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Police: 4-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – A 4-year-old boy was injured after accidentally shooting himself on Friday, according to police.

Sandy Springs Police Sgt. Ron Momon said that the child was allegedly by himself at a house on 1003 Brentwood Way and playing with the gun when it discharged.

The boy was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with a non-life-threatening wound to the arm.

Detectives are investigating.


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Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Holy Innocents' athletes sign with universities

Holy Innocents' athletes sign with universities

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two outstanding Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) athletes, Sam Asbury and Rod Davis, signed with universities this month. 

Asbury will head to Georgia State University after graduation to play golf. Asbury was part of the Holy Innocents’ boys’ golf team that finished its season with an exclamation point last spring, tying for second place in the Class A state tournament at Forest Hills Golf Course in Augusta. At Sectionals, Asbury shot a 2-under and was the medalist. 

“Sam basically just exploded last year,” said Coach Jim Griffin. “He really put up some good numbers."

Rod Davis has signed with North Carolina State University for wrestling. Davis wrestled the entire 2013-14 season with an injury in his right shoulder and still managed to win the state title at 195 pounds at the Class A traditional wrestling tournament last February. Davis finished the season with a 35-3 dual meet record.

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Safety tips for turkey thawing

Safety tips for turkey thawing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Turkeys can be purchased fresh or frozen.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension encourages residents to think “safety” while preparing for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

“We believe that following proper food safety techniques for thawing poultry will help minimize the potential for a food borne illness,” states Menia Chester, Director for Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Properly thawing out a turkey is very important.”

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- In the event that power goes out for an extended period of time in your neighborhood, Fulton County Cooperative Extension, the food preservation specialists and food safety specialists at the University of Georgia want you to know that the food in your refrigerator and freezer may be saved if you take special care during the outage.

“There are several steps a family can take to protect the food they have stored in their refrigerator and freezer,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Being careful to follow the recommendations from UGA should help in keeping your family safe.”

First, unplug the freezer and refrigerator, as well as other appliances, to protect them from electricity surges when power returns. Also make sure everyone in your household knows not to open the refrigerator or freezer doors; keeping the doors closed will keep the food cold for a longer period of time.