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Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

M.L King faces South Gwinnett on Thursday Night

M.L King faces South Gwinnett on Thursday Night

Decatur, Ga--The Class AAAAA No. 7 ranked Martin Luther King Jr. Lions open their season on Thursday night in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Hallford Stadium against the South Gwinnett Comets (0-1).

South Gwinnett won at home a year ago in a 44-41 shootout featuring a pair of high octane offenses.

 M.L. King's Jonquel Dawson passed for a record setting 486 yards in the season opener a year ago and went on to set the season and career passing marks in DeKalb County and returns to add to that career total this fall. Dawson passed for 3,611 yards last season and moved on top of the career passing list with 5,383 yards.

South Gwinnett lost its season opener 45-13 to current No. 1 ranked

Class AAAAA No. 6 ranked Stephenson (1-0) and Class AAA No. 6 ranked Cedar Grove are both coming off season opening victories as they meet up on Friday in a 7:30 p.m. game at Hallford Stadium.

Future DeKalb superintendent promises district-wide review, communication

Future DeKalb superintendent promises district-wide review, communication

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- In a Saturday morning meet-and-greet session with DeKalb County parents, superintendent finalist Dr. Cheryl Atkinson promised to turn the district around, beginning with a top to bottom review within her first 90 days on the job.

She also promised better communication, announcing plans to organize "fireside chats" with principals, teachers and parents.

"I'm also going to be in the schools," she said. "You can't run effectively a school district from behind the desk. I want to see first hand what's going on in our schools."

LITHONIA: Teen arrested after bringing gun to school

LITHONIA: Teen arrested after bringing gun to school

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A 14 year-old 8th grader is under arrest after police said he brought a loaded handgun to school Thursday morning.

According to Rodney Jenkins of the DeKalb County Schools, the teen is a student at Salem Middle School. Jenkins said the boy hid the gun behind the auditorium stage when he arrived at school Thursday morning.

After some students who knew of the gun told school administrators, DeKalb County police were notified.

Jenkins said that when the teen was confronted by police, he had already retrieved the weapon from behind the stage and was carrying it on him. Officers subdued the boy, wrestling him to the ground and arresting him.

There was no word on why the boy brought the gun to school.

Delving into DeKalb County's Superintendent Choice

Delving into DeKalb County's Superintendent Choice

ATLANTA--- A team of three journalists at 11Alive News spent Wednesday checking into the background and work history of Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, the finalist for superintendent of DeKalb County Schools.

Duffie Dixon, Donna Lowry and Ross McLaughlin were prompted by emails and calls from teachers, parents and homeowners who question whether Atkinson is up to the task of leading DeKalb's system.

Lowry  found is that Dr. Cheryl Atkinson current district in Lorain, Ohio ranks second to the lowest designation in performance, but Atkinson has said that test scores and overall performance have gone up.

According to the Ohio State Board of Education actual figures to substantiate that don't come out until August 24.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Rock Chapel Elementary School receives a truckload of school supplies today

Dekalb County --  Greg Street hosted his yearly back to school event last week and raised thousands of dollars for Rock Chapel Elementary.  He held the event at Club Echelon and hundreds of teachers and club goers all came together to make vital donations.

Echelon 3000, Greg Street- We Need 2 Read Foundation, along with DeKalb County Commissioner’s Lee May & Sharon Barnes-Sutton came together as good community partners to support the students of the DeKalb County School District as they begin the new school year. The collaboration will donate $5000 in school supplies to DeKalb County’s Rock Chapel Elementary School.

The Board of Education, Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson, and Rock Chapel Elementary Principal Patrick Muhammad sincerely thanks radio station V103, the county commissioners, Echelon 3000 and Greg Street for their commitment to the success of the children in the DeKalb County School District.