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Jimmy Carter released from hospital after treatment for urinary tract infection, spokeswoman says

Former President Jimmy Carter was released from a Georgia hospital Wednesday after being treated for a urinary tract infection.

Carter, 95, was discharged from the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in a statement.

“He said he looks forward to further rest and recovery at home in Plains, Georgia,” she added.

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Carter has had several health issues in recent years.

He was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last month after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall.

On Oct. 6, he had hit his head and required 14 stitches. He still traveled to Nashville that month to help build a Habitat for Humanity home shortly after the incident. He also fractured his pelvis in another fall later that month that required a brief hospital stay.

Carter was diagnosed in 2015 with melanoma, saying it had spread to other parts of his body. He said he was cancer-free after procedures to remove parts of his liver, treatment for brain lesions, and radiation and immunotherapy.

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Former President Jimmy Carter was released from the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus on Wednesday after treatment for a urinary tract infection. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

He also had hip replacement surgery last spring after a fall.

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Carter served as the 39th president, from 1977 until 1981.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Sean Hannity questions Georgia gov’s Senate pick, presses for ‘rock star’ Rep. Doug Collins

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Sean Hannity panned Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s expected appointee to the U.S. Senate Monday night, saying that Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga was “the single best choice to fill that Senate seat.”

Incumbent Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is retiring at the end of the year due to health issues. Kemp, a Republican, is expected to choose business executive Kelly Loeffler, a member of the WNBA Atlanta Dream’s ownership group and, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a six-figure donor to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s political action committee.

Hannity said on his Fox News program that Kemp should appoint Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and a staunch defender of President Trump, to fill the seat, calling the 53-year-old a “rock star.”

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“I have no idea what the Republican governor of Georgia is doing,” he said. “[Collins] single-handedly helped spearhead the GOP’s impeachment-coup-resistance with great, great courage and conviction — unlike so many others. I don’t know why the governor of Georgia … Brian Kemp is appointing someone who appears to be an untested, big-Republican Romney donor described by many as a ‘RINO’.”

Hannity added he has invited Kemp, who defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in 2018, on his syndicated radio show and Fox News program but said that the governor has thus far declined.

During an interview with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a Trump supporter who has sparred on Twitter with Kemp and some of his allies, Hannity joked that the lawmaker was being considered an “interloper” in his neighboring state’s politics.

“[Donald Trump] told you how to be supportive: Appoint Rep. Doug Collins,” Gaetz — whose Florida panhandle district borders Georgia — tweeted at Kemp on Friday. “You are ignoring his request because you THINK you know better than POTUS.”

In response to one of Gaetz’s tweets, Ryan Mahoney — who the Journal-Constitution identified as a Kemp aide — tweeted that the Florida lawmaker should “mind [his] own business” and appeared to jokingly claim he played with “Pokemon cards” and “legos.”

In another tweet, Gaetz responded to criticism of his own comments about the expected choice of Loeffler by claiming Kemp’s team is “so scared of Stacey Abrams that you’re making a bad Senate pick.”

“You forgot why and how you won,” he added.

Kemp appeared to take the critiques in stride, tweeting Friday that the “attacks and games are absolutely absurd. Frankly, I could care less what the political establishment thinks. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Loeffler is the CEO of financial services firm Bakkt, which offers a regulated market for Bitcoin. She was previously an executive at Intercontinental Exchange, a firm founded by her husband that owns the New York Stock Exchange. Bakkt is a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange.

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Isakson’s Senate seat will be up for grabs again in November 2020 in a special election that will determine who serves the final two years of his term. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., another Trump ally, will be on the ballot that same year.

A Loeffler victory in 2020 would make her the first woman elected to the Senate from Georgia. However, Collins has left the door open to challenging her in what would be a 2020 Republican senatorial primary battle. Trump was also a big supporter of Kemp in his tight 2018 race against Abrams.

Fox News’ Dominick Calicchio and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jimmy Carter hospitalized due to urinary tract infection, spokeswoman says

Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized in Georgia this past weekend for treatment of a urinary tract infection, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for The Carter Center, said Carter was admitted to the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, about 10 miles east of Carter’s home in Plains.

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Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga last month. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

“He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon,” a statement from The Carter Center read. “We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home.”

