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County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

County seeks proposals for Community Development Block Grants

The Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services Department, Housing and Community Development Division is requesting project proposals for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Funding is available for projects and services that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents of Fulton County.  Applications and program manuals will be available as of Monday, April 14, 2014, for pick-up at the following location:

Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department
Office of Housing and Community Development
137 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Guide to big changes at Sweetwater 420 Festival

ATLANTA, Ga- The Sweetwater 420 Festival is one of Atlanta's favorites. Fifty-thousand people are expected to attend this year, but they'll find the spring tradition significantly changed since 2013. Before you grab a local brew, take note of five things you need to know:

1. It's not at Candler Park. The event outgrew the neighborhood park. Instead, it will be at Centennial Olympic Park this year.

2. That means the portion of proceeds that used to go to Park Pride to improve Candler Park will instead go to a downtown neighborhood project near Centennial Olympic Park. A spokesman for the festival tells 11Alive News they haven't specified an exact project yet.

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Help is available for unemployed workers who have been out of work for a long time because off layoffs or a need for new skills.

The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development provides employment search services. Additionally, job seekers who want to know more about obtaining that first opportunity for an interview or receiving information about making it past the first interview to the second interview can obtain the following services:

• Career advisement to help set career goals and education requirements
• Assistance with resume preparation
• Schedule participation in a job readiness prep workshop
• Learn appropriate ways to dress to file in-person applications or attend interviews and job fairs
• Obtain free training if the employment seeker meets eligibility criteria

Workforce Development services are available at the following locations:

Award-winning writers, activists artists at Spelman for Octavia Butler Celebration

Award-winning writers, activists artists at Spelman for Octavia Butler Celebration

ATLANTA -- An accomplished group of writers, activists and artists from the speculative fiction and film communities will converge at Spelman College, April 16-17, for the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts and Activism.

Public celebration of life planned for Capt. Herb

ATLANTA -- The public celebration of life for Captain Herb Emory will be Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. The church is in East Cobb at 955 Johnson Ferry Road.

The family says they will hold a private funeral.

The well known WSB Radio and Channel 2 Action News reporter, passed away Saturday evening.

Emory was assisting with a car accident on South Burnt Hickory Road, when he became ill, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to WellStar Douglas Hospital, where he died.

Since 1971, Emory had been one of the most popular voices for Atlanta traffic reports. He began working with WSB Radio and Channel 2 in 1991.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and received the inaugural Excellence in Motorsports Journalism Award in 2012.

Captain Herb was 61 years old.

Georgia Connections Academy open enrollment

Georgia Connections Academy, a statewide provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling, has opened enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year and will be conducting in person information sessions with parents and students across the state.

“We are enrolling 1000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year,” said Lead Principal Heather J. Robinson. “We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now.”