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Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Volunteers encouraged to sign up for 2014 Great American Cleanup

Volunteers encouraged to sign up for 2014 Great American Cleanup

CONYERS, Ga. – Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) announces the return of the Great American Cleanup (GAC) on Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. – 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.

Donation drive to benefit Rockdale County Animal Shelter

Donation drive to benefit Rockdale County Animal Shelter

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County asks residents and businesses to support cats and dogs who need forever homes by attending a donation drive on Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Rockdale County Animal Care & Control Shelter, 1506 Rockbridge Road, Conyers.

The half-day charitable event, which Hand Across Rockdale hosts in partnership with Rockdale County Animal Care & Control Division, encourages the community to donate shelter supplies, tour the facility, learn more about Animal Care & Control services, and adopt happy animals just waiting for someone to take them home.

Animal adoptions are available to citizens ages 18 and over with a photo ID. Adoption fees for dogs are $30 and $20 for cats. Fees for residents who live outside Rockdale are $35 for dogs and $25 for cats. Adoption fees include a certificate for rabies inoculation, vaccines, deworming, samples of food/treats, and coupons.

Rockdale County celebrates National County Government Month

Rockdale County celebrates National County Government Month

CONYERS, Ga. –- In celebration of National County Government Month (NCGM), Rockdale County government joins the National Association of Counties (NACo) and other county governments to showcase programs and services that raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of County government. This year’s theme is Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive.

Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the nation to actively promote county government programs and services. To commemorate NCGM, Rockdale encourages citizens to take advantage of essential services and programs and attend events in April, which highlight the NCGM theme.  

Below is a full schedule of NCGM programs and events in Rockdale.

Friday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockdale County Career Fair
Rockdale Career Academy
1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers, 30094

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Conyers-Rockdale PrepareAthon kickoff set for Feb.18

Conyers-Rockdale PrepareAthon kickoff set for Feb.18

CONYERS, Ga. – The Conyers-Rockdale Emergency Management Agency (EMA), along with national and local partners, will soon announce the kickoff of a great, new proactive initiative our citizens and businesses are part of a lucky few to take advantage of in the metro area.

Details about the Conyers-Rockdale PrepareAthon will be announced on Tues., Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Rockdale County Government Annex parking lot, 1400 Parker Road, Conyers.

The PrepareAthon is an educational campaign that will run from mid February through March with a goal of preparing both residents and businesses for any type of major emergency.

“Rockdale County is proud to be one of only two emergency management agencies in our area to launch this engaging campaign that will increase awareness for our businesses and citizens, including our young people,” Chairman and CEO Richard Oden said.