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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Monday, May 11, 2015

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

TAYLOR V. THE STATE (S15A0612) AND BESSENT V. THE STATE (S15A0613)

            A young man who is currently in prison under two consecutive life sentences has had his convictions reversed and his sentences thrown out with a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.          

In the unanimous opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, the high court has reversed the convictions of Abdul Bessent for his role in the 2008 murders of Michael Key and Phyllis Frazier in Camden County, finding that the evidence against Bessent was insufficient to support the verdict. As a result, he cannot be retried.

‘Natural’ Peregrine Falcon nest is first in 80 years

Tallulah Gorge State Park postpones

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     TALLULAH FALLS, GA., May 13, 2015  --  For the first time in nearly 80 years, a Peregrine Falcon nest in a natural setting has been spotted in Georgia. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff confirmed  the nest and two chicks at Tallulah Gorge State Park on Monday. The only other known peregrine nests in the state are atop office buildings in Atlanta.

Issues swirl over county airport debt, priorities

 

$900,000 loan payment “first and foremost,” says Jones

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Look down that lonesome runway -- Businesses have not flocked to locate at the airport tech park.

 

Commission Chairman Rob Jones said he doesn’t care if no new work happens at the Pickens County Airport, “the $900,000 has got to be paid.” 

This $900,000 is a portion of the $3.977 million bond [loan] issued by the Pickens County Development Authority in 2004 and used to develop the 17-acre tract adjacent to the airport. This tract has been constructed to Federal Aviation

The story of Ball Ground’s historic Roberts’ house

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The Roberts House evolved over the years into the beautiful present day house.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer

For approximately 160 years, the house has stood on a prominent hill overlooking Ball Ground which is entirely appropriate because it is the home of one of the city's founders and most prominent families. The Roberts' House, which was built around 1855, is the only residence in Cherokee County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the home of the Roberts family since A. W. Roberts, one of Ball Ground's founding fathers, purchased the house and property around 1887.

Alfred W. Roberts was born in 1844 and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1879, he married Althea Georgia Ann Coggins, whose family was associated with many early business ventures in the Canton, Georgia area. Roberts was a charter citizen of Ball Ground, which was incorporated in 1883, and was a merchant, banker, real estate developer, and cotton broker in the town's early years.

See our print or online editions for the full story. 

Antioch gravestones vandalized

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This grave marker suffered the most damage, being broken in half from the impact of the vehicle that investigators say rammed it intentionally.

“It’s hard to apply logic to someone clearly not acting out of logic,” said Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil Monday when asked what motive might lead someone to ram gravestones with a vehicle at a country church cemetery.

Six different graves were damaged: one broken in half, another two or three stone markers heavily damaged and turned over and another two also damaged somewhat Saturday night at the Antioch Church cemetery.