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E-mails show CDC received little help from TB patient's family

AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA - Health officials trying to stop a globetrotting honeymooner with a dangerous form of tuberculosis got little assistance from his lawyer father and his future father-in-law, a TB expert who not only balked at stopping the Greek wedding but went to the ceremony himself, according to e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.

Hospital system kicks off construction of tower

melissa.wilson@gwinettdailypost.com

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the Gwinnett Hospital System, standing on a stage beneath a towering crane, christened a large piece of equipment that will be an integral tool in the expansion of the Gwinnett Medical Center.

Tuesday's "Crane Christening" was the ceremonial start to the expansion of the Lawrenceville medical center, which will add a 155-bed, five-story tower to the existing hospital, plus a number of renovations and technological upgrades.

The expansion is part of the hospital's Project Path (Planning, Advancing and Transforming health care), an initiative planning the medical center's next five years.

"Gwinnett Medical Center has an incredible vision for the future and that vision will transform health care," said hospital CEO and President Phil Wolfe of the changes to come.

The patient tower that currently houses 175 beds was constructed in 1984, and Wolfe and others with the hospital said it's time for a change and the ability to serve the growing county's population.

"Ensuring the quality of a growing population is a must," said Dr. Miles Mason, president of the Gwinnett Hospital System medical staff. "We've had over 100 percent occupancy in the past 18 months. We've had too few beds, but relief is in sight."

Sports briefs

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Norman earns All-American Division II honors

• Duluth grad Mason Norman earned NCAA Division II All-American honors with two relays this past season as a freshman at Wingate University.

Regents schedule testing earlier

ATLANTA - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will be tested on their reading and writing skills earlier under a new policy adopted Tuesday by the university system Board of Regents.

Snellville officials forced to rezone land under court order

SNELLVILLE - Snellville City Council members Monday voted to rezone 40.3 acres on Rockdale Circle. The two parcels - 1689 and 1725 Rockdale Circle - were already zoned for residential use, but Monday night's vote provided for higher density on the properties.

According to a judge's ruling, the way the 40-plus acres was previously zoned was unconstitutional.

This issue has been in litigation for months, following denial of a rezoning request by developer D.A. "Tony" Prather. Prather had asked the council for Planned Residential-Conservation zoning to build 143 homes on the land. The council denied Prather's request, citing the impact on traffic and area schools among the reasons.

Attorney Laurel Henderson, who represented the city during the trial, told Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and council members Monday night that they must, under court order, rezone the 40-plus acres. Henderson said if Prather was satisfied with the rezoning, the case would be closed. If Prather did not agree with the new zoning classification, the case would continue in litigation.

Henderson said she and city staff had come up with a resolution that was fair for all parties concerned. The entire parcel would be rezoned RS-150 (residential, 15,000 square foot lots), but that Prather could cut the lot size to a minimum of 7,500 square feet to accommodate 100 houses on the property. City staff also recommended some conditions on this rezoning, including architectural guidelines.

Ailing Lefty tries to find straight, narrow at Oakmont

AP Golf Writer

OAKMONT, Pa. - Phil Mickelson looked more like a bowler than a three-time major champion, adjusting the black brace on his left wrist as he stared down the first fairway, an alley lined not by gutters but the gnarly, ankle-deep rough of Oakmont Country Club.

102-year-old home relocates away from Dacula intersection

DACULA - Teresa Cantrell remembers celebrating Christmas in this house, and the smell of Juicy Fruit gum in her grandfather's desk.

In Brief

Movie theater cleared out

after robbery attempt, beating

•KENNESAW - A police SWAT team and canine officers were called to a movie theater after an armored car driver was beaten during a robbery attempt.

Barrow County to upgrade sewer pump infrastructureNew restrictions to limit watering to one day per week

WINDER - Barrow County and Statham will work together to build a sewer pump station and infrastructure.

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to enter an intergovernmental agreement that they say will protect the county's streams and creeks.

The sewer force main project will provide infrastructure to extend sewer into the Bear Creek basin, thereby protecting Bear Creek, District 1 Commissioner Jerry Lampp said. The pump station will be located in his district.

"I am glad for it," Lampp said. "We can get more people out in the county on sewer and that will protect the Bear Creek Reservoir from septic tanks. If people are on sewer, pollution is less likely to get in the streams."

Rain pushes back finish of Atlanta Open

DULUTH - Pat Day didn't want to hear it.

Earnhardt to address future

AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to win championships, and there's no better place to do that than at Hendrick Motorsports.

Moving history

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 14 -16: The Greater Gwinnett Baseball League will take on the Lanier Baseball League in the Chattahoochee River Brawl Tournament at Bunten Road Park and Mountain Park. Age groups include 9-and-under through 14-and-under and inlcude at least three games. For more information, call 678-957-0885 ext. 221.

Letters to the Editor

Low water? Try slowing growth

It seems to me that someone should inform our Gwinnett commissioners about the water shortage our county is facing. While most county residents are concerned about restrictions and following watering guidelines, our commissioners continue to approve building as rapidly as the water is disappearing.

