Originally created 09/01/02

Across Georgia



Sam's Club faces fine for mice in store

ATLANTA -The state Agriculture Department wants to fine Sam's Club $566,000 for a mouse infestation at a northeast Atlanta store.

All but $80,000 of the fine would be suspended if the warehouse club stays clean for the next five years.

Sam's Club has not agreed to the fine or the probationary period. The Agriculture Department closed the nonrefrigerated foods section of the Sam's Club after inspectors responding to customer complaints of discovering rodent-gnawed food products, mice nests and droppings behind pallets.

Ex-councilman indicted on voter fraud charges

VALDOSTA -A former Valdosta city councilman was indicted Friday on charges of voter fraud.

The Lowndes County grand jury indicted Bunnis Williams, 63, on two counts of unlawful possession of ballots, two counts of offering to buy votes, forgery in the first degree, solicitation of false swearing and violation of the absentee ballot assistance oath law. Six of the charges are felonies.

Mr. Williams lost his re-election bid in November to Willie Head.

Lynching photos attract crowds to King center

ATLANTA -A rare exhibit on lynching photos at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site Visitor Center is drawing record numbers and bringing a new audience to the rest of the site.

Since its opening in May, about 100,000 people have visited the exhibit, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. That's more than double the number who saw the exhibit during a comparable period of time at the New York Historical Society in 2000.

The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 31.

20-year-old is shot near football game

ATLANTA -High school football fans scrambled for cover Friday night as a 20-year-old man was shot down in a shopping center parking lot across the street from the Grady High School stadium.

Witnesses said the gunman fled the Promenade shopping center in a car with Telfair County plates.

The name of the victim was not released, and police did not know what led to the shooting.