Originally created 11/30/02

Across Georgia



Two-vehicle crash leaves four dead

THOMASVILLE - Four people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday after a car crossed the center line and struck a sport utility vehicle, witnesses said.

Police said driver Thomas Clarke Jr., 26, of Oakview, Fla.; Stephine Hightower, 24, of Moultrie; Racquel Hightower, 8; and Frederick Edwards Sr., 30, of Harrisburg, Pa., died in the wreck.

The three people in the Ford Explorer weren't injured.

DOT agrees to avoid woman's historic home

BUTLER - The Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to redraw highway-expansion plans so a historic house in Taylor County can stand untouched.

Its owner, 62-year-old Betty Bailey, couldn't be happier. Earlier this year, Ms. Bailey offered DOT her 30 acres across U.S. Highway 19 if the state would agree not to take her house and adjoining buildings.

The department said Wednesday it has agreed to widen the highway on the side opposite the house.

Wreck kills family, leaves boy in hospital

HALETOWN, Tenn. - A 13-year-old Georgia boy remained in critical condition Thursday night after a fatal wreck on Interstate 24 near the Georgia state line.

Four members of the Stone Mountain, Ga., family were killed and two were injured Wednesday night when their minivan flipped on the interstate 12 miles west of Chattanooga, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

Sampson Angelo-Koko, 13, was being treated at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Authorities said the family's minivan veered off the road, the driver over-corrected, and the van came back across the road, slid and flipped.

Family builds tomb at historic cemetery

ATLANTA - An Atlanta family is building the first new mausoleum at historic Oakland Cemetery in 25 years.

The cemetery, which opened in 1850, is the final resting place of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, Morris Brown College founder Bishop Wesley Gaines and the Rich brothers, founders of Rich's department store.

"It's going to be a family burial site," said retired Federal Highway Administration manager Emory McClinton.