Regional News Roundup: School honored for its environmental education

Regional News Roundup: School honored for its environmental education

May 17th, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Elementary/middle school honored for its environmental education

ROCK SPRING, Ga. — The U.S. Department of Education honored Saddle Ridge Elementary/Middle School on Wednesday for its environmental teachings.

The department named Saddle Ridge one of 46 Green Ribbon schools across the country. The award is for schools that reduce environmental impact, promote health and teach environmental and outdoor education.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Saddle Ridge received the honor for several of the programs it offers.

Saddle Ridge is one of four public schools in Georgia to receive the honor, along with Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, Godley Station K-8 School in Savannah and Lanier High School in Gwinnett County. The U.S. Department of Education also honored Georgia Southern University as a Green Ribbon school.

Saddle Ridge is the second Walker County school honored in as many years. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Education named Gilbert Elementary a Green Ribbon school.


McKamey offers $500 reward in cruelty case

CHATTANOOGA — The McKamey Animal Center is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for neglecting and abandoning a wounded dog found wandering Monday on Sixth Avenue in Chattanooga.

The dog, a male McKamey staff members are calling Starbuck, had a blue harness and a leash attached to him and was "extremely thin and weak," according to a news release.

Starbuck's untreated wounds were infected and required immediate surgery, McKamey officials said. The dog is expected to take some time to recover, in part because he was deprived of food for a lengthy period, the release states. Cruelty to animals is misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent conviction is a felony.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the McKamey Animal Center at 423-305-6500, the tip line at 423-305-6508 or email jmcaloon


City council calls for governor to veto sanctuary city ban

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Metro Council has called on Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports the board voted Tuesday to approve At-large Councilwoman Erica Gilmore's move to issue the request.

Gilmore is a mayoral candidate in the city's special election next week. The veto request means the council joins Metro school board members and the city's police chief in concerns over the bill.

The bill would require local law enforcement to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to hold immigrants who entered the country illegally. It also would block state or local governments with "sanctuary" policies from receiving a grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The bill was sent to the governor last month.


Fake doctor who worked in 4 states sentenced to prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in four states to more than six years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala imposed the sentence Tuesday on 61-year-old Isabel Kesari Gervais.

Authorities say Gervais described herself as a naturopathic doctor but wasn't licensed. A statement from prosecutors says she claimed to use naturopathic medicine to cure illnesses including cancer.

Gervais pleaded guilty last year to defrauding patients at a clinic in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.

In her plea agreement she acknowledged operating multiple offices over 15 years in Montgomery, Alabama; Springdale, Arkansas; metro Atlanta; and Leawood, Kansas.

Investigators determined Gervais moved frequently and used aliases including Rose Starr and Debra Lynn Goodman to avoid detection. She had been in Hoover, Alabama, since 2015.