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Isakson hospitalized again after checkup


ATLANTA --- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was back in the hospital Tuesday after doctors found an irregular heartbeat, but his spokeswoman said the Republican does not plan to let his illness delay his re-election campaign.

Isakson, 65, was admitted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on Monday night after doctors found the problem during a routine appointment to check his recovery from a bacterial infection.

Spokeswoman Joan Kirchner said doctors also found a blood clot in Isakson's calf that developed because he had been sedentary for the past week while recovering from the infection.

Dr. Steven Marlowe, who treated Isakson last week, said he decided to refer the senator to his cardiologist during a checkup Monday, but that there was no cause for alarm.

Senate takes stance against cap-and-trade

ATLANTA --- The state Senate voted along party lines Friday to approve a resolution condemning federal legislation aimed at curbing carbon emissions.

The measure's sponsor, Sen. Chip Pearson, R-Dawsonville, told his colleagues before their vote that the cap-and-trade proposal would harm Georgia's economy. By imposing a hefty tax on companies that don't reduce carbon emissions 15 percent, the federal bill would boost energy costs for average Georgia families by $1,870 in 2020 and by $6,800 in 2035, he said.

Despite opposition from Senate Democrats, no one spoke in opposition. Part of the reason could be that the vote doesn't have the force of law.

Tybee Island excited about film's premiere

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. --- The locals on Tybee Island are getting their flip-flops and T-shirt tuxedos ready for a beach-bum-style premiere of the Miley Cyrus movie The Last Song .

Cyrus spent last summer filming the movie on the beach getaway near Savannah. The film opens tonight, and Tybee residents are throwing their own red-carpet party to celebrate the island's Hollywood debut.

Party organizer Susan Kelleher says all 500 tickets for tonight's event quickly sold out. After cocktails and barbecue on the island, partygoers will caravan to Savannah to see the movie.

Once the credits roll, another party will commence on the island. Locals appearing as extras in the film will receive awards fashioned from bowling trophies, in typical Tybee fashion.