Is there not one commissioner in Gwinnett that will rise above greed to help its residents?

- Janet Russell

Dacula Actions speak louder than words

While Cal Thomas' simplistic and self-serving logic continues to amaze me, I have to agree with some of his comments regarding faith and politics ("What's faith got to do with being president?", June 7, Perspective).

It's time, however, to make a distinction between faith, religion and spirituality. Believers and non-believers have faith (in their positions), religion relates to specific organizations and spirituality is dependent on the deepest sense of what it means to relate to one's transcendent self.

Thomas is right - "this God-talk by politicians is irrelevant." What is relevant is how a person's life responds to his and her deepest sense of goodness.

No amount of inane questions by reporters will ever tell us what drives these candidates to lead from their spiritual centers. Voters must decide from their own centers and not from the hype of politicians, reporters and pundits.

- Bob Berlon

Buford 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.

Vick investigation shines light on brutal underground sport of dogfighting

Through all attempts to cover his tracks - secretive lingo, coded Internet chatter, a move from Pennsylvania to Texas - Thomas Weigner was intently pursued by a vigilant group of animal-loving sleuths.

Buford Business Alliance holds open house

BUFORD - Buford has always been a good place for business, town historian Hansel Grady Morgan said at a meeting of the Buford Business Alliance on Tuesday night.

Politics hasten Pace's departure

Gen. Peter Pace - the first Marine Corps officer to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - is being precipitously let go.

Reaping the benefits

Warrants issued in pot case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Warrants have been issued for the arrests of two people believed to be connected with the operation of a marijuana grow house.

Adrian Miguel Revuelta, 31, of Lawrenceville, and Gemma Suarez, 56, of Lawrenceville, are wanted for having in their possession items necessary for the manufacturing of marijuana, according to warrants for their arrest.

Saxby's troubles mirror Cleland's

Wherever he is, Max Cleland must be smiling. Sen. Saxby Chambliss appears in trouble. Many of Chambliss' grass-roots constituents are mad at him; his corporate patrons are less than thrilled at his performance in Washington, and he faces re-election next year.

Chambliss has many of the same headaches Cleland suffered nearly six years ago - problems that allowed Chambliss to wrest one of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats from Cleland after only one term.

Stocks resume drop as 10-year yield hits 5.27 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street plunged Tuesday as investors, driving the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 130 points, grappled with a seemingly relentless rise in bond yields.

Police Reports

Man arrested

at golf tournament

•DULUTH - A Suwanee man was arrested last month after getting into a fight with a security guard at the AT&T golf tournament.

MARTA's new pass to cost $5 after June

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the next few weeks, passes that will keep travelers from having to pay twice when they ride MARTA will be available free of charge.

Teams like North, Duluth can benefit greatly from passing league

DULUTH - It makes perfect sense really.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

BROUGHTON,

MICHELE

Michele Marie Stephine Broughton, age 41 of Atlanta, GA, passed away June 5, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, June 14, 2007 at the Church of Christ at Snellville, 3005 Lenora Church Road, Snellville, GA. Rev. Harold Savage will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville, GA. Michele was our life of the party and we'll forever remember and miss her animated enthusiasm. Her love of the beach and a tropical cruise was well known - her loyalty unparalleled - her love for her children unquestionable! She's going to a better place and as she leaves us with heavy hearts we can almost see her turn, smile and only as Michele can do - say with a giggle..."Love Ya, Mean it, Miss Me!" And we know it, believe it, feel it! Michele is survived by her Daughters: Brittany Broughton, Valdosta, GA & Becki Broughton, Atlanta, GA; Parents: Leon & Shirley Carey, Emerado, ND; Sisters: Renee Lott, Denver, CO, Monique Bonanno, Georgetown, PA, Cheryl Lynn Arnal, Grand Forks, ND; Grandmother: Pearl Tymofichuk, Winnipeg, MB Canada. The Family will receive friends from 2 - 4 & 6 - 9 PM Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

ROBERTS, MARY

Mary Margaret Hoffer Trammell Roberts, 84, of Atlanta, took her trip to Glory early Monday morning, June 11, 2007, where she was reunited with her children, other loved ones and came home to her Lord Jesus. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

BUFORD

GENTRY, EMMA

Mrs. Emma Ruth Reaves Gentry, age 73, of Buford, GA, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Burl Gentry and son, Larry Gentry. She is survived by her: Daughters: Carolyn Diane George, Flowery Branch, GA, Debbie Gail Berry, Hampton, GA; Sons: Eddie Gentry, Buford, GA, Johnny Gentry, Newnan, GA; Twelve Grandchildren; Several Great Grandchildren; Sisters: Barbara Reaves Myers, McDonough, GA, Patricia Porter, Gainesville, GA, Joyce Reaves Fuller, Munford, AL; Brother: Jimmie Reaves, Hazel Green, AL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Gentry was born September 28, 1934 in Randolph County, AL. She was a retired real estate agent with Metro Brokers. She was of the Baptist Faith. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park, Jonesboro, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DULUTH

