Morning News Briefs for 3-3-16

| March 3, 2016

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Members of the Georgia General Assembly are working to help firefighters in the state by supporting a bill that would make cancer an occupational disease for the men and women who battle fires across the state. According to the latest research firefighters are prone to have some cancer rates that are one and a half to two times higher than the general population. The proposal has already passed in the House of Representatives.


They were known as the Stockade Girls who played a role in the forward progress of the Civil-Rights Movement. Following their participation in a peaceful non-violent demonstration against segregation the group of women were locked up in Americus, Georgia in 1963. One of the women that recalls the events of that day is Stockade Girl-Dr. Shirley Green-Reese. She recently found out that a photograph of the women from their incarceration is now at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and it will be featured along with their story in a book about African American women.


Officials in Thomasville are warning property owners that unpaid 2015 will result in penalties and interest unless the tax bills are paid within the next week. On March 10th the office of the Tax Commissioner will begin adding the penalty of 10 percent to delinquent accounts that are 90 days in past due along with a 1 percent interest penalty. The tax levy process that brings extra fees and other county actions follow soon after.


This story from White, Georgia… Authorities say a Georgia police chief and an officer have been arrested, accused of arresting people on fake charges and then reducing the charges to collect fines. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Greg Ramsey says 58-year-old police chief David King and 26-year-old officer Blake Scheff of the White Police Department were charged Wednesday with false imprisonment, theft by extortion and violation of oath by a public officer. The arrests come after the FBI and Georgia investigators executed search warrants in January at the White Police Department and White City Hall in the state’s northeast region. King and Scheff are being held at a county jail.

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