A new survey shows, Metro Atlanta and Southeast Georgia voters favor a proposed new sales tax by a two-to-one margin. The state-wide poll by Survey USA for WXIA-TV Atlanta shows Northwest Georgia is evenly split on the tax idea, called T-SPLOST. Savannah's Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis says, with an uncertain vote date, it's still too early for campaigning.
An underground pipe that leaked radioactive water has been sealed off underneath a nuclear power plant in Georgia. Southern Co. officials say that covers have been welded onto the ends of the faulty pipe below Plant Hatch in Baxley. The company learned of the leak last month when it detected abnormal amounts of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, in test wells at the plant. Geter said there are no signs that the radioactive water has moved off the property.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that Firth Rixson Forgings LLC will expand its forged metal operation in Midway, and anticipates creating 75 to 100 new jobs in the southeast Georgia town. Deal said in a statement that Firth Rixson's Midway operation, which opened in January 2011, provides components for the aerospace industry.
A vast wildfire burning in the Okefenokee Swamp since late April is just shy of 300,000 acres in size after soaking rains in southeast Georgia slowed the blaze's growth over the weekend. A spokesman for the federal and state firefighters battling the swamp blaze, said Monday that 2 ½ to 4 inches of rain fell across much of the fire Friday and Saturday. The Honey Prairie fire was estimated to be 299,909 acres Monday.
A public-private collaboration wants to find Southeast Georgia's 100 most seriously mentally ill patients. The goal is to identify the area's most at-risk population for homelessness, jail or hospitalization -- and give them extra resources to stay out of trouble. Once indentified, patients will work with peer navigators to lower recidivism.
Fire information officers say rain helped slow the huge Honey Prairie Fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge during the weekend. Rich Phelps, an information officer for the Okefenokee fires, says the area received up to half an inch of rain on Saturday.
Fire information officers at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say the Honey Prairie Fire has grown by about 1,000 acres to nearly 292,700 acres. Officials say the estimate was made after a 7 p.m. reconnaisance flight on Thursday, and the fire has likely grown since then.
Fire information officials at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say the Honey Prairie Fire continues to burn, and a new blaze has been identified. Officials said Tuesday the Honey Prairie Fire has burned about 290,000 acres, including 2,250 acres in the past two days.