Originally created 06/12/06

Across Georgia



Cosbys give $3 million gift to medical school

ATLANTA - Bill and Camille Cosby have given $3 million to the Morehouse School of Medicine to promote studies of mental health - the largest individual gift the school has ever received.

The celebrated comedian and his wife are endowing a chaired professorship in mental health, the Atlanta school announced last week.

"The focus is erasing stigma of mental health and incorporating mental health care into the primary care setting," said Gayle Converse, a Morehouse spokeswoman.

Morehouse, a historically black institution, graduates about 65 students a year. It is not affiliated with Morehouse College.

Barrow County mulls stormwater charge

WINDER - Barrow County could become the second northeast Georgia county to charge property owners a fee for storm drains and other improvements meant to manage stormwater and prevent water pollution.

If approved, the county would send out a bill to each one of the 27,859 parcels of land in the county, though how much property owners would pay depends on the size of their property and how much runoff water it generates, county officials say.

"The Wal-Marts, the large shopping centers, they get a big bill," said Terry Darragh, the county's public works director.

The state Environmental Protection Division requires cities and counties, depending on their population density, to have a plan for improving stormwater flow, a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act.

Savannah beefs up police patrol numbers

SAVANNAH - More than 200 police officers scoured the streets by air, horseback and on foot Saturday night, the latest phase of an operation called Total Focus.

Interim Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Police Chief Willie Lovett initiated the periodically beefed-up patrols in December. The force was about 220 strong Saturday night. The department typically has about 100 officers on duty, Chief Lovett said.

Extra K-9 units, horse patrols, foot patrol officers and special operation units hit the streets Saturday. As police hunted for criminals, a helicopter used to help officers patrolled above.

"Ultimately, my goal is to see this many officers on the streets," said Chief Lovett, who is applying to become the department's permanent chief.