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T-SPLOST Projects Set For Several Central Georgia Counties

Only three of the state's 12 regions approved the transportation referendum, or T-SPLOST, on Tuesday.

Laurens County is part of what's known as the Heart of Georgia Region, which approved the one-percent sales tax.

For 12 years, Gail Rogers has called Springhaven Road in Laurens County home.

She points out pot holes and patchwork along the road.

"A lot of people use it as a cut through from 441 to 257," she said.

The amount of traffic has only increased since West Laurens High School opened a few years ago.

"See they don't slow down," said Rogers.

Springhaven and several other roads in Laurens County will now get a face lift after the T-SPLOST was approved by voters in that region.

"I didn't want it to go through, but if they're really going to use it for the right reasons then that's a positive definitely," said Rogers.

MetLife Buys Reynolds Plantation

ATLANTA (AP) -- MetLife executives say the company has completed its purchase of the upscale Reynolds Plantation golf resort on Lake Oconee, which has struggled for months with its finances.

MetLife said in a statement Thursday that the deal includes The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, six championship golf courses, four full-service marinas and nearly 5,000 acres of undeveloped golf and waterfront property in Greene County, about 80 miles east of Atlanta.

A bank-appointed receiver was hired last year to operate the clubs and market the community and undeveloped land.

The New York-based insurance and financial services firm did not disclose financial details of the deal. MetLife says it has a real estate portfolio of more than $60 billion, which is one of the largest in the U.S.

The company said Birmingham, Ala.-based Daniel Corp. will oversee Reynolds Plantation.

Eatonton's Hancock Wins Second Gold Medal

LONDON (AP) -- Vincent Hancock of the United States has won the gold medal in the men's skeet competition at the London Olympics, his second straight.

It gives the U.S. a skeet sweep, after Kimberly Rhode won the women's competition earlier this week.

Hancock clinched the gold on his next-to-last shot, and missed only twice in 150 tries on Tuesday. Anders Golding of Denmark finished two targets back to win the silver, and Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiya won a shoot-off over Russia's Valery Shomin for the bronze.

Hancock topped his own Olympic record by hitting 123 targets in qualifying earlier Tuesday, and was a perfect 25-for-25 in the medal round to wrap up the gold.

Ga. Primary Voting Under Way

Central Georgians are heading to the polls today to vote on local and state races, ballot questions and regional transportation SPLOSTS.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and remain open until 7 p.m.

In Bibb County, the big question is whether voters agree to merge the governments of city of Macon and the county. Opponents and proponents both continued campaigning vigorously Monday and Tuesday.

Bibb voters will also choose candidates for sheriff, county commission and water authority.

People in Houston County will vote on a three-way race for a countywide school board seat.

And there are seven primary races for state House or Senate seats.

Central Georgians to Vote on T-SPLOST


People across Georgia will vote on whether to approve T-SPLOSTs in 12 local districts.

That's a regional transportation penny-sales tax that would fund transportation projects in those 12 districts.

The T-SPLOST won't take effect in a local district unless a majority of voters in the district approve.

If approved by a district's voters, money generated by the tax would be spent on projects in that region. Regions that do not pass the referendum get nothing.

If passed in all 12 regions, backers estimate the tax would generate more than $18 billion to pay for projects over the next decade.

Proponents argue that the T-SPLOSTs will create jobs by funding road, bridge and other transportation projects.

Opponents say it's just another tax and have concerns about where and how the money will be spent.

People in Central Georgia will vote in four different T-SPLOST districts:

ELECTION DAY | Last Minute Voter Information

ELECTION DAY | Last Minute Voter Information

Tuesday marks Election Day.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

When you go to vote, be sure to take your Georgia license, passport or military photo ID. You'll need to show that before voting.

If you need to doublecheck your polling location, enter your information and the database will show you where you're registered.

RELATED | 13WMAZ's Election Coverage

Man Charged With Hancock County Double Murder

The GBI has accused a man of shooting a Hancock County couple to death last year.

According to a news release, 19-year-old Brandon Charleston was arrested Friday and charged with killing the pair on Sept. 11, 2011.

Last September, Hancock Sheriff Tomlyn Primus said 34-year-old Darryl Scott and 31-year-old Dedria DeShay Green were shot to death in  their home at 141 Tommie Lane in Sparta.

The two were boyfriend and girlfriend, according to Primus.

Two children were reportedly living in the home as well, but they were not injured.

Authorities have not released any further information on the arrest or the shootings, including the alleged motive.

GBI spokesman Tom Davis and Hancock investigator Ricky Brown declined to comment further on the case.