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Hall County Correctional Officer Arrested

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by the Hall County Sheriff's Office) On Monday, November 15, the Hall County Sheriff's Office was requested to conduct a criminal investigation into the actions of a former Hall County Public Works, Corrections Officer, assigned to Resource Recovery. (Recycling Center) This request was made by Warden Avery Niles of the Hall County Correctional Institute.

The Corrections Officer, Eric Miller, age 33, of Toccoa was terminated Monday, November 15th after an internal investigation revealed that he had failed to properly supervise inmates in his custody and for other illegal activity. Miller had been assigned to supervise inmates at the Recycling Center on Chestnut Street. He had been employed with the County for three years.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation began as a result of a small bag of Marijuana being found in Millers uniform jacket last Monday.

Hall County Man sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Atlanta, GA-(AP) - A 52-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.


Prosecutors say Jerry Ray Kinman purchased child pornography from a Belarus-based website. They said they found about 14,000 images and 54 videos of child pornography on his computer after searching his home in February.

This wasn't Kinman's first brush with the law. He was convicted in 1994 in a U.S. military court on three counts of indecent acts with a child, and served about four years in prison.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.)




Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together. 

North Forsyth High DECA Taking a Stand Against Texting While Driving

Atlanta, GA--  North Forsyth High School DECA in Cumming is taking a stand against texting while driving.

DECA is an association of marketing students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe. The North Forsyth chapter is currently the third largest in the state of Georgia out of about sixty and are active in the community with causes such as autism, breast cancer, and the humane society.

This year, DECA has chosen to promote awareness against texting while 
driving. Representing the campaign are juniors Paige Tanaka and Madeline 
Portscher. The chapter has organized events such as a t-shirt day with 
statistics written on the shirts. November 15-19, they conducted a Pledge 
Week to encourage the students to not text while drive.

Hall County seeks Unity in its Recycling Initiatives

Atlanta, GA--(from Hall County Public Info Officer)  On America Recycles Day (11/15), Hall County officially kicked off a community-wide effort to save environmental and financial resources. EnviroShare is an environmental management system, a voluntary network of local governments, school systems, citizens, businesses and nonprofit organizations who work together toward common environmental goals.

“Our community has a vision of Hall County as a place where the environment is a priority. Let’s build a Hall County we can be proud of,” said Commissioner Ashley Bell, who championed the revamped EnviroShare program.

EnviroShare X-Change has been e-mail resource-sharing program for 15 years, started by Rick Foote, Natural Resources Coordinator for Hall County Government.

Deer Breaks into Hardware Store

GAINESVILLE, GA -- A deer burst through the front door of a North Georgia hardware store, running down an aisle and up the stairs into an office before escaping seconds later through a back freight door.

Ace Hardware store owner Chris DeLong said he thought someone shot through the front door with a gun when the male deer rumbled through his Gainesville store around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The deer was only in the store for about 15 seconds. It sent shards of glass flying when it stormed through the front door, then slipped on the waxed tile before bolting out a back door that employees opened.

No one was injured in the incident and DeLong said the deer only lost a part of its antlers charging through the door.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 3A Preview


Favorite: Peach County

Predicted Final Four: Peach County, Sandy Creek, Cairo, Baldwin

Easiest Draw: Peach County. Assuming the defending 3A champs win their first three playoff games, the Trojans start things out with 6-4 Stockbridge, play either 8-2 Thomson or 6-4 Worth County in Round Two, and then face either White County or Grady in the quarterfinals.

Toughest Draw: In Round One, Carrollton plays 8-2 Stephens County. In Round Two, the Trojans would have to take on either 8-2 Allatoona or 8-2 St. Pius. Then, in the quarterfinals, Carrollton would probably have to play undefeated Cairo.

Best Round One Matchups: