Metro news for Tuesday

A record number of freshmen -- more than 5,500 students -- will attend the University of Georgia when classes begin Aug. 15. Of students who graduated from a Georgia high school in 2011, one in 20 will be at UGA.

This year's freshman class is about 10 percent larger than last year's and is the university's most diverse, said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. More than 1,400 freshmen are minorities -- a figure that includes more than 480 blacks and about 300 Latinos, she said. LAURA DIAMOND


The University of Georgia is among the research institutions that will share a $4.8 million federal grant to study a new rabies vaccine.

Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University received the National Institutes of Health grant to test the vaccine, which has the potential to cure the virus infection. Currently, an unvaccinated person infected with rabies that spreads to the brain has little chance of survival. The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research will also share the grant. MISTY WILLIAMS


Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers recently named Beemal Shah as its new chief operating officer.

A Georgia Tech graduate, Shah is replacing Deborah Armstrong, who became CEO of the 138-bed hospital earlier this year. Shah most recently served as chief operating officer of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla. He has also worked as a management engineer and a planning analyst in the health care industry. MISTY WILLIAMS

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Group strives to keep seniors fed through Meals on Wheels. B5

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How many Miss Georgias went on to become Miss America? B4