Originally created 05/16/02

Across Georgia



Expectant parents make roadside delivery

SNELLVILLE -Marc Rowell was being a good husband and father - driving his pregnant wife, Stephanie, 23 miles from their home in Good Hope to a Snellville hospital for her 37-week checkup.

Little did they know he would end up delivering tiny Brooke - not due for another three weeks - in the car on the side of the highway.

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 78, the 24-year-old second-time mom felt the undeniable pains of labor.

Pulling quickly to the side of the road, Marc Rowell, 26, raced around the car and opened the passenger side door. Then he called 911.

Five minutes later, rescue personnel arrived to find 7-pound, 1-ounce baby Brooke in the arms of her grinning father.

Three plead innocent in hate-crime beating

ATLANTA -Three defendants pleaded innocent Wednesday to beating two black men in what is being called one of Atlanta's worst hate crimes in recent history.

Assistant District Attorney Holly B. Hughes said she will seek the additional five years allowed by the hate-crime statute for Christopher Botts, 25; Ulysses Andrade, 26; and Angela Pisciotta, 19, who face 20-year sentences for six counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage to property in the April 6 attack.

Project could create downtown rafting rapids

COLUMBUS -A proposal before the city council could lead to the creation of white-water rapids in downtown Columbus by altering dams on the Chattahoochee River.

John Anderson, an architect and one of the creators of the 1996 Olympic white-water course on the Ocoee River, says that if two dams are breached or removed, a rapids suitable for rafting, kayaking and canoeing could be created.

Swamp fire's smoke drifts to Florida again

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -Fires in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp are spreading hazy skies and the smell of smoke across northern Florida, prompting some residents to call 911, thinking the fires are local.

Stuart Schwartz, a spokesman for the Gainesville Fire-Rescue Department, said Wednesday the smoke from the swamp fire has drifted over the Gainesville area several times.