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Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief is suspended without pay after publishing a book calling homosexuality "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar", and "inappropriate".

The book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? is on sale at Amazon.com. It was authored by Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. The summary of the book refers to God's words to Adam in the Bible:

From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

2 people shot in northwest Atlanta


ATLANTA -- Two people were found shot in northwest Atlanta Friday morning.

The shooting happened at around 6:40 a.m. at the Riverwood Club Apartments on Bolton Road. Residents of the apartment complex told police they heard six gunshots and then saw a black Kia speed away.

Two victims -- a man and a woman -- were discovered in a car outside a BP station in the 3200 block of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, just outside the Perimeter. According to authorities, the shooting does not appear to be a random incident as all parties involved know each other.

The woman was reportedly shot in the right arm, while the man was struck in the back and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Police said the bullet exited the man's body through his chest, but his injury was not considered life-threatening.

The shooting is under investigation.

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County wants citizen review and comment on its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan requires local governments receiving federal funds directly from HUD, to determine strategies, community needs, long and short-term objectives, resources and proposed projects for submission as a combined planning and application document.

City leaders break ground on BeltLine Westside Trail


ATLANTA (WXIA) – On Wednesday, city leaders broke ground on the next big phase of the Atlanta BeltLine. The three mile trail will run along the west side of the city from Washington Park to Adair Park.

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The project comes with high expectations from a part of the city that is desperate for change.

The BeltLine is considered by most to be a big success on the Eastside Trail. Now, city leaders are promising similar results for a more troubled part of town.

8th grader caught with gun at B.E.S.T. Academy


ATLANTA-- An 8th grader caught with a gun at school said he found it on his way to class.

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Gregory Lyon told 11Alive News the gun was discovered when the student went through the metal detector at B.E.S.T. Academy on Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy. The detector alarm went off and an officer located a 22 caliber weapon in the student's book bag.

He told police he found it on the way to school. Police say the student is being detained while the School Detective Unit is investigating.


Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.