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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Conyers PD warns about tailgate thieves


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's office and Conyers police department say thieves have been taking tailgates in recent weeks.

This crime is new to the Conyers area, but the theft of Ford tailgates has been a nationwide problem for years.

Thieves are able to remove a trucks tailgate in less than a minute.

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Police jail two suspects for alleged road rage in Conyers involving a BB gun


CONYERS, GA -- Police say two Conyers residents are behind bars after a road rage incident along Interstate 20 last week.

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911 dispatchers received a frantic call July 14 at around 7 a.m. The victim said a driver next to her had fired shots of some kind at her.

"They wouldn't let a female motorist over into their lane, they flipped her off then fired a BB gun at her car," said Conyers Police Officer Kim Lucas.

The caller said they continued to follow the suspects and relayed a license tag number.

Teen charged in heart attack death


CONYERS, GA – A 16-year-old Rockdale County boy is behind bars, charged in the death of a 53-year-old man who died of a heart attack.

Rockdale County Sheriff investigators say the incident happened Friday night around 9 when the man's son was shooting basketball hoops in his driveway with some other teens.

The man, Michael Henderson, heard what sounded like a basketball hitting the side of the house and went outside to see what was happening.

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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

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Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Piccadilly giving free meals to kids who read

Piccadilly giving free meals to kids who read

(WXIA) -- Piccadilly Cafeteria is encouraging children to read over the summer.

The restaurant chain's Back to Books program provides participants with free kids meals for completing reading logs of 10 books. Logs are available at all locations.

Piccadilly is also collecting $1 donations for Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest children's literacy program. Customers who give will have their names displayed on a wall of their local restaurant.

Visit piccadilly.com for more information and to find your nearest location.