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    The AJC’s Mark Bradley looks at Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, and the Jackets’ program, past and present, and asks, “Is this a good fit?” Click here to read more on myAJC.com Never miss a minute of what’s happening with Georgia Tech. Subscribe to myAJC.com
  • A young local cancer patient got the trip of lifetime this Thanksgiving. Teryn Buster, a 10-year-old who lives in Lithonia, has suffered from sickle-cell anemia since she was 3 months old. Earlier this year, she developed germ cell cancer. Teryn had a tumor removed recently and is undergoing therapy at the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta. She got a break from her treatments with a special trip to New York City. TRENDING STORIES: Woman found after disappeared while traveling to daughter's home for Thanksgiving Thousands in need get free holiday feast thanks to volunteers Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning Teryn, her mother, Tiffany, and her grandmother, Linda, visited New York for the first time. They went on a carriage ride, to a candy store, the Disney store and on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Macy’s Parade studio. Teryn also go to help unveil the Aflac Duck “Balloonicle” for the parade. “It was just awesome. I loved it,” Teryn said.  
  • A sergeant with the Roswell Police Department is on administrative leave following his arrest. Police said Chad Harris was arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thanksgiving. We're gathering new details from his first court appearance, for Channel 2 Action News after the game. TRENDING STORIES: Arrests made in violent robberies of Asian-owned businesses Worker killed after woman drives onto sidewalk on busy road, police say High school girls basketball coach charged with sexual assault He was charged with simple battery (Family Violence Act), battery (Family Violence Act) and two counts of third-degree cruelty to children.  He is on administrative leave while the department conducts an administrative investigation into the circumstances of the arrest, Roswell police said.
  • Skip the lines this Black Friday and opt for some time outside in the great outdoors instead. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and REI are joining forces once again to continue the annual #OptOutside movement and reground everyone in the great outdoors.     Thursday, November 23, 2017   Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA   Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.       Friday, November 24, 2017   Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens Friday, Nov 24, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA   On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.       Tri-State Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA   Meet the park naturalist at the Tennessee Rock/Edmonds trailhead for a beautiful 2.2 mile hike through the autumn sights. The Tennessee Rock trail is a moderate rated hike and from the Tennessee Rock Overlook, you may be able to see three states. This hike also gives the opportunity to burn off the extra calories acquired from the day before. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.       Sensory Awareness Night Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 PM Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA   Join the ranger for an easy night hike along the River Trail with experiments to test your senses. We will have hot cocoa to keep your hands warm and taste buds happy on this cool night! Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes. Dress appropriately for cooler weather. Ages 8 and older. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.       Night Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 5 PM to 7 PM Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA   Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.       Walk it Off! Friday, Nov 24, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA   Meet the Ranger at the River Trail entry for an invigorating and educational hike to relieve those guilt feelings from yesterday.Two different hikes. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.       Walk it Off! Friday, Nov 24, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA   Meet the Ranger at the River Trail entry for an invigorating and educational hike to relieve those guilt feelings from yesterday.Two different hikes. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.       Black Friday #OptOutside Nature Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA   Elijah Clark will be hosting a nature hike on Black Friday. Instead of spending the day shopping why not join us on a nature hike along the 3-mile trail. You may see deer along the trail, an eagle flying over head or a nice view of Clark's Hill Lake. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.       Avoid the Madness Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA   Don't get stuck in the Black Friday mess. Join a ranger on a moderate hike and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Wear appropriate shoes, and bring a water bottle. Register at the Visitor Center. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.       Black Friday Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 12 PM to 1 PM Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA   Skip the madness and opt for the great outdoors! Relaxing hike along the yellow trail. Meet at Entrance B Boat Dock. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.       Turkey Trek Friday, Nov 24, 2017 11 AM Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA   Work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. Enjoy a moderate hike along Brantley and Beaver Pond trails. This 2.5 mile hike offers good chances for encountering wildlife while enjoying the scenic view. Meet at the Trading Post. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. Call for more information and to pre-register. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.       Thanksgiving Paddle Friday, Nov 24, 2017 3 PM Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA   Come out and enjoy a guided afternoon tour of Lake Rutledge on a kayak/canoe. Unwind while hearing about the history of Hard Labor Creek while paddling to the sounds of nature. Meet at the kayak rack (beach area). Bring water and sunscreen. Space is limited, preregister in advance. $10 if you use your boat or $15 if you use ours. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.         Stars of Red Top Friday, Nov 24, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA   Join AmeriCorps Rangers on Friday evenings as we observe the stars above us and hear stories about the constellations. Star charts will be on hand, and feel free to bring your own stargazing equipment. We also recommend bringing a blanket to lie on and a flashlight. Meet behind the Old Park Office, 50 Lodge Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.         