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Man killed, rolls down hill with tractor

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Traffic units responded to a scene of a vehicle accident around 5:30 on Thursday evening.

According to a Clayton County officer, 66-year-old Donald Shiver of Royce Drive was doing yard work on an International Harvester tractor when the tractor rolled down a hill in the yard and landed on top of him.

Shiver was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner is on the way to the scene, as well as a wrecker service to remove the tractor so they can reach the body.

Just when Victor Hill thought he would be Clayton County Sheriff again...

JONESBORO, GA - Just when it looked like indicted former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was a shoe-in to retake the office, a last minute challenger has surfaced.

"I just want to give people an option, you know, we don't have to go there," Gerald Watkins told 11Alive News on Thursday.

The chief deputy of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office has launched a write-in campaign to try and beat the man who beat his boss.

Hill upset current Sheriff Kem Kimbrough in an August Democratic Primary Runoff election, a political payback for Kimbrough ousting Hill in 2008.

Even though he faces no Republican opposition on the November ballot, Hill faces a criminal trial on 37 corruption charges a few weeks after the general election.

Watkins, who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2008, said he's been bombarded by people urging him to try and keep Hill from retaking the office.

SPECIAL REPORT | A deadly high

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News has a warning that every parent and teenager should hear. It's about a type of drug that, six months or a year ago, you might never have heard of and might now believe is no longer a threat.

We're talking about so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts, which until recently had been known as "a legal high."

Doctors warn these drugs can have powerful and unpredictable side effects. The bottom line is they can and have killed.

Lance Dyer learned just how dangerous these drugs can be after his 14-year-old son Dakota decided to experiment with them in March.

Dyer said the drugs triggered a psychotic break, transforming the otherwise happy, healthy teen into someone who was suicidal.

"Dakota took a handgun and took his own life," Dyer said. "He made the decision to smoke that stuff, and he paid the ultimate price for it."

NAACP, black Baptists launch voter education drive

NAACP, black Baptists launch voter education drive

ATLANTA -- The NAACP and several of the nation's leading African-American Baptist organizations have launched a voter education effort leading up to the November election.

The campaign, announced Wednesday in Atlanta, is called "This is My Vote!"

Organizers said the drive comes in response to a wave of ballot access laws enacted across the country. The NAACP argues the laws place considerable burdens on poor and minority voters. Some of those citizens, they say, do not have government-issued IDs and may have trouble gathering the documentation to get them.

Proponents say the laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud.

With the new campaign, the NAACP will help churches conduct voter registration drives, teach voters about the requirements in their state and push voters to go to the polls this fall.

South Metro Career Center closed all week

South Metro Career Center closed all week

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor's South Metro Career Center will be closed to the general public through Friday, Sept. 7.

A leak in the main water pipe shut the center down for repairs, according to Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

The center will still hold its scheduled workshops in Emergency Unemployment Compensation and the Reemployment Unit. Those who have appointments must still attend the workshops.

Everyone else who needs assistance is asked to visit any of the other career centers in metro Atlanta:

Clayton Career Center
2450 Mount Zion Parkway, Jonesboro

Cobb-Cherokee Career Center
465 Big Shanty Road, Kennesaw

DeKalb Career Center
3879 Covington Highway, Decatur

Gwinnett Career Center
2211 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross

North Metro Career Center
2943 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta

Man hospitalized after officer involved shooting

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A man was hospitalized after being shot by a Clayton County Police officer on Monday evening. 

According to Clayton County Police, the shooting occurred on the 6000 block of Yellowood Court in Riverdale. At the time, police were responding to a call in reference to a "demented person." 

When police arrived on the scene they observed a man "holding a knife to his throat" and "making threats." 

Officers attempted to subdue the man however their attempts were unsuccessful and as a result an officer discharged his weapon hitting the suspect. 

The man was transported to a local medical center, his identity is not being released  and his condition is unknown. 

This case is currently under investigation. 

Sign-ups underway for Riverdale Community Day & Expo

RIVERDALE -- The City of Riverdale, Department of Cultural Affairs & Leisure Services is accepting vendor applications for the Community Day & Expo, set for October 30.

The event will be at the Riverdale Center for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services. Admission is free, and guests will be offered activities to participate in, and opportunites to learn about membership.

For more information on the Riverdale Community Day & Expo, call (770) 909-5300.