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71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond has been named to Georgia Trend magazine's latest list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Thurmond has served as superintendent since February 2013. He is the only public schools superintendent to receive the honor.

His recognition in the magazine says:

The former commissioner of labor inherited a mess when he took over leadership of the third-largest school system in Georgia (100,000 students, 14,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget). He stabilized the troubled district, built a $30 million surplus, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates. Along the way, he has enhanced the reputation as a leader and public education advocate.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

DeKalb police chief honored

DeKalb police chief honored

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has been recognized for his many achievements over his three-decade law enforcement career.

Alexander was presented with a resolution by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police during its 2014 conference.

"It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition from the Georgia Chiefs Association," Alexander said in a release. "It's always humbling to get recognized by your peers."

Alexander has served as DeKalb's police chief since April 2013 and is also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Summer gold medalist cheers on Kyle Carr

Summer gold medalist cheers on Kyle Carr

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Two-time gold medalist Barbara Jones Slater is partial to the Summer Olympics, but she's intrigued by the short track speed skaters in Sochi.

"Only thing is, the relay's kinda confusing," she told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "It's not like our relay."

Jones Slater made history in running shoes, not speed skates, during the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

She was-and still is-the youngest female to win an Olympic gold medal in track & field. She was 15.

"Standing up on that podium, even when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner today, I get that thrill, that chill," she said.

She was part of the 4x100 meter relay team and went on win a second gold in the same event in Rome in 1960.

One of her teammates that year was Wilma Rudolph.

"Are your teammates like your family or even closer?" Leslie asked.

History center to hold architecture Lunch & Learn

History center to hold architecture Lunch & Learn

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb History Center will hold a Lunch & Learn with architectural historian Dr. Richard Cloues later this month.

Cloues will present his lecture, "After the Bungalow, Before the Ranch: The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s-1950s" on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at noon.

He will speak in the Old Superior Courtroom at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse in downtown Decatur.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees are permitted to bring lunch.

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Chairman, District 1, John H. Eaves received the Grady Champion Award during the 2nd Annual “Honoring Healthcare Champions Awards.”

Chairman Eaves was one of eight community leaders, medical professionals and non-profit executives honored by the Hospital Authority for their leadership in efforts to support Grady Hospital and build healthier communities.

The awards dinner followed the 2013 Health Summit, which brought governmental leaders and healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare issues affecting Fulton and Dekalb counties.

The Healthcare Champions were honored for research, advocacy, donations and inspired leadership.  Standing with Chairman Eaves (center) were Pete Correll (left), Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Thomas Dortch, Chairman of the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.