Georgia News Roundup
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UGA gets $1M gift to promote alcohol education

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia has received $1 million to promote alcohol education on campus.

The school says the money will help the University Health Center teach students about responsible decision-making about alcohol and drugs.

The gift will support the health center's John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, which provides a range of prevention, intervention and recovery support services.

The university says the gift is part of continuing support from Jack and Nancy Fontaine of Houston. The center was established in 2006 in the name of their son, who died in an alcohol-related car crash when he was 16.

The Fontaines have donated more than $4 million to fund UGA's alcohol education initiatives.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Principal photography begins on "Selma" movie

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in Alabama.

"Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and with those who continue to fight against discrimination in voting.

The filmmakers behind the project include Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey. The film stars David Oyelowo from "The Butler" as King and Carmen Ejogo from "Alex Cross" as his wife, Coretta Scott King.

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Teen pulled from reservoir is identified

GILLSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have identified a teenager whose body was pulled from the Cedar Creek Reservoir northeast of Atlanta on Thursday as Juan Carlos Salazar.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the reservoir was marked with "no swimming" signs and secured behind padlocked gates.

Authorities say the teen was among a group of boys who went onto the grounds of the reservoir for an afternoon dip. Cagle said the teen tried to swim out to a deeper area near the middle of the 230-acre reservoir and then went under.

Hall County Fire Services Chief David Kimbrell tells The Times of Gainesville that the boy's body was recovered about 100 feet from shore in water that was 28 feet deep.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Deputy killed in crash while patrolling I-85

CARNESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating an accident that claimed the life of a sheriff's deputy.

The Georgia State Patrol said Franklin County sheriff's Deputy Cruz Thomas was attempting to catch up to a traffic violator on Interstate 85 around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The State Patrol said a semitrailer attempted to change lanes, causing Thomas' patrol car to travel into the grass median. The deputy lost control of the vehicle, which traveled across both northbound lanes of I-85 and began to overturn and hit several trees.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the 26-year-old Thomas is the son of Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas. The newspaper reports that he also worked for the nearby Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened about 85 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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