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Kid Rock: I'm A Big Number In A Lawsuit Lottery

DECATUR, GA -- A DeKalb County jury is ready to decide if hick-hopper Kid Rock will be lighter in the wallet. A Decatur man says Kid Rock and his entourage beat him un-necessarily. The artist says he and his friends were trying to control things before they got out of hand.

It all played out on a video tape from inside a Waffle House Restaurant three years ago. It has now come down to an 11-member jury to decide if Kid Rock should pay for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Harlen Akins claims Kid Rock and his entourage beat him for no reason. On the witness stand Thursday Kid Rock said things did get out of hand, but he said "If we wanted to hurt this man, we could have hurt him very, very bad."

Akins said it was unprovoked and he was scared to death. "You got five six guys you know, I'm scared for my life and I'm trying to get out of that situation, out of the waffle house.

Kid Rock Takes Stand in DeKalb Co. Court

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The man who claims musician Kid Rock and his entourage beat him and smashed his cell phone testified in court that he still doesn't know why the fight happened.

Earlier, Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, testified that he exchanged some tough words with Harlen Akins at suburban Atlanta Waffle House but didn't start fighting until provoked.

The musician and five members of his entourage are being sued by Akins over the 2007 fight. Kid Rock and Akins both took the stand Thursday.

Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

The musician stopped at the restaurant following a performance in Atlanta. The fight broke out after Akins recognized a woman in Kid Rock's party and spoke to her.

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.

Stogner Confirmed as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to confirm Richard Stogner as Executive Assistant and Chief Operating Officer.  Stogner was nominated by Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis.

Mr. Stogner’s appointment is for an initial term of one-year. He has asked not to receive compensation for his services during his term in office.

“Mr. Stogner has had a long and distinguished career in public service and is well-known and recognized as a top-notch public administrator.  He has served in top posts in the administrations of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and Andy Young as well as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games,” said CEO Ellis.  “In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Mr.

Members of Kid Rock's Entourage Testify in Decatur

DECATUR, GA -- Members of musician Kid Rock's entourage testified that another Waffle House customer provoked them into a fight at the suburban Atlanta restaurant.

Jurors also heard a recorded 911 call in which a Waffle House employee says the musician started the fight.

Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, and five members of his entourage on Wednesday appeared in DeKalb County court, where they face a civil lawsuit stemming from the October 2007 fight.

Harlen Akins claims the musician and members of his entourage beat Akins up.

Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

The musician stopped at the restaurant following a performance in Atlanta. The fight broke out after Akins recognized a woman in Kid Rock's party and spoke to her.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tucker Recreation Center (4898 Lavista Road in Tucker).

Vote DeKalb, Encourages Early Voting

In an effort to increase voter turnout in DeKalb County, county officials are launching an early voting campaign—Vote DeKalb—to encourage voters to cast ballots prior to the Nov. 2 General Election.