Originally created 11/15/02

Across Georgia



Warner Robins OKs sale of tech center

WARNER ROBINS - The Warner Robins Development Authority has approved the sale of its Advanced Technology Development Center for $2.5 million to the Georgia Board of Regents, clearing the way for Fort Valley State University to establish a Warner Robins campus.

The Georgia General Assembly approved the funding this year. Fort Valley, which has its main campus 17 miles west of Warner Robins, will acquire the building, and classes will start in fall 2003.

Toddler is injured in drive-by shooting

DECATUR - A 3-year-old girl was hit during a drive-by shooting at her DeKalb County home and was listed in critical condition Thursday.

DeKalb County police said the child, who was not identified, was shot in the abdomen Wednesday night as she was standing in the living room of her home with several other people.

Several shots were fired, one going through the window and striking her.

No arrests have been made.

Emory president announces he'll retire

ATLANTA - Emory University President William Chace will retire at the end of the academic year, the school announced Thursday.

Mr. Chace will retire after nine years as president at Emory. He said he plans to take a break and then return to Emory to teach.

Emory Board Chairman Ben Johnson III credited Mr. Chace for more than doubling research funding during his tenure and for $1 billion in new construction since he took the helm in 1994. A school statement said a search committee would be assembled in the next few weeks.

Henry County teacher is indicted in theft

McDONOUGH - A Henry County teacher was indicted Wednesday on charges that he took nearly $35,000 from the county affiliate of the Georgia Association of Educators.

Jerome Amis is accused of taking the money from the union treasury over a three-year period while he was the affiliate's president. Mr. Amis stepped down from the position about two weeks ago.

Mr. Amis, a social studies teacher at Henry County High School, has been a member of the McDonough City Council since 1986.

Officials said it was too soon to say whether he will continue teaching.