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South Fulton Career Center to host Manpower recruitment

South Fulton Career Center to host Manpower recruitment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s South Fulton Career Center will host an onsite recruitment in partnership with Manpower on Friday, April 10, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Manpower is seeking experienced forklift operators and truck loaders/unloaders. Recruiters will take applications and screen applicants. The positions are located in the Fulton Industrial Boulevard area.

Recruiters are seeking experienced candidates for the first shift (5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and the second shift (3 p.m. to 12 a.m.). Salaries will depend on the level of experience of those who qualify for the positions. The positions pay $10.50 to $10.75 an hour depending on the position and applicant experience.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Spelman College gears up for annual 5K run/walk

Spelman College gears up for annual 5K run/walk

ATLANTA -- As part of Spelman College’s 2015 Founders Day activities, the community is invited to get moving and exercise at its third annual Wellness Revolution 5K Run/Walk. The 3.1 mile run/walk will take place Saturday, April 11, and will kick-off with check-in/ registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Held to promote personal health and fitness, the event will feature a surprise guest to kick off the run/walk, coordinated warm-up and cool-down activities and health and wellness information and tips.  Warm-up activities will start at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk, which includes a course through the West End community, will begin at 9 a.m.

South Fulton offers community garden beds

South Fulton offers community garden beds

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the South Fulton Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, is looking for participants to occupy plots at the South Fulton Community Garden.

This year marks the 4th season for the garden, which has 33 beds available for residents of the district to occupy and help maintain.

The garden is located at 5645 Mason Road, College Park, behind the South Fulton Tennis Center.

A $35 non-refundable fee per year is required to occupy a plot for the entire growing season. Only money orders or cashier checks made payable to Fulton County Government will be accepted as payment. The deadline to register for a plot is Wednesday, Apr. 15.

Interested parties may sign up two ways:

Spelman College names new president

Spelman College names new president

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will have a new president this summer.

The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will take over the reins as the college's 10th's president on August 1.

Campbell has served as dean emerita of Tisch School of the Arts and university professor at New York University.

Current Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum will step down at the end of this school year.

Mt. Vernon Baptist church begins new chapter

Mt. Vernon Baptist church begins new chapter

ATLANTA -- Palm Sunday marked a new beginning for a historic Atlanta church.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was one of two churches purchased by the city and then demolished to make way for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

The old church stood at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside Drives for more than 50 years before being sold for $14 million.

Since moving, they had been in a temporary site on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. On Sunday, they held their final service there. Afterwards, the congregation went in a caravan for the ribbon-cutting at the new church home in the Vine City community.

The new church was in an existing church building, but it has completely been renovated inside.

Sunday's event attracted parishioners from other churches who wanted to come out and help celebrate the congregations new home.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.