A powerful Georgia judge is being charged with ethical misconduct by a state agency that says she abused her power by mistreating drug court defendants, particularly those she ordered jailed for indefinite periods. Superior Court Judge Amanda F. Williams is the chief judge of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.
A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.
Some Georgia cafeterias are getting ahead of expected federal guidelines that virtually would banish the potato from school lunches. The US Agriculture Department is formulating a proposal that would drastically reduce the humble spud from school cafeterias. The new guidelines aren't expect to take effect until next year, but coastal Glynn County schools already has started to serve potatoes just once each week.
The terror attacks ten years ago helped shape the Brunswick area as one of its economic engines expanded. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is based in the coastal city and trains 20,000 federal officers in 90 agencies each year. That's compared to 16,000 officers before the attacks.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center says it will fill 48 positions in Glynn County by moving some human resources operations there from Washington, D.C. The training center said Monday the Department of Homeland Security, which includes FLETC, has folded its main human resources department into the training center's division to consolidate operations and reduce costs by $1.5 million this year.
Emergency officials on the Georgia coast are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irene and say residents should make sure they have plans in order if evacuations are necessary. National forecast officials say Irene could hit the U.S. anywhere from Florida to North Carolina by the end of the week.
State officials plan to shut off an air quality monitor in Brunswick, despite high levels of air pollution there. The automated monitor tracks sulfur dioxide and shows Brunswick's air has Georgia's highest level of the irritating chemical compound. An environmental group says, shutting off the monitor will hurt efforts to clean the air.
Commissioners in coastal Glynn County appear to have put to rest a bitter, five-year-old controversy over the site of a jail expansion. The dipute began when commissioners proposed expanding the jail near the courthouse downtown. Business and civic leaders objected -- and eventually filed lawsuits -- to halt construction.
Some Georgia schools have added security measures for a high-stakes test this month. Students statewide are taking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state is sending test monitors into schools previously suspected in cheating scandals. Atlanta schools have the most serious charges and security.
A South Georgia Superior Court court judge is publicly confronting accusations made by public radio's This American Life. Host Ira Glass broadcast a report last month saying, Brunswick Judge Amanda Williams hands out drug court sentences not-in-keeping with judicial norms.