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SCAD set for 2005 expansion into Atlanta

A new facility called SCAD-Atlanta is scheduled to open in 2005, the Savannah College of Art and Design said last week.

SCAD President Paula S. Wallace said, “This is an opportune time to build on the success and experience of SCAD in Savannah by opening another in-state facility to serve our students.”

SCAD-Atlanta will offer undergraduate and graduate courses. Some under consideration include advertising design, animation, architectural history, art history, broadcast design and motion graphics, English as a second language, fashion, foundation studies, graphic design, illustration, interactive design and game development, interior design, liberal arts, painting, sequential art, and visual effects.

SCAD will begin accepting applications for both full-time and adjunct faculty, as well as administrative and professional staff, immediately.

As for the new facility’s location, “Although no final decision has been made as to SCAD-Atlanta’s location, a facility with convenient access to all parts of the metropolitan area is a major consideration,” a spokesperson says.

SCAD Senior Vice President for Recruitment and Communications Pamela Rhame said, “SCAD-Atlanta is a logical next step for the college, considering the fact that the majority of the applications from the state of Georgia come from Atlanta.”

SCAD-Atlanta has notified its accrediting body, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, on the planned opening.

Suspected cabbie shooter apprehended after chase

Late last week, a dangerous car chase resulted in the apprehension of a suspected armed robber who may have shot a Savannah cab driver days earlier.

Police had originally arrested David Bolton of Ogeechee Farms on a tip for the August 18 armed robbery and shooting of a Yellow Cab driver. But soon after the arrest, detectives received information from authorities in Lowndes County that John R. Perkins, Jr., 22, of Savannah had been implicated in connection with the shooting and was staying with a relative in Valdosta.

So investigators dropped the charges against Bolton and shifted their focus to Perkins.

The plot thickened further when Lowndes County police found the body of a Hispanic male shot to death. A bulletin was put out for the dead man’s missing vehicle.

Savannah police soon spotted the vehicle at GA 204 & I-95. Perkins was the driver.

Perkins attempted to elude officers and the chase went into Bryan County, “where Perkins pointed a weapon at pursuing officers several times before crashing along Highway 144 in Richmond Hill,” police say.

Perkins suffered injuries in the crash. and was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Carnegie library reopens

In a ceremony this past Saturday featuring keynote speaker Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the historic Carnegie Library of Savannah at 537 E. Henry St. reopened after a long renovation.

The Carnegie Library was founded by a group of prominent local black citizens in 1914, and it remained in continuous use until 1997 when it was closed because of poor and unsafe conditions. A community effort from public and private sources raised enough money for the renovation.

Truck hit by train

As we go to press, a man is in serious condition after his truck was struck by an Amtrak train early this past Monday.

Rescue personnel were called to a remote portion of Corvair Avenue in west Savannah after 44-year-old Joseph Mitchell’s pickup truck collided with the Amtrak passenger train.

Mitchell was attempting to cross over the tracks when the southbound Amtrak train struck it just behind the truck’s passenger compartment, police say.

“The truck was thrown from the tracks and into weeds off the side of the tracks,” a police spokesman says. “The force of the impact was strong enough to completely knock the bed of the truck off the chassis and further into the weeds, landing approximately 20 feet away from the vehicle.”

The force of the impact also threw Mitchell from the cab of the truck. Another female passenger in the truck left the scene shortly after the impact.

Emergency personnel transported Mitchell to Memorial Health for treatment. The Amtrak train “apparently suffered no ill effects from the crash and continued on to Jacksonville shortly afterwards,” police say.

Charges will be determined following the outcome of an investigation, police say.