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Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to Meet Tuesday, July 29

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to Meet Tuesday, July 29

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Tuesday, July 29, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in Room 242 at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia. 

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where Job Seeker and Employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of One-Stop Centers statewide.

Zoo Atlanta's panda twins turn 1

Zoo Atlanta's panda twins turn 1

ATLANTA -- Happy birthday, Mei Lun and Mei Huan!

Zoo Atlanta's famous panda twins turn 1 on July 15, and the zoo has planned a special celebration in their honor.

The pandas' caregivers crafted two ice cakes with banana pieces inside. The cakes are shaped like the number 1. Mei Lun and Mei Huan will enjoy the cakes at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday; fans are invited to visit the zoo or tune in to PandaCam to watch the twins receive their birthday treat.

At 2:30 p.m., Zoo Atlanta will host a Google+ Hangout, also on PandaCam, in the pandas' honor. The zoo's panda keepers will join the hangout to share memories of the twins' births and first year.

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in a home that can alert families to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke,” says Fire Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As firefighters, we continually remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.”

The NFPA offers the following tips to help residents safeguard their homes from home fires:

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

ATLANTA -- Early voting for the General Primary Runoff Election continues. Early voting began June 30 and continues until July 18 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As of now, there are three early voting locations:

* North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

* South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Rm. 108, College Park, GA 30349

* Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

Beginning July 14, six more early voting locations will open in Fulton County:

* Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

* Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell, GA 30075

* East Point Library, 2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344

* Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30005-4601

* Northside Library, 3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Family gets stadium memorial plaque honoring fallen iron worker


ATLANTA -- With the future of Turner Field now in doubt, a Stone Mountain viewer "raised her voice" to 11Alive News to get help in claiming a memorial plaque of extraordinary meaning to her family.

For Lynne Falls-Shriber, it was a devastating blow. Her brother Jack Falls, an iron worker, fell to his death in March 1995 as he was helping to complete construction of what was then known as Centennial Olympic Stadium.

"It was the last thing that had to be done on this project on that light pane. Jack and another guy were up there putting in the last brace, and they were driving a hammer to put in the brace. I guess the pinging of the hammer made the bottom of the truss collapse," said Roger Plymel, an iron worker who was in the stadium on the day of the accident.

Within weeks, the iron workers Local put up a commemorative plaque on a girder near the site where the lights collapsed. It's been there ever since.

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member of the team Wednesday morning.

Kojack, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sworn in as a K-9 deputy by Sheriff Ted Jackson. He replaces Marco, who was euthanized in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco worked with Sgt. Corey Henry. The sheriff's office said Henry was very selective in choosing a replacement, but Kojack meets the criteria, including superior intelligence and all the positive qualities of his breed.

"He has an excellent temperament and very high drive to work," Henry said of Kojack.

Kojack will work as a multipurpose patrol canine in such areas as tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotic detection.