Jacksonville Firefighters Say Bake, Don't Fry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If it was up to him, Jacksonville Fire Rescue Captain Roy Hall would probably outlaw fried turkey.

"As a Fire Department, we don't condone turkey frying," he explained.  "We would rather people did not fry turkeys."

Hall said fryer fires are one of the biggest problems on Thanksgiving Day.  According to Capt. Hall, most of the fires happen when people leave their turkeys frying unattended. 

Fires can also occur when fryers are placed too close to a house or other flammable objects.

Hall explained that people often underestimate how quick and large a turkey fire can be.

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Capture the Spirit of the Holiday with Friends and Family


The St. Marys Christmas Tour of Homes is a festive tradition that helps kick off the holiday season in the small riverfront town of historic St. Marys, Georgia.

This year's tour will be held Saturday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and will feature six beautifully decorated private homes, three bed & breakfasts, and five churches. The sparkle of the adorned trees and winter wonderland décor will have you savoring the season. 

Black Mamba Investigation Continues; Questions Remain

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- The search for a possible black mamba snake is continuing, though authorities still aren't sure there is such a snake in the area.

Rick Lavender, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, issued an update on the story that began with a reported snake bite Monday.

Lavender said his department is joining with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kingsland Police Department in the investigation.

Jacksonville resident John K. Rosenbaum, 22, told officers he had gone to Georgia Monday to buy a black mamba, a snake not native to the southeastern United States.

According to Lavender, Rosenbaum said the deal was set to take place at about 2:30 a.m. Monday off Interstate 95 Exit 3 in Kingsland.

Rosenbaum reportedly said while the meeting was taking place, the snake escaped, and in his effort to recapture it, the snake bit him.

Lanes to Reopen on I-95 Following 3-Semi Collision

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have released the details behind a series of semi crashes this morning that led to the shut-down of Interstate 95 this morning.

According to Lt. Todd Tetterton with the Kingsland Police Department, the first calls came in about a crash on I-95 northbound near Exit 3 around 5:30 a.m.

A semi was blocking some lanes of the highway, Tetterton said, adding that investigators still are not sure why.

A UPS freight truck tried to avoid the stopped semi, but couldn't, so they collided.

A third semi then approached the two crashed semis and also couldn't avoid a collision.

The three crashed trucks forced the closure of all northbound lanes for about two hours.  One lane reopened by 8 a.m., Tetterton said, and the remaining lanes are expected to reopen this morning.

Tetterton added that none of the trucks carries anything hazardous and there was no spillage.

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11th Circuit Upholds Strict GA. Execution Standard

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that death penalty defendants in Georgia will have to prove they are mentally disabled beyond a reasonable doubt to avoid execution, the most stringent legal standard in the nation.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Tuesday said it couldn't strike down the Georgia law because the U.S. Supreme Court empowered each state to create its own definition for the mentally disabled. Most death penalty states have a lower threshold for defendants to prove they are mentally disabled; six states don't set any.

The ruling comes as a disappointment for defense attorneys and over the objections of four circuit judges. One of them, U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary Barkett, wrote in a dissent that the law "eviscerates" the constitutional rights of mentally disabled offenders.

Christmas Tour of Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes

The St. Marys Christmas Tour of Homes is a festive tradition that helps kick off the holiday season in the small riverfront town of historic St. Marys, Georgia. 

This year's tour will be held Saturday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and will feature beautifully decorated homes, bed & breakfasts, and historic churches.  Also featured on the tour will be Orange Hall, a circa 1829 Greek revival mansion, which was recently listed on the Georgia Trust's "Places in Peril" list, along with the Bachlott House, which houses the administrative offices of Cumberland Island Seashores National Park Service.

Jazz Concert at the St. Marys Waterfront Park

Jazz Concert at the St. Marys Waterfront Park

A Jazz in the Park benefit concert will be held on Saturday, November 26th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the St. Marys Waterfront Park in historic St. Marys, Georgia.  If you've grown tired of turkey and of entertaining holiday guests then head out to the park with lawn chairs and lap blankets in tow.  This after-Thanksgiving event is being held in support of the Spirit of 1812's bi-centennial commemoration events, which will be held in February 2012 and in November 2012.  The featured artist will be Ernie Lombardi's Just Jazz Quintet offering sophisticated classics from swing to ballads, Latin to pop.  They will also be playing music from Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Gershwin and more.  A second act by a local entertainer will follow the Just Jazz Quintet.