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Suspect thanks Deputy after being pulled from fiery wreck

CONYERS, Ga -- A man who led Rockdale County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase feels lucky he survived a fiery crash when it ended. Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour.

The chase was videotaped on dash cameras of the deputies chasing Alshura Frazier, 34, of West Columbia, SC. Rockdale County officials say the chase was well within their policy when a deputy spotted a 2014 Jeep Cherokee driving erratically on I-20.

"He's driving 80 to 90 miles an hour in the far left lane, actually in the emergency lane between the fast lane and the median wall," Cpl. Michael Camp said. "He was running drivers out of their lane."

Deputy Jason Heyman tried to pull the Jeep over. "At this point the deputy thinks he could be under the influence of drugs or alcohol due to the erratic driving," Cpl. Camp said.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Rockdale County career fair brings together jobseekers and employers

Rockdale County career fair brings together jobseekers and employers

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County government connected local jobseekers with hiring employers across metropolitan Atlanta at the county’s career fair on Friday, Apr. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rockdale Career Academy.

More than 600 jobseekers came from all over Rockdale, neighboring communities and as far away as Alpharetta, to meet with nearly 50 employers looking to fill positions within the next 3-6 months. Lines for the career fair formed before the doors opened with many people eager to find job opportunities. Many jobseekers came prepared with resumes in hand and dressed smartly. The career fair was a huge success with 400 jobseekers coming through the doors by 11:30 a.m. that morning.

Rockdale County wins Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Rockdale County wins Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale County Department of Finance recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2012.

“The award acknowledges the fiscally-responsible practices taking place in Rockdale County,” Chairman and CEO Richard Oden said. “I commend our Finance Department on its ongoing dedication to ensuring the financial integrity of our County.”

For the fifth consecutive year, GFOA recognized Rockdale in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

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.