Nuclear weapons sites manager set
NASHVILLE, TENN. — A group of contractors headed by Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin has been selected to manage nuclear weapons facilities in Tennessee and Texas.
The National Nuclear Security Administration on Tuesday announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC was selected to run the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas. The contract will also include management of the construction project to build a uranium-processing facility at Y-12.
The contract includes the option of managing the Savannah River Tritium Operations at Savannah River Site after the first year of the contract, if NNSA decides to exercise that option.
Consolidated Nuclear Security is composed of Bechtel National, Lockheed Martin Services, ATK Launch Systems Inc. and SOC LLC. The five-year contract will start May 1 and could be extended an additional five years.
Inmate is stabbed in state prison
BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — The death of an inmate at a South Carolina prison is being investigated as a homicide.
Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown says 26-year-old Jamie White was stabbed to death at Evans Correctional Institution in Bennettsville on Sunday night.
State prison officials say White was serving an 11-year sentence for armed robbery out of Dillon County. He had been at Evans since September.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death.
Rally backs repeal of health care law
COLUMBIA — Several hundred people rallied at the Statehouse on Tuesday in support of a South Carolina bill that would declare the new health care law supported by President Obama unconstitutional.
Stickers with “Nullify Obamacare” were passed out at the rally.
The bill has about a dozen sponsors and would overturn the health care law, which was upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. The proposal also would have any agent or employee of the federal government who tries to uphold the health care law be found guilty of a felony and spend up to five years in prison.
State Sen. Tom Davis, a Beaufort Republican, said the Founding Fathers would expect the people to speak out forcefully against expanding federal government.
Man facing death penalty gets life
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A man once condemned to South Carolina’s death row has been resentenced to life in prison.
A judge on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Andre Rosemond, of Lyman, to two consecutive life sentences.
Rosemond was convicted in 1996 of killing his girlfriend, 42-year-old Christine Norton, and her 10-year-old daughter, Autumn. They were each shot twice in the head in 1993.
That sentence was overturned in 2009 by the state Supreme Court. The justices ruled that Rosemond’s attorney failed to address the man’s mental health during the sentencing phase of his trial. Rosemond has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Olympics bomber plans to write book
ATLANTA — Eric Rudolph, who was convicted of bombing Centennial Park during the 1996 summer Olympics, plans to write an autobiography.
Rudolph is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to hand over suspect sketches their forensic artist drew of him during the manhunt. Since Rudolph asked through an open records inquiry, the agency has no choice but to honor the request.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead told the television station it is regrettable that the agency has to comply with Rudolph’s request. U.S. Attorney Sally Yates says although Rudolph has the right to tell his story, he has no right to profit from it.
Yates says part of Rudolph’s plea agreement included a stipulation that any book profits would be given to victims of his crimes.
Bill would put guns in principals’ hands
ATLANTA — A state lawmaker is proposing a bill to allow school systems to choose whether principals should be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
The proposal by Republican state Rep. Paul Battles from Bartow County is the latest in a series of gun-related measures the General Assembly will consider in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Battles said it makes sense to allow districts to decide whether principals should be armed since not every district has the money to hire school resource officers.
The Georgia Association of Educators has said they will lobby against the proposal. The organization’s president, Calvine Rollins, says instead of paying for school resource officers, districts would then have to pay for six-week training courses and yearly refresher sessions.
Llama had rabies; 4 people at risk
MORGANTON, GA. — State health officials say four people in northwest Georgia have been exposed to rabies from a pet llama.
Officials say a veterinarian was called to a house in Morganton on Dec. 28 because a llama was showing signs of aggression – biting at itself, biting at others and spitting at one of its caretakers.
The llama was euthanized and sent to a diagnostic lab and the Georgia Department of Health.
Officials say the caretaker the llama spat on is receiving post-exposure rabies treatment. Authorities say one person who came into contact with the animal experienced very little exposure and will not need treatment.
Officials are waiting to hear from the other two people who were exposed to the virus and say untreated rabies is almost always deadly in humans.
80-year-old dies in wrong-way crash
GAINESVILLE, GA. — An 80-year-old man has died after a wrong-way crash involving four vehicles in Gainesville.
Georgia State Patrol officials say Raymond Sanford Reed, of Gainesville, was traveling south in the northbound lanes on Interstate 985 when his Buick LeSabre hit a pickup head-on.
Authorities say the truck was rear-ended by a Honda Civic, and Reed’s car was hit again by a tractor-trailer trying to avoid the accident.
Police say four people were injured and have been released from Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Reed is at least the second elderly driver this week to die after a wrong-way crash.
On Monday, 83-year-old Virgil Hicks, of Statesboro, died after a wrong-way accident in Chatham County. His Buick Lucerne hit an SUV carrying five people from Boone, N.C., on Jan. 3.