The 95-year-old Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last week after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall.

A fall last spring required him to get hip replacement surgery. Then on Oct. 6, he hit his head in another fall and received 14 stitches, but still traveled to Nashville to help build a Habitat for Humanity home shortly thereafter. He fractured his pelvis in another fall later that month and was briefly hospitalized.

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The former president was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, announcing that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. After partial removal of his liver, treatment for brain lesions, radiation and immunotherapy, he said he was cancer-free.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Matt Gaetz backs Trump pick for Georgia Senate seat, warns governor to do same: ‘Maybe you need a primary in 2022’

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday that there could be political consequences if Kemp decides not to choose President Trump’s reported favorite for the state’s expected U.S. Senate vacancy.

In a series of Twitter messages on the day after Thanksgiving, Gaetz, a Florida Republican, called on Kemp to choose U.S. Rep. Doug Collins for the seat, when Sen. Johnny Isakson steps down at the end of the year.

Collins, 53, is a Republican who has represented Georgia in Congress since January 2013 and is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to hold impeachment hearings this week. Like Gaetz, who also serves on the Judiciary Committee, Collins is considered a staunch defender of President Trump.

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Kemp, a Republican, has been leaning instead toward appointing financial executive Kelly Loeffler to the Senate, according to the Washington Times.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, has been feeling some pressure from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., right, over Georgia’s upcoming U.S. Senate vacancy.

“You are ignoring his request because you THINK you know better than @POTUS,” Gaetz wrote in one Twitter message. “If you substitute your judgement [sic] for the President’s, maybe you need a primary in 2022. Let’s see if you can win one w/o Trump.”

“You are hurting President Trump,” Gaetz wrote in another tweet. “You know this because he told you.”

Kemp had fired off a Twitter message of his own.

“The idea that I would appoint someone to the U.S. Senate that is NOT pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-freedom, and 100% supportive of our President (and his plan to Keep America Great) is ridiculous,” Kemp wrote. “The attacks and games are absolutely absurd. Frankly, I could care less what the political establishment thinks.”

Kemp had previously faced backlash from pro-life advocates over Loeffler’s reported ties to organizations favoring abortion.

The Senate vacancy arose in August when Isakson, the 74-year-old chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced plans to retire amid his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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“I am leaving a job I love because my health challenges are taking their toll on me, my family and my staff,” Isakson said at the time.

Meanwhile, Kemp and Loeffler met with Trump at the White House last Sunday – with the meeting quickly becoming tense and ending abruptly, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

Sources told the Journal that Kemp said he remained open to the president’s preference for the Senate seat as well, and Kemp and Trump reportedly spoke by phone on Monday, although the outcome of their discussion was unknown, the report said.

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Georgia man gets 7 years in prison for swindling women on Match.com, Craigslist

Money can’t buy you love, but a Georgia man who used Match.com to meet the supposed woman of his dreams showed his love’s money could buy an $80,000 BMW — a car the 34-year-old used to skip town and leave his lady high and dry, until the law caught up with him.

The so-called “Sweethart Swindler” known as John Martin Hill, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of theft by taking and one count of perjury, Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dan Mayfield said. He was sentenced to seven years behind bars and another 13 on probation.

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Hill convinced the woman — a widow with three children — that he was a millionaire and in love with her. They decided to wed within a week of meeting on the dating site, and Hill told her the $80,000 he took from her would go toward their dream home, as well as some furniture.

Cpl. Michele Pihera told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that once the woman gave Hill the money, she never heard from him again. The woman also didn’t know that Hill was reportedly already living in an apartment nearby with another woman and child and had only $6 to his name.

After Hill’s arrest, other women came forward and said they, too, had been duped by the local Lothario.

According to the AJC, Hill had arrest warrants out in at least four separate states under various names. Authorities said his go-to move in the past has been to post bail and disappear. Investigators said they did not know the total number of woman Hill had fleeced but confirmed he’s changed his name five times in the past few years.

The Gwinnett County Police Department says Hill had gone by the name of: Gregory Dutton, George Hill, Maverick McCray, Gregory Davis and Gregory Hill. He was wanted in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

In 2011, Hill was arrested by the West Long Branch police department in New Jersey on “several outstanding warrants and charged him with three counts of theft by deception,” according to the Long Branch-Eatontown Patch.

