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11Alive is coming to Dallas

11Alive is coming to Dallas

DALLAS, Ga. -- The 11Alive News Today morning show will hit the road again this week and travel to Paulding County.

The show will broadcast live from Main Street in downtown Dallas on Friday, May 3 from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Come out to mingle with your neighbors and meet Karyn Greer, Ted Hall, Donna Lowry and Chesley McNeil.

Dallas is the second stop in 11Alive's summer hometown tour. The show was in Stockbridge last week.

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

(ATLANTA) -- The Drug Enforcement Office of Atlanta is holding the sixth annual nationwide prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at several area locations.

The drug take-back service is free and open to the public. It follows a "no questions asked" theme according to Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell.

He says the opportunity to get rid of pill abuse and theft by having all people bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions to the event is something embraced by all. Since September 2010, law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities have teamed with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds, almost 1,018 of prescriptions.

There will be numerous sites set up on Saturday to accept drugs from Georgia residents - all in an effort the increase public safety and public health.

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Super Bowl champ donates to Hiram kids charity

Super Bowl champ donates to Hiram kids charity

HIRAM, Ga. -- Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Eric Matthews has donated toys and clothing to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Cops for Kids program.

Sheriff's officials announced Matthews, founder and CEO of E-Matt Athletics, worked with police in Hiram who helped to coordinate his donation effort with the Paulding County charity program. E-Matt Athletics is a 37,000-square foot indoor sports complex in Hiram.

The sheriff's office began the Cops for Kids program in 1998 to donate goods to 25 needy children. Sheriff's officials say 380 children will be served by the program this year.

Paulding County Sheriff's officials say this year's Cops for Kids event is being hosted at a Walmart in Dallas on Marietta Highway Dec. 22 at 7 a.m.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Paulding Chamber supports Backpack Food Program

Paulding Chamber supports Backpack Food Program

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with United Health Care to feed hungry local kids this holiday season.

Together, the two organizations pledged their support to the Paulding County Schools' Backpack Food Program, which provides nutritious food to children who need it most.

The chamber is collecting donations from the community. Recommended items include fruit and applesauce cups, individually-packaged macaroni and cheese, fruit snacks, granola bars, peanut butter and juice boxes.

Donations can be dropped off at the chamber, which is located at 455 Jimmy Campbell Parkway in Dallas. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Learn more at pauldingchamber.org.