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Officials will consider 'fuel fee' for speeders


HOLLY SPRINGS --- Speeders in a Cherokee County town might soon be charged a "fuel fee" when pulled over for a ticket.

On Monday, the Holly Springs City Council will consider letting its police department charge a $12 fee to counter a budget deficit sparked by rising fuel prices. City Manager Robert Rokovitz says patrol car use has burned through more than half of the $38,050 budgeted this year for gas.

At that rate, the coffers will be empty by late November -- before the budget year ends.

Missing swimmer's body is discovered

NORCROSS --- Gwinnett County authorities say the body of a man who was reported missing after he went swimming in the Chattahoochee River has been recovered.

Officials said friends reported the man missing Friday afternoon. They said he had entered the river from Jones Bridge Park in Norcross. Authorities identified the man Saturday as Edwin Paute-Fernandez, 28, of Doraville.

Patriotism museum gets new location

ATLANTA --- The National Museum of Patriotism, which closed its original location in October, will reopen in the fall at a more pedestrian-friendly site in downtown Atlanta.

Its new location will be the ground floor of the Hilton Garden Inn across from the Georgia Aquarium.