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As Campaign Reignites, Barnes Distances Self from Obama

HAPEVILLE, GA -- Roy Barnes fueled up at a labor union cookout Monday, a traditional Labor Day haunt for vote-seeking Democrats.  Barnes will need the backing of reliable traditional Democrats in a state that has become predictably Republican.  Yet he has tried to distance himself from the national party and the unpopular president who leads it.

"I consider myself an independent Democrat, more in the mold of [former US Senators] Sam Nunn and Richard Russell and Zell Miller, than I do out of the national Democratic party," Barnes told 11Alive News.
Republican Nathan Deal says he wasn't invited to the cookout.  He walked in a Labor Day parade in Douglasville, seeking votes among spectators after spending most of the last month raising money for the fall campaign.  Deal will have help from the well-funded Republican Governors association, which is painting Barnes as a Democrat in lockstep with President Obama.  

Are We on the Verge of Home Depot Park at Sweetwater Creek?

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- It's not the Omni anymore. It's Philips Arena.

There's a big Comcast sign that hangs on the Georgia Dome, which is hosting the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic this weekend.

For many entities, corporate sponsorship isn't a luxury anymore.

"It's a necessity for the Department of Natural Resources," said Lauren Curry of the DNR. "We've certainly been hit hard by the state budget."

Facilities at many Georgia state parks now have their hours cut back.

The Department of Natural Resources had its budget and staff slashed.

So, the DNR has taken stock of its parks and historical sites.

"We've packaged those," said Curry "And now we're starting to reach out to see who might want to work with us."

The DNR has begun to solicit corporations to raise money to help run state parks and historical sites.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press


Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Metro Atlanta Armyworm Invasion Could Be Worst in 30 Years

ATLANTA -- Homeowners all over Metro Atlanta are watching their lawns go brown, unaware that the culprit is a fast and furious army busy feeding on their fescue.

In Douglas County, Vernon Pigg assumed the dry brown patches that have scorched his backyard were all the result of the brutally hot weather. One evening, he saw his grass tremble.

"The wind wasn't blowing, but you could see the blades moving," said Pigg. "Then you get to looking closer and you could find the worms."

What he found chewing on his yard were hundreds of armyworms. Despite the name, they aren't really worms at all. They're actually caterpillars that eventually become moths, not until they've done their damage.

Gibbs Landscape was called out to treat Buckhead lawn that is bristling with brown.

"The damage happened in the course of one night," said Gibbs Landscape General Manager Hugh Cooper.

Injured Officer Ready to Patrol, Again

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- A Palmetto police sergeant who nearly lost life in a car crash last September is ready to return to patrol duties.

"I'm as ready as I can be," said Sgt. Lee Gragg of Douglasville. "I'll never know if I can do it unless I get out there and try."

Sgt. Gragg was working at a road safety check on September 10, 2009, when a driver with an outstanding warrant began to reach for something in his car.

Sgt. Gragg grabbed his arm, and the driver floored it, dragging Gragg with him.

"He hit a concrete mailbox doing 70 miles per hour," he said. "I got thrown 20 feet in the air and hit head first."

The driver died at the scene.

Sgt. Gragg suffered a traumatic brain injury, lost the vision in his left eye, broke his back, ribs and 17 bones in his face.

"You just never think you're gonna get that phone call," said Shelly Gragg, Lee's wife of 17 years. "We sat in the ER that night just not knowing."