Originally created 11/17/06

Across Georgia



Emory chancellor is promoted from within

ATLANTA - Emory University promoted one of its own to a senior position Thursday - naming health sciences Director Michael Johns as its next chancellor.

Dr. Johns, the school's vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare, will assume the recently revived position Sept. 1.

As chancellor, Dr. Johns will act as an adviser to Emory President James W. Wagner and the school's board of trustees.

Dr. Johns will become the university's fifth chancellor. The position was most recently held by former provost and interim President Billy E. Frye from 1997 to 2001.

Kingston campaigns for leadership post

WASHINGTON - Positioning himself as a youthful, tech-savvy communicator in a digital age, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia is campaigning to become the third-ranking Republican in a reshuffled House leadership team.

With the soon-to-be minority party voting today on its new officers, Mr. Kingston has been waging a high-tech campaign to become chairman of the House Republican Conference - using his blog and a video address posted on the Web site YouTube to lobby his colleagues.

The Republican conference chairmanship is mainly charged with developing communications and legislative strategy and overseeing weekly meetings of Republican House members.

'Non-hostile incident' in Iraq claims Marine

ATLANTA - A Marine from Georgia is among the latest deaths in Iraq announced by the Pengagon.

Lance Cpl. Kristopher C. Warren, 19, of Resaca in Gordon County, died Nov. 9 in a "non-hostile incident" in Anbar province, officials said Wednesday. Details were not immediately available.

Lance Cpl. Warren was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ex-youth minister is acquitted of charge

LEXINGTON - A jury took just an hour-and-a-half to acquit a former youth minister charged with child molestation in Oglethorpe County.

Norman Pugh, 40, broke down in tears Wednesday as the verdict was read.

The 16-year-old girl who testified that Mr. Pugh had fondled her 18 months ago also wept at the verdict.

Family members, teenagers from a youth group Mr. Pugh had led at Arnoldsville Baptist Church and church members lined up to hug him in the courtroom.

Mr. Pugh had faced a prison term of up to 60 years.

- Edited from wire reports