Originally created 06/02/04

Across Georgia



Candidate donates money to Democrats

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a candidate for governor in the 2006 election, has donated a half-million dollars to the state Democratic Party.

Mr. Taylor, a Democrat, gave the money from his lieutenant governor's campaign account because he can't transfer those leftover funds to his bid for governor.

State law prohibits candidates from using money raised for one race in another.

Mr. Taylor collected more than $700,000 in his lieutenant governor's account last year, although it was well known he likely would run for governor instead of seeking re-election.

Sheriff's son charged with drug possession

COLUMBUS - The teenage son of the Muscogee County sheriff has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Adam B. Johnson, 17, was arrested early Saturday at a store in Columbus after a police officer spotted him driving erratically, authorities said.

He is the son of Muscogee County Sheriff Ralph Johnson.

Columbus police say eight bags of marijuana, worth an estimated $5 each, were found in the police car in which Mr. Johnson was riding, in his front pocket and on the front seat of his truck.

15 die on highways during weekend

ATLANTA - Fifteen people had died on Georgia highways during the Memorial Day weekend by the end of Monday night.

The number of fatalities is two more than the Georgia State Patrol had predicted. Last year, there were 11 traffic fatalities during the holiday weekend.

Travelers get backed up in Atlanta airport

ATLANTA - Thousands of frustrated travelers waited in two-hour-long lines to pass through security Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, slowed by a rush of business and post-holiday passengers.

Travelers at the country's busiest airport stood in a line that wound through ticketing and baggage-claim areas and the food court before nearing the security gate.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials have warned for months they could not handle the summer travel crush without extra help from the federal Transportation Security Administration.