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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.

Kimya Motley's story of forgiveness and survival

CONYERS, Ga. (WXIA) -- What was supposed to be a normal morning routine for a Conyers kindergarten teacher Kimya Motley and her 10 year-old daughter Corrine was anything but.

Back in 2011, both were shot in the head by the woman's ex-husband.

After confessing to the crime, Terrance Sherod Roberson told police his life had fallen apart.

He was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

But tonight, instead of living with hate for the man who tried to kill her, the victim is sharing her story of forgiveness and survival.

K: "In 2011, my ex-husband shot my daughter and myself."

K: "We were at her daycare center at Little Mount Christian Academy. I would take her every morning to drop her off."

K: "He was standing right there and he said, I told you I was going to kill you."

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful Receives President’s Circle Award

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful Receives President’s Circle Award

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County government today announced that Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) is the recipient for the second year of Keep America Beautiful’s President’s Circle Award. Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn presented the award to qualifying affiliates during the 2014 National Conference in Charlotte, NC.

The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities. In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, KCRB met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.

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

Rockdale County asks citizens to sign up for CodeRED

Rockdale County asks citizens to sign up for CodeRED

CONYERS, Ga. –- Throughout the month of April, Rockdale County encourages citizens to sign up for CodeRED, the county’s high-speed notification system that delivers time-sensitive messages via voice, email, and text to targeted areas or the entire County during emergency situations or disasters. The awareness campaign coincides with the theme for National County Government Month (NCGM), Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive.

“Severe weather and emergency situations can hit Rockdale at any time,” Rockdale Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Dan Morgan said. “In observance of the NCGM theme, now is a fitting time for anyone who lives or works in Rockdale County to sign up for CodeRED weather alerts and emergency notifications.”

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.