Originally created 01/17/04

Across Georgia



Man is shot during fight with deputy

MACON -A man was shot Friday morning in a fight with a Bibb County deputy, police said.

The shooting happened while the Middle Georgia Drug Task Force and Middle Georgia Fugitive Squad were conducting an investigation. The gun went off during a fight between Deputy Will Farrell, 42, and Bobby Dewayne Smith, 29, police said.

Mr. Smith was in stable condition Friday, officials said.

Driving program offers help to teens, parents

ATLANTA -A new state program is designed to assist those who are terrified by the prospect of teaching a teenager to drive.

Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE, or Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error, is a free course that takes only two hours and offers separate sessions for parents and teens.

Officials said 411 people across Georgia had been trained to teach the course and that many more volunteers were needed to reach the goal of at least four trainers in each county.

A major part of the training involves the various components of the state's teen driving law, including the prohibition of teen passengers during the first six months of solo driving and the midnight curfew.

School bus collision injures two drivers

JONESBORO - The drivers of two Henry County school buses that collided Friday were taken to hospitals with serious injuries.

Karen McClungh, one of the drivers, was in stable condition at Grady Hospital, according to a spokeswoman. A nursing supervisor at Atlanta Medical Center said the other driver, George D. Hall, still was being evaluated in the emergency room.

Officials said one of the buses apparently crossed the center line of a two-lane road and hit the other head-on. No charges have been filed.

Atlanta is top city among black tourists

ATLANTA - The favorite city among black tourists is Atlanta, the birthplace of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and home to the civil rights movement, according to a report by the Travel Industry Association of America.

The Minority Traveler report said Atlanta has become a mecca for blacks because of attractions such as the National Black Arts Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, sporting events, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the Atlanta University Center.

Atlanta draws 17.3 million visitors each year, and about 25 percent of them are black.