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Atlanta Hawks to award $10,000 to Dekalb Alternative School

Atlanta Hawks to award $10,000 to Dekalb Alternative School

Dekalb - Today at 2:30pm, Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams will be visiting the Dekalb Alternative School  to award them with a $10,000 check that they will use for a school makeover and an Atlanta Hawks Reading Zone.  The Reading Zone will become a space inside the school for students to learn while experiencing the joy of reading.

Nominations for the Reading Zone were accepted between August 2 and September 9, 2011 from organizations within 50 miles of Philips Arena that serve youth under the age of 18.

Alleged FAMU hazing victim: 'I was made an example of'

DECATUR, Ga. -- For Bria Hunter, joining the Marching 100 was like a dream come true. The freshman clarinet player had deep ties with Florida A&M University; her parents are both Rattlers, her father a former band member himself.

RELATED | DeKalb County suspends all marching band activities

In the beginning, she loved every minute of her experience. But things began to change in mid-October, when she decided to join the Red Dawg Order, an unsanctioned sub-group within the band, made of Georgia students.

"They went around the room and they asked people, 'Did you want to be a part of this organization?'" Hunter recalled. "Some people said yes, and some said no."

Investigators claim to have uncovered fraud at FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida authorities investigating the death of a Florida A&M University drum major say they have uncovered possible employee fraud and misconduct.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement sent letters Tuesday to the head of the FAMU board and the head of the state university system, telling them investigators had uncovered potential violations of law as part of the probe into what is believed to be the hazing death of a Marching 100 band member.

READ | Letter to State University System of Fla. Chancellor Brogan

READ | Letter to FAMU Board Of Trustees Chairman Badger

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs contributes to Soles4Souls

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs contributes to Soles4Souls


DECATURDeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces that DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will contribute to the Soles4Souls charity by collecting shoes until Feb. 29, 2012.

Soles4Souls is a shoe charity organization that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of individuals. Once shoes are gathered, they are distributed to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered more than 16 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes across the world.

All types and sizes of shoes in good condition will be accepted. To donate to this worthy cause, citizens are asked to tie each pair of shoes together.

Feel free to drop off donations at any of the locations listed below:

Mega Millions soars to a merry $116M

Mega Millions soars to a merry $116M


ATLANTA – It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Mega Millions to go on a mega roll. Tuesday’s jackpot has jumped to an estimated $116 million after no one matched all the winning numbers Friday.

Two Georgia Lottery players each won $10,000 in Friday’s drawing. The lucky tickets were purchased at QuikTrip on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur and Money Back on Highway 18 in West Point.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since Nov. 4 and has rolled 11 times.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $4.4 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option; or a single payment worth approximately $85 million with the cash option.

Mega Millions tickets are $1 per play. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include: