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DeKalb police chief honored

DeKalb police chief honored

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has been recognized for his many achievements over his three-decade law enforcement career.

Alexander was presented with a resolution by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police during its 2014 conference.

"It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition from the Georgia Chiefs Association," Alexander said in a release. "It's always humbling to get recognized by your peers."

Alexander has served as DeKalb's police chief since April 2013 and is also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Buford Couple Eats their way up Buford Hwy.


CHAMBLEE, Ga-- Buford Highway is a ribbon of asphalt that runs from Midtown to Gwinnett County. It may be the most diverse stretch of road in all of Georgia. One couple is exploring that diversity by eating at every single restaurant in order going north. Along the way, they learned a lot about food. And themselves.

It's been seven miles, 130 weeks, and 100 restaurants. Emily Allred and her husband have been eating their way up Buford Highway.

The adventure has been occasionally harrowing: "I have run across a couple of scary health failures. Our worst was a score in the 30's, but we did manage to get one with a score in the teens, which was kind of terrifying."

It is sometimes bewildering: "I wouldn't have driven behind the gentleman's club to see if there was a restaurant there if I wasn't doing this project."

But, mostly, it's been delicious.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Primary runoff election results

Primary runoff election results

For complete election results visit www.11Alive.com/elections.

Primary runoff election results

Primary runoff election results

For complete election results visit www.11alive.com/elections

AADD names Madeline Griffin Family Support Center Coordinator

AADD names Madeline Griffin Family Support Center Coordinator

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) today announced that Madeline Griffin has been named the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC) Coordinator. Griffin will be responsible for all of the organization’s community workshops, partnerships and programs.

Every year, AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions.  The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.