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Governor’s Office Accepting Applications for DeKalb County Solicitor-General

Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that his office will begin accepting applications for Solicitor-General of DeKalb County to succeed the Honorable Robert D. James in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 15-18-60.

Individuals qualified for the position under O.C.G.A. § 15-18-62 must complete and submit an application to the Governor’s Office by Thursday, September 30, 2010. Applications may be sent by mail to 201 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 or by fax to 404-656-5948. Electronic submissions to rgreenway@gov.state.ga.us will also be accepted.

For more information, interested applicants should contact Rhonda Greenway, Executive Legal Assistant to the Governor, at 404-651-7715 or via email at rgreenway@gov.state.ga.us .

A copy of the Solicitor-General Application is attached to this release.

Judicial Forum 2010 at Maloof Auditorium

Thirteen candidates seeking judgeships in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties will participate in Judicial Forum 2010 on Sept. 21 at Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur. The forum is sponsored by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the DeKalb Bar Association and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Metro Atlanta Chapter.

A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. with the forum beginning at 6:45 p.m.  During the forum, the audience may ask the judges and candidates questions and join the discussion.

Massey Matchups Get Good Results in Week 4

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Massey Matchups predicted a Chattahoochee win in the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net Game of the Week, but the computer underestimated wide receiver Kane Whitehurst and the rest of Chattahoochee's team.

Chattahoochee was predicted to beat Creekview 30-21. But Whitehurst, who accounted for almost 200 receiving yards, and the Chattahoochee offense took care of the Grizzlies' defense. Creekview had only given up 30 points total in their first three games, but the Cougars were able to put 42 points on the scoreboard; Creekview was only able to manage seven points in return. Chattahoochee is now 3-0.

North Gwinnett was supposed to beat Collins Hill 34-14. The Bulldogs actually beat Collins Hill 33-20. The Eagles drop to 1-3 and North Gwinnett brings their undefeated start to 4-0.

Former Pro Makes It All the Way Home

ATLANTA -- Former pro Heath Honeycutt had some healing to do before returning to the sport he loves.

"It took me a long time to get back into baseball," Honeycutt said. "I was very dejected and upset that I did not really leave on my terms."

The Georgia Tech alum now lives and breathes baseball as owner of Ninth Inning Baseball in Chamblee, where he trains the next generation of athletes.

"I love every second of it," he said. "I love to see the guys with the same love and excitement in their attitude that I had when I was playing."

Honeycutt played for the Chattahoochee High School Cougars in Alpharetta and then went on to Tech, where he was the only player to start every game in 1998. He was named the Yellow Jackets MVP.

Massey Matchups Predicts Week Four's Scores

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The Game of the Week voting came down to the wire this week as Collins Hill-North Gwinnett and Creekview-Chattahoochee jockeyed for position as the poll closed. When all was said and done, Creekview at Chattahoochee edged out the Region 7-5A  battle to win by five-tenths of a percentage point.

Will any of this week's game's be that close? Massey Matchups lets us know.

In the Game of the Week, Chattahoochee is projected to win 30-21. Though Creekview's defense has looked good in their earlier games, the predictor tool thinks Chattahoochee's offense will be too much for the Grizzlies to slow down. The Cougars are 2-0 and host the 2-1 Creekview team at The Hooch.

Jury Awards $40,000 in Damages in Kid Rock Case

DECATUR, GA -- A DeKalb County jury has awarded $40,000 in compensatory damages to a man who claimed to have been beaten by musician Kid Rock and his entourage during a 2007 fight at a local Waffle House restaurant.

Harlen Akins sued Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five members of his entourage over the fight. The judge dismissed two of the defendants Thursday.

Akins was seeking $6,000 in medical fees and an unspecified amount in punitive damages. The jury decided not to award punitive damages on Friday.

The responsibility for the compensatory damages will be divided among the four remaining defendants based on the level of fault jurors judged for each of them.

Kid Rock is only responsible for $6,000 of the $40,000 in damages. His guitarist, who is seen throwing the first punch in surveillance video, will have to pay the brunt of the damages, $28,000. 

How to Avoid Weekend Roadwork

ATLANTA -- Road crews are revving their engines ahead of weekend work around Metro Atlanta, weather permitting. Here is how to avoid getting caught in the congestion.

Clayton/DeKalb/Henry: I-675 Northbound

8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday: One rolling left lane closure between I-75 and I-285.

Take I-75 as an alternate.

DeKalb: I-20 Eastbound

9 p.m. Friday - 5 am Monday: Two left lanes closed between Exit 74 / Evans Mill Rd. and 1 mile east of Turner Hill Road.

I-20 Eastbound Alternate (North of I-20): Exit onto Panola Road and go left. Follow Panola Road to Covington Hwy. and turn right. Follow Covington Hwy. to either Turner Hill Road or Sigman Road. Turn right on either one and follow back to I-20 Eastbound.