WEST, LILLIAN

Lillian H. West, 63, of Duluth, died June 12, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

JEFFERSON

COCHRAN, IRMA

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Irma Timms Cochran, age 89, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Services by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

CARLAN, ROY

Roy James Carlan, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 11, 2007. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Mary Lou Carlan; Mr. Carlan is survived by his daughters, Kathy Van and Tammy Towler both of Lawrenceville, GA; Son, Danny Carlan of Winder, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law, Steve and Susan Carlan of Winder, GA; Brother and Sister-in-Law, ODell and Sylvia Carlan of Lawrenceville, GA; Brother, Preston Carlan of Homer, GA. Grandchildren, Randy McDaniel of Winder, GA, Lee McDaniel of Lawrenceville, GA, Amanda Weeks of Winder, GA, Nicole Carlan of Winder, GA, Matthew "John Boy" Towler of Lawrenceville, GA, and Katie Towler of Lawrenceville, GA; Great Grandchildren, Jordan McDaniel of Monroe, GA; and Special Friend and Relative, Mary Louise Morgan. Mr. Carlan loved his family dearly and worked hard to provide for them. He held his grandchildren close to his heart and had a special love just for them. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, June 14, 2007, at 2:00 at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Minister Harold Savage officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 13, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770/963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

LEWIS, MATTHEW

Matthew Lewis, age 21, of Lawrenceville, died June 11, 2007. Memorial Service arrangements to be announced. Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

LILBURN

BRYSON, JESSIE

Jessie Evelyn Bryson, age 86, of Lilburn, died Sunday, June 10, 2007. The funeral will be at 2 PM Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. Interment will follow in the Lilburn First Baptist Church Cemetery. A native of Gwinnett County, Ms. Bryson was a lifelong resident of Lilburn and was retired from Rich's Department Store after 40 years of service. She was a member of Lilburn First Baptist Church. Survivors include her sister, Beatrice Nash of Cumminig; nieces, Donna Ivey Smith of Hoschton, Melba Ivey Piedrahita of Braselton, Gayle Nash Kemp of Cumming, and Helen Bryson of Lilburn; nephew, Tom Bryson of Lilburn; several other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

LOGANVILLE

MCCART, LUNA

Luna Mae McCart, age 90 of Loganville, died Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

SNELLVILLE

STOWERS, MARY

Mary Ann (Nana) Stowers, age 79, of Snellville, GA, entered into rest on June 11, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 3705 Hwy. 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com is in charge of arrangements.*

SUGAR HILL

REID, LUCILLE

Mrs. Lucille Heard Reid, age 81, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Howard C. Reid. She is survived by her: Son and Daughter-in-Law: Keith and Myra Reid, Sugar Hill, GA; Grandchildren: Kristi and Travis Titshaw, Winder, GA, Brooke Reid, Sugar Hill, GA, Jared Reid, Sugar Hill, GA; Great Grandchildren: Seneca Titshaw, Sydney Titshaw; Brother and Sister-in-Law: Jack and Wanda Heard, Suwanee, GA; Sister: Barbara Starling, Smyrna, GA; Brother-in-Law: Cecil Reid, Marietta, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Reid was born August 27, 1925 in Fulton County, GA. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist Faith. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

WINDER

BAILEY, JAMES

James "Dean" Bailey, age 82, of Winder, passed away June 10, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

James Bailey

James “Dean” Bailey, age 82, of Winder, passed away June 10, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Lillian West

Lillian H. West, 63, of Duluth, died June 12, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Mary Stowers

Mary Ann (Nana) Stowers, age 79, of Snellville, GA, entered into rest on June 11, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 3705 Hwy. 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039, 770-979-3200 ...

Lucille Reid

Mrs. Lucille Heard Reid, age 81, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Howard C. Reid. She ...

Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis, age 21, of Lawrenceville, died June 11, 2007. Memorial Service arrangements to be announced. Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Mary Roberts

Mary Margaret Hoffer Trammell Roberts, 84, of Atlanta, took her trip to Glory early Monday morning, June 11, 2007, where she was reunited with her children, other loved ones and ...

Emma Gentry

Mrs. Emma Ruth Reaves Gentry, age 73, of Buford, GA, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Burl Gentry and son ...

Roy Carlan

Roy James Carlan, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 11, 2007. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Mary Lou Carlan; Mr. Carlan is survived by his daughters ...

Michele Broughton

Michele Marie Stephine Broughton, age 41 of Atlanta, GA, passed away June 5, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, June 14, 2007 at the Church of Christ ...

Jessie Bryson

Jessie Evelyn Bryson, age 86, of Lilburn, died Sunday, June 10, 2007. The funeral will be at 2 PM Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker ...

Irma Cochran

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Irma Timms Cochran, age 89, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Services by Evans Funeral Home ...