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Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County, East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) and Jewish Family and Career Services are collaborating to help caregivers with Crisis Support and care planning. During the workshop, caregivers will learn about available services, which include but are not limited to financial resources, in-home care solutions, mental health resources and case management.  Participants will be able to register for additional programs at this event.

The program takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA  30344.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leslie Bridges at 404.762.2094.

The Superior Court of Fulton County Hosts "Family Law Community Days"

The Superior Court of Fulton County Hosts "Family Law Community Days"

The Superior Court of Fulton County’s Family Division is hosting three “Family Law Community Days” during the month of May. The events are designed to educate the public about the work of the Family Division and to help citizens with cases handled by the Family Division be better prepared in court. The Family Division is seeing an increase in the number of self-represented litigants. The “Family Law Community Days” will help citizens who choose to represent themselves better understand the court paperwork and process.

The “Family Law Community Days” will be held on the following dates and times:


Thursday, May 3, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
North Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, NE Suite 261  
Atlanta, GA 30350


Thursday, May 17, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
South Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 224 
College Park, GA 30349 


Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

APD appoints LGBT liaison

APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

Study shows hunger highest in DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton

ATLANTA -- A new study by Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organiztion, shows 16.9 percent of people in metro Atlanta and North Georgia don't always know where they'll find their next meal.

The numbers are even higher in DeKalb County (20.9 percent), Fulton County (19.5 percent) and Clayton County (23.4 percent).

"Fulton and DeKalb did go up a little bit but certainly not in the increases we've seen in the past," said Bill Bolling, CEO and founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. ACFB is part of the Feeding America network.

Bolling said the ACFB is beginning to see signs of an economic recovery.

Got old or expired drugs? Dispose of them on Saturday!

ATLANTA -- A lot of us have prescription medications that we are either no longer taking or that have expired. This weekend, you've got a chance to get rid of it.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies have set up all sorts of disposal sites that are available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Last October, a similar collection effort rounded up about 188 tons of unwanted or expired medicines. 

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