Originally created 09/23/05

Across Georgia



Gainesville is growing fast, report shows

WASHINGTON - Gainesville, a city in northeast Georgia, was listed in a report released Thursday as one of the 20th fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Twelve of the 20 were located in the West, led by Greeley, Colo.

Gainesville ranked seventh on the list of population growth from 2000 through 2003.

The U.S. Census Bureau report listed the Gainesville metropolitan area with a population of 156,000 in 2003, a 12.2 percent increase over 2000. The report did not indicate what area was covered in the Gainesville metropolitan area.

Slain deputy's wife plans to sue county

ATLANTA - The wife of a sheriff's deputy fatally shot along with three other people during a rampage that started in a courthouse intends to sue the county for $10 million.

A lawyer for Deborah Teasley notified Fulton County officials in a letter of her intent to sue, county commission Chairwoman Karen Handel said.

Ms. Handel referred further questions to the county attorney, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

The notice accuses the county of negligence in regard to security at the Fulton County Courthouse on March 11, when police say rape defendant Brian Nichols killed the judge presiding over his trial and a court reporter

Outside the courthouse, Mr. Nichols is accused of killing and Mrs. Teasley's husband, Sgt. Hoyt Teasley, who chased after Mr. Nichols.

Garden is dedicated to man killed in Iraq

MARIETTA - A memorial garden has been dedicated in honor of Jack Hensley, a civil engineer who was taken hostage and killed last year in Iraq.

The garden was dedicated this week at Cobb County's Pine Mountain Middle School, where Mr. Hensley, 48, was a substitute Spanish teacher. Volunteers filled the 52-by-108-foot garden with donated plants.

Mr. Hensley, a civilian working in Iraq, was kidnapped from his Baghdad villa along with co-workers Jack Armstrong of Michigan and Briton Kenneth Bigley on Sept. 16, 2004. Mr. Hensley and the other two hostages were later beheaded by their captors.

Store owner shoots after cash is taken

MACON - An armed robbery ended in a shootout between the store owner and a masked robber, Macon police said.

The gunman entered the store late Wednesday and made off with the cash drawer. Macon police Detective Wilton Collins said the store owner saw the theft, pulled out his own gun and ordered the masked man to stop.

When the robber chose to flee, a gunfight ensued, Detective Collins said.

- Edited from wire reports