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Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer:

Healthcare company CFO pleads guilty to fraud

Healthcare company CFO pleads guilty to fraud

(WXIA) -- The vice president and chief financial officer of a medical equipment business admitted in federal court to defrauding several insurers, including Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Daniel K. Lane Jr., 57, will be sentenced in November by a Georgia-based judge for his part in the scheme.

The defendant works for Compass Healthcare, a company that provides compression stockings to patients with certain medical conditions, such as edema and chronic venous insufficiency. Compass Healthcare is based in St. Louis, Mo., but has offices in several cities, including one at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta.

Prosecutors said Lane and office manager Holly Keisker, 61, submitted false claims and diagnoses to insurance companies for patients who did not require compression stockings. The pair forged and altered doctors' prescriptions to support the claims.

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fulton County Call to Womanhood programs, Priceless University and the Youth Leadership Academy for Girls need volunteer academic tutors in math, science and reading.

Volunteer tutors will support the students in the Call to Womanhood programs during meetings beginning in September at the Call to Womanhood Center located at 3444 Claire Drive, Hapeville, next to the Hapeville Library.

Priceless University is a college-prep and career development program for middle and high school girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses that help students reach their full potential.  Priceless University meets every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Call to Womanhood Center.

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

ATLANTA -- Beginning Wednesday, August 27, Fulton County will be offering all comprehensive workforce services for dislocated adults and youth at three career centers.

Tuesday will be the last day that residents can use the centers that are scheduled for closing (see closing information below).

Fulton County’s Workforce Development services will be offered in three locations convenient for citizens in north, central and south Fulton. Those centers include:

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends season Aug. 27

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends season Aug. 27

FULTON COUNTY, ga. -- On Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m., Fulton County Cooperative Extension will celebrate the successful fourth season of the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market. This year, the program provided approximately 31.5 tons of fresh produce to more than 6,900 residents in 24 Fulton County communities.

The celebration will take place at Berean seventh Day Adventist Church located at 291 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Atlanta and is open to all Fulton County residents.

The closing ceremony will include comments from Chairman John Eaves, Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Valeria Pickard, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Fulton Fresh was founded in 2011 as part of Fulton County’s continuous effort to address health disparities. Communities served by the seasonal program benefit from the delivery of fresh produce, nutrition education and were taught how to prepare tasty, healthy meals with the produce they received. 

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.