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Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer:

Family files suit in East Point police tasing death


EAST POINT, Ga. (WXIA) -- The family of the man killed in a police tasing incident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against East Point Police. Lawyers for 24-year-old Gregory Towns say police are trying to cover up how many times they used their tasers on a man who was obviously struggling with his health.

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The family of Gregory Towns Jr wants to know exactly what happened on April 11 -- the day Towns died after being repeatedly tased by two East Point officers.

Police say they were initially called to a domestic situation when Towns fled on foot. They chased him for nearly a mile before they caught him.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fulton County Call to Womanhood programs, Priceless University and the Youth Leadership Academy for Girls need volunteer academic tutors in math, science and reading.

Volunteer tutors will support the students in the Call to Womanhood programs during meetings beginning in September at the Call to Womanhood Center located at 3444 Claire Drive, Hapeville, next to the Hapeville Library.

Priceless University is a college-prep and career development program for middle and high school girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses that help students reach their full potential.  Priceless University meets every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Call to Womanhood Center.

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All About Developmental Disabilities offers workshops on dating, employment

All About Developmental Disabilities offers workshops on dating, employment

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will host workshops for families living with developmental disabilities at two locations this fall. Through their Family Support Center, designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, AADD offers assistance during various life transitions.

Each workshop will help participants learn more about a specific issue, including dating, employment and planning for future needs. Tuesday workshops will be held at AADD’s Family Support Center in Decatur at 125 Clairemont Ave, Suite 300, Decatur, 30030. Thursday workshops will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, 30338.

For registration and information about all workshops, please email Family Support Center Coordinator Madeline Griffin at madeline@aadd.org or call AADD at (404) 881-9777.

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

ATLANTA -- Beginning Wednesday, August 27, Fulton County will be offering all comprehensive workforce services for dislocated adults and youth at three career centers.

Tuesday will be the last day that residents can use the centers that are scheduled for closing (see closing information below).

Fulton County’s Workforce Development services will be offered in three locations convenient for citizens in north, central and south Fulton. Those centers include:

19 displaced by East Point apartment fire

19 displaced by East Point apartment fire

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Eight units were damaged and 19 people were displaced after a fire broke out at an East Point apartment building.

The fire at the Colony at Camp Creek Apartments on Kenelworth Drive was first reported at around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

City of East Point spokesperson Renita Shelton said first responders found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the back of the two-story building's lower level.

It took crews about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. During that time, the flames spread to the building's roof, leading to a partial collapse, according to Shelton. About 50 percent of the building sustained fire and water damage.

Shelton said four firefighters were treated at the scene for dehydration. One resident, who suffers from asthma, was treated at the scene for difficulty breathing.