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Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer:

Over 300 turn out for end of 2014 Fulton Fresh Farmers Market

Over 300 turn out for end of 2014 Fulton Fresh Farmers Market

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market program ended its fourth season on August 27, 2014 with over 300 participants who attended the ceremony to celebrate the program that provided approximately 32 tons of fresh produce to more than 7,000 residents in 24 Fulton County communities.

Fulton Fresh was founded in 2011 as part of Fulton County’s continuous effort to address health disparities. Communities served by the seasonal program benefit from the delivery of fresh produce, nutrition education and courses on how to prepare tasty, healthy meals with the produce they received. 

Information about Cooperative Extension and other county services was made available as well as healthy treats and fresh produce from the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market.

For more information on Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market and Fulton County Cooperative Extension, call 404-332-2400.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Landlord calls out Mayor Kasim Reed on lawn signs


ATLANTA -- A local landlord is raising his voice, saying drug dealers have taken over the neighborhood near Revere Drive, so he's taking his complaints to the top.

Jim Lester printed out more than a dozen signs calling on Mayor Kasim Reed to stop drug trafficking in the area.

He put them on his tenants lawns, and all over James Jackson Parkway.

He says all his tenants have to do is look out the window to see drug deals going down, and people fire their weapons in to the air at all hours of the night.

Lester says people from all over Atlanta are coming in to the neighborhood to buy drugs.

After complaining multiple times to the city, he said he wanted to do something to really get their attention.

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fulton County Call to Womanhood programs, Priceless University and the Youth Leadership Academy for Girls need volunteer academic tutors in math, science and reading.

Volunteer tutors will support the students in the Call to Womanhood programs during meetings beginning in September at the Call to Womanhood Center located at 3444 Claire Drive, Hapeville, next to the Hapeville Library.

Priceless University is a college-prep and career development program for middle and high school girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses that help students reach their full potential.  Priceless University meets every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Call to Womanhood Center.

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

ATLANTA –- More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in this year’s Taste of Atlanta, which will take place October 24-26 in Midtown at Tech Square.

With eateries featured from both inside and outside the Perimeter, festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city.

New this year, to help attendees pinpoint their local favorites or discover new dining treasures during Taste of Atlanta, the festival will take food lovers on a culinary tour through the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

ATLANTA -- Beginning Wednesday, August 27, Fulton County will be offering all comprehensive workforce services for dislocated adults and youth at three career centers.

Tuesday will be the last day that residents can use the centers that are scheduled for closing (see closing information below).

Fulton County’s Workforce Development services will be offered in three locations convenient for citizens in north, central and south Fulton. Those centers include: