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Top Chef Kevin Gillespie dishes about his Forbes ranking

ATLANTA -- Top Chef Kevin Gillespie stopped by 11Alive's studios to discuss his latest honor in Forbes magazine. He secured a spot on a "30 Under 30" list honoring influential men and women in the category of food and wine.

The 29-year-old Atlanta native was a fan favorite when he appeared on Bravo's sixth season of Top Chef's sixth season.

Gillespie is the executive-chef and partner of Atlanta's Woodfire Grill.

He's currently working on two cookbooks. The first, Fire in My Belly, will be released next fall.

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Toys for Tots short on toys

Toys for Tots short on toys

SUWANEE, Ga. -- At Thanksgiving, 11Alive News reported that Toys was short on donations this year. Now less than a week before Christmas, it looks like some boys and girls will just have to go without. 

"We basically have no new influx of toys coming in right now," said Theresa Wilhite, assistant coordinator for Atlanta Toys for Tots.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Charity has been giving toys to needy children since 1947. Atlanta Toys for Tots gives toys to agencies in 17 Metro Atlanta counties. 

Many of the bins at their Suwanee warehouse, which are usually filled with toys from drop-off locations around the region, are empty or near empty.

"The difference this year is the demand for toys is much greater," Wilhite said.

She said more than 1,000 agencies have requested toys this year. Last year 800 agencies were given toys. 

Fulton County Seeks Nominees for Environmental Awards

The Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment (FCCCE) is seeking nominations of environmental advocates and environmental projects that exemplify environmentally-sound practices to be recognized at its annual Environmental Awards Program on April 18, 2012.  All nomination entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 13, 2012.

All submissions will be evaluated in one of the following categories:

  • Environmental Advocate -  Individual in Fulton County who supports activities that  protect the environment and exemplify environmentally sound practices
  • Best Development Development in Fulton County that implements proactive and Innovative  best management practices
  • Environmental Program Fulton County programs that focus on environmental awareness and pollution prevention

One award will be presented in the E

MIDTOWN | Atlanta tennis tourney slated for shopping center

ATLANTA (AP) - City officials say the Atlanta Tennis Championships will be played next summer on courts to be constructed at Atlantic Station, a residential and shopping district in the city's midtown area.

The tournament's stadium court, where the top matches are played, will be constructed in the district's Central Park, where a Christmas Tree is currently located.

Andy Roddick and former Georgia star John Isner have already committed to the event.

Bleachers seating 4,000 people will be temporarily constructed, closing two streets during the tournament, which will run July 14-22 and was won last year by Mardy Fish.

Trees and plants around Central Park will be moved and then replanted once the event is completed.

City officials say arborists have approved the plan.

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MIDTOWN | Suspicious package clogs AM commute

ATLANTA -- A suspicious package clogged morning rush hour traffic in Midtown.

According to Atlanta Police and Fire, an abandoned green Army duffel bag was found at Peachtree Place near Peachtree Street, across from Atlanta Gas Light headquarters, shortly before 7 a.m.

It turned out to be a bag of welding tools.

Peachtree Place at West Peachtree was shut down for the investigation. So was the Midtown MARTA station.

Both have since reopened.

Cynthia Bailey's Daughter Noelle Robinson Performs Live

Cynthia Bailey's Daughter Noelle Robinson Performs Live

Noelle Robinson, daughter of supermodel and RHOA star Cynthia Bailey and actor Leon Robinson, is growing up and showed off her talents Saturday afternoon as she performed for a crowd of tweens at Wal-mart for the DreamKids Hair Care holiday celebration.

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Brownie

ADOPT A PET: Meet Brownie


ATLANTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.