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Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

Rockdale Water Resources lowers credit card convenience fees for customers

Rockdale Water Resources lowers credit card convenience fees for customers

CONYERS, Ga. Rockdale County Water Resources (RWR) today announced a reduction in credit card convenience fees for commercial and residential water customers.

The reduced electronic transfer fund fees will apply to all commercial and residential water customers who pay water bills with a credit card via the pay-by-phone system, RWR’s online payment system or in person. Residential customers will now pay $.25 less in convenience fees, and commercial customers will save $2.55 each time they pay by credit card. The new credit card convenience fee for residential customers is $2.25 and $9.95 for commercial customers. Convenience fees for residential and commercial water customers who pay with an electronic check will remain the same at $1.95 per transaction.

Authorities fire shots at armed robbery suspect in Rockdale County

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Rockdale County authorities say they have taken a suspect who led deputies on a chase Friday into custody.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, a 16-year-old male was taken into custody at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Authorities say the teen led deputies on a chase into DeKalb County. After abandoning his vehicle, investigators said he raised his weapon. Authorities fired back. It was believed that he was struck by at least one round from deputies.

As a result Miller Grove High School in DeKalb County was placed on lockdown. There was no threat to students or staff. That lockdown has been lifted and the 1,500 students went home normally, according to Quinn Hudson of DeKalb County Schools.

The Rockdale Sheriff's spokesperson says a search took place 6000 block of Hillandale Drive near the Winward Forest Apartments.

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

Principal arrested in GBI child sex sting

DECATUR, Ga. -- An elementary school principal is among 14 people the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested in a sting operation targeting suspected child predators.

Dr. John McGill, principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.  He has been suspended from his position. He is due in court for his first appearance Tuesday.

11Alive's Blayne Alexander reports that the Douglas County School System superintendent announced on Monday that Dr. Sandra Williams will serve as interim principal of the school effective March 10. Williams is a retired former principal of the school. The central office will handle administrative duties until Williams arrives.

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Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

4 arrested after high speed chase

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Four suspects were taken into custody after leading police on a high speed chase on Interstate 20 overnight.

The police pursuit began in the Atlanta area, passed through DeKalb County and made its way to I-20 east, according to dispatchers. The suspects eventually crashed their red Chevrolet Camaro just before Exit 80 in Rockdale County.

Three passengers in the car were arrested, according to Georgia State Patrol. The driver jumped over a median wall and ran into a nearby industrial park. Police eventually tracked him down and arrested him. No names have been released.

All four suspects were turned over to DeKalb County for charges. Dispatchers said the Camaro was reported stolen out of Clayton County.

Officers from Rockdale County, Conyers Police and the Georgia State Patrol were involved in the pursuit.