Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"We are a 1997 board, not a 1961 board. We are going to approach

1997 problems with 1997 solutions."

-- Georgia Board of Education Chairman Johnny Isakson, after

the board refused to set rules allowing Georgia parents to

petition for publicly funded private school vouchers using a

1961 law. Story on this page.

GEORGIA'S TOP TEACHER

Jamie Lipscomb, who teaches fine arts at Evans Middle School

in Newnan, has been named the Georgia's Teacher of the Year, the

state school board announced yesterday. As Teacher of the Year,

Lipscomb will get a one-year sabbatical to promote eduction in

Georgia.

Lipscomb, a former Miss Georgia, received a plaque honoring her

Monday at the state school board's monthly meeting. Other perks

included a trip to Europe and a $2,000 check donated by

corporate sponsors.

After earning her bachelor's degree in fine arts at West

Georgia College, Lipscomb began teaching in 1991. She traveled

the state as Miss Georgia in 1989.

Of the 133 applicants, Jennifer Funderburk of Colquitt County

High School in Moultrie was selected as one of the finalists.

STONE MOUNTAIN PLAN

Gov. Zell Miller has approved a recommendation to hand over

Stone Mountain Park's hotels, golf course and other commercial

attractions to a private operator.

In a letter dated Tuesday and addressed to Glenn Hicks III,

chairman of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association board,

Miller encouraged the group to approve the proposal. The plan

calls for all commercial attractions ranging from the Evergreen

Lodge and Conference Center to the golf course, fishing hut,

Stone Mountain Inn and campgrounds to be awarded to a single

company under a 50-year lease.

Requests for proposals from companies could go out within weeks

if the association approves the plan. …

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