Originally created 12/06/01

Across Georgia



McKinney complaint goes to hearing officer

ATLANTA -Complaints that U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and her father, state Rep. Billy McKinney, engaged in improper campaigning at a voting precinct last year were referred to a state hearing officer Wednesday by the State Election Board.

A DeKalb County voter complained that during a visit to a precinct that had been plagued with long lines, Ms. McKinney exhorted voters to remain in line to cast ballots and told them she needed their votes, according to the complaint.

Candidates are prohibited from campaigning in or within 150 feet of a polling place.

Clergy shows support for jailed ex-sheriff

DECATUR -A group of ministers staged a prayer rally Wednesday for former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, saying the media already has convicted him for the killing of the man who beat him in an election last year.

The Concerned Black Clergy said the rally, which drew about 75 supporters to the DeKalb County Jail, was meant to show that many people are worried that Mr. Dorsey, who has been denied bail, won't be treated fairly.

MARTA plays family in death settlement

ATLANTA -The family of a father and son killed by a train while repairing the ceiling of a MARTA station received $10.5 million in a settlement with the authority.

Spokeswoman Steen Miles said Tuesday it was in the best interest for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority to settle.

University receives $1 million grant

STATESBORO -An Atlanta foundation established by Robert Goizueta, the late CEO of The Coca-Cola Co., has donated a $1 million grant to Georgia Southern University.

The grant, announced Wednesday by Georgia Southern, will endow a chair for an eminent scholar in the College of Education and scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students.

The Cuban-born Mr. Goizueta became chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1981, a position he held until his death in 1997.