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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.

Driver killed in wreck on Camp Creek Parkway


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed and another was injured in a traffic accident in south Fulton County Friday morning.

It happened at around 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Camp Creek Parkway and Bakers Ferry Road.

Fulton County Police Det. Melissa Parker said a pickup truck collided with a tractor trailer. The pickup truck's driver was killed; a passenger in the truck was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital was unknown injuries. The tractor trailer driver was not hurt.

Police have not said whether anyone will face charges. The accident is under investigation.

Northbound Camp Creek Parkway is shut down at the scene.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.

Men shoot each other, 1 dies

Men shoot each other, 1 dies

ATLANTA -- Police said an argument led to gunfire in southwest Atlanta Thursday night.

Two men reportedly shot each other at around 11:30 p.m. at the Towne West Manor Apartments in the 300 block of Brownlee Road.

Atlanta Police Lt. Charles Hampton said one of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. No names were released.

The shooting is under investigation.

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.

Information session about resources available to job seekers

Information session about resources available to job seekers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development will host an information session on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Southwest Library located at 3665 Cascade Road.

Participants will receive information regarding workforce service location changes and employment search resources available for use such as:

• Computer, copier, and fax usage for job search purposes
• Money-smart financial training modules (FDIC-approved)
• Mavis Beacon typing software tutorial
• WinWay resume software
• O’Net career exploration software
• Current job notifications in various fields
• On-site recruitment events
• Skills training
• Labor market information

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices: