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Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail. To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request or go online to request an absentee ballot application. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Oct. 31. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A request letter should include the name and date of the election, the voter’s name, address as registered, date of birth and the voter’s signature. The letter can be faxed to 404-730-8839 or mailed to Fulton County Voter Registration, Attn: Absentee Ballot, 130 Peachtree Street SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303. Absentee ballots may also be requested in person at one of the three Fulton County Government centers:

ASO president Stanley Romanstein resigns


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The board of directors of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra says Stanley Romanstein has resigned as president and CEO.

His resignation comes as orchestra players continue to a labor dispute over their contract.

The previous collective bargaining agreement between the ASO and the players expired September 6. Last week, the ASO cancelled concerts through November 8.

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.

3 men crash car, swim through sewer water to escape


ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police were searching for three men after an unusual escape.

An officer patrolling the area near 17th Street and Howell Mill Rd. passed a car driving without headlights. The officer turned around and pulled the car over. While he was running the tag, the car took off.

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The driver of the car lost control and crashed through a fence and flipped into the water treatment pond. The car was half-submerged in water, nose-down in 15-feet of treatment water.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Fulton County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Gunmen try to rob two women on Tech campus


ATLANTA -- For the third time in a month gunmen tried to rob somebody on the Georgia Tech campus. Georgia Tech Police said the suspects in the latest crime got scared off and fled before carrying out the robbery.

According to a police incident report the attempted robbery happened on the boundary of the campus at around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Two women, aged 23 and 21, who were not students, were walking east on 10th Street. As they approached the intersection at Center Street, a car pulled in front of them and stopped. The report said two men with guns got out of the car and pointed the guns at the women.