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Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member of the team Wednesday morning.

Kojack, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sworn in as a K-9 deputy by Sheriff Ted Jackson. He replaces Marco, who was euthanized in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco worked with Sgt. Corey Henry. The sheriff's office said Henry was very selective in choosing a replacement, but Kojack meets the criteria, including superior intelligence and all the positive qualities of his breed.

"He has an excellent temperament and very high drive to work," Henry said of Kojack.

Kojack will work as a multipurpose patrol canine in such areas as tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotic detection.

Burdett Tennis Center to host youth tournament

Burdett Tennis Center to host youth tournament

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Burdett Tennis Center will host a youth tennis tournament this coming weekend, July 12 - 13.

The tournament will be a United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned Jr. Tournament known as The Ernie Peterson Jr. Open Satellite. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. both days.

For more information about tennis programs offered by the Burdett Tennis Center, contact Jewel Peterson at the Peterson School of Tennis at 678-245-2601 or email petersontennis@bellsouth.net.

The Burdett Tennis Center is located at 5975 Old Carriage Drive. For general information about the Burdett Tennis Center, call Frankie Smith at 770-996-9145.

Workshop to teach diabetics to protect health during the summer

Workshop to teach diabetics to protect health during the summer

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Hot summer days can present risks to diabetics. Seniors at Fulton County’s H.J. C. Bowden Senior Facility will learn how to protect their health, particularly if they have diabetes.

On Thursday, July 10, 2014, a workshop will provide 10 safety tips for taking care of diabetes at home and on the job during the summer. During the two-hour workshop, which begins at 10 a.m., seniors will also see a video and receive a safety package providing information on proper diet, hydration and personal care.

The H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility is located at  2885 Church Street in East Point. For more information, contact Barbara Cook at 404-762-4821.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

2 Atlanta restaurants among 48 'Most Anticipated'

2 Atlanta restaurants among 48 'Most Anticipated'

ATLANTA -- Two restaurants opening in Atlanta are on Eater.com’s list of 48 of the nation’s most anticipated restaurant openings this summer.

The restaurants are The Luminary, planned for Krog Street Market, and Diner, opening at Atlantic Station.

Click here to read more and to see the complete list.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.