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Georgia Briefs

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HISTORIC HILL HALL REOPENS AT SAVANNAH UNIVERSITY

SAVANNAH - Savannah State University celebrated the reopening of historic Hill Hall on Monday with faculty, students, alumni and community supporters.

The building, which had been locked up and vacant for 12 years, houses student service offices - everything from admissions to financial aid.

A presidential suite, complete with administrative offices, a lecture hall, a banquet room and a mini-museum, is located on the third floor.

The 107-year-old building was designed by faculty and built by students in 1900 and 1901. Before it fell into disrepair, Hill Hall had seen a variety of uses, including as a male dormitory, a library, a backdrop in the John Travolta movie The General's Daughter and as barracks for black World War I troops in training.

Campus officials and community groups worked for nearly 20 years to raise money for Hill Hall's restoration. The university won a federal grant to fund restorations in the early 1990s.

Morris News Service

DISPUTE OVER SNELLVILLE CREMATORY LINGERS ON

SNELLVILLE - A dispute over a crematory planned outside a Snellville neighborhood continues.

Chris Nuzum, owner of the Cremation Society of the South, had hoped to open the facility in a house along U.S. 78 this month.

Residents worry it would emit mercury and other toxic chemicals in the Atlanta suburb. For the third consecutive time, they packed a city council meeting Monday to hear City Manager Russell Treadway detail the results of a study on the facility's potential environmental impact.

But Treadway says his research has been inconclusive so far. He says U.S. studies suggesting mercury isn't a concern are contradicted by studies overseas.

He will report back to the council Aug. 25.

Associated Press

WATER USE DOWN 20% IN ATLANTA, NORTH GEORGIA

ATLANTA - Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director Carol Couch is praising metro Atlanta and North Georgia for using 20 percent less water in June compared with June 2007. …

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