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School director fired after racial graduation comment


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The private school principal who gained national attention for a racially charged comment she made during a graduation ceremony has been fired, but still owns the school and will likely reap any financial benefit from it.

Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors at TNT Academy, wrote in a letter sent to the Gwinnett County NAACP that the board voted to dismiss school director Nancy Gordeuk:

School director makes racial comments during graduation

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – A small Atlanta-area private school is at the center of a national firestorm after the school's director made a racially charged statement.

During the graduation ceremony for TNT Academy Friday night, Nancy Gordeuk, the founder and director of the school, said, "Look who's leaving, all the black people!"

One of the graduates, Donte Lambert, said it all started when Gordeuk dismissed everyone early.

"She forgot the final speech, so she dismissed us all at first. Then she told everyone to come back. One parent got mad and he told his child to come on," Lambert said.


Teen driver killed in DeKalb wreck identified.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An 18-year-old student at Martin Luther King Jr. High School was killed and two more teens were hurt in a single-car accident in DeKalb County Thursday morning.

School officials sent home a letter to students on Thursday confirming that Quaidera Woodson-Weeks had died in the 8 a.m. accident.

The wreck happened on Snapfinger Road near Browns Mill Road.

DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the three victims were riding in a Pontiac G6 that left the road and struck a tree.

All three teens were taken to Atlanta Medical Center. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.

DeKalb County Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson confirmed she was a senior at MLK High School and was only a few weeks away from graduating. She had been accepted into Valdosta State.

Teen drowns in Stone Mountain Park lake

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A 17-year-old boy drowned in a lake inside Stone Mountain Park Sunday afternoon.

The teen was swimming in the lake with family members, according to Stone Mountain Park Police spokesman John Bankhead. Another person began to struggle, and the teen swam out to help that person. Bankhead said the person in trouble managed to get out of the lake, but the teen went under the water and did not resurface.

Rescuers searched for the teen until about 4 a.m. Monday. Dive teams finally discovered the victim's body in the lake after the sun rose Monday morning. The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy.

The teen was identified as Nirmal Rai. Bankhead said he and his family were of Nepali descent and visiting from Nashville, Tenn.

Stone Mountain Park visitors are not supposed to swim in the lake.

Adorable puppy rescued from pipe

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 4-year-old girl has been reunited with her best friend, thanks to the actions of some rescue workers.

Tadoshi, a 7-week-old Chihuahua, left her house early Tuesday morning to use the restroom. They thought she'd run off -- until they heard whimpering from a small PVC pipe. The pup had fallen about six feet into the narrow tube.

Animal control couldn't get the furry friend out, so they called firefighters. They originally used shovels, then had to call in a backhoe after hitting a water line.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.