Originally created 03/16/05

Across Georgia



Workers will return to Lockheed Martin

MARIETTA - The machinists union on strike for a week at a Lockheed Martin plant will return to work after approving a new contract Tuesday.

The company struck a tentative agreement with the International Association of Machinists Local 709 on Sunday. On Tuesday, union members voted 1,532 to 573 for the new contract, union officials said.

Many union members walked off the job March 8 at 12:01 a.m. and have been picketing outside the Marietta plant.

Lockheed Martin spokesman Tom Greer said a resolution was reached without major changes to the pension, general wage or health insurance figures offered in the original contract.

House gives approval to building of college

ATLANTA - The Georgia House gave approval Tuesday to the creation of a new four-year college in metro Atlanta's rapidly growing Gwinnett County.

The bipartisan effort, approved last month by the Senate, calls for an institution to be built in Lawrenceville near Gwinnett University Center, a satellite campus for four colleges and universities.

It would be the first stand-alone addition in decades to the University System of Georgia.

House lawmakers voted 161-2 in favor of Senate Resolution 33, which was presented by Rep. John Heard, R-Lawrenceville.

Police make 2nd raid of gambling operation

ATHENS - The Athens-Clarke Police Department's Drug and Vice Unit broke up a second alleged illegal gambling operation in a less than a week.

On Friday, six days after police raided a private home in west Athens, officers made five arrests in a carnival-style trailer parked at a gas station.

Stuffed animals and other props made the games seem legitimate, police said, but an undercover officer placed cash bets on a game of chance. Police said it was unclear who owned and ran the operation.

Athens livestock feed company shuts down

ATHENS - The silos are empty. The livestock feed is gone, the work boots sold. On Tuesday, after nearly 60 years, the Clarke County Milling Co. closed its doors for good.

The warehouses and silos will be razed to make room for a nine-story residential condominium building.

Besides livestock feeds, Clarke County Milling Co. sold dog food, animal health products and "anything we thought we could get rid of," Chuck McCants said.