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Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

(WXIA) -- Zaxby's has been named America's "Most Craveable Fast Casual" restaurant for the second year in a row.

The Athens-based chicken chain received the honor from Technomic, a market research firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

Technomic measures more than 60 elements of a guest's experience to determine the rankings. Zaxby's craveability can be attributed to its popular Chicken Fingerz and dipping sauces, especially the signautre Zax Sauce.

"We are continuously looking for new experiences and flavors to provide our guests, but it's also exciting for us to know that some of our very first menu items are still fan favorites to this day," Zaxby's CEO and co-founder Zach McLeory said. "We're delighted to know our guests have ranked us the most craveable for a second year, and will endlessly strive to provide them with exceptional flavors they can't get anywhere else."

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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA-- With the state tournament set to begin this weekend, time to take a look at the latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll. The Spartans are still undefeated and still on top.

The Greater Atlanta Christian boys head into the state tournament a perfect 27-0. The Spartans are followed by Wheeler, Allatoona, North Gwinnett and Norcross make up the top 5.

Miller Grove, Berkmar, Tucker, Walton, and Stephenson completes the top 10.

The Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. McEachern maintains the lead as the state tournament begins.

For much of the season McEachern and Southwest DeKalb have been 1 and 2. That continues this week with Parkview, Redan, and Archer the top 5.

Next comes Tucker, Hillgrove, Wesleyan, North Forsyth, and Southwest Atlanta Christian making up the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.

 

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Animal Control is hosting a special Valentine's Day event this week.

It will be Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, but was postponed due to last week's winter weather.

Attendees will meet adoptable pets while enjoying refreshments provided by the shelter. Those who want to bring home a new furry friend can do so for a discounted rate of $65.

Cobb County Animal Control is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta.

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High school regional semis: Walton vs. Milton & Wheeler vs. Etowah

High school regional semis: Walton vs. Milton & Wheeler vs. Etowah

(WXIA) -- Monday night was the regional semifinals for high school basketball.

Walton vs. Milton
Last time Walton played Milton, Milton won by 14 points. Tonight, the Eagles and Raiders were back at it.

Zach Hoskins on the break for Milton, knocks it down for three. While Walton's Nik Wells goes up for three - no good. But Blake Poole is there to clean it up.

Walton upsets Milton 67-66, so the Raiders advance to the region championship to take on the winner of the next game.

Wheeler vs. Etowah
Wheeler and the host Etowah -- Wheeler on the fast break, with Jaylen Brown to Elijah Staley, and the Mississippi State commit slams it home!

Etowah hung around, with Trevor Head underneath the basket for two. But Wheeler responded quickly with senior guard Avery Patterson going up for the tree!

Wheeler remained undefeated after downing Etowah 76-74.

Cobb County neighbors help ambulance in ice storm

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Some Cobb County residents say they are amazed at the huge reaction they've been receiving from all over the world after they helped free an ambulance from the ice last week.

The ambulance was on a call, transporting a woman in a medical emergency, and could not get up the slippery hill -- until people who live nearby jumped in to help.

Residents of the Rosemont City View Apartments in Marietta did everything they could to free the ambulance.

"Everybody just started scraping the ground, clearing all the ice, pushing the ambulance," said one resident who helped, Sergio Ruelas.

It took nearly 90 minutes before the ambulance had enough traction to get up the hill with the woman inside who needed to get to the hospital.

Outrage over loud music trial verdict

ATLANTA -- Outrage continues two days after the verdict in the so called "loud music" trial over the weekend in Florida.

Marietta teen Jordan Davis was shot to death in Jacksonville last November.

Last Saturday, the jury could not reach a verdict on the first degree murder charge. 

The response on social media was enormous. "Justice for Jordan" was trending on Twitter, and thousands of people posted their thoughts on Facebook. Now people are calling for a retrial in the case. Jordan's best friend in Atlanta is one of them. 

"In the dove it says courage, the other one will say loyalty," said Davis Vanburen, Jordan Davis' best friend. 

 He just got a tattoo to remember his friend Jordan. 

"He told me to be brave. And to stay loyal to the ones you love the most," Vanburen said. 

He says the hung jury on the first degree murder charge isn't justice for his friend.