Originally created 04/02/04

Across Georgia



Sales-tax holiday is approved by Senate

ATLANTA - Georgia consumers will get another four-day sales tax holiday this year if Gov. Sonny Perdue signs a bill given final approval Thursday in the Georgia Senate.

This year's holiday - the state's third - would run from July 29 to Aug. 1, exempting sales of clothing and footwear up to $100, computers and related devices up to $1,500 and certain school supplies and books.

The holiday is expected to cost the state $9.9 million in lost sales taxes. Local governments would lose about $6 million.

The measure cleared the Senate 46-0.

McKinney Parkway request stirs anger

ATLANTA - A Republican angered fellow senators Thursday when he abruptly tried to rename Cynthia McKinney Parkway in DeKalb County, a short stretch of road named for the former congresswoman.

"This is a travesty," said Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, one of many black lawmakers riled by the suggestion.

Ms. McKinney, Georgia's first black congresswoman, was defeated last year after 10 years in the House.

Canton Sen. Bill Stephens, who suggested the change, withdrew his proposal after the complaints.

$25 million awarded for summit security

ATLANTA - The federal government has awarded Georgia $25 million for security costs associated with the G8 Summit at Sea Island in June, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday.

All G8 security expenditures must be approved before reimbursement will be made by the state.

Local governments will be required to submit an expenditure approval form no later than April 30.

The G8 Summit is scheduled for June 8-10.

Dorm fire displaces 60 at Oxford College

OXFORD - A dorm fire on the campus of Oxford College displaced 60 students.

The fire began at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday on the fourth floor of the Branham Hall dormitory in Oxford, which is about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta. Crews were called in from the Oxford and Covington fire departments along with Newton County Fire Services.

The cause of the fire had not been determined.