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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Commissioner receives go-ahead to create DeKalb Film Commission

Commissioner receives go-ahead to create DeKalb Film Commission

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson recently received unanimous approval by his peers to launch the DeKalb Film Commission.

The DeKalb Film Commission will serve as the county's single point of contact for anyone interested in filming in DeKalb.

"DeKalb County has been named by the Georgia Film Industry as a Georgia Camera Ready County, and we are looking to embellish this designation," Watson said. "Strengthening DeKalb County's ties to the film industry will provide an economic development tool and potentially increase the county's tax revenues."

Read more about Camera Ready Communities in Georgia

The film industry had an economic impact of over $1 billion in Georgia in 2010.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

CEO Burrell Ellis hosts hike and bike Greenspace Tour on Saturday

CEO Burrell Ellis hosts hike and bike Greenspace Tour on Saturday

Dekalb County, GA --  According to a recent press release sent by Dekalb CEO Ellis' office, Burrell Ellis will be hosting a Hike and Bike Greenspace Tour on Saturday as part of Dekalb County's celebration of National County Government Month.

On April 16th, Ellis will meet at Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia to lead a group of Dekalb county staff and residents through Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Reserve, a DeKalb County park comprised of 2,000 acres of granite outcrop, wetlands, pine and oak forests, streams, and a lake, and one of Georgia’s most beautiful greenspaces.

The CEO’s Hike and Bike Greenspace Tour is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration online at www.dekalbcountyga.gov is encouraged.

DeKalb County to Host Showcase, Grand Opening

DeKalb County to Host Showcase, Grand Opening

Dekalb County, GA --  DeKalb County will continue its celebration of National County Government Month with a county showcase tomorrow, April 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta. The county will also host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. for the OneDeKalb Neighborhood Resource Center, located on the lower level of the mall near Macy’s.

The showcase brings county departments together in one place, offering citizens an opportunity to learn about resources available through county government.

Representative, Stacy Abrams, holds Town Hall Meeting on April 9

Representative, Stacy Abrams, holds Town Hall Meeting on April 9

Dekalb County, GA--  On Saturday, April 9th, Rep. Stacy Abrams the Minority Leader will be holding a twon hall meeting.  Issues to be discussed include the 2011 &2012 Budget Proposals, Tax Reform, Legislation, and Dekalb County Schools accreditation.

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011

TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

LOCATION: SOUTH DEKALB SENIOR CENTER