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Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday it has hired Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as its new chief academic officer.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen nominated Jenkins for the job. The city's board of education approved her recommendation.

"I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students," Jenkins said in a statement.

Dr. Jenkins brings more than 25 years of education experience to APS. He is credited with transforming Michigan's Saginaw Public Schools District, increasing its graduation rate by more than 14 percentage points and reducing the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years.

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Security guard involved in deadly shooting


ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating a shooting which took place near Atlantic Station early Friday morning.

Upon arrival at the scene, authorities found Kenneth Macauly, a security guard, who admitted to shooting another person. The shooting took place on the 300th block of 17th street by Icon City Apartments around 2:30 a.m.

According to police, Macauly, who was unarmed when the police arrived, said the deceased was acting "suspiciously".

Atlanta Homicide Units are handling the investigation.

The name of the deceased has yet to be released.

Tony Wilbert, spokesman for Atlantic Station Town Center Management, released a statement Friday morning:

Person killed after being struck by MARTA Train


ATLANTA -- A person was struck and killed by a MARTA Train Wednesday morning.

The accident took place at the Georgia State University Station at 170 Piedmont Avenue around 5:30 a.m.

According to MARTA officials, no passengers were on the train when it struck the man, who was laying on the tracks. Officials are also unsure how the man was able to enter the tracks, as it was in an unauthorized area.

MARTA police identified the victim as 55-year-old Mahendra Kumar Ghelabhai Patel.

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

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Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail. To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request or go online to request an absentee ballot application. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Oct. 31. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A request letter should include the name and date of the election, the voter’s name, address as registered, date of birth and the voter’s signature. The letter can be faxed to 404-730-8839 or mailed to Fulton County Voter Registration, Attn: Absentee Ballot, 130 Peachtree Street SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303. Absentee ballots may also be requested in person at one of the three Fulton County Government centers:

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

ATLANTA -- It’s been almost four years since we’ve heard any new music from Keri Hilson, but she doesn’t seem to be making any apologies for taking her time to create a new album.

Instead she teases her Keri Krew on Instagram by posting a photo of a song she recorded on her iPhone voice memo, titled "I Can’t Love You (No More)." In between working on a new album Keri seems to be enjoying life with her boyfriend, NBA player, Serge Ibaka; hanging out with friends; and cooking.

There’s no doubt we want Miss Keri to hit us with a new catchy song, but we love how she always lives out her pretty girl empowerment anthem, showing the world she’s more than a pretty face–she’s got skills.

Read the full story at Tastemakermag.com.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

Fulton County Cooperative Extension seeking 4-H mentors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is seeking adults interested in becoming a mentor to make a difference in the life of a child enrolled in 4-H. The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has a long, established history of making a positive impact in the lives of young people,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A lot is expected of our mentors because we believe the mentors receive a lot from helping young people chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world.”