ATHENS - Joe Gaines, a Superior Court judge for the Western Judicial Circuit for more than 30 years, has died. He was 79.
The Elbert County native was a private and city attorney in Athens for 23 years before he was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 1976.
Colleagues remembered him as a fair and painstaking jurist who excelled at balancing the rights of victims and defendants.
Outside the courtroom, he was a naturalist and was interested in Elbert County history.
His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Athens.
High school students tested don't have TB
MARIETTA - Four students at Sprayberry High School in Marietta who had tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis don't have the disease.
District spokesman Jay Dillon said the students received chest X-rays after testing positive to initial skin exposure tests. They were among 142 students screened after being exposed to a teacher suspected of having the disease.
The teacher is on paid leave from Sprayberry.
This was the second TB testing in Cobb County this year. At Kennesaw Mountain High School, 100 students were tested and none was positive.
Father charged with abducting two girls
ATLANTA - A father is under arrest after police say he abducted his 2-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old girl Saturday night.
Deandre Winkfield, 23, was charged with kidnapping, interfering with custody, battery and criminal damage to property.
He was arrested without incident about 11 p.m. after a statewide child abduction alert broadcast on most network stations.
Neither girl was injured in the incident, Atlanta police spokesman Ron Campbell said. Mr. Campbell did not have any details of what led to the kidnapping.