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Atlanta Taking Calls for Warm Shelter

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta has set up a special hotline to help residents who don't have heat or warm place to stay as the temperatures plummet.

City officials also want to hear from faith-based organizations and nonprofit organizations that are willing to open their doors as shelters.

"We've already heard from some of our seniors who are in trouble," said Constituent Services Commissioner Andrea Boone. "It's going to get even colder tonight. We have to make sure we take care of our people."

The Mayor's Office of Constituent Services plans to man the hotline (404) 330-6023 until 11 p.m. Monday. 

 

DeKalb Agrees to Millions in Sewer Upgrades

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County has agreed to make sweeping improvements to its sewer system to curb overflows of untreated sewage.

The county estimates that the improvements could cost $700 million.

In addition, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that DeKalb will pay a civil penalty
of $453,000 to be split between the U.S. and the state of Georgia. The county also agreed to launch a $600,000 environmental program
that will provide additional environmental benefits.

The agreement resolves a joint federal and state complaint alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act.

Stan Meiburg of the EPA's regional office says the agreement will "benefit the local community and improve water quality in the
Upper Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee watersheds."

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

A Cold Day in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A cold start to the work week in North Georgia with temperatures in the 20's as the morning commute began.

In Roswell, a broken water main caused anxious moments for motorists.

Crews spread sand at Riverside and Martin to prevent icing on the pavement.

Car batteries across Metro Atlanta were without spark.

Jim Pool called AAA Auto Club to give him a jump.

"I came from the airport, and it was dead," he said. "I got a jump out there and then it died again."

Kenyatta Sadat is a technician with AAA. He offers this advice, "I would advise people to have their battery checked especially if parked outside."

The sights and sounds of Midtown looked more like Minneapolis, sans the snow.

Runners in full LL Bean attire are not Atlanta-like.

It's tough on everyone including pet owners and their dogs.

Accreditation Loss Would Impact Homeowners

ATLANTA -- One week from today accreditation teams will be reviewing documents and conducting interviews inside Atlanta Public Schools.

It will take 2 weeks to assemble the information and 30 to 45 days for APS to learn the results.

11Alive News learned Wednesday teams will examine the school systems "leadership" and "governess." Those are two of seven elements needed to certify APS.

The loss of accreditation would have a disastrous impact on Atlanta's economy.

11Alive's Jeff Hullinger spoke with Harry Norman's top residential real estate producer, Travis Reed, " We lose the schools, we lose the value."

Reed's signs can be seen all over intown zip codes. He better than anyone- - understands the renaissance of midtown over the last 15 years.

"What happens if APS loses?" Hullinger asked.

Vegetables May Help You Live Longer

ATLANTA -- A new study proves what your mom always told you -- eating fruits and veggies may help you live longer.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people with the highest levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene in their blood had a 39 percent lower risk of death from any cause than those with the lowest levels.

Alpha-carotene is found in yellow-orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin and dark green veggies like broccoli, peas, spinach and other leafy greens. Researchers say the antioxidant is similar to the more widely known beta-carotene, but it may be more effective at protecting cells in the brain, liver and skin.

The CDC's 14-year study found the protective effect of alpha-carotene increased as blood levels of the antioxidant increased.

Atlanta March of Dimes Honors Nurses

ATLANTA - The Atlanta March of Dimes honored 14 nurses for their excellent care during the inaugural Nurse of the Year Awards over the weekend.

The event, chaired by Linda McCauley, Dean of Emory University's Nell Hogdson Woodruff School of Nursing, recognized nurses across all specialties.

The Nurse of the Year panel of judges reviewed hundreds of applications and selected 130 finalists.

"Nurses play an incredibly critical role in our community. They are truly the unsung medical heroes of the healthcare field," said Sheila Ryan, March of Dimes Georgia Chapter, State Director.

The Nurse of the Year Award is supported by presenting sponsor Grady Health System and Platinum partner Northside Hospital along with presenting media sponsor, Atlanta Magazine. Additional sponsors include Emory Healthcare, Aramark Healthcare, Gentiva, Kimberly Clark, Wellstar, 11 Alive TV, Atlanta.MomsLikeMe.Com, and Barefoot Wine.