Georgia News Roundup
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UGA preparing investiture ceremony for new leader

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia is preparing an investiture ceremony for its 22nd president, Jere Morehead.

UGA officials said in a statement Monday that the ceremony is Nov. 19 and will include remarks from Gov. Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, University System of Georgia Board of Regents Chair William NeSmith and others.

An investiture ceremony is an event in which the leader of an organization is presented with items signifying their authority over the institution. Before being chosen to serve as president, Morehead was UGA's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

University officials say U.S. District Court Chief Judge Julie E. Carnes will preside over the ceremony and the vent is open to the public.

Organizers say the ceremony will be broadcast online.

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UGA sustainable food program seeks grad students

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The UGA Sustainable Food Systems initiative is seeking candidates for its first class of graduate fellows.

The program includes an interdisciplinary group of faculty who research sustainable agriculture and food system policies. In addition to funding, it will provide academic and professional support for UGA master's students who are interested in that field.

The collaboration between faculty in several different UGA colleges and schools began about a year ago.

They have secured a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to fund graduate students. The USDA National Needs Fellowships will go to four students starting next year and three more students the following year.

The fellows will take a seminar course together and will be encouraged to work and socialize to build long-term working relationships.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15.

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Emory student reports rape at fraternity house

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an Emory University student told police she was raped at a campus fraternity house by two fellow students.

The student told campus police the assault happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and that both of the suspects involved were acquaintances. The student reported that the crime happened at the house belonging to the Gamma Upsilon chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Emory spokeswoman Beverly Clark said Emory police and the university's Division of Campus Life are investigating. She said campus police executed a search warrant on Sunday for the fraternity house at 15 Eagle Row to gather potential evidence.

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'Walking Dead' actor to perform play in Georgia, Alabama

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta actor who played a starring role in the first seasons of TV's "The Walking Dead" is bringing his one-man play to stages in Georgia and Alabama.

Robert "IronE" Singleton, who played "T-Dog" in the first three seasons of the AMC show, will portray 18 characters in "Blindsided by the Walking Dead."

Georgia performances are planned for Friday in Athens and Saturday in Macon; Nov. 23 in Albany; and Dec. 7 in Americus.

A Birmingham, Ala., performance is set for Nov. 16.

The play tells the story of how Singleton grew up in Atlanta's Perry Homes housing project during the city's crack cocaine epidemic.

The 38-year-old actor says the play is a work of drama, comedy, dance, spoken word and rap.

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Football player shot outside metro Atlanta school

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — A high school football player is recovering from a gunshot wound after being hit by gunfire during a fight involving other people on the campus.

DeKalb County school police say the player was at Stephenson High School east of Atlanta for a team meeting Sunday afternoon.

Horace Dunson, athletics director for DeKalb County schools, says a fight broke out in the parking lot involving teenagers who are not Stephenson students.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the player was shot in the abdomen and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Dunson said school system police were investigating whether the fight was related to an earlier dispute between a Stephenson student and the other group of teenagers, but did not involve the athlete who was shot.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Police probe deadly shootings in coastal Georgia town

THUNDERBOLT, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating shootings that left two people dead in the small community of Thunderbolt near the Georgia coast.

The Savannah Morning News reports that neighbors called 911 around 11:45 p.m. Sunday to report a shooting on Robertson Avenue.

Thunderbolt Public Safety Director Robert Merriman, who oversees the town's police and fire departments, says officers found two people shot in the carport area outside the one-story house.

He said a man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman died while being transported to Memorial University Medical Center.

The Savannah newspaper reports that the deaths are the first homicide cases in Thunderbolt since 2011.

Names of the victims were not immediately released as police worked to notify family members of the deaths.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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Search continues for missing boater near Georgia coast 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The search for a missing boater near Georgia's coast is continuing.

The Savannah Morning News reports that rangers from Georgia Department of Natural Resources were searching the Vernon River for a 57-year-man who disappeared after the boat he was in capsized Sunday afternoon.

DNR Capt. Doug Lewis says rangers will keep searching until they locate and recover missing boater Samuel Godfrey.

Lewis said marine patrol officers with the Savannah-Chatham police department are helping the DNR with search and recovery efforts.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been helping as well, but suspended its search Monday pending new developments.

Godfrey was in a boat with Walter Johnson fishing about noon Sunday when it began taking on water and capsized. Johnson was able to make it to a dock.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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'Walking Dead' actor reports car break-in, theft 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a car break-in and theft of electronics belonging to a cast member from "The Walking Dead" TV show.

Actor Steven Yeun was in Atlanta to participate in the Walker Stalker Convention for fans of the AMC show.

Yeun told police he parked his car on the street in front of 537 Edgewood Ave. SE around 7 p.m. Sunday. He returned less than two hours later to find a window smashed and his black North Face backpack stolen.

He told police the bag contained a MacBook Air; a Ricoh camera; a black iPod; a "David and Goliath" hardback book and a moleskin notepad.

Police say an officer dusted around the broken window for prints but was unable to lift any.

Yeun plays Glenn Rhee on the show.

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