Originally created 02/20/03

Across Georgia



Commission grants man's dying wish

HAYNESVILLE -A stubborn man got his dying wish and Hayneville got an "s" when Houston County commissioners voted to change the town's name to Haynesville.

Longtime resident William "Hoke" Harper, who died in October at age 91, spent years researching the name and argued that the state Department of Transportation dropped a letter when it replaced some road signs in the 1970s.

Mr. Harper's widow, Lucille Harper, said he would have been thrilled to know his wish had come true.

"My husband was dead set on it being called Haynesville," she said.

Officials decline run for U.S. Senate seat

ATLANTA -Former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine announced Wednesday they will not run for the U.S. Senate when Zell Miller retires.

Mr. Jackson said he has not definitely made his decision, but it's highly unlikely he would run.

Mr. Oxendine said he has a commitment to his family and to serve his term as insurance commissioner rather than run for Senate.

Pupil is treated for bacterial meningitis

STOCKBRIDGE -A Henry County middle school pupil who contracted bacterial meningitis was being treated Wednesday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the school district said.

School officials did not release the name or condition of the Stockbridge Middle School pupil.

Bacterial meningitis, which causes the lining of the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed, can cause seizures, comas and death if not detected early. Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and include a severe headache and a stiff neck.

Man concealing knife is arrested at airport

ATLANTA -A foreign national was arrested at the Atlanta airport for allegedly trying to take a knife concealed in an umbrella aboard an AirTran flight bound for New York.

Jin Guang Chen, 39, was being held at the Clayton County jail after being arrested at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport about noon Tuesday.