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Rezoning issues to go before commission


JEFFERSON - Jackson County commissioners are set to decide on a pair of rezoning cases at a meeting scheduled tonight.

Commissioners are being asked to rezone a 94.5-acre tract of land near Pendergrass from industrial to residential. The property was the site of a contentious battle over a proposed landfill.

In 2001, commissioners denied Earth Resources Inc. a permit for a construction and demolition landfill.

The denial sparked a lawsuit, and in March 2005, a Superior Court judge ordered commissioners to issue a permit to Earth Resources.

Commissioners appealed the ruling, and the state Supreme Court later ruled that the commission did not have to issue the permit.

Bibb County wants to start its own tutoring

MACON - Bibb County school officials say they don't like the fact that only 10 percent of their pupils in failing schools take advantage of free, private tutoring available through No Child Left Behind laws.

Now, the county school system wants to offer its own tutoring service.

Hoping to increase future participation, the school system has applied to the state to be its own provider.

If approved, the system would start a tutoring service on school grounds.

Engineers surveying Tift College campus

FORSYTH - There hasn't been a lot of noticeable activity on the former Tift College campus in the 13 months since Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the Georgia Department of Corrections would be moving its state headquarters and training center there.

But that should change soon.

Corrections Commissioner James Donald said teams of engineers and architects have been surveying the 42-acre campus and its 225,000 square feet of building space for months, determining how buildings can be used, what renovations are needed and what new buildings might be needed.

Actual renovation work is scheduled to begin in September, provided the $31.9 million Mr. Perdue has allocated for the work stays in the fiscal year 2008 budget.

Civil rights leader is expected to recover

ATLANTA - Civil rights leader Jesse Hill Jr. has been released from Emory Crawford Long Hospital and is at home continuing his recuperation from appendix surgery and a heart attack.

Nancy Cooke, his daughter, said the 80-year-old former Atlanta Life Insurance Co. chief executive officer and confidant of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., returned home on Valentine's Day and is expected to make a full recovery.

- Edited from wire reports