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Tucker Residents Protest New Crematory in their Neighborhood

Atlanta, GA--  Tucker Residents have decided to protest to show their opposition to a new crematory, in the small Tucker neighborhood.  The residents belong to a group called CAN!

DeKalb County Police Central Records Closure

Atlanta, GA--  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Dekalb County Government

The DeKalb County Police Department’s Central Records Division will be closed to the public on Friday October 15, 2010 to accommodate for mandatory employee furlough days.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will resume normal operating hours on Monday October 18, 2010. 

The Central Records Division will also be closed on Friday November 12, and Wednesday November 24, 2010.

Undefeated Teams Most Likely to Lose in Week 7

ATLANTA -- There are currently 42 undefeated teams in the GHSA and with at least four of those teams guaranteed to lose in Week 7, that number has nowhere to go but down. Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net shows you which schools are most likely to lose for the first time this season.

Single-A (8 undefeated teams total in the class)

-Charlton County... The Indians take on Wilcox County, the defending Single-A champs. And while they have outscored opponents 274-63 this year, Charlton County faces some stiff competition in 5-1 Wilcox County. The Patriots, led by UGA commit Nick Marshall, have only lost to undefeated Clinch County.

-Savannah Christian School... The Raiders play Savannah Country Day, whose only blemish was a two-point loss to 5A Groves.

Early Voting in Two Counties Bodes Ill for Democrats

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Business has been brisk at this early voter precinct in Cherokee County, a reliably Republican Atlanta suburb. The director of elections says the governor's race between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes seems to have captured the imagination of the early-voting electorate.

The votes won't be counted until November of course, but the favorite here is no secret.

"Cherokee County is predominantly a Republican county," said Elections Director Janet Munda. She says early voters in Cherokee County are turning out at about two-thirds the level of early voting in 2008 -- a record year with a presidential election. It will be, she says, a strong turnout.

"We're looking at, I think, pretty much a 50 percent turnout," Munda said. "It's going to be an impressive turnout."

State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.

 

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 6

KENNESAW, GA -- This week's candidates for the Under Armour Athlete of the Week accounted for over 650 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns. Which player is most deserving of the award? You decide

North Cobb Christian's Corey Harris helped his team notch its second victory over St. Francis last Friday. Harris rushed for 218 yards, had 76 receiving yards, and accounted for four total touchdowns.

Harris' effort helped North Cobb Christian score 46 points, the most in the school's history.

In 5A, Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke has had several noteworthy performances this season, but his six-touchdown effort against Duluth may be his best work yet. The Eagle quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 318 yards and those six scores.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.