Hill was accused of taking money from young women after claiming to be an executive and advertising a job on Craigslist.

“Hill made claims of being a CEO and owner of a company that specialized in obtaining scholarships for high school athletes,” Capt. Larry Mihlon told Patch.

He would make contact with women looking for a job, set up an interview with them and then ask for cash upfront after taking their information.

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Some of the company names used by Hill were College Bound Recruits and Athlon Sports.

In 2014, a Facebook page titled “Stop Gregory Hill” was created, detailing more accusations against the man.

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Georgia jail’s ‘Barracks’ aims to help incarcerated veterans with extra resources

A new housing unit within the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia is aiming to provide military-veteran inmates with additional resources to help them transition back into society upon their release.

The 70-bed unit known as “The Barracks,” a specialized therapeutic program northeast of Atlanta, has aimed to give both violent and non-violent offenders a second chance at life.

Sheriff Butch Conway said the project was inspired by the belief that it could awaken the values learned through military service, according to a release by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

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A new housing unit within the Gwinnett County Jail is helping military-veteran inmates with additional resources to help them transition back into society upon their release.

“Our goal is to help reconnect these inmates to the time in their lives when they made better decisions, respected authority and obeyed the law. This program has the potential to greatly influence these inmates and help them lead more productive lives when they’re released from custody,” he said.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has affected 20 percent of Iraq veterans, 12 percent of gulf war veterans and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans in a given year, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Barracks has aimed to address the trauma associated with serving, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav said.

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The 70-bed unit called “The Barracks” has aimed to give both violent and non-violent offenders a second chance at life. (Google Maps)

“The Barracks program provides classes to address [the] trauma associated with military service, drug abuse, and behavioral therapy,” Volkodav said. “The Barracks will maintain a regimented schedule which includes daily room inspections and military-style physical fitness training. Military veterans have previously demonstrated their ability to lead a life of discipline, respect authority and follow orders, which we believe will be instrumental to the program’s success.”

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Roughly seven percent of the 2.3 million people behind bars have served in the military, according to a paper titled “Barracks Behind Bars” which mirrored “The Barracks” and was sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections.

Its studies found 77 percent of incarcerated veterans received honorable discharges and were affected when transitioning back to civilian life.

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“By housing veterans together in an environment that inspires military culture, values, and a sense of brotherhood or sisterhood, these units are not only promoting safety improvements, but also restoration, healing, and growth in a way that may not have been possible via general population housing,” the paper concluded.

The release added that many of the staff members at Gwinnett County Jail have been veterans themselves while adding that it’s the only metro-Atlanta jail with a housing unit designed specifically for veterans.

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NFL teams haven’t reached out to Colin Kaepernick after recent workout, report says

Colin Kaepernick’s highly publicized workout for seven NFL teams at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., has reportedly not helped his case in returning to the NFL.

His representatives reportedly sent a video of his workout to the 25 NFL clubs that didn’t attend on Nov. 16, but “no teams have reached out to work him out, visit with him or sign him,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The report comes after his attorney, Mark Geragos, previously said on the Adam Carolla Podcast this week that two teams had shown interest in the controversial quarterback who helped start a wave of protests regarding social and racial injustice in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem at games.

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Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts and media, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

“One who is legitimately in need of a quarterback who had a very poor showing on Sunday and has got an owner that I don’t think gives a sh-t,” Geragos said.

Kaepernick, 32, has remained unemployed for more than 32 months since he became a free agent. Only one team, the Seattle Seahawks, has brought him in for a visit, which occurred back in May 2017.

Part of the lack of interest could also be attributed to him changing the location of the workout less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin, which his reps, Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley, said was to ensure “a transparent and open process.”

“Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency,” the statement continued. “The NFL denied this request. Based on the prior conduct by the league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”

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Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives at a workout for NFL football scouts and media, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

The NFL responded to the change in a statement on Nov. 16.

“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL,” the league said. “Twenty-five [25] clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew.”

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ESPN acknowledged the speculation that teams were interested in signing Kaepernick, although Schefter added that: “nothing has materialized, and nothing is expected to at this time.”

