Originally created 11/24/03

Across Georgia



Report ties hepatitis to scallion seller

ATLANTA -During Georgia's hepatitis A outbreak, a single Atlanta Farmers' Market distributor provided green onions - the food believed to be the source of the outbreak - from California suppliers to Norcross, Macon and Centerville restaurants where multiple people caught the liver infection, according to a preliminary Georgia Division of Public Health report obtained by The Associated Press.

The report also identified for the first time that hepatitis A strains in the multistate outbreak were the same for two states, Georgia and North Carolina, and that the strain responsible likely came from the same source.

Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15, Georgia had 259 hepatitis A cases, an amount that far exceeded the 10 cases per week that state health officials typically expected to see. There were no Georgia deaths, and the cases mainly clustered around metro Atlanta and Macon.

"We were very lucky in Georgia that people that got sick have gotten better or are continuing to recover," said health division spokesman Richard Quartarone. "We were able to act very quickly on it."

Authorities say man killed wife, himself

ATLANTA -An estranged husband shot his wife to death at her parents' house Saturday and critically wounded his father-in-law before killing himself, police said.

DeKalb County police Lt. Michael A. Williams said the man drove away from the house on Preakness Drive near Decatur, then killed himself when a patrol officer pulled him over.

Police would not release the name of the man, identified as a 40-year-old attorney, until relatives could be notified.

Officers arrived at the house at about 8 a.m. and found Traci Trammell Turner, 35, dead of multiple gunshots. Her father, George W. Trammell, 61, had been shot in the chest.

Builders revise plans for wildlife park

BRUNSWICK -A planned park associated with former Wild Kingdom host Jim Fowler has a new name and new attractions.

The park, set to be developed on nearly 1,000 acres of timber land off Interstate 95 north of Brunswick, was originally called Jim Fowler's Life in the Wild: A Resort for Animals and People. The new working name is Steamboat City.

Roller coaster rides and a wider sampling of Georgia history also have been added.

Plans originally called for a safari-style park to house native and exotic animals retired from zoos and circuses and rescued from the wild. Native American species would be allowed to roam freely within a 780-acre tract on the east side of I-95.

"The park will still have animal components," said Carlton DeVooght, an attorney with Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin in Brunswick, which represents Wildlife Realty Associates, the investment partnership that owns the land.