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Barking dog saves 6 people from house fire

Barking dog saves 6 people from house fire

EAST POINT, Ga. -- A family pet has been credited with saving six people from a fire in East Point Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out at around 5 a.m. at a house in the 2200 block of Delowe Drive.

A fire official on the scene said the family dog began barking when the house filled with smoke. The barking woke a woman inside, who then woke the rest of her family.

Four adults and two infants were home at the time. All six people and the dog escaped safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Dispatchers said the Red Cross will be sent in to help the family.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Diary helps convict man in murder of girlfriend and unborn child

Diary helps convict man in murder of girlfriend and unborn child

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- On Thursday, a Fulton County jury took just a few hours to convict 24 year-old Roderick Watkins of murder in the shooting death of 21 year-old Ashley Clark and their unborn child.

Watkins, of East Point, had been arrested for abusing Clark years earlier, and her family had urged her to leave him. But secretly she continued to see him, and, in the end, he killed her for her loyalty.

Among the key evidence presented at Watkins' trial was Clark's diary. And it spoke for her eloquently, like a voice from the grave, helping to convict her boyfriend two years after he killed her.

The cover of Ashley's diary came adorned with love and peace signs. She signed it with X's and Os for hugs and kisses; and she used hearts for the dots over the I's.

But inside, the words were dark and scary.

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
 
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.

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Workforce Investment Act Board Task Force to meet Tuesday

Workforce Investment Act Board Task Force to meet Tuesday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) Board Development, Visibility and Influence Committee Task Force will meet on Tuesday September 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

It will be held at the Adamsville Regional Health Center on the second floor.  The Adamsville Regional Health Center is located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta.

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where Job Seeker and Employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of One-Stop Centers statewide.

September is National Biscuit Month

September is National Biscuit Month

ATLANTA -- National Guacamole Day came and went without much fuss. National Junk Food Day just made us roll our eyes. But, National Biscuit Month? We're in the South, where REAL biscuits are made. We can't in good conscience ignore this month of delicious fluffiness.

The Flying Biscuit Café is celebrating the month by spilling their secret recipe. The 20th Anniversary Cookbook includes 100 recipes with favorites from the cafe and winners from local fans.

The Flying Biscuit Café will also be awarding free biscuits for one year to one customer in each of the Flying Biscuit Café's 13 locations. A total of 13 copies of The Flying Biscuit Café 20th Anniversary Cookbook purchased in-store will include a Golden Biscuit Ticket, awarding a year's supply of biscuits to a lucky customer in each of the communities The Flying Biscuit Café serves.

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Voter Education is an essential non-partisan comprehensive approach to providing the citizens of Fulton County with vital information and data to enhance the voter experience.

The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with civic, business and religious organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-7020 or by fax 404-730-7024.

Fulton County voter educators will be at the following community events:

September 13 – 8 a.m.

Community Engagement - Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta

September 16 – 5 p.m.

Big Bethel AME Church Get Out the Vote Summit, 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta

September 17 – 10 a.m.

Constitution Day

Herzig University, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1003, Atlanta