In 69 career games with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2016 — Kaepernick threw for 12,271 passing yards, 72 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Deval Patrick campaign event canceled at Atlanta college; only 2 people reportedly show up

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A campaign event for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who launched a late Democratic presidential bid last week, reportedly was canceled Wednesday evening when only two people showed up.

Patrick was scheduled to speak at Morehouse College in Atlanta, a historically black men’s college located not far from the site of Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. The event was organized by students from the New Deal Democrats.

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The student organization told ABC News it was given only given 24 hours’ notice about the event and the campaign said Patrick canceled because he was late from another event and had to catch a flight.

The campaign added that Patrick would reschedule his Morehouse visit, Haslett reported.

Patrick filed Nov. 14 to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot in February.

It’s not the first time Patrick has had trouble filling a room. New York Times reporter Jennifer Medina tweeted a photo of a nearly empty room at another event on Monday.

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Both Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg have spoken at the historically black college. Bernie Sanders is scheduled there Thursday.

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Buttigieg has target on back in Democratic debate, as he rises in polls

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Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg enters Wednesday night’s primary debate as a candidate on the rise — but with the attention and surging poll numbers, he can expect plenty of heat from the rest of the field.

He says he’s ready.

“We are making sure we are ready for anything that will come,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor said when asked on Monday on how he was preparing for the fifth-round debate in Atlanta.

Once the longest of long-shot hopefuls, he’s now firmly in the top tier of candidates, thanks to a recent surge in polling in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that kick off the nominating calendar. 

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Mo Elleithee, the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service and a Fox News contributor, expects Buttigieg “to be one of the big storylines” coming out of the debate.

“In every single debate so far, the person who came in as the front-runner or with momentum has faced serious incoming,” noted Elleithee, a senior spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who later served as communications director for the Democratic National Committee.

“In each one of them, the person in the crosshairs stumbled,” he emphasized. “And so the question for Buttigieg is, now that he’s that guy, how does he handle the incoming?”

Veteran Democratic consultant and communications strategist Lynda Tran said Buttigieg “is on the rise, and that means he should anticipate the other candidates on stage this week to set their sights on his campaign.”

The 37-year-old candidate is the youngest in the large field of Democratic White House hopefuls – and Tran spotlighted the “generational contrast” between Buttigieg and the other top-tier contenders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who are all in their 70’s.

“Look to the upcoming debate to see the top tier of candidates try to turn his youth and fresh take into a vulnerability,” said Tran, who ran communications for the Obama-era grassroots group Organizing for America and was a founding partner of the communications firm 270 Strategies.

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The debate also comes as Buttigieg faces increased media attention for his lack of support in polling among black voters, who make up around 20 percent of the Democratic presidential primary electorate.

The debate’s being held in Georgia’s largest city and capital – which is home to a large and vibrant African-American community. Elleithee said Buttigieg “has got to begin show soon that he can get some traction with black voters and this is a good opportunity for him to do that.”

“He would do himself a lot of good to come out tonight and find some way to connect with black voters in a real way,” he suggested.

Tran looked to the candidate’s numerous policy proposals, saying that Buttigieg’s “newly minted status at the top of the polls in Iowa also offers an opportunity for the mayor to discuss his expansive ideas about how to govern the nation.”

Buttigieg likely won’t be the only candidate with a mark on his or her back.

“I suspect that Warren’s going to be the other main target of attacks tonight,” Elleithee predicted. “Her Medicare-for-all plan has proven to be a major target. So she’s going to continue to be pushed on it. In the last debate, she was pushed on it.  She stumbled. She then came out with details and now those details are going to be fair game.”

Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota were the two candidates who took on Warren over her government-run single-payer health care proposal at last month’s debate.

And Elleithee said “if there’s going to be any real fireworks tonight, I think the thing to look for will be Buttigieg versus Warren on this issue. They have both emerged as sort of the standard-bearers of the two sides of the Medicare-for-all debate, that has sort of become a proxy issue for this bigger discussion about the direction of the Democratic Party. “

But Tran said Warren should be able to take the heat.

“I expect Senator Warren will continue to take swings from others on stage around the costs of her health care proposal — but if the previous debate matchups are any indicator of how she will respond, I don’t see her being ruffled by the attention,” she predicated.

