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Chattahoochee Tech Experiences Record Enrollment

MARIETTA, GA -- Fall quarter at Chattahoochee Technical College doesn't begin until later this week, but Georgia's largest technical college is on the verge of yet another quarter of record enrollment.

As of Sept. 27, approximately 13,470 students were set to begin their first day of class this Wednesday, Sept. 29. That is well above last fall's enrollment number of around 11,515 students at a growth rate of almost 17%.

The college's most popular locations are its Marietta and North Metro campuses. However, online classes also seem to be a preferred option, with the number of online students increasing 43% this year.

Four WellStar Hospitals Make Quality Honor Roll

MARIETTA, GA -- WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone and Paulding Hospitals in Austell, Douglasville, Marietta and Dallas, respectively, have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality Honor Roll. The WellStar practices are four of 51 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, which administers the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from April 2009 to March 2010.

"This is a great accomplishment for the WellStar Health System," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA.

Marietta Police Need Your Help

MARIETTA, GA -- The Marietta Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at La Carreta Grocery and Tacqueria (1252 Roswell Road, Marietta, 30062).

On Monday, Sept. 27 just after 8:00 a.m., a black male armed with a handgun entered the business and assaulted an employee and a customer. During the course of the robbery, a round was fired from the weapon but did not strike anyone. The suspect made off with approximately $300 in cash. The employee and customer received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The suspect is described as being 5'6" to 5'8" and about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black hat, black ski mask and black gloves, and carrying a brown backpack.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Daniel Ohmann at 770-794-5372.

Storms Pelt Atlanta, Create Major Problems, Power Outages

SMYRNA, Ga. -- What began as afternoon showers graduated into heavy severe storms by evening that did damage from one end of the metro area to the other.

A tree fell on Georgia Tech's campus near Techwood. According to reports, catching a power line and possibly damaging a gas line, forcing some student evacuations from nearby buildings.

In Alpharetta, lightning sparked two residential structure fires.  No one was hurt and fire crews were able to contain the fire quickly at a structure on Morning Park Circle. Fire was extinguished quickly at a home on Oakstone Glenn.

Hail pelted Cobb County, coming down in chunks in Smyrna.

In Dunwoody a massive pine fell on the garage of a home on Shadow Court.

Severe thunderstorm warnings lit up the radar into the 7 p.m. hour as heavy rain bands bringing thunder and lightning spread across the night sky. 

Local 6th Grader Named Macy's Spelling Bee Champion

Atlanta, GA--  Jules McNeice, a 6th grader at Dickerson Middle School in Cobb County,  spelled her way through 19 rounds of words to become the national champion of the Macy’s Spelling Bee, held at Macy’s at Herald Square in New York City on Sunday, September 26th.  The 10-year-old from Marietta spelled the word  “antennae” correctly to win the bee.  

This fall, Macy’s held its fifth annual regional spelling bee competitions in 29 store locations across the country in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Kaplan and Scholastic.  One winner from each of the 29 local events received an all expense paid trip for himself/herself and a guardian to New York to participate in the Final Spelling Bee at Macy’s Herald Square, and other great prizes.  Jules was the winner of the local Macy’s Spelling Bee, held at Macy’s at Town Center at Cobb on August 7th, 2010.

Kenny McKinley Remembered in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. - Friends and family of Kenny McKinley remember him as a young man with endless athletic talent and an infectious smile.

Several hundred people gathered Monday at The Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell for McKinley's funeral. The 23-year-old attended worship services one day before taking his own life.

"He's the last person I would ever expect to do this," sais friend Josh Travis, who played Pee Wee football with McKinley when the two were children. "I never saw it from him."

McKinley died last week at his home near Broncos headquarters in  Denver. Authorities believe he shot himself in the head because he was depressed following his second straight season-ending knee surgery.

McKinley was a football standout at South Cobb High School in
Austell, where he played quarterback. He changed positions, starring as a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina.

Revisiting Week Five's HS Football Predictions

Fayetteville, GA -- Massey Matchups correctly picked the winner of 15 out of 17 games in Week Four. Did the computer predictor tool have similar results in Week Five?

In the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, Starr's Mill was expected to tie Whitewater 20-20. The computer regarded Starr's Mill as the better team, but gave Whitewater the benefit of home field advantage. Starr's Mill actually won the game 21-14.

Buford was supposed to make up for their 2009 loss to Lovett with a 26-19 win this year. The Wolves got their revenge, but the computer underestimated Buford. Coach Jess Simpson's team beat Lovett 37-14.