FOOTBALL PLAYER DIES
High school football player dies after scrimmage
ATLANTA (AP) — A high school football player in Georgia has died after being injured during a scrimmage.
Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County medical examiner's office, says 16-year-old Deantre Turman was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta at just after 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Local media reports say the Creekside High School junior died after being injured during a game at Benjamin Banneker High School in south Fulton County.
Hauptle said she couldn't release any details of Turman's injuries until after an autopsy was completed Saturday and family members were notified.
Fulton County schools spokeswoman Samantha Evans told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the district's prayers go out to Turman's family.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON-ATLANTA
King Center to commemorate anniversary with expo
ATLANTA (AP) — The King Center is holding an event commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
The Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition was scheduled to start Saturday afternoon at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Among those scheduled to attend are King's daughter, Bernice King, who is the CEO of The King Center, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
The expo is free and open to the public. Organizers say it will include social, financial and religious organizations and feature story-telling, musical performances and oral history recordings.
MILITARY BEACH PARTY
Jekyll Island throwing beach party for military
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Country singer Rodney Atkins is headlining a weekend beach party for military families on Jekyll Island.
Festivities honoring service members and veterans were slated to kick off Saturday, and visitors with military IDs were receiving free entry to the beachside Great Dunes Park. The festival includes water slides and games, crafts and food vendors, live music all day, and fireworks Saturday night.
Organizers from Brunswick's American Legion Post 9 have arranged for 1,000 VIP passes that give wounded service members free admission to Jekyll Island's waterpark as well as free golf, tennis and bike rentals.
Atkins, whose hits include "Take a Back Road" and "Farmer's Daughter," will perform Sunday at the Jekyll Island convention center. Tickets are available to the general public, but military ID holders get discounts.
Atlanta VA holds community mental health summit
(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html)
ATLANTA (AP) — The troubled Atlanta VA Medical Center is taking steps to improve mental health care.
The Atlanta VA hosted dozens of local health care organizations and mental health advocates at a community mental health summit Friday. WSB-TV reports the goal of the meeting was to share information and network.
The summit followed months of criticism of the center from federal investigators and members of Congress.
Federal investigators linked several deaths to the facility. One patient with a history of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts died of an overdose after being left alone in a waiting room at the center, where he obtained drugs from a hospital visitor.
The television station says the center is seeking best practices to keep other patients from falling through the cracks.
RESCUED TURTLE RECUPERATING
Emaciated sea turtle found on Tybee recuperating
(Information in the following story is from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com)
JECKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — An emaciated loggerhead sea turtle is recuperating at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center after washing up on the south end of Tybee Island.
The Savannah Morning News reports the Tybee Department of Public Works spotted the 50-pound animal Thursday morning. Three lifeguards swam out with a rescue board to the sandbar where the animal was seen and brought the turtle to shore.
Mark Dodd is a senior biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He says the turtle's concave bottom shell and atrophied muscles are indicators of poor nutrition.
The turtle had no obvious injuries but a veterinarian says it may have a blockage in its gut from something it ate. Workers at the center gave the animal antibiotics and fluids and cleaned its shell.
FAYETTE COUNTY WATER
Report: Fayette Co. water plants have big problems
(Information in the following story is from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A state environmental report criticizes the Fayette County Water Department for problems at its two water treatment plants.
WXIA-TV reports the 45-page report includes findings of non-certified personnel running the plants, incorrectly signed documents, managers who aren't properly licensed, improper record keeping and broken equipment.
Ted Jackson is drinking-water program manager for the Georgia Environmental Protection Agency. He tells the television station it's very unusual for two plants in the same county to exhibit serious problems.
The EPA says it's also asking the Georgia secretary of state to investigate the county water department.
Fayette County commission Chairman Steve Brown tells WXIA he's upset by the findings and will take steps to fix the problems.
Experts say the water may have tasted bad but never posed a health risk.
Erin moving across Atlantic; no threat to land
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erin is making its way across the Atlantic and could weaken slightly in the next day or two.
The National Hurricane Center said Saturday that Erin was centered over the Atlantic Ocean, about 815 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It was moving northwest at about 12 mph.
It does not pose a threat to land.
The storm's maximum sustained winds were around 40 mph, though it could begin losing some strength on Sunday.
Created: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 03:14:51 EST
Updated: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 03:14:51 EST