As he has at every debate to date, Biden will also be in the spotlight. Although he’ll likely not face the scrutiny he weathered in the first three debates – when he was the unrivaled front-runner – Elleithee stressed that “Biden’s going to need to have a good night. He’s still in good shape but he’s slipped a bit in the early states. He’s got to stop the slide.”

And Tran noted that “as before, voters will have their eyes on Vice President Joe Biden to see how he manages questions about his experience — the good and the bad — and his reaction to the impeachment hearings currently underway.”

Tran also highlighted that she’s going to “be on the lookout” on whether Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang have breakout moments.

“Both have delivered strong performances in the past rounds of debates, albeit without surging in the polls as a result. But they both bring unique perspectives to the stage and it’s not too late to shift the dynamics heading into Iowa,” she explained.

Elleithee’s got his eye on Sen. Kamala Harris of California, a one-time top tier contender who’s seen her White House bid plummet this autumn.

“She’s got to see if she can claw her way back in,” he said.

And he pointed to Klobuchar, “who keeps having steady debate performances that haven’t translated into significant support in the polls. She’s inched up a little bit. She had a very good debate performance last time. Can she replicate that and this time turn it into some sort of real bump in support.”

Fox News’ Andres del Aguila and Tara Prindiville contributed to this report

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Georgia teenage girl planned knife attack at predominantly black church, police say

A teenage girl in Georgia was arrested after an alleged plot was discovered by her classmates last week to attack a mostly black church by using knives on worshippers because of their race, according to officials.

The Gainesville, Ga., Police Department said on Tuesday the white, 16-year-old girl, who has not been identified, planned to attack the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in the northern part of the state.

The plot was revealed when Gainesville High School students told administrators on Friday the 16-year-old had a notebook with “detailed plans” to kill worshippers at the church, according to Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish.

“The student who immediately reported this to school officials saved lives,” Parrish said at a news conference on Tuesday. “She had written down how she wanted to do it, the best way to do it. She had procured some butcher knives, kitchen knives to do the attack with.”

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After police were notified by school officials when the threat was verified, the 16-year-old girl was taken into custody and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, the police chief said. She’s being held in a youth detention center in Gainesville.

While details of the alleged plot have yet to be released, Gainesville Police said their investigation indicated “the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members.”

Gainesville is about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and is a city of just over 40,000 people, about 17 percent of whom are African-American.

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Bethel AME is a predominantly black church and is part of the same family of churches as the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Nine black church members, including a senior pastor and a state senator, were killed on June 17, 2015, when white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire during Bible study.

Roof later told FBI agents he had hoped the killings would start a race war.

Rev. Dr. Michelle Rizer-Pool, who leads the congregation at Bethel AME, said the teen girl visited the church last Wednesday, which is usually a Bible study night, according to FOX5.

Rizer-Pool, who has pastored the church and its approximately 40 members since June 2018, said the congregation recently celebrated 118 years of service in the community.

“When I found out I drove to the church, went inside it and prayed and anointed my church and asked God to put a hedge of protection around us,” she told the AP in a phone interview on Tuesday. “That was on Friday. On Sunday, I tried to relay what was going on without a lot of emotion so that the congregants would remain calm …

“You know, I’ve been preaching for a while now about being on the battlefield, being a soldier in God’s army and that if you believe that God is in charge, he won’t allow hurt or harm to come your way. One of my members told me, ‘You’ve been getting us ready.’ I guess I have.”

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Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the Presiding Bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of AME Church, said Tuesday he’s worried after the incident, adding there is “great concern among AME” if the denomination has a target on its back.

“We are glad that Bethel Gainesville did not have Bible study last Wednesday night,” he said at a news conference.

Authorities in Gainesville said they have stepped up patrols around the church in the wake of the incident.

“They have already stepped up and assured me it would be a continual, not something that fades away,” Rizer-Poole told reporters.

The South has a long history of black churches being bombed, burned and shot up.

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Besides the killings by Roof, the white son of a sheriff’s deputy was arrested in April and accused of setting fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana. Holden Matthews is awaiting trial on arson and hate crimes charges in the Louisiana church burnings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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