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Dekalb County Ministers Declare January 8th Community Peace Day

Dekalb County Ministers Declare January 8th Community Peace Day

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Edward Gates Bey)

This year, a Dekalb county ministry has said that “enough is enough” and has declared January 8, 2011 as a time to stop the violence and give peace a chance. On that day, members of Moorish

Science Temple of America, Temple #21, along with several other local organizations and human service professionals want to dedicate a total of 24 hours to reflect on the possibility of life without violence. The aim of Peace Day 2011 is to stop the violence, eliminate poverty and promote national pride.

Regardless of race, creed, nationality or sexual preference, the moratorium on violence is a call for action from within the community. The planned truce on January 8, is a deliberate attempt to prevent any occurrence of violence on that day and replace it with collective participation in a day of family friendly activities designed to educate and entertain.

See Atlanta's Crummiest Christmas Photos

See Atlanta's Crummiest Christmas Photos

Atlanta, GA--  MomsLikeMe.com has some of the funniest Christmas photos submitted by our readers like you.  Click the link to see the winners of the contest!

Also send your photos in to me and I will put them up on 11Alive for all your friends to see.

Just attach your photos with "Xmas photos" in the subject line. Send to MRichardson@wxia.gannett.com

Salvation Army Concludes its 2010 Angel Tree Toy Distribution Today

Salvation Army Concludes its 2010 Angel Tree Toy Distribution Today

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Lafeea Watson)

Salvation Army Concludes its 2010 Angel Tree Toy Distribution Today

What: December 21, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta will wrap up its 2010 Angel Tree program with toy distributions to the families of over 892 Dekalb County children from low-income households.

Throughout the day, The Salvation Army staff and volunteers will distribute unwrapped new holiday toys, clothing and other gift items donated by local residents and businesses to local children in need.

The parents of the registered children will arrive at pre-scheduled times to receive their holiday gift items that range from new bikes, dolls and doll-houses, to hats, scarves, and other warm-weather items.

In 2010, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command has distributed more than 30,000 gift items to local children and elderly through its Angel Tree Program.

Falcons pitch-in to help Dekalb County Children fight Obesity & Diabetes

Falcons pitch-in to help Dekalb County Children fight Obesity & Diabetes

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by the Chauncey Davis Foundation) 

Atlanta Falcons Defensive End Chauncey Davis (#92), Atlanta Falcons Harry Douglas, entertainment mogul Devyne Stephens, Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders, Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon and more will donate new bikes for youth this holiday season to promote exercise and healthy lifestyles 365 days a year.

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- "I think it's more of the same, a slap in the face." That's how Kim Ault and other parents reacted Friday to a $73,000 pay hike for Interim DeKalb County School Superintendent Ramona Tyson.

Some are outraged that a school system that's $50 million in the red and racked by a recent scandal would even think of such a move.

But with a 7 to 1 vote, the DeKalb County School Board increased Tyson's salary by 44 percent.

"Given what she's taken us through, it's disingenuous if we were going to continue to pay her 50 cents on the dollar," said School Board Chairman Tom Bowen.

He points out that Tyson has been working at her old Deputy Superintendent's salary of $165,000 since taking over the top job last February.

She took over when previous Superintendent Crawford Lewis was suspended and then fired after being charged with corruption.

Lewis' salary was $255,000 when he got the boot.

December "Give an Hour" Luncheon at Tucker Precinct

December "Give an Hour" Luncheon at Tucker Precinct

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by Tucker Civic Association)  

Tucker Civic Association (TCA) is asking area residents to "Give an Hour" by joining an appreciation luncheon for the officers at the Tucker police precinct.  

For several years, the Tucker police precinct in December has held an appreciation luncheon for its officers. Last year, TCA chose the luncheon as the "Give an Hour" project for that month. 

TCA members and residents brought a ham, a turkey breast and other baked goods and enjoyed socializing with the precinct personnel.

This year TCA will repeat the project. If you would like to participate and "give an hour" of your time with your cooking or other skills, please contact Jonnie Johnston at publicsafety@tuckercivic.org or leave a message on the TCA InfoLine at 770-270-1620.

Turner Contruction Delivers to Tucker Food Pantry

Turner Contruction Delivers to Tucker Food Pantry

Atlanta, GA-- (submitted by Mitch Leff)  As Turner Construction Company works to complete the new Tucker High School, their employees are making a difference in the community in other ways.

Thanksgiving week, Turner employees filled the beds of two pickup trucks for the Tucker Food Pantry.