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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.

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.

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.

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.”

Police: 6-year-old boy brings BB gun to Rockdale Co. school

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities say a kindergarten student brought a BB gun to a Rockdale County school on Monday.

According to Cpl. Michael Camp of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, the 6-year-old brought the unloaded gun to D.L. Sims Elementary School in Conyers.

Other students saw the gun in the boy's book bag and alerted officials.

The students said there were no threats made by or against the boy, and there was no indication that the boy was going to use the gun.

A juvenile complaint was filed against the boy for carrying a weapon to school. The Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted and advised officials to release the boy to his parents, Camp said.

The school is determining what punishment measures to make and working on precautionary measures for the future, Camp said.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Rockdale County's preliminary unemployment rate was 9.1 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.