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Volunteers encouraged to sign up for 2015 Great American Cleanup

CONYERS, Ga. -- Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) announces the return of the Great American Cleanup (GAC) on Saturday, Apr. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pine Log Park Pavilion, 1500 Ga. Highway 138, Conyers.

The half-day event, which KCRB hosts in partnership with the City of Conyers and Rockdale County government, encourages citizens to pick up garbage, tires and other debris around the community, and teaches youth about the importance of litter prevention and recycling as much of the materials collected as possible.

KCRB invites civic and neighborhood groups, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, churches, youth groups, individuals, and families to participate in GAC. Volunteers are encouraged to send a representative from their group to the park’s pavilion to check in and pick up supplies beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the cleanup.

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Chairman and CEO Richard Oden to deliver 2015 State of the County address

Chairman and CEO Richard Oden to deliver 2015 State of the County address

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard Oden will present to citizens, businesses and other community stakeholders a review of 2014 and his vision for 2015 at the county’s first-ever State of the County Breakfast that the Council for Quality Growth and Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will host.

Chairman Oden will address business stakeholders on Thursday, Mar. 5 at 8 a.m., in the Springfield Baptist Church atrium, 1877 Iris Drive, Conyers.

Then, he will address the community at large during a free event on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 6 p.m., at the J.P. Carr Services Community Room, 981 Taylor Street, Conyers.

The 2014 Charles P. Cole Citizen Involvement Award will be presented to a citizen at this time who Chairman Oden selects because of their dedication of time and energy to the Rockdale community.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Questions surround motive for Rockdale CEO's new car


CONYERS, Ga. (WXIA) -- No one seems opposed to Rockdale Chairman and CEO Richard Oden getting a new car. According to the county, his existing vehicle, a Ford Expedition, is ten years old and has more than 111,000 miles on it.

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But when new board member Doreen Williams asked why he needed one that cost nearly $45,000, Commissioner Oz Nesbitt was quick to respond.

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Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Public invited to Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations meeting

Public invited to Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations meeting

ROCKDALE, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners invites citizens to attend the upcoming meeting of the Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners and Civic Associations (RCHCA) on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the J.P. Carr Services Community Room, 981 Taylor Street, Conyers.

The meeting will bring together the leaders of local homeowner associations and civic groups, as well as interested citizens, from across Rockdale to share news and information and learn about county projects and initiatives.

Agenda items for this meeting include a presentation about special use permits, department announcements, ways to give your feedback about transportation-related issues and how to sign up for CodeRED, the county’s emergency notification service.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including: