Man charged with DUI after school bus crash - and more Chattanooga region news

Man charged with DUI after school bus crash - and more Chattanooga region news

August 13th, 2014 by Wire Service in Local Regional News

HENAGAR, Ala. - Police in northeast Alabama say a man has been arrested on a DUI charge after a car was pushed into a stopped school bus.

Henagar Police Chief Randell Smith told WHNT-TV the crash happened on Alabama Highway 40 around 7:15 a.m. CDT Tuesday.

Smith said a school bus came to a stop and a car behind the bus slowed down as well. Smith said a truck rear-ended the car, which became wedged beneath the back of the school bus.

A woman driving the car was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Smith said the man driving the truck is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The man's identity hasn't been released.

Schools to expand abstinence class

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A southwest Georgia school district plans to expand an abstinence program after officials say it increased the number of ninth-grade students pledging to wait until marriage to have sex.

District officials said the WAIT - Why Am I Tempted - program was introduced to ninth graders in 2009, and has increased the percentage of students saying they will wait to have sex from 50 percent to 75 percent. It's provided for free by the Pastoral Institute in Columbus.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that sixth- graders in Muscogee County will be added to the program this year. District officials say the program will be tailored toward the younger students.

Officials say the district also provides sex education to ninth-graders as part of a health course.

Officials study gunshot sensors

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah-Chatham police officials may buy a system that uses acoustic sensors to locate gunshots in real time.

The Savannah Morning News reported that police officials say the surveillance system known as ShotSpotter will cut down on people firing guns and help in cases with reluctant witnesses. The initial system could cost $205,000 the first year and $135,000 annually.

Authorities say the sensors are attached to rooftops or utility poles, and the information can be used to dispatch officers before 911 calls.

Officials say they would start with a three square-mile area where about 25 percent of shootings occur.

Authorities say they would work with other law enforcement agencies, local business and schools or seek grant funding to pay for the system. They haven't yet asked for city funding.

Hunting rules online, in print

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say information on new state hunting regulations is now available online and in print.

Chief of the department's Game Management Section John Bowers said he encourages all hunters to review state hunting regulations yearly to stay informed about changes and opportunities.

Department officials said some of the major changes this year include the Chattahoochee Fall Line and Spirit Creek Forest wildlife management areas being open to hunting this fall.

Officials also said suppressed firearms are now legal for hunting on private land with permission from the landowner.