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DeKalb schools join Jobs for Georgia's Graduates

DeKalb schools join Jobs for Georgia's Graduates

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- AT&T and Jobs for America's Graduates have teamed up to curb the dropout rate at five DeKalb County high schools.

Clarkston, Cross Keys, Lithonia, McNair and Towers high schools will participate in the Jobs for Georgia's Graduates program, which helps students in underserved communities through tutoring, mentoring and other social services.

"I want to bring the JGG program to our schools in DeKalb County to share (the) opportunity for success with our high school students that need it the most," DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond said.

AT&T recently gave Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) a $1 million grant; some of that money will benefit DeKalb students.

JAG has helped nearly 1 million disadvantaged students go to college and secure good jobs. In 2012, the organization reported a 93 percent high school graduation rate among its participants, compared to 78.2 percent nationwide.

Commuter Dude: Crosswalk concerns in Tucker

TUCKER, Ga. -- The group Smart Growth America recently ranks Georgia as one of the worst for pedestrians. It's with that in mind that a shop owner in Tucker complained that many drivers are ignoring the pedestrian crosswalks there.

Elexa Bancroft contacted Commuter Dude, who is looking for ways to make that situation safer.

Bancroft said she's pleased with the growth along Main Street in Tucker.

"In just the last twelve months, three new businesses have opened in just this block," she said.

Step by step, the area blossoms with charm. But trying to take a step across a marked pedestrian crosswalk can prove difficult and dangerous.

"I see a lot of people all the time just waiting and waiting," Bancroft said. "I run a summer camp and we cross the street almost daily with our students, and there will be a group of children and we're waiting and waiting."

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Commuter Dude: Homeowners want major repairs on sinking streets

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Some DeKalb County homeowners are ready for crews to rip their streets apart after previous attempts to stop sinking asphalt didn't last.

Charlene Rivard contacted 11Alive's Commuter Dude about the spots in the Classic Village subdivision that have become persistent issues for drivers.

"It's causing flat tires," said Rivard. "It's causing broken axles."

It's easy to spot the places on Pierce Arrow Parkway where the street is cracked and falling. You can see evidence of an old repair job that didn't last.

Neighbors believe the issues come from old sewer lines that are no longer used.

Charlene Rivard is ready to see the county tear the road right down to the root of the problem if that's what it takes. She says it's been a year since repair crews have done anything.

Fire damages DeKalb County hotel

Fire damages DeKalb County hotel

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- No one was hurt when a fire broke out at a DeKalb County hotel Wednesday night.

The fire started at around 11:30 p.m. in a stairwell at the Quality Inn on Ranchwood Drive near Northlake Mall. The smoke and flames spread to the three-story building's attic.

Fire officials safely evacuated 55 hotel guests. One person was evaluated at the scene, but no one was hospitalized.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Gwinnett Gladiators announce 2014-2015 schedule

Gwinnett Gladiators announce 2014-2015 schedule

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators unveiled the schedule for the upcoming 2014-2015 ECHL season on Wednesday.

The Gladiators will open the season on October 18 in Evansville against the IceMen. The home opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center is against the Wheeling Nailers on Friday, October 24. The Gladiators will host the division rival Greenville Road Warriors the next night.

Twelve ECHL teams will visit the Arena at Gwinnett Center to take on the Gladiators over the course of the team's 36 home games in the new season, which runs through April 11.