Originally created 03/14/03

Across Georgia



Democrats consider two votes on flag

ATLANTA -Calling the governor's proposed flag referendum confusing, top Democrats are considering a plan for two separate votes on the state flag.

House Democratic Leader Jimmy Skipper said Thursday there should be two binding votes on the state banner. The first, in March 2004, would ask voters whether they want to keep Georgia's current flag. If the majority says no, a second binding referendum would be held in July 2004 with two options for a new flag.

The winner of that vote would automatically become Georgia's new state flag.

State Web site offers parolee information

ATLANTA -Georgia unveiled an Internet database Thursday that allows people to see if parolees live in their neighborhood.

The Web site has a complete database of more than 21,000 parolees and allows users to search by ZIP code, name or prison identification number. The address is www.pap.state.ga.us/parolee database.htm

Once found, the parolee's record includes a link to the person's picture, home address, physical description, beginning and ending parole date, and most serious offense.

Georgia Tech alters identification system

ATLANTA -Georgia Tech has become the first state university in Georgia to stop using Social Security numbers for identification cards and campus databases, school officials said Thursday.

The school began its program - which includes students, faculty and staff - on March 1 as part of a broader effort within the university system to prevent identity theft.

Officials plan burial for crematory remains

LaFAYETTE -As the effort to identify bodies from the Tri-State Crematory comes to an end, officials are making plans to bury the unidentified remains in a memorial park.

Officials made a final attempt to identify more bodies last month by posting information about 112 still-unidentified bodies on the Internet. So far, 222 bodies have been identified.

Some family members said they do not agree with the plan to bury the bodies at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.