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.

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.

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.

Lovetown USA Producers to Scout Kingsland Georgia Community

Lovetown USA Producers to Scout Kingsland Georgia Community

 Producers of the Oprah Winfrey Network and BBC’s new reality matchmaking television show, "Lovetown USA", notified Kingsland Mayor Kenneth Smith last weekend that Kingsland had made the next cut in the nationwide competition seeking the perfect small-town setting for love. The new show is an unscripted television documentary series that will follow a group of singles over a 30 day period. During that time, an expert team of matchmakers will guide them in their quest for love and examine how it affects the community.

US Labor Department, Microsoft Announce New Resources for Veterans


Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced a new partnership with Microsoft Corp. to provide veterans and with vouchers for no-cost training and certifications that can lead to important industry-recognized credentials.  The voucher program will serve veterans in five communities with the highest number of returning post-9/11 era veterans: Seattle, Wash.; San Diego, Calif., Houston, Texas; Northern Virginia; and Jacksonville, Fla.

E. coli Scare Prompts Tyson to Recall Ground Beef

E. coli Scare Prompts Tyson to Recall Ground Beef

(AP) – Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it became aware of the problem when Ohio health authorities reported that a family in Butler County had become ill with E. coli. Ground beef in the family's home tested positive for the bacteria.

The products being recalled include Kroger-brand ground beef; Butcher's Brand beef and generic label beef, which were all produced Aug. 23.

The Kroger beef was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana; the Butcher's beef in North and South Carolina and the generic beef in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.