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State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.


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Students Partner with Local Habitat for Humanity

Via the Daily View:

Students and teachers enrolled in construction education programs at five District high schools started their day building a house at a Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity project site located in the Iron Gate Subdivision in Jonesboro. They have assisted with building 11 homes in Clayton County.

Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Mt. Zion high schools were represented at the construction site, where they were given a house-building charge by Superintendent Edmond Heatley, County Sheriff Kemuel  Kimbrough Sr., and Dr. Betty Jones who is the Director of the Office of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education. 

T.I. Heads Back To Federal Court Oct. 15

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rapper T.I. is headed back to federal court in Atlanta next week to explain why his probation shouldn't be revoked after his recent arrest in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. has set the hearing for 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris. The same judge sentenced Harris for firearms violations.

An earlier summons signed by Pannell lists three possible violations of his bond: possession of the drug ecstasy, testing positive for opiates and associating with a convicted felon.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say the Grammy award-winning rapper was stopped Sept. 1 on a Hollywood street after making an illegal U-turn. Police say they found several pills confirmed to be a controlled substance.

Fareedah Lockhart Named Teacher of the Year

JONESBORO – The Teacher of the Year selection committee has announced Fareedah Wright Lockhart of McGarrah Elementary School as the 2011 Teacher of the Year.

Fareedah Wright Lockhart is a fifth grade teacher at McGarrah Elementary School. She has been teaching for nine years and holds a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and a specialist’s degree from Mercer University.

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N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Democratic Party of Georgia hosts Day of Action

On Saturday Oct. 2nd at 1 p.m. the Democratic Party of Georgia will host a statewide open house at 11 of their field offices. This is our Statewide Day of Action.   We invite everyone who cares about the future of Georgia to attend this event.  Below is a list of the locations:

Volunteer Drive Cook-off at Pointe South Middle

Officials at Pointe South Middle School (8495 Thomas Road, Jonesboro) are inviting Clayton County residents, particularly the county’s men, to come out to the school in early October, for a little grilling, some tailgating, and maybe, just a wee bit of food-related trash-talking.

The school will hold a Tailgate Cook-Off Grilling Challenge, on Oct. 2, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m.