Originally created 11/23/05

Across Georgia



Fire pole accident at party leads to lawsuit

WATKINSVILLE - A northeast Georgia woman is suing her county's fire department, saying she hurt herself sliding down a firehouse pole during a party.

Andra Gooch says the Oconee County Fire Department and county commission chairman were negligent when she hurt herself at a November 2003 party. Guests at the party - for the son of a fire department employee - had access to the pole and the area where fire trucks were parked, according to the suit.

At some point during the night, Ms. Gooch slid down the fire pole from the second story of the station. When she landed, she severely injured her feet and ankles, but the host did not immediately call an ambulance, according to the lawsuit.

Roadwork threatens Little Richard's house

MACON - As many as 20 homes, including the childhood home of rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard, could be demolished under plans to widen Interstate 75 near Macon.

The state Department of Transportation met Monday night with residents of Macon's Pleasant Hill neighborhood, near I-75 and Interstate 16.

Details of the project - a massive expansion of the interstates and the interchange itself - are expected to be finalized in about 18 months.

Improvements planned for Georgia 316 at I-85

ATLANTA - The quarter-million people who drive the intersection of Interstate 85 and Georgia Highway 316 every day will be getting some relief, but they'll have to put up with 40 months of construction first.

The Georgia Department of Transportation on Monday accepted a $147 million bid to rebuild the Gwinnett County interchange - likely the largest single contract in DOT history.

The reconstructed interchange will add flyover bridges and other new bridges and lanes at the busy spot between metro Atlanta and Athens.

High winds cut power to Atlanta residents

ATLANTA - Thousands of Atlanta area residents woke up with the lights out Tuesday, after 35 mph winds and storms caused power outages throughout the region.

About 25,000 Georgia Power customers were without electricity in south Fulton County, Decatur, Roswell and Tucker at some point Monday night, officials said.

- Edited from wire reports