published Monday, July 16th, 2012

Mowers in Cartersville, Ga., this week and other news from around the Chattanooga region

Mowers in area this week

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Transportation will have mowing crews out on local county roads this week, according to a news release.

Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting.

Dade County: State Routes 189 and 157

Murray County: State Routes 225 and 2

Walker County: State Routes 136, 157 and 193

Whitfield County: State Routes 2, 3 and 201.

Motorists are asked to be on the watch and drive carefully when work crews are present.


Toddler dies in trailer fire

LUTTRELL, Tenn. — A young boy has died after a blaze at a mobile home in East Tennessee.

Union County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Butcher told WBIR-TV that the child was likely 2 or 3, but his name wasn't released.

Police said the fire was reported late Saturday afternoon at the home, which sits off the road in a heavily wooded area. Butcher said the boy's family tried to fight the blaze before help arrived, but they weren't able to save the child.

Butcher said the fire's cause is being investigated, but no foul play is suspected.


Legislator opposes renaming library

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — State Rep. Alvin Holmes says changing the name of the Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library in honor of the city's first black public librarian would send the wrong message to the world.

The Montgomery Democrat said if the City Council agrees Tuesday to change the name to the Bertha Pleasant Williams Branch Library, he will block all city and county legislation.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported the city-county library board of directors in May unanimously voted to change the name of the library to honor Williams, who was a public librarian in Montgomery for 21 years. The County Commission unanimously approved the change last week.

The library is named for the street it's on, and was previously named the Cleveland Avenue Branch Library before the street name was changed.


Teen charged in student's death

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A teen charged in the killing of a 21-year-old college student told police he argued with the woman and panicked before choking her to death.

Gary Jamaricus Smith, 15, is accused of killing Marylul Poupart, a junior biology student at Columbus State University. Smith also faces one count each of theft by taking, felony theft of items from her vehicle and robbery.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported Smith has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was ordered held without bond.

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