Originally created 10/24/06

Across Georgia



Day care's license is pulled after DUI

ATLANTA - The state has revoked the license of a Carrollton day-care center where the owner was charged with drunken driving while transporting children from the center.

Kathy Johnson, 50, who was arrested Oct. 10 with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal threshold for a DUI, can appeal the decision within 10 days. Barring an appeal, Ms. Johnson has 30 days to shut down The Starting Block.

Todd Blandin, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, said Ms. Johnson can apply for another license in a year. If she is convicted of the DUI, she can own but not operate the day-care center, he said.

Carrollton police said it was Ms. Johnson's fourth arrest on DUI charges.

President is quitting at Savannah State

SAVANNAH - After nine years at the helm of the state's oldest historically black university, Savannah State University President Carlton Brown announced his resignation Monday.

During a meeting with students, Mr. Brown said he plans to take a position handling presidential initiatives for the university system chancellor.

"I will depart the presidency of this institution as of Dec. 31 and assume a new position with the Board of Regents," he said.

The crowd filling the campus ballroom fell silent as the university's 11th president went over a long list of changes that have taken place under his leadership: increased enrollment, stronger academic programs, new housing, endowed scholarships and improved services.

Secretary of state will teach at UGA

ATHENS - Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who will leave office in January after losing in her bid to become governor, will spend a few months as lecturer at the University of Georgia's law school, the university announced Monday.

Ms. Cox has been named the school's Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar for the 2007 spring semester.

The Democrat will teach courses in political and election law.

Patches fill up with imported pumpkins

ODUM - Thousands of schoolchildren are making the annual field trip to Poppell Farms near Odum to pick their own pumpkins.

Actually, they pick them up out of a watermelon patch. Because of the hot summer weather, Poppell Farms and others in southeast Georgia can't grow pumpkins.

"We bring them in from Tennessee. We just buy them by the trailer load," said Tanya Poppell, who owns the farm, which gets 3,000 to 4,000 elementary school children every October.

- Edited from wire reports