published Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Man charged with terroristic threats in Whitfield County

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Georgia man charged over threats

ROCKY FACE, Ga. — Police say Tyler Duncan Holmes got two texts from his mother Saturday night. The first read, “Call 911.” The second read, “Now!!!!”

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Holmes’ mother was at home with her boyfriend, 31-year-old Daniel Strider Hall. Hall was drunk and angry that his girlfriend would not drive him anywhere, so he punched a hole through a door. Then, according to the police, he grabbed her throat and threatened to kill her.

“You’re scared,” he said, according to the incident report. “I like that.”

The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hall on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats.


Wreck kills four in Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Four people were killed late Monday morning in a head-on collision in Hall County.

A spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the wreck happened about 10:45 a.m. on Athens Highway at Oak Grove Road near Gainesville.

According to the GSP, the driver of a Ford Explorer “for reasons unknown, left the travel lane, crossed the concrete median and traveled into the oncoming lane where the Explorer struck a tractor-trailer head on.”

Four people in the Explorer died. A 2-year-old passenger in the Explorer was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and will be airlifted to an Atlanta hospital, the GSP said.

The truck driver was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and is in stable condition. The truck driver was not at fault in the crash, the GSP said.


Cale to leave North Alabama

FLORENCE, Ala. — The president of the University of North Alabama is stepping aside.

William Cale left the position Monday. He announced his retirement in March.

A search committee and consultants are searching for a replacement. The TimesDaily reported Cale will remain as president emeritus through December to aid with the transition.

The university in northwestern Alabama has added seven graduate degree programs, five baccalaureate and two program-track concentrations during Cale’s decade-long tenure.

A writing center and university success center were also began during Cale’s time at North Alabama, and two campus buildings were added.


Haslam signs deal over dairies

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease.

According to the state Agriculture Department, the agreement is called the Secure Milk Supply Plan. It sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading hoof-and-mouth disease in the event of an outbreak.

Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries, and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and opportunities to learn more about it, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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