Originally created 11/10/05

Across Georgia



Police call off search for popular teacher

OCILLA - Police have called off their search for a popular high school teacher who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Tara Grinstead, 30, was last seen Oct. 22 at a cookout. She was reported missing the following Monday when she did not show up for work.

"Essentially, we are through unless we get any additional leads that would call us back," Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock said.

Cadaver dogs, horses, helicopters, four-wheelers and people on foot have searched every day since she was reported missing, Chief Hancock said.

More than 50 public safety agencies from around the state have assisted in the search of Irwin County, which spans 358 square miles in south Georgia.

Cobb County picks new superintendent

MARIETTA - The Cobb County school board named a retired teacher, football coach and principal Wednesday to be the new superintendent of schools.

Fred Sanderson, who spent 22 years in the school system before retiring in 2002, was chosen to replace Joseph Redden, who resigned Aug. 24 in a controversy over his handling of a proposal to issue laptop computers to all middle and high school students.

The board's decision is subject to a two-week period of public comment.

Gas utility hands out $315,000 in grants

ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light handed out $315,000 in corporate grants Wednesday to help low-income seniors with their winter heating bills.

The money, which does not come from funds collected through natural-gas users' bills, is more than the company has distributed in previous years to social service groups as residents brace for higher energy costs this season.

AGL divided the grants between HEAT Inc. and the Sullivan Center for their energy assistance programs, Resources Services Ministries, which replaces or fixes furnaces, and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta's 211 telephone service, which refers people to helping agencies.

Mayor wins 91 percent of votes in Atlanta race

ATLANTA - Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin won re-election to a second term Tuesday, another seal of approval of the city's first female mayor.

Running against minor candidates, Ms. Franklin had 91 percent of the vote Tuesday night with all of the precincts counted.

Ms. Franklin said she wants to focus on fine-tuning the budget, decreasing homelessness, increasing job opportunities by 60,000 and finishing the expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

"I think there will be a resurgence in Atlanta," she said.