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Thanksgiving Miracle, Man Gets Second Chance at Life

DALLAS, GA -- A Metro Atlanta man has many reasons to be thankful this holiday, one of those being his life.

James Flippin is one of the most active 72-year-olds you'd ever meet. The walls of his home are similar to the hall of fame, covered with awards from the 71 marathons he's run.

He has remained fit all of his life, so it came as a surprise last week when he had a heart attack during his daily swim at the Northwest Family YMCA.

"When I would swim, I would be a little short of breath for about 10 minutes, but then it would correct itself," Flippin said. "But on Nov. 15, after 10 minutes, that's when I had my heart attack instead."

Linda Crabtree was the only lifeguard on duty at the time, and immediately called for help on her radio. With her quick reaction and the help of Melissa Betts and Elizabeth Janda, the three were able to pull Flippin out of the water.

Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together. 

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Round Two

DRUID HILLS, GA -- The online voting came down to the wire, but Hiram at Tucker won the right to be 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, beating out Flowery Branch-Kell by a 1.1 percent margin.

Class 4A was well-represented in this week's voting. Three of the four nominated games were 4A contests. Hiram at Tucker received 50 percent of the vote and 11Alive will broadcast live from Adams Stadium for Friday's 6 p.m. news.

Hiram is coming off of a 35-10 win over Lambert in Round One. The Hornets are 9-2, having lost to 11-0 Kell and 9-2 East Paulding. They play an undefeated Tucker team that has been dominating opponents since their 31-24 double-overtime win over Marist on September 3rd. The Tigers most recently beat Loganville 50-6 in Round One.

Both teams lost in the second round of last year's playoffs.

Body of Keith Burns Found in Lost Mountain Park

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- The body of a Cobb County man who has been missing since Tuesday, Nov. 9 has been found.

Keith Burns, 45, went missing after he failed to show up to perform an independent construction job in Hiram. Security cameras captured images of his red 1998 Ford Ranger driving into a parking lot at Lost Mountain Park in Powder Springs. Police subsequently found the truck at the park, but there was no sign of Keith.

Keith's body was found around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in Lost Mountain Park. There was no sign of foul play.

The body has been turned over to the state medical examiner to determine a cause of death.

Berry College Students Beautify Silver Comet Trail

ROME, GA -- A group of Berry College students recently participated in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day" and proved to be great examples to all volunteers.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the students headed to Polk County and spent the morning cleaning up the Silver Comet Trail. Working together, they helped remove 72 tires from the Van Wert Trailhead.

Part of Berry's mission is to "challenge students to devote their learning to community and civic betterment," and the majority of students spend multiple hours per semester serving and investing in their community.

For more information about Berry's volunteer services, contact them either via email or at 706-238-5848.

Sheriff's Office Gearing Up for Cops for Kids

PAULDING COUNTY, GA -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is gearing up for the 13th annual Cops for Kids program.

Every year, a select store opens early on a Saturday during the holidays to allow officers to take local children shopping. Through the generous donations made by the community, the program allows less fortunate children to have a true Christmas.

Cops for Kids has been very successful for the past eight years. In 1998, the goal was to take 20 children shopping. In 2009, 260 children went shopping. This year's goal is 225 children.

Goals have been met or exceeded virtually every year, thanks to contributors from Paulding County.

It costs $150 to sponsor one child. This donation is not only tax deductible, but it helps give Christmas to a needy child -- and every penny that is donated remains in Paulding County.

Donations can be mailed to:

Paulding County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Lt.

Marietta Ice Rink Hosts National Meat Cutting Challenge

MARIETTA, GA -- The Marietta Ice Center (4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068) is usually reserved for figure skaters and hockey players, but it is about to play host to a different type of event -- Round Two of the National Meat Cutting Challenge.

The large venue and frigid conditions make it the perfect place to test the skills of Texas Roadhouse master meat cutters from six states, including Georgia. The competition will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The meat cutters will showcase their skills during a timed "cut-off," during which each individual receives 50 pounds of beef consisting of two top-butts, two tenderloins and one rib loin.