Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"We're in disagreement with what she's paid out and what she's

entitled to."

-- Auditor Larry Golden, who says Liberty County's tax

commissioner should explain why she claimed nearly $758,000 more

for herself than auditors figure she had coming. Story on this

page.

HONEYMOON WILL HAPPEN

When Thomas Neff of Marietta learned he could not be excused

from jury duty for a honeymoon 15 months in the making, he

pointed a finger at murder defendant Brandon Jones and said:

"You're going to hang for this."

Superior Court Judge Ken Nix disqualified Neff but ordered him

to return to court Sept. 29 to explain why he should not be

jailed for contempt.

"I was extremely frustrated by the whole experience," Neff, a

44-year-old insurance executive, said Tuesday. "I don't remember

what I said.

"This is the only week my wife and I can get off this year," he

said. "I'm not going to allow some criminal to keep us from

having the honeymoon we've been planning since we got married 15

months ago."

PROTECTING FARMERS

State Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Tuesday he will

support Georgia farmers as the state's lawsuit against the

tobacco industry unfolds. A national settlement against the

industry also is being discussed in Washington.

Irvin said he is campaigning across the Southeast for a plan

that would protect farmers who want out of tobacco growing and

those who want to remain.

Georgia filed a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the tobacco

industry last week.

INTERIM HEAD HIRED

Peg Peters, a 23-year veteran of the Division of Family and

Children Services, took over yesterday as interim director of

the agency. Peters replaces Michael Thurmond, who resigned after

three years as the agency's director to teach at the University

of Georgia. …

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