6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival 6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 24, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017  Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA   This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.       Day After Thanksgiving 'Bark in the Park' Dog Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA   Join a Park Ranger on an enjoyable 'after the feasting' hike with your four-legged companion as we walk down to the impressive five story Civil War era New Manchester Mill alongside the gorgeous rapids(up to class IV) of Sweetwater Creek. All dogs must be leashed and have proof of rabies vaccination. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.       Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA   This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. We will go inside the mill, as see in the 'Hunger Games' film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.       Walk Off The Turkey with a Hike Friday, Nov 24, 2017 10:30 AM to 3 PM Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA   Take a guided hike through the gorge floor to work off those extra pounds you acquired over Thanksgiving. This hike is strenuous and involves climbing over and under rocks and logs, jumping from rock to rock, and possibly getting your feet wet. Participants must be 10 or older, no pets allowed. Call to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.     Saturday, November 25, 2017   Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA   On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.       Sunset Hike Saturdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Nov 25, 2017 until Dec 9, 2017  Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA   Meet the park naturalist at the Visitors Center at 6:30 for a short hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. From the overlook you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Be sure and check the times as the sunsets are getting earlier each week. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.       Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Chattahoochee Bend State Park - Newnan, GA   Grab your glow sticks and light bracelets for family outdoor bowling. Bring a dim light or use glow sticks for light (no bright phone lights or flashlights, please). All ages welcome. $3 plus $5 parking. 770-254-7271.       Sitton's Gulch Hike Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA   Hike like the locals & start at the bottom of the gulch & hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock & Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology & history of the canyon. This is a moderate-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.       Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point Saturdays 7:30 PM - 8 PM – Nov 25, 2017  Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA   Take a short, easy walk to a special spot overlooking the valley to view the setting sun. Meet at the West Rim trail access parking. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.       Beach Combing on Cumberland Island Saturday 9 AM - 12 PM – Nov 25, 2017  Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA   Enjoy a boat cruise Cumberland Island with a Park Ranger.Learn about birds & marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem & a chance to see the wild horses.Shoes may get wet.Limited space,preregistration required. Call Park Office to register. $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.       Wildlife of Our World Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Nov 25, 2017  Crooked River State Park - St. Marys, GA   Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home. Learn about some of their habits and behaviors to better understand why they are important to our world. $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.         Get Fit Level 1 Hike Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA   There is no time like the present. Join a Ranger on an easy to moderate 1.6 mile hike around the Lake and Big Rock Trails. We will talk about the park, get to know each other, and discuss healthy eating. Please call the park to register. Meet by the beach. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.       Storytime with Santa Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 5 PM to 8 PM Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA   Santa Claus is coming to Indian Springs State Park! Children will enjoy stories with Santa, reindeer games, crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. Remember the evening with a free picture with Santa! Meet at the Stone Pavilion. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.       Indoor Basic Archery Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA   Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.         Turkey Trek Night Hike Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 4 PM to 7:30 PM Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA   Do you love the smell of turkey roasting over an open fire? Join us for this unique evening program where we will learn to cook your own Thanksgiving feast over the campfire. Worried about all those extra calories? Don't be! We will take a moderate mountain hike while they cook. Food provided by park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes. $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.       First Time Backpacker Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA   If you're interested in backpacking but have never gone, or if you just want to refresh your backpacking knowledge and skills, this is the perfect program for you. Join two AmeriCorps rangers as they guide you through the basics of backpacking. Preregistration for this program is required. See additional event details. $25 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.         Guided Hikes Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA   Join our naturalist on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM for a guided tour of the canyon. Hikes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call and confirm dates and times of hikes prior to your arrival. $5 per person $5 parking. 229-838-6202.       November Night Hikes at Red Top Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA   Come explore the park after dark! Learn about creatures of the night as we look and listen to the nightlife of Red Top. Meet at 50 Lodge Road for this family friendly hike. Plan for two hour walk; trails vary, about 1.5 - 2 miles. Remember your water and flashlight, dress appropriately. Hike will be canceled in event of inclement weather. $5 parking. 770-975-4226.       Introduction to Paddling