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Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash in Rockdale

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed and at least one more was seriously injured in a crash in Rockdale County Thursday night.

It happened at around 11:30 p.m. at Sigman Road and Old Covington Highway in Conyers.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said the incident began with a wrong-way driver. A deputy spotted a Hyundai Santa Fe heading north in the southbound lane of Sigman Road and followed the SUV.

The Santa Fe collided with a black Kia with two people inside. The Georgia State Patrol said the Kia's female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

After being hit by the Santa Fe, the Kia hit a pickup truck, then all three vehicles slammed into the pursuing deputy's car. The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital; his condition was not immediately known.

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Police say couple "flimflams" cashiers

CONYERS, Ga -- Police are trying to identify a man and woman who are duping cashiers into giving them more money than they are owed. Police are calling what the couple is doing a "flimflam".

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb "flimflam": to trick someone in order to steal money. That's exactly what the unidentified couple has done across five states and now in Conyers.

When Conyers Police put a bulletin out about the incident that happened at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant, they received a call from the Hobby Lobby Company who told them the same couple is duping their cashiers.

2014 SAT scores: Rockdale County

2014 SAT scores: Rockdale County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Rockdale County, 721 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Rockdale County
Critical Reading: 455
Math: 444
Writing: 432

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Rockdale County public high school:

Heritage HS
211 test-takers
Critical Reading: 451
Math: 444
Writing: 435

Rockdale County HS
302 test-takers
Critical Reading: 462
Math: 457
Writing: 439

Salem HS
204 test-takers
Critical Reading: 449
Math: 426
Writing: 418

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt to host Youth Round Table for the young men of Rockdale

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt to host Youth Round Table for the young men of Rockdale

CONYERS, Ga. –The young men of Rockdale County are invited to the male youth round table, “The Man Event,” that Rockdale County Board Commissioner Oz Nesbitt, Sr. is hosting to discuss issues related to young men and the transformation from boyhood to manhood.

The gathering will be on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Johnson Park Recreation Center, 1781 Ebenezer Road, in Conyers.

This is a free event and young men of all ages and background are encouraged to attend.

No RSVP or preregistration is required.

For questions or more information, please call the Board of Commissioners Office at 770-278-7001 or Commissioner Nesbitt directly at 770-278-7011. He can also be reached at oz.nesbitt@rockdalecounty.org.

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Buy WaterSense products in Rockdale during first weekend of October and save

Buy WaterSense products in Rockdale during first weekend of October and save

CONYERS, Ga. – October is once again a great time to commit to saving both water and energy and so Rockdale County is supporting a special effort around water conservation.

Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 958 that extends the statewide Sales Tax Holiday for purchasing water saving and energy-efficient products for an additional two years. Therefore, WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products priced $1,500 or less purchased Friday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 5, for noncommercial home or personal use will be exempt from state and local sales tax.

Rockdale County seeks applicants for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students

Rockdale County seeks applicants for Ga. Civic Awareness Program for Students

CONYERS, Ga. – For the third consecutive year, Rockdale County will provide civic education to youth going to school in the County through the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS).

Developed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), the program spotlights the ongoing need for increased civic awareness and engagement among Georgia’s youth. The program gives high school students direct access by educating them about the responsibilities of local government and the essential services it provides citizens. The County funds the program through an ACCG grant.

“We are excited to bring County government closer to another group of Rockdale youth,” Rockdale County GCAPS Program Manager Brittany Johnson said. “This course offers our high school students a vital opportunity to experience government beyond the classroom and showcases the importance of local officials and citizens working together.”

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”