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Taxpayer kept from using park she helped fund

WOODSTOCK, Ga - A Cherokee County family is wondering just why they were turned away from a public park when others are allowed to use it.

Rebecca Murray's children wanted to kick a soccer ball on one of the many fields at Badger Creek Park in Woodstock. They were greeted by a locked gate and a man telling them the park wasn't for everyone.

"This is two minutes from my home and I would love to be able to use the park," said Murray. "I was told unless I was a member of CSA soccer, I couldn't come."

The director of Cherokee County Parks and Recreation said the park cost about $5,000,000 taxpayer dollars to build.

The park looks complete, but Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper says it is still under construction, and that is part of the issue. There are still sidewalks to build and other additions so the park can meet requirements of the American Disabilities Act.

Ex-principal charged for not reporting child abuse

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A former principal at Kell High School has been charged with not reporting that one of her students may have been sexually abused by a teacher.

Trudie Donovan, 61, was charged Thursday with failure to report child abuse. She announced her retirement as Kell principal earlier this month.

According to Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce, a student claimed to have been sexually abused by 37-year-old James Chadwick Brigham on May 17. Pierce said the student reported the abuse to school administrators on May 18, but administrators did not report it to police until May 22.

Brigham, who teaches Social Studies, now faces charges of battery and sexual battery, according to Pierce.

A letter posted on Kell High School's website before Donovan's retirement and arrest reads:

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

ATLANTA -- Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers across Georgia are launching a statewide crackdown on drunken driving through the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

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The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says its summer campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance, begins Friday and will run for about two weeks.

During that period, law enforcement officers in the state are expected to keep a close lookout for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

State officials say 298 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2010 -- roughly a fourth of traffic deaths in the state.

The summer anti-DUI campaign in Georgia coincides with the national crackdown called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Chickens, chicken parts involved in morning wrecks

STATHAM, Ga. -- Two separate accidents involving chickens backed up traffic across the region Friday morning.

In Oconee County, a tractor trailer carrying live chickens overturned and caught fire on westbound Highway 316 near Dials Mill Road. Two right lanes were closed heading away from Athens.

In the Canton area, chicken parts spilled on the roadway after a wreck on northbound Interstate 575 at Cumming Highway. That accident has since cleared.

For the latest traffic conditions across the region, visit 11Alive.com/traffic.

Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in May

Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in May

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April.

The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate in May 2012 was 7.1 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures early Thursday.

They say the rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not.

Officials also say there were 269 new layoffs in profession and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Braves outslug Yankees in home run derby

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees, 10-5, in a game that featured nine home runs.

Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado and David Ross also homered for the Braves, who won the final two contests of this three-game set.

Tommy Hanson (8-4) got the win despite giving up four runs on five hits over five-plus innings. He allowed four home runs.

Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter hit solo homers for the Yankees, who have lost two in a row after winning their previous 10. Curtis Granderson added an RBI.

Phil Hughes (7-6) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames. He gave up a career-high four homers and now leads the American League in home runs allowed with 19.

Coming into Wednesday's game, Yankees starters had tossed at least six innings in each of their last 19 games.

 

Braves struggles continue as Yanks win 10th straight win

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter knocked in three runs, CC Sabathia threw his first complete game of the season and the Yankees ran their win streak to 10 games Monday night with a 6-2 victory over the Braves.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, who moved to 10-0 in their current 15-game stretch against NL East teams and 20-4 in their last 24 overall.

Sabathia (9-3) beat the Braves for the second time in a week, settling down after giving up a first-inning run to strike out 10. He gave up seven hits and a walk and threw 84 of his 116 pitches for strikes in the 34th complete game of his career.

The 31-year-old lefty beat Atlanta in his last start last Tuesday despite giving up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He was saved by a six-run eighth inning, which included Alex Rodriguez's 23rd career grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig's major league record.