GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- When the cotton mill closed, Grantville began a slow transformation into a ghost town.
Residents fled. Storefronts faded. Buildings decayed.
But filming of the hugely popular TV show "The Walking Dead" has renewed interest in the rural Georgia town and the ruins of its old buildings. The series' fourth season premieres Oct. 13 on AMC.
Several key scenes in one episode that aired in March were filmed on and near a one-block stretch of Grantville's Main Street.
Mayor Jim Sells said that once that episode aired, tourists began showing up from as far as Australia, Singapore and Brazil.
Sells now leads a free tour each week for fans of the show. So far, more than 3,600 people have taken it.
(Grantville is on I-85, near Moreland, halfway between Hogansville (just north of LaGrange) and Newnan (southwest of Atlanta).
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- The Hooters restaurant chain is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The first restaurant in a chain known for its chicken wings and waitresses wearing tiny orange shorts opened in Clearwater on Oct. 4, 1983. Today, the chain extends to more than 425 restaurants in 28 countries.
One of the founders tells The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/GElLzs ) that global success didn't seem possible on the restaurant's first day. Ed Droste says only three people showed up. Droste and the five other founders held a birthday party for a friend to make the place seem more full.
Some of those founders returned to the Clearwater restaurant Friday to celebrate the brand's milestone. The wooden shack that housed the original Hooters was rebuilt and refurbished last year.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Those looking to purchase certain energy- and water-efficient appliances and products will enjoy a sales tax holiday this weekend in Georgia.
Officials with the state Department of Revenue say the sales tax holiday is limited to items that cost no more than $1,500 and include an Energy Star or Water Sense label.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the tax holiday began Friday and runs through Sunday.
Products purchased for a business or trade use or those being rented or leased do not apply for the exemption.
Those energy-efficient products include air conditioners, ceiling fans, dishwashers, light bulbs among other items, while water-efficient products can include faucets, toilets and showerheads.
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A student in Douglas County (west of Atlanta) helped rescue another teen who caught fire during a science experiment.
WSB-TV reports that a student at Chapel Hill High School was making a presentation Thursday when flammable liquid unexpectedly caught fire. The girl's clothing ignited.
A science teacher threw the student to the ground and tried to extinguish the flames. WSB-TV reports that 17-year-old Will Wheeler ran over with a safety blanket and wrapped it around the girl, extinguishing the flames.
The student was burned over 25 percent of her upper body. She was taken to Grady Hospital and is expected to fully recover. The injured student's name was not released.
MIAMI (AP) -- State officials say they have enough supplies and federal funds to keep Florida's food banks stocked into November even if the U.S. government shutdown continues. A spokesman for Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state can continue delivering goods thanks to unspent dollars and orders placed before the shutdown.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Popular fishing waters in the Florida Keys are closed due to the government shutdown. Fishing guides were notified this week that the 281-square-mile Biscayne National Park would be closed until further notice. Most of the park is water. Everglades National Park is also closed.
DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) -- Police have identified four people from Tennessee who were found shot dead in rural Alabama.
The dead were discovered Wednesday inside a car parked on a logging road near a forest south of Double Springs (which is located between Birmingham and Florence in northwest Alabama).
Authorities said the deceased include 30-year-old Kevin Carley, 29-year-old Robert Hamrick, 29-year-old Amanda Hamrick and 37-year-old Andy Keith Hunt. Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris told Al.com that all four people were from Savannah, Tenn.
Harris said the deaths appear to be an isolated incident, possibly a suicide or a murder-suicide.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee law enforcement officials are assisting in the probe.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- A proposed rule in Alabama could require that more doctors register as abortion providers.
The state Department of Health has proposed reducing by the number of abortions that doctors can perform in private practice before they must obtain a license as an abortion provider.
Doctors do not require such a license unless they perform 30 or more abortions during any two-month period in a calendar year.
Al.com reports the proposed rule would require doctors to get a license if they perform 10 or more abortions per month, or more than 100 in a calendar year.
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Montgomery
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