Originally created 02/28/05

Across Georgia



Woman is shot, killed at Savannah motel

SAVANNAH - A woman was killed at a motel by a man who shot her as she was trying to enter her room, then began firing at witnesses, injuring one.

Lisa Sloan, 37, was pronounced dead at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, shortly after being taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center, police said.

According to police reports, Ms. Sloan was trying to enter her room at a Rodeway Inn, where she lived with her two daughters, when a gunman approached her. She began running, and the man shot her until she fell to the ground, police said.

Her daughters, age 13 and 14, were inside the motel room at the time of the shooting.

A witness who was in a minivan preparing to check into the motel with her family was struck by a bullet. She was treated at the hospital and released, police said.

System alerts students when laundry is done

ATLANTA - A new high-tech laundry system at Georgia Tech will now allow students to receive cell phone calls and e-mails when their rinse cycle is finished.

The LaundryView system, which starts next fall, will link to 400 machines in 17 locations on campus, said Rich Steele, the director of the university's student center.

Students will be able to log on to a Web site to find out which washers and dryers are open. E-mail and cell phone text messages also can alert them when their laundry is ready.

The service will cost students an extra 25 cents per load.

Although Emory University tested the system in one building this year and is considering expanding the program, Georgia Tech is the first college in the state to put the system into widespread use, said Bob Tuttle, the chief technology officer at Mac-Gray Corp., the company that pioneered the system.

About a dozen colleges across the country use the system.

Megan Merriman, a junior from Snellville, said the alerts are a "great idea," almost as good as taking her laundry home to her mother.

Krispy Kreme bakery fixes bug problem

NORCROSS - State agriculture officials have announced the reopening of a Krispy Kreme wholesale bakery that was closed after flying insects were found there.

State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Friday that the problem at the Norcross bakery had been corrected.

The bakery sells doughnuts to grocery and convenience stores. Inspectors began an investigation at the wholesale operation after a customer complained about a bug found in a doughnut bought at a convenience store, Mr. Irvin said.