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Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer, Keep DeKalb Beautiful program and board members recently acknowledged community volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

This year’s theme, Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time, celebrated the volunteers’ true commitment and dedication to the development of the Keep DeKalb Beautiful Program.  

This year, more than 4,000 Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers spent more than 14,500 hours cleaning and maintaining 207 miles of DeKalb County.  A total of 53,040 pounds of litter and 356 tires were collected by KDB volunteers and dedicated adoption groups.  Every volunteer group was honored with a certificate for their achievements.

This year’s first place award winners were: Adopt A Road, Individual Volunteer Service, Adopt A MARTA Bus Stop, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, The Parkview Civic Club, The Kiwanis Club of Northlake, Mrs.

Do You Have the Cutest Dog in Atlanta?

Submit a photo of your adorable dog to Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest.

Submissions are being accepted until Sept. 26. From there, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.

The finalists will each win fabulous prizes, including gift baskets from Glamour Paws and gift certificates from Pets and the Sity, and the grand prize promises to be amazing!

Visit Metromix Atlanta for more information and the official contest rules.

Doraville Police Need Your Help

DORAVILLE, GA -- Doraville Police are asking for your help in the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect.

On Sept. 21 at approximately 12:32 p.m., a man entered Touchmark Bank (6035 Peachtree Road, Doraville, 30360). As he entered the bank, he raised his hood over his head. Around this time, the first of three panic alarms went out from the bank.

The suspect told bank employees and patrons not to move. He handed the teller a paper bag and demanded money from her drawer. The suspect got approximately $4,000 and fled east on Buford Highway in a blue BMW X5.

The suspect is described as a black male of medium build, approximately 6'2", with his hair in a ponytail. He was wearing a grey hooded zip-up sweatshirt, black gloves, blue jeans and clear-lens glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Doraville Police Department at 678-530-2005.

Plane Lands on I-85 in Rush Hour

ATLANTA -- A small plane is causing a huge backup on Interstate 85.

The Piper Saratoga landed safely on I-85 Southbound just south Shallowford Road shortly before 5 p.m. It had been heading to Peachtree DeKalb Airport.

Amazingly, no cars were hit.

"We got lucky," said DeKalb County Officer Jason Gagnon.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said no one was hurt, but traffic has caused headaches and back ups for miles.

Four left lanes of I-85 Southbound were shut down and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

Former Pro Makes It All the Way Home

ATLANTA -- Former pro Heath Honeycutt had some healing to do before returning to the sport he loves.

"It took me a long time to get back into baseball," Honeycutt said. "I was very dejected and upset that I did not really leave on my terms."

The Georgia Tech alum now lives and breathes baseball as owner of Ninth Inning Baseball in Chamblee, where he trains the next generation of athletes.

"I love every second of it," he said. "I love to see the guys with the same love and excitement in their attitude that I had when I was playing."

Honeycutt played for the Chattahoochee High School Cougars in Alpharetta and then went on to Tech, where he was the only player to start every game in 1998. He was named the Yellow Jackets MVP.

Doraville Man Missing

DORAVILLE, GA -- Atlanta Police need help finding a missing Doraville man.

The family of Marlon H. Green has reported him missing. Mr. Green was last known to be at 2708 Fairlane Drive, Doraville, on Sept. 9 at approximately 9:00 a.m.

If you have any information, please call 911 or Atlanta Police at 404-546-6873.

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.