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Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday it has hired Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as its new chief academic officer.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen nominated Jenkins for the job. The city's board of education approved her recommendation.

"I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students," Jenkins said in a statement.

Dr. Jenkins brings more than 25 years of education experience to APS. He is credited with transforming Michigan's Saginaw Public Schools District, increasing its graduation rate by more than 14 percentage points and reducing the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years.

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will hold its annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

The event gives DeKalb residents an opportunity to mingle with local government officials and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the county.

This year's summit will feature Curbside Consulting, a rotating series of sessions where residents will be encouraged to sit down and ask questions about issues that matter to them.

Curbside Consulting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will cover several topics:

* Community organizing/building
* Marketing/social media
* Fundraising/grant writing
* Meeting facilitation
* Volunteer/board management
* Program planning and development
* Neighborhood Nexus/community needs assessment

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.

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.4 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.

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is calling on the community to help battle the abundance of illegal signs in certain neighborhoods.

The county's second annual Sick of Signs campaign aims to clean up the streets and sidewalks. Interim CEO Lee May and the county's commissioners will gather up the signs on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Illegal signs are a blight in the community and an eyesore, and potentially dangerous if they're too close to roadways," May said. "This effort aligns with DeKalb's priorities to develop and maintain sustainable neighborhoods, and enhance public safety."

Sick of Signs volunteers will meet at the Walmart at 5935 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.

Call 404-687-3947 to sign up.

Race this weekend: EAV Runfest

Race this weekend: EAV Runfest

ATLANTA -- The first annual EAV Runfest will be held in East Atlanta Village this weekend.

The event has 5K, 2-mile and 1-mile options. All races will be followed by a day of family-friendly activities.

EAV Runfest will be Saturday, Sept. 27. Packet pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. The 5K will be at 8 a.m., and the 2-mile race will start at 9:30 a.m.

There are two 1-mile options -- a competitive race, which begins at 10:30 a.m., and a fun run at 10:40 a.m.

All runners, except those participating in the fun run, will receive technical T-shirts.

Proceeds from the race will benefit East Atlanta Village's Burgess-Peterson Academy. Pricing is as follows:

5K
* $30 through Friday
* $40 on race day

2-Mile
* $25 through Friday
* $35 on race day

1-Mile (competitive)
* $25 through Friday
* $35 on race day

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

I-20 reopens after tanker fire

I-20 reopens after tanker fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Eastbound Interstate 20 in DeKalb County has reopened after a tanker accident Thursday morning.

The tanker caught fire and spilled fuel all over the highway just past the Flat Shoals Road exit.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

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