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Pedestrian struck in Clayton County

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A pedestrian was hit by a car in Clayton County Tuesday morning.

The accident happened just before 7 a.m. on Tara Boulevard at Dixon Street in Jonesboro.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Chata Spikes said the car stopped after striking the unidentified pedestrian, whose condition is not yet known.

All lanes of Tara Boulevard were blocked as crews investigate the accident. One lane has since reopened.

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Clayton County police make six arrests in illegal gambling ring

JONESBORO, Ga. -- The Clayton County Police Department made six arrests for illegal gambling on Thursday after a five-month investigation.

According to police, the Narcotics Unit, during their investigation of an illicit gambling operation, found that multiple locations were given illegal cash pay outs to undercover officers by the owners and employees of businesses.

The CCPD and the Clayton County District Attorneys Office, Forest Park Police Department and Fayette County Sheriffs Office carried out search warrants at local companies including Mi Casa on Old Dixie Highway, House of Decor on Highway 85 and Su Casa on Highway 54 simultaneously.

Officials said six arrests were made for Commercial Gambling and took the suspects to the Clayton County Jail.

Good samaritan saves pregnant woman in car accident

MORROW, Ga. -- Morrow police say they'll have to recreate Wednesday's accident on Jonesboro Road, to figure out how fast Taneka Grace was going when she came up the ramp.

But they do know it was fast enough to send her car flying over several lanes of traffic, when her car hit the concrete curb.

Her car came to rest on the train tracks across the street. Police immediately called Norfolk Southern to get train traffic to stop, as emergency crews worked to get the pregnant woman out of her car.

Several good Samaritans rushed to help before police and fire crews arrived.

"There wasn't any smoke or anything but there was a lot of fuel leaking. I don't know how it punctured the tank, but it was leaking over the back tire," said Theara Brye.

Sergeant Domiel Norwood was inside the Marine career center across the street when he heard a chorus of horns honking.

$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A Riverdale man woke up $1 million richer Thursday.

David Jackson won the $1 million second prize by matching the first five winning numbers in Wednesday's historic Powerball drawing, according to Georgia Lottery spokesperson Tandi Reddick.

He bought his ticket at the Georgia Food Mart on Highway 138 in Riverdale, which will also get a share of the winnings.

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Jackson, 33, found out he'd won when he checked his numbers on the Georgia Lottery's website.

3 year old inspired by Random Act of Kindness recipient

ATLANTA -- Joseph Martin was born 16 weeks early with auditory neuropathy, which makes everything sounds like static.

"I think of all the diagnoses that he had, the hearing loss is the hardest one to accept," said his mother Laura.

She and her now 3-year-old son were inspired by the recipient of recent Random Act of Kindness, Elle Duncan's big sister Kelli.   


Kelli was born profoundly deaf, but grew up to be a firefighter with Clayton County. She couldn't wait to meet Joseph!

Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 8.2 percent

Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 8.2 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in October, down from 8.3 percent in September and 9.4 percent in October 2011.

In Clayton County, the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in October.

The new numbers were announced Thanksgiving Day by the Georgia Department of Labor.

State officials say the rate declined because of an increase of 19,500 new jobs in metro Atlanta.

Among other metro areas, the Athens area continued to have the lowest jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.3 percent.

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