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S.P.A.R.C. event encourages healthy lifestyles

S.P.A.R.C. event encourages healthy lifestyles

CONYERS, Ga. – Sickness Prevention Achieved Through Regional Collaboration (S.P.A.R.C.) returns to Rockdale County on Thursday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, 1240 Dogwood Drive, Conyers.

The event empowers adult citizens to participate in a variety of free heath checks and screenings, including blood pressure and glucose checks, and diabetes, mammogram, and mental health screenings. Several service agencies, including the American Cancer Society, Atlanta Regional Commission, Conyers Family Chiropractic Center, Georgia Cares, Georgia Medical Care Foundation, Mercy Heart, Oakhurst Medical Center, Reagan Home Care Pharmacy, Rockdale County government, Rockdale Medical Center, and View Point Heath will be onsite to assist with senior citizen issues and provide participants with essential health-related information and resources.

Referrals are available and all services are free for adults.

Doris Patterson named Rockdale County 2013 Employee of the Year

Doris Patterson named Rockdale County 2013 Employee of the Year

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday the selection of Doris Patterson as the County’s Employee of the Year for 2013. Patterson was surprised with news of the award at the BOC’s work session, which was met with great applause and support from her family and colleagues.

Patterson is the Deputy Director of the County’s Department of Human Resources. She was selected out of four finalists as the individual who best exemplified exceptional customer service, outstanding initiative and operational effectiveness during the 2013 calendar year.

Rockdale County Water Resources Director Dwight Hicks nominated Patterson for the award. He wrote in his submission:

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Twisted Twins: The Unseen Footage


CONYERS, Ga. – On Jan. 10, 2010, Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead killed their mother during a brutal morning fight, and then lied to police.

Their morning of terror turned tender as Tas kissed her sister and laid her head on top of her sisters. They even pretended that Tas had never seen her mother's body.

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Tas: Did you thought I saw the body?

Jas: I thought you did, I knew you came in the room, I didn't know you didn't come in the bathroom.

Tas looked right at the camera as she said, "I thought you knew I didn't see a body, that's why I asked you what it looked like."

Twisted Twins: Confessed teen murderers initially claimed innocence


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- It was a chilling crime. It is the story of two teenage twin sisters that viciously killed their mother and told police they were the victims.

Earlier this year, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead signed a plea agreement in their case. Their confession was exchanged for 30 years behind bars. But what came before their confessions case evidence shows was a twisted web of lies.

While their fate is sealed, their case file is not. Through an open records request 11Alive has obtained critical evidence that never made it to a courtroom: crime scene photos, interrogation tapes, surveillance video and, finally, the girls' taped confessions.

Twisted Twins: Teens' trail of lies begins to unravel


CONYERS, Ga. -- The crime was unfathomable and the trail of lies that came after was almost as shocking.

In the first part of a four-part series, 11Alive's Catie Beck showed never before seen evidence in the case of Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead, 16-year-old twin sisters who are now convicted of brutally killing their own mother.

The twins are each serving 30 years for the crime. At first, the girls claimed innocence, but as interrogation tapes show, their story slowly changed over time.

Twisted Twins: Teens confess to brutal murder of mother


CONYERS, Ga. -- It was almost exactly four years after the murder. The once fragile-looking 16-year-old twins -- now aged and hardened by incarceration -- give police yet another version of the story. Only this time, it's not another denial. It's a confession.

Jasmiyah and Tasimyah Whitehead are serving 30-year prison sentences after confessing to the brutal murder of their mother.


Twisted Twins (Part 1): Confessed teen murderers initially claimed innocence