Originally created 06/30/03

Across Georgia



Governor backs down on combining offices

ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue has backed off a plan to combine the Office of Education Accountability with the state Education Department.

Mr. Perdue wants the two agencies to cooperate, said Kimberly King, the governor's spokeswoman.

The Office of Education Accountability was created by then-Gov. Roy Barnes in 2000. It is an independent data management department that oversees new tests and collects data.

Mr. Perdue argued that the agency wasn't necessary, but Democratic legislators were outraged when they heard of his plans.

Simple meals work for diabetes control

ATLANTA -Choosing healthy, lowfat foods is just as effective for type 2 diabetes patients to control glucose levels as more complex meal plans that emphasize weight loss, a study done at Emory University showed.

A simple meal plan encouraging diabetes patients to make good food choices by eating fewer sugary and fatty foods may be easier for health workers to teach to patients, especially those who have low literacy levels, according to the study, reported in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

The study was conducted with 648 patients at the Grady Health System Diabetes Clinic.

Authorities catch 4th Georgia escapee

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -Authorities in the Florida Panhandle captured three men from southwest Georgia who had scaled a 12-foot-high razor fence and escaped from a county jail. A fourth member of the group turned himself in in Georgia.

Bay County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Randall C. Hudson, 23, and Joshua Clayton Johnson, 24, on Friday. Jason Lee Baird, 18, surrendered at a Panama City Beach hotel late Friday.

A fourth escapee, 25-year-old George Davidson Shaw, returned to Colquitt County, Ga., and surrendered early Saturday, the sheriff's office said.

The men escaped from the Colquitt County jail late Thursday.

Teenager accidentally shoots 11-year-old

ATLANTA -A teenager playing with a handgun accidentally shot an 11-year-old boy in the face Friday afternoon in a southwest Atlanta apartment.

Atlanta Police Spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said police were called to the Gladstone Apartments at 1:40 p.m. saying the younger boy had been shot. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Neither boy was identified by police.

Sgt. Quigley said the 15-year-old had found a 9 mm handgun in a drawer at his older brother's apartment. The teen was holding the gun when it discharged and struck the other boy in the left cheek.

WSB-TV in Atlanta said the 11-year-old and another boy were playing video games at the time of the shooting. A witness told the station that the older boy thought the gun's safety was on.

Police have charged the 15-year-old with reckless conduct.

The owner of the apartment, John Hons, 27, has been charged with disorderly conduct. His first court appearance is set for July 11.

Sgt. Quigley said Mr. Hons was not in the apartment at the time of the shooting.