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University system retirees to pay more for benefits

University system retirees to pay more for benefits

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Board of Regents has approved a plan that will mean future University System of Georgia retirees will pay more for their health insurance.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the board made the decision at a meeting Wednesday in Athens.

Officials say the new policy limiting what the state will pay for retiree health benefits will not affect current employees of the University of Georgia and other Georgia public schools and colleges. The change will only apply to people hired after Jan. 1, 2013.

Under the new policy, the state will contribute to retirees' health insurance coverage based on how long a person has worked for the university system when he or she retires.

Jonesboro city councilman arrested for DUI

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Jonesboro City Councilman Joe Compton was arrested Wednesday evening for driving under the influence.

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Jonesboro Police responded to a hit-and-run on Arnold Place, near Compton's home, at around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said Compton lost control of his truck, drove off the road, regained control and then hit a mailbox. After the accident, Compton reportedly drove down the street and parked his car. 

Compton was arrested and charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and improper lane change.

Actor GregAlan Willams visits Mt. Zion High School

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Hollywood Actor GregAlan Williams visited the campus of Mt. Zion High School on Wednesday.

Williams held a workshop in the media center for the Magnet Theatre Department and students. Students got a chance to perform with the actor, according to Prince Bowie, Fine Arts Magnet Department Chair.

On Thursday, Williams is scheduled to attend a rehearsal of Magnet's "Raisin in the Sun" in the Clayton County Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Tuesday was the last day to register to vote in November

Tuesday was the last day to register to vote in November

ATLANTA -- Tuesday was the deadline for Georgians to register to vote if they want to participate in the general election on Nov. 6.

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Anyone can confirm their voter registration status through the Georgia secretary of state's website. The site also provides access to applications, instructions and information about where counties will host early voting sites.

Aside from the presidential race, Georgia has 14 state Senate and 43 state House seats on the ballot in contested elections.

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Morrow police hunt for second bank robber to strike in one week

MORROW, Ga. -- The Morrow Police Department is looking for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Morrow on Friday morning just after 9 a.m.

According to James Callaway of the MPD, the suspect entered the bank, located at 6390 Ga. Hwy 54, and demanded money. He fled the area once he was given some money. 

A second robbery occurred at a Bank of America, also in Morrow, on Tuesday morning, but Callaway said the two crimes are not related. An arrest was made on the getaway driver from this incident.  Police continue to look for this suspect, who they believe is named Eddie. They said is is in the Clayton County area.

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Annual event provides healthcare to local seniors

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton County Senior Services will host its annual Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC) events for October in Jonesboro and Riverdale.

Scheduled for October 12 and October 26, the events address healthcare needs of seniors, ages 55 and older. Those who attend can receive immunizations, flu shots and tetanus shots.

The first event will be held a the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, and the second event will take place at the Frank Bailey Senior Center.

"As part of the county's commitment to making Clayton a Lifelong Community, we want to make sure all of our older adults have access to as much health and wellness information as possible. Therefore we are inviting all those that are 55 and older to come out to participate at either S.P.A.R.C. event," Senior Services Director Mary Byrd said. 

Seniors will be given free fruits and vegetables, and several door prizes.


Police seek help to ID person of interest in sexual assault case

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Police Investigators and Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta are seeking information from the public on a sexual assault/kidnapping case that happened in South Fulton County.

According to police, the case occurred near Old National Highway during the last week in August. The person of interest frequents the Old National Highway area, and drives a red Mazda Tribute SUV.

The person of interest is a Hispanic male, around 40-years-old, 6 feet tall with a stocky build, wearing a short haircut with a distinct hairline that runs straight across his forehead. He also has tatoos on his arms.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the anonymous Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at (404) 577-8477. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for more information leading to the suspect's arrest, and indictment of a person or persons involved.