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News Nearby: Woman Sentenced For Running Over Ex; Rogers Leaves Senate

Rounding up some of the top headlines from around metro Atlanta for Tuesday, Dec. 4.

A Hiram woman will serve 12 years in prison after news of a break-up drove her to run over an ex-boyfriend with a SUV, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.

Vanessa Marie Garrett-Rogers, 28, received a 30-year sentence from Chief Superior Court Judge Robert J. James after entering a guilty plea Monday to charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

Once out of prison, Garrett-Rogers will serve the remaining 18 years on probation. She is also required to pay $57,850.46 in restitution to the victim.

Read more on Dallas-Hiram Patch.

Chip Rogers To Step Down From Senate

State Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has announced his resignation from the Georgia Senate. The senator will formally step down on Wednesday from the position he's held since 2004.

Rogers, 44, said in a statement he plans to accept a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Read more at Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch.

Cumming Man Found Murdered

A 60-year-old Cumming man was found murdered Sunday night in his deer processing business in Hancock County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The body of Nelson Garner was found by a relative around 9:30 p.m. at Garner’s Grinder located at 18630 Highway 16 in Sparta, Ga. (the business is located about 137 miles from Cumming, between Atlanta and Augusta).

Read more at Cumming Patch.

Aaron's Founder Sued by Federal Regulators

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued R. Charles Loudermilk, founder of Aaron's furniture rental company, because of $21.8 million of bad real estate loans made by the failed Buckhead Community Bank, according to Businessweek.

Loudermilk, known by many as Mr. Buckhead, helped found Buckhead Community Bank in 1998 and was its former chairman. In September, Loudermilk left the company as its board chairman, becoming chairman emeritus.

Read more at Buckhead Patch.

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