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APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify

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.

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:

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:

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.”

Plant a fall vegetable garden rich with super-foods

Plant a fall vegetable garden rich with super-foods

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fall is the ideal time to plant a super-food fall vegetable garden. The following gardening tips are provided by Rolando Orellana, Fulton County ANR Extension Agent:

Home vegetable gardeners in Fulton County have lots of great choices for growing their own vegetables in the fall.  Many of the so-called super-foods such as kale, collards and spinach are ideal cool season vegetables for September planting.  Just follow these simple suggestions and you can have a productive garden with healthful and tasty veggies for the months to come.

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.