Originally created 07/31/05

Across Georgia



Sharing hotel room gets provost demoted

ATHENS - The University of Georgia demoted a top official accused of sharing a hotel with a female graduate student.

Keith Parker, the former associate provost for institutional diversity, shared a hotel suite with the student on a two-night trip that he took to Washington in April, UGA spokesman Tom Jackson said.

The incident is still being investigated, and there has been no allegation of sexual misconduct, Mr. Jackson said.

Mr. Parker will remain in his post as a tenured professor in the sociology department.

At least two other women - a former UGA administrator and a student - had reported inappropriate behavior by Mr. Parker since he arrived in 2003.

Mr. Parker is the third high-profile UGA employee to be investigated in recent weeks under the school's sexual harassment policy.

Theater pulls play depicting Klan rally

STONE MOUNTAIN - Once the streets of the black Shermantown neighborhood in this Atlanta suburb echoed with racial epithets during rallies that drew thousand of Ku Klux Klan members.

The gatherings ended in the mid-1980s, but the community remains sensitive about the legacy that the cross-burning Klansmen have left.

Theater owners decided this week to drop a play called Shermantown - Baseball, Apple Pie and the Klan, which depicted a 1940 rally.

David Thomas, the director of the Art Station theater, said he pulled the production after his board agreed the play was in bad taste.

Man's body is found in cab of empty truck

FOLKSTON - The decomposing body of a man was found inside the cab of a semi-truck parked for 10 days at a Georgia truck stop.

The man's body was discovered Thursday evening in the cab of a truck parked at the Friendly Express Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 1 in Folkston, Ga., said Mike Murphy, an assistant special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

It was not initially known how the man died, investigators said. The truck's cargo container was empty.

Stinky Creek leaves officials shrugging

State environmental officials say they still haven't determined the source of heavy petroleum contamination in a Five Points stream, a month after underground gasoline storage tanks were dug up at a nearby service station no longer in use.

The stream has no official name, but University of Georgia students and professors who have sampled water in the stream for years call it "Stinky Creek." At one time, the smell was mainly of raw sewage, but now the smell is of petroleum.