published Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Drive-in damaged by storm reopens and more regional news

HENAGAR, Ala.

Drive-in damaged by storm reopens

The Henagar Drive-In is back in business after being heavily damaged by the April 27 tornado, and owner Lanita Price says she hopes the reopening sends a message.

Price said not only will the drive-in will offer DeKalb County residents an entertainment option again but it also shows that the community is coming back.

Tornadoes decimated several areas of DeKalb County on April 27. Many homes in the Henagar area were leveled.

Price said regular customers and members of the community encouraged her to bring the drive-in back.

She said the tornado destroyed the movie screen, and only the bulk of the main concession stand remained intact.

Price said all the damage has been repaired, and the concession stand will be in operation with the full menu available.


NASHVILLE

Study finds some crimes down

A 10-year study by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found that some violent crimes and property crimes have decreased, but drug and disorderly conduct cases have increased.

The report released this week found that property crimes decreased by 9 percent and Group A offenses, such as assault, murder and sex cases, decreased by 0.3 percent.

Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the TBI, told The Tennessean that overall violent crime is at its lowest level, but Group B offenses such as liquor law violations, trespassing and disorderly conduct have increased by more than 150 percent.

Drug cases have surged 45 percent higher since 2001. Domestic violence cases have grown by more than 17 percent.


JONESBORO, Ga.

Three charged after child death

Police said they’ve arrested the administrator and two staff members of the day care in Clayton County where a 2-year-old girl died after being left in a van after a field trip.

Police say the girl, Jasmine Green, died Monday after being left in the van for hours.

Police say 41-year-old Marlo Maria Fallings was arrested Tuesday on charges of cruelty to children, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, and 23-year-old Quantabia Shantell Hopkins was arrested on the same charges. A juvenile also was arrested.

Lt. Tina Daniel said someone noticed that the child was not in the center Monday afternoon, and she was found in the van.

Daniel said the child was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.


CALHOUN, Ga.

Art show ongoing at Harris gallery

Local artists are exhibiting works in two and three dimensions at a regional art show that continues through July 29 at the Harris Arts Center Gallery in Calhoun.

Admission is free. The gallery is at 212 S. Wall St.

For more information, call 706-629-2599.

— Staff and Wire Reports

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