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Car torpedoes through Cherokee Co. garage -- in the front, out the back

ACWORTH, Ga. (WXIA) - The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon that a gold Honda, driven by a 36-year-old man, went through a house located at 2947 Cedar Mill Crossing, near Kellogg Creek.

Officials said the car hit one side of the home and flew out of the home on the other side.

PHOTOS | Car drives through house

Authorities said the driver of the car had a number of cuts and scrapes, and a possible broken or dislocated hip. The driver was transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he was listed in stable but critical condition.

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

ATLANTA -- Last weekend's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was a big success in Georgia, with residents turning in an estimated 6,913 pounds of unwanted medication.

This number greatly exceeds the amount of drugs collected during the last take-back event in October, where Drug Enforcement Administration officials collected about 3,794 pounds.

Nationally, the event saw Americans turn in approximately 276 tons (552,161 pounds) of drugs.

"The Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign was a huge success," Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement. "This event was critical in stemming the tide of prescription drug abuse in this country."

Water main break shut water off at two schools

CANTON, Ga. -- A water main break stopped the flow of water to Creekland Middle School and Creekview High School on Tuesday.

A PVC water line failed shortly after 9 a.m. on Owens Store Road, according to the Cherokee County Water Department.

Service was restored at around 1:15 p.m. 

Both schools stayed in session during the interruption.

 

Education Nation bus surprises schools

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- 11Alive and the NBC Education Nation Bus continued their weeklong series of surprises for local schools on Tuesday.

We asked you to vote for your favorite schools around metro Atlanta. Each day we're giving $1,000 to a school.

Little River Elementary in Woodstock was the first stop on Monday.

Indian Knoll Elementary in Canton was second on Tuesday.

Join 11Alive News Today each morning this week to see who's next.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | Education Nation

Students participate in Cherokee County Special Olympics

CHEROKEE COUNTY -- More than 1,000 students competed in the Cherokee County Special Olympics on Wednesday, April 11.

It took place at Sequoyah High school.  In addition to the athletes, there were hundreds of student and adult volunteers on hand to coordinate events and assist athletes. 

Many Cherokee County schools have "Friends" or "Peer Helper" clubs where regular education program students assist students with disabilities. 

The event began with an Opening Ceremony that included a Torch Run and the reading of the Special Olympics motto: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Got old or expired drugs? Dispose of them on Saturday!

ATLANTA -- A lot of us have prescription medications that we are either no longer taking or that have expired. This weekend, you've got a chance to get rid of it.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies have set up all sorts of disposal sites that are available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Last October, a similar collection effort rounded up about 188 tons of unwanted or expired medicines. 

To find the location nearest you, click here. You only need to enter your zip code or county, city and state to find a location.

Improv helps autistic Atlantans take center stage

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A good evening of improv theater transports the audience, elevates the actors, brings everyone together.

The tenants of improvisation - spontaneity, and the ability to go with whatever you're thrown - are not second nature for the Shenanigans actors.

Seventeen-year-old James Revis recalled, "I kind of got kicked out of Curtain Call, and that's why my grandmom, made Shenanigans."

Revis has Asperbergers. His non-theater background grandmother Sandy Bruce started Shenanigans, improv theater for people with autism.

Bruce said "With autism, the deficits are in understanding, being able to decode facial expression, body language, what you're saying."

Many members of the group have trouble communicating, getting their thoughts out. That doesn't mean they can't do improv.

"I got good acting skills," Revis said.