News MIDDAY UPDATE: Episcopal head to visit Georgia; 23 Ga. counties among fastest growing in nation; student pleads guilty to attacking teacher

The head of the U.S. Episcopal Church is making a visit to Georgia.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, will visit parishes in Augusta, Savannah and Statesboro from Sept. 12-14.

Her visit will start with a closed meeting with clergy of the diocese and those studying for ordination Sept. 12 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro.

Later on during her trip, she'll have an hourlong question and answer session with an open audience.

Presiding bishops make an effort to visit each diocese in the Episcopal Church during their 9-year tenure.

This visit comes as the Diocese of Georgia and the national church are in the middle of a lawsuit with its former congregation over the historic downtown property, valued at more than $3 million.

- Associated Press

23 Ga. counties among fastest growing in nation

Paulding County, near Atlanta, was the third fastest growing county in the nation in 2007.

Census estimates rank 23 Georgia counties among the top 100 fastest growing, based on July 2007 housing unit estimates. Paulding County had roughly 50,328 housing units in July 2007, a 72.1 percent increase from April 2000.

Henry County was sixth with 71,280 housing units - up 65.1 percent, and Forsyth County was seventh. There, housing units increased 64.7 percent, from 36,505 in April 2000 to 60,140.

Also in the Top 25 were Newton, Fannin, Cherokee, Barrow and Jackson counties.

Nationwide, housing units increased 10.4 percent between 2000 and 2007.

- Associated Press

Student pleads guilty to attacking teacher

A high school football player has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years' probation after pleading guilty to attacking a teacher.

Brent "B.J." Fullwood was charged with one count of felony battery and one count of misdemeanor battery for the October incident. Prosecutors say Fullwood threw Lassiter High School teacher Kathy Finch to the ground after she tried to stop him the school hallway.

Finch broke her finger during the incident.

Fullwood was expelled from the school.

Fullwood is the son of former Auburn football star Brent Fullwood, who later was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1987. Brent Fullwood played in four NFL seasons from 1987 to 1990, ending with the Cleveland Browns.

- Associated Press


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