Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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"I'm tired of listening to them fighting, and I learn nothing."

-- Colette Britt of Griffin, on Democratic gubernatorial

candidates' attacks of each other on TV. Story on Page A-1.


Alpharetta officials want portable toilets at construction sites

moved to safer ground.

They said the toilets at some construction sites are draining

into streams and storm drains, contributing to high fecal counts

in the Big Creek watershed.

"There are as many of these things in the wrong place as the

right place," said Dee West, environmental services director of

the north Atlanta suburb.

She said trails of waste in some problem areas could be traced

directly to nearby portable toilets. There are no set distances

established for the toilets, because much depends on whether

they are located on an incline, she said.

West said fecal counts registered high in many of the 20 sites

testing monthly along Big Creek, Fox Killer Creek, Camp Creek,

Caney Creek and their tributaries, all of which lead to the

Chattahoochee River.

She said developers and portable toilet providers will be fined

if they don't clean up the problem.

-- Associated Press


A black bear's weeklong trek through areas south of Atlanta

ended Monday when wildlife biologist Greg Balkcom shot it in

the rump with a tranquilizer dart near Interstate 85 in south

Fulton County.

Lisa Doty, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural

Resources, said the sedated bear was kept overnight at the Fort

Valley Game Management Center and would be set free yesterday.

She said the DNR had to take action when the bear started

rambling along the busy interstate in south Fulton County. "It

was a public safety danger," she said. …

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