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HELP DESK: Getting an Eviction Lifted for an Army Vet in Foreclosure

HELP DESK: Getting an Eviction Lifted for an Army Vet in Foreclosure

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA -- Paulette Davenport has lived in the same home in Stone Mountain for 12 years. She is a single mom and an Army veteran, seriously injured as she was training to go to Iraq.

The bank moved in and foreclosed -- at least for now.

Because of her accident, she's been in and out of VA hospitals for years. She says she's tried all along to keep her home.

The bank says they didn't see it that way and foreclosed.

"Last Friday it was raining, the Sheriff came to my front door and the Sheriff said you have to go, but he said I am not going to let you go in this rain," Davenport said.

"I have no place to go. My Mom is here from Jamaica. It's the only place I can go, but it's not feasible because of my health problems. So I have no place to go except a homeless shelter," she said.

Children find Body While Playing in the woods in DeKalb Co.

Children find Body While Playing in the woods in DeKalb Co.

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say children playing in the woods in DeKalb county came across the body of a man who had been slain.

DeKalb County police officer Jason Gagnon said the man - who had been shot to death - appeared to be in his 20s or 30s. Police said the body was found Wednesday afternoon off Wild Ginger Road near Lithonia, and they aren't sure how long it had been there.

Gagnon said an autopsy is planned. He said the man was a victim of a homicide, and that investigators have ruled out suicide.

Authorities say they know the man's identity, but have been unable to locate his relatives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Dekalb School System Reacts to State CRCT Investigation

Dekalb School System Reacts to State CRCT Investigation

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Walter Woods for Dekalb Schools)

Based on the results of the investigation to date and after receiving feedback from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), the School System has taken the following actions to ensure that the CRCT process is accurate and represents the progress of students:

  • Twenty-nine current and former school system employees have been referred to the Professional Standards Commission based on concerns that they may have been engaged in inappropriate conduct during the administration of the 2009 CRCT.
  • Twenty-four school system employees, including principals, assistant principals and teachers, have been reassigned to duties outside of the schools, pending review of their teaching certificates from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

"The Perfect Living Definition Of A Hero"

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA -- Every once in a while a hero steps into someone's life. One stepped into Heather Kloer's life on January 6th. It happened in the parking lot of an Office Depot on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. Kloer was walking to her car when she was approached by a man with a knife.

She is alive to talk about it because of a knight in shining armor that came to her aid. "He is my hero," Kloer said. "Talk about a perfect, living definition of a hero."

She is talking about Rob Strickland of Stone Mountain. Strickland owns Strickland Security & Safety Solutions, a security and safety company. He is trained and licensed to carry a gun.

Georgia DOT Commissioner Defends Snow Removal; Atlanta Mayor Hires Snow Removal Contractors

Georgia DOT Commissioner Defends Snow Removal; Atlanta Mayor Hires Snow Removal Contractors

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Tuesday afternoon, approaching 48 hours since Sunday night's storm caused snow and ice to clog roads across half of Georgia, Georgia's Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith said DOT workers are doing everything humanly possible to clear all the roadways.

"To motorists who think the roads should be clear by now, what do you say to them?" 11Alive News asked Smith.

"Be patient. There will always be a sunnier day than what we've had in the past couple of days."

Commissioner Smith said DOT crews had already spread 5,300 tons of salt and 7,000 tons of gravel on icy roads, and more salt and gravel has been ordered and is on the way.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Some Dekalb County Schools may be forced to Close, Parents rally to SAVE LIVSEY Elementary

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by the Save Livsey Task Force)

As you are likely aware, the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) is currently preparing its ten-year master plan for the school district, known as "2020 Vision." A significant component of the plan concerns the consolidation (or closing) and redistricting of schools throughout the district.

This past Monday, the Consolidation/Redistricting plan (Plan) was presented to the Board of Education. The Plan consists of a centralized option and a decentralized option. Details, including maps, of the plan can be found at the DCSS website or at www.SAVELIVSEY.org.