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Chairman Oden co-sponsoring walk and food drive

Chairman Oden co-sponsoring walk and food drive

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden has teamed up with Andy Peabody, Executive Director at Rockdale Emergency Relief, Senior Pastor Eric W. Lee and Minister Brian Russell of Springfield Baptist Church, and other civic and community organizations to host the third annual Walk By Faith event.

The 1.1 mile-walk will start on Sat., Jan. 4 at the Salem Gate Plaza parking lot in Conyers near Highway 138 and Old Salem Road and will conclude at Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive. The staging will take place at 9 a.m.

The group is asking participants to bring 5 or more dry or canned good items so that the community can fill the local food pantry shelves.

The Ray Davis Middle School marching band will play music while leading the walk to Springfield.

“This is a great first event of the year for the community to come together on one accord with positive, powerful energy” Chairman Oden said.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended road construction through the beginning of 2014.

GDOT announced Thursday that construction will stop at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and resume at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Although there will be no crews on major highways, drivers should still expect heavy delays near malls and popular shopping centers as Christmas approaches.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Rockdale County launches social media to foster government transparency

Rockdale County launches social media to foster government transparency

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County citizens who use social media will now be able to stay informed of County government news and events via Facebook and Twitter. The County announced today the launch of its official social media channels in an effort to enhance the way it engages and communicates with the public.

“We are excited to bring County government closer to our stakeholders through the use of our new social media channels,” Community Affairs & Innovative Programs Director Tonya Parker said. “The new Rockdale County Facebook page and Twitter account will provide us with an essential opportunity to reach broader audiences, increase transparency, encourage citizen participation, and enable a more timely response.”

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

ATLANTA -- Crews will continue working on the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange in Atlanta this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said one lane in each direction will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on Ga. 400 between I-85 and Peachtree Road. Drivers will also see delays on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

But it all depends on the weather.

"With some rain expected on Saturday, I'm not sure how much (contractors) will be able to accomplish," Pringle said in a statement.

Sweeping, bridge and utility work, and drain cleaning will occur on I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285 and I-575 throughout the weekend. All projects will be completed overnight and will result in occasional closures.

Visit dot.ga.gov for a full list of road projects in your area.

Rockdale mom charged in baby burglar caper

CONYERS, GA - This is an incredible story that sounds like something from Dickens' "Oliver Twist".

A Rockdale County mother is accused of using her own 5-year-old son to help burglarize her next door neighbor's home.

"I just couldn't believe it; I mean, it was unreal; I was so shocked," the burglary victim told 11Alive News on Friday.

The woman, who doesn't want to be publicly identified, said she installed a small computer surveillance camera around Thanksgiving after noticing things missing from her home a few weeks ago.

"I would come home in the evenings and things would not be where they were," the victim said.

Then last Sunday she noticed the camera and some other items were missing.

But her computer still contained several photos that shocked her.

Gwinnett youth detention center to close next year

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice plans to close its youth detention center in Gwinnett County next year.

Department Commissioner Avery Niles announced Thursday that the Regional Youth Detention Center in Lawrenceville will close in June.

He says department officials decided to close the facility because of rising maintenance costs associated with the building's age.

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