ATTACK UPDATE: Charges have been upgraded against a man accused of attacking a jailer at the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday. Gabriel Vashone Knight, 36, of Powder Springs appeared in Douglas County Magistrate Court on Friday charged with aggravated assault. Knight was previously charged with riot in a penal institution, battery and willful obstruction. He remained in jail Tuesday with no bond. He reportedly kicked off his shoes and took a fighting stance after the officer tried to remove him from the area after a verbal altercation between inmates. “At about 7 p.m., a call came in that an officer was involved in an altercation with an inmate,” Sheriff’s Investigator Shay Brooks said. “When help arrived, they found inmate Knight actively engaged in an altercation with (the victim). The incident was captured on video and it shows that he took a fighting stance, kicked off his shoes and started hitting (the victim). It shows him slamming (the victim’s) head into one of the walls.”

BY THE NUMBERS: The United States Census Bureau released its 2012 population estimates in late march and it shows Douglas County with an estimated population of 133,971. That number represents a 1.3 percent increase from 2010 population figures. The racial makeup of that population is estimated to be 55.7 percent white, 40.1 percent black and 8.6 percent Hispanic. A total of 24.2 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher and there are 10,911 veterans who call Douglas County home.

TOURNEY TIME: While the nation is watching the NCAA basketball tournament, the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals are preparing for their second annual Cornhole Tournament Sunday April, 28 at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Clubs. Teams can register for $30 and play begins at 1 p.m. For more info visit http://douglascountygeorgia.com/ or call 770-942-5022.

NEW FACE: Georgia Cancer Specialists has added Kristy McDonald, M.D. to the staff at the Douglasville office at 6002 Professional Parkway, Suite 200 in Douglasville. McDonald is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in hematology and medical oncology. “We are happy to welcome such a highly esteemed colleague as Dr. McDonald to the Douglasville office,” said Dr. Al Soltan, president and CEO of GCS. “Her presence in Douglasville offers the community extended access to excellent cancer care.” Dr. McDonald received her medial degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She completed her residency in internal medicine, as well as her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

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