Originally created 12/16/06

Across Georgia



Fired police recruits can get certification

ATLANTA - Some of the police recruits dismissed earlier this year for cheating on a test are eligible to become law enforcers again.

The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council has sent notices to 11 of the fired Cobb County police recruits telling them they can be certified, their lawyers said Thursday.

The certification covers a 24-month probationary period once a recruit is hired by a law enforcement agency. The recruit would have to complete an ethics and professionalism course.

The 11 recruits, represented by Philip A. Holloway and Adam S. Jaffe, signed an affidavit in September saying academy instructors routinely told them they were expected to pass exams no matter what. They also said instructors encouraged them to work together.

Security guards can carry guns at schools

ATHENS - The Clarke County Board of Education has decided to create a school district police force and allow two high school security supervisors to carry guns on campus.

Until now, school resource officers - police officers and a sheriff's deputy assigned to the district's middle and high schools - were the only people permitted to carry guns on campuses.

The vote came about a month after two young men who were chasing an escaped pit bulldog on the Clarke Central campus were injured when a school resource officer fired at the dog and wounded it.

Police said the bullet hit the dog, then struck the ground, sending fragments at the dog's owner and his roommate. The men's injuries were described as minor, and the dog's were not life-threatening, officials said.

Atlanta giant panda cub named after vote

ATLANTA - The country's newest giant panda cub has a name - Mei Lan.

The moniker, which means Atlanta Beauty, was the top vote-getter in an online poll at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Web site. The 10 names included in the poll were chosen by the zoo, local media organizations and residents in the Sichuan Province of China, where the cub's parents were born.

Tax assessors trying to save their jobs

MACON - Facing mandatory removal, Bibb County's tax assessors have peppered county commissioners with a mixture of allegations and explanations in a bid to save their jobs.

Assessors have been under fire because of a late tax digest, more than 18,000 appeals after this year's property revaluation and a scathing review from the state Department of Revenue. Commissioners last month called for the board of assessors to resign.

- Edited from wire reports