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Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has frozen Georgia's gas tax, preventing an increase that would have kicked in July 1.

Deal signed an executive order freezing the gas tax at current levels, saving motorists nearly one cent from the next six months. Deal signed the order Friday.

The state gas tax had been set to rise .8 cents on July 1, as a result of a formula tied to fuel prices.

Deal says the state's economy has slowly improved with growing revenue and the unemployment rate decreasing. Deal says taxpayers in the state should not have to take on the "burden" of a gas tax right now.

Every six months, the Department of Revenue analyzes the previous half year's gas price and adjusts the state tax either up or down.

DeKalb County to hold Community Resources Expo

DECATUR, Ga. -- The one-day, one-stop DeKalb Community Resources Expo is being held to provide resources and employment services for individuals and families.

The expo will be held at the DeKalb Workforce Development Center on Thursday, June 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

According to DeKalb County, the "purpose of this event is to create synergy between DeKalb County and community organizations by providing easily accessible services and resources to DeKalb County stakeholders."

DeKalb Workforce Development Center is located at 320 Church Street in Decatur.

Woman pulled from burning house

DECATUR, Ga. -- Fire officials say a woman was trapped inside a burning house in DeKalb County Friday morning.

Crews arrived at the home on Terratim Lane at around 5:40 a.m. and were able to pull the woman from the house.

As of 6:10 a.m., she was being transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital with rescue crews performing CPR on her.

Investigators have not yet said how they believe the fire started.

DeKalb County offers discount pet adoptions in July

DECATUR, Ga. -- Want a puppy? DeKalb County is offering them at a discount. 

Beginning July 11, Burrell Ellis announced that the country will join a nationwide effort to increase the number of pet adoptions by holding an adoption event. 

The "Just One Day" event will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will discount pet adoptions to $60. 

"I am committed to making DeKalb Animal Services a leading agency in the treatment and protection of animals," said CEO Ellis.

The DeKalb County Animal Shelter is located at 845 Camp Road in Decatur.

DeKalb tax assessors work to fix 3,000 mistakes

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Shock, anger, disbelief: Thousands of homeowners, receiving their new property appraisals last week, couldn't believe their eyes.

They were seeing massive increases in taxable values that would be laughable even during the real-estate-boom years.

But what the homeowners did next had the county crying "Uncle!"

The homeowners got the county's attention, fast.

DeKalb County's property appraiser quickly admitted he goofed.

It wasn't just one homeowner who received the crazy, inflated property appraisals, last week.

"I started laughing when I read it," said DeKalb County Homeowner Phil Erickson, showing his notice to 11Alive's Jon Shirek on Tuesday, "because it had gone up nearly $100,000 since last year."

It wasn't just one neighborhood that saw the appraisals rocket to the stars, like Phil Erickson's did.

"Last year it was around $240,000," he said, "and this year it was nearly $340,000."

Father arrested in fatal DUI released from jail

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Anthony Johnson was released from the DeKalb County Jail on bond Wednesday morning, but the only people to greet him outside were reporters.

Johnson said very little as he walked about a mile to reach a bonding company and wait for his ride

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"I've been here a few days. At a later time and date, I can give you another statement. But as of this time, no more questions," he said.

Johnson was arrested Sunday night on charges of DUI, vehicular homicide, and child endangerment. Police say he lost control of his vehicle, killing his 15-year old daughter Corliss and leaving his 11-year old daughter in critical condition.

Dekalb Offers Job Preparation Workshops

DECATUR -- DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the June 2012 schedule for the "Work Readiness Workshops" offered at DeKalb Workforce Development.  The workshops support the ONE DeKalb Works initiative by providing work readiness tips and services. Topics of training include "Resume Writing," "Interviewing Techniques," "Personal Branding & Marketing: Part I & Part II," and "Networking."

The workshops are designed to empower job seekers with essential work readiness skills needed to secure employment. Residents are encouraged to attend the workshops at DeKalb Workforce Development located at 320 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Below are scheduled times and days for the work readiness workshops for June 2012:

Interviewing Techniques

Mondays, 2 - 4 p.m.

Thursdays, 2 - 4 p.m.