said. "I want those twins in 2020 to have their choices of careers."

Cagle sounded those same themes of education and economic development in his inauguration speech.

He said Georgia has the potential to lead the nation in key industries like health care, alternative fuels and biotechnology, if state government will adopt a "pro-jobs culture."

Cagle said Georgia's road to improvement in education lies in more local control of schools and school systems.

"Our educational system should be a partnership, not a dictatorship, an environment in which the state sets the standards but lets the schools, parents and administrators decide how they reach them," he said.

The lieutenant governor used Monday's speech to restate portions of the legislative agenda he outlined during last year's campaign, including expanding Georgia students' access to charter schools and career and technical training.

Perdue, on the other hand, used the occasion to express his philosophy of limited government.

"I think most of you'll agree with me that the state of Georgia and its government cannot control the weather," he said. "But state government can - and should - act as an umbrella.

"Yesterday, we all hit rainstorms and downpours, and that's what government is for. But on a sunny day like today ... government should be out of the way."

There were only a couple of reminders of last year's bitter campaigns on the stage on Monday.

Outgoing Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, was there to ceremonially turn over the state seal to Perdue. The governor, in turn, gave it to Handel for safe keeping a few minutes later.

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and his wife, Sacha, were introduced at the beginning of the ceremony. Taylor defeated Cox in a hard-fought primary race last summer only to lose to Perdue in November.

Legislators elect leaders on quiet opening day

camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com

ATLANTA - The General Assembly on Monday re-elected Georgia's first Republican House speaker in modern times and welcomed the state's first-ever GOP lieutenant governor with new powers.

Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, who was elevated to the top leadership post two years ago after Republicans took control of the House, won a second term by a solid margin, 113-66, with at least seven Democrats siding with their GOP colleagues.

The new lieutenant governor, Casey Cagle, hadn't even taken office as the Senate's presiding office on Monday morning when Senate Republicans pushed through rules changes to restore powers to the post that were taken away four years ago.

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a Democrat, had much of his clout stripped away by GOP senators at the beginning of the 2003 session.

Republicans had captured control of the Senate due to a flurry of party switching that followed the 2002 elections, and GOP leaders didn't want a Democrat dictating committee chairmanships or the flow of

legislation.

The last four years of Taylor presiding over a Republican majority made for some "awkward moments,'' said Sen. Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, who was elected unanimously on Monday to a third term as Senate president pro tempore.

"The Senate faces a new challenge,'' Johnson said, noting that 36 of the Senate's 56 members have never had a presiding officer who is the member of the majority party.

"Our brief experiment with a temporary transfer of powers has come to an end. With God's blessings and the good will of his colleagues, Casey Cagle will continue the strong tradition of Senate leadership using a firm hand, a kind heart and a clear vision. Because it is here, under this Gold Dome, that we go to work for Georgia."

Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville said the new rules will include the committee on assignments, which was created to give the majority the ability to make committee appointments. Instead, the group will act as a kind of cabinet for the lieutenant governor.

Before Monday's election of the House speaker, Richardson drew praise from Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter, R-Alpharetta, as a man of resolve.

"I've never met anybody who, when you go into a room, regardless of the circumstances, can almost immediately find a quick resolution to the problem,'' said Burkhalter, who placed Richardson's name in nomination.

After the vote, Richardson vowed to use the same four-part litmus test for proposed legislation that he used during his first term as speaker.

He said he won't support any bill that doesn't reduce the size of government, reduce the tax burden, promote personal responsibility or strengthen the role of the family.

"When problems demand action, we'll take it,'' he said. "We will, however, continue to move slowly and cautiously in adopting new laws.''

After Richardson's election, Burkhalter was chosen unanimously to return as speaker pro tempore.

The House also made a series of rules changes, including a ban on cell phone conversations on the floor while a member is speaking.

But what drew the most complaints from Democrats was Republicans' decision to keep a rules change adopted two years ago that allows the speaker to assign "hawks'' to attend committee meetings.

Hawks are non-members who can participate in a meeting either to provide a quorum or, as Democrats charge, to make sure Republican bills get enough votes to pass.

"It does away with representative government and real deliberation in committees,'' said House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin.

The rules changes prevailed 110-66.

There was also a squabble in the Senate over rules changes for the new term. The new Senate rules will allow ex-officio members to vote in committees and alter the process used to add amendments onto bills.

"I thought a couple of years ago, when we had these rules, they were bad,'' said Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta. "But I didn't know they were going to get worse.''

sports calendar

Baseball

Jan. 20: Walk up registration for Collins Hill Athletic Association baseball will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Collins Hill High School. For questions, or to register online, go to www.chaasports.com. Late registration will be Jan. 26 at an increased price.

Bush to visit Fort Benning Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is planning to reach out to U.S. Army troops at Fort Benning Thursday after giving a speech Wednesday night in which he is expected to announce a plan to send more soldiers to Iraq.