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Electronics in her heart, dancing on her mind

ATLANTA -- It's the time of the season for feel-good song-and-dance.

On Thursday, Gabee Thomas and her high school show choir performed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

For Gabee, it was a thank you for the hospital's help when this lively singer and dancer was in danger of losing her life.

"She was never tired, always full of energy," recalled her father, John. "So we were really surprised when the cardiologist told us she had something really serious, and she needed surgery."

Gabee has been dancing since she was a toddler, but that young age is also when she began battling a partial AV block in her heart.

Then she turned 11, and the partial block became a complete one.

Gabee would need three surgeries, and doctors at Egleston would have to install a pacemaker. All of this was extremely dire, but Gabee had another concern: as part of her recovery, she wouldn't be able to dance for a year.

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.

 

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Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

Grady names new VP of government relations

Grady names new VP of government relations

ATLANTA -- Matthew Hicks will join Grady Health System as its new vice president of government relations, the hospital announced Wednesday.

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In his new role, Hicks will manage relationships between Grady and its government partners. He brings more than a decade of relevant experience to the job.

Hicks began his career working on social services and healthcare matters for U.S. Senator Zell Miller. He is also a certified emergency medical technician.

A DeKalb County native, Hicks earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Emory University.

EMORY | Campus building evacuated after gas leak

ATLANTA (WXIA) - A campus services building was evacuated on the Emory University campus Monday afternoon after a vehicle hit a gas line near by.

The Campus Services Building C was evacuated as a precaution after a vehicle hit a gas line at 301 Facilities Management Drive near the edge of the Emory campus. The university does not hold classes in that particular building. 

No injuries were reported.