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Body Discovered in Lake Lanier

LAKE LANIER, GA -- Hall County officials discovered a body in Lake Lanier at Bells Mill Bridge on 129 North late Tuesday morning.

When they arrived, deputies found the body of a white male floating in the lake.

The body has been tentatively identified as a 45-year-old man who had been reported missing since Saturday by a roommate. The man had left his Gainesville home and was reported to be suffering from depression.

The victim's name is not being released yet, pending notification of next of kin.

At this time, foul play is not suspected.

The incident remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

White Co. Looks to Rebound From Gainesville Loss

 

CLEVELAND, GA -- White County suffered a tough loss to Gainesville last week, but the Warriors' head coach Gregg Segraves is looking to bounce back in this Friday's non-sub-region game at West Hall.

A win over 2-0 West Hall would be a great way to get back on the winning track, but Segraves knows the playoff implications of this game are negligible. "It's not a sub-region game, so it won't have much bearing [on the season] to tell the truth, but it'll play into a tie breaker and stuff like that," the coach said.

Court OKs Hospital Plan for South Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- The developers of a new hospital in south Hall County can begin construction on the facility after Georgia's top court refused to hear an appeal from a rival hospital.

The Georgia Department of Community Health approved the plan in 2007. Barrow Regional Medical Center appealed the approval twice before the Barrow County Superior Court ruled in its favor. The Barrow center argued the new hospital's location would jeopardize its facility.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they'll have to consider economic conditions and other factors before they proceed.

An attorney representing the Barrow center says officials there are disappointed but that the growth of their facility gives them
confidence in the future.

Gainesville School Board to Adopt Slight Tax Cut

Gainesville, GA-- The Gainesville School Board voted Tuesday to decrease the property tax by lowering the millage rate for 2011 from 7.39 to 7.41. The .02 decrease is equivalent to a $2 savings on a $100k house.

State laws require that the proposed millage changes be advertised for 14 days before voting on final approval.  The final vote is scheduled for October 4th.

 

GA Supreme Court OKs Building of New Hospital in Hall County

Gainesville, GA--  (AP) The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center's plan to build a hospital in south Hall County.

The court gave its approval on Tuesday for the facility planned for Braselton.

The Georgia Department of Community Health approved the plan in 2007. Barrow Regional Medical Center appealed the approval twice before the Barrow County Superior Court ruled in its favor. The Barrow center argued the new hospital's location would jeopardize its facility.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they'll have to consider econonic conditions and other factors before they proceed.

An attorney representing the Barrow center says officials there are disappointed but that the growth of their facility gives them confidence in the future.