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County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

The Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services Department, Housing and Community Development Division is requesting project proposals for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Funding is available for projects and services that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents of Fulton County.  Applications and program manuals will be available as of Monday, April 14, 2014, for pick-up at the following location:

Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department
Office of Housing and Community Development
137 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303
404-613-7944.

Driver charged with killing pedestrian

Driver charged with killing pedestrian


ATLANTA -- A woman was arrested for hitting and killing a pedestrian on Interstate 285 Sunday morning.

Tabatha Williams, 24, was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving in the accident.

The pedestrian was hit at around 4:45 a.m. on southbound I-285 just south of Langford Parkway.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said the victim, whose name was not released, was standing on the road's right shoulder when Williams' car swerved and hit him.

Williams was arrested at the scene. A passenger in her car suffered minor injuries and was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Lyon said police have not determined why the pedestrian was standing on the shoulder.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life


ATLANTA -- A young boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life.

Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point.

But Willie's actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man let him go.

Thursday evening, community leaders held a meeting in Willie's honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling other parents and children what to do if this happens to them.

Wolf Creek Amphitheater introduces Wolf Creek Jazz Series

Wolf Creek Amphitheater introduces Wolf Creek Jazz Series

ATLANTA -- The 2014 Wolf Creek Jazz Series kicks off on August 23 with Ruben Studdard, Mike Phillips, Ken Ford and Noel Gourdin. The concert series continues to bring some of the hottest acts to the Wolf Creek Amphitheater and this summer, the three-show series is guaranteed to keep guests entertained and moving to the smooth sounds of jazz.

The first 1,000 people to buy the 3-show series ticket can get all three shows for the amazing price of $60. Tickets can be purchased at ticketalternative.com or call Ticket Alternative at 877-725-8849. The run down for the Jazz Series is listed below.

• August 23, 2014 – Wolf Creek presents: Ruben Studdard, Mike Phillips, Ken Ford and Noel Gourdin

• September 20, 2014 – Wolf Creek presents: Chante Moore, Phil Perry, Joey Sommerville and Algebra

• October 4, 2014 – Wolf Creek presents: Maysa Leak, Jeff Lorber, Avery Sunshine and Milkshake

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Help is available for unemployed workers who have been out of work for a long time because off layoffs or a need for new skills.

The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development provides employment search services. Additionally, job seekers who want to know more about obtaining that first opportunity for an interview or receiving information about making it past the first interview to the second interview can obtain the following services:

• Career advisement to help set career goals and education requirements
• Assistance with resume preparation
• Schedule participation in a job readiness prep workshop
• Learn appropriate ways to dress to file in-person applications or attend interviews and job fairs
• Obtain free training if the employment seeker meets eligibility criteria

Workforce Development services are available at the following locations:

Award-winning writers, activists artists at Spelman for Octavia Butler Celebration

Award-winning writers, activists artists at Spelman for Octavia Butler Celebration

ATLANTA -- An accomplished group of writers, activists and artists from the speculative fiction and film communities will converge at Spelman College, April 16-17, for the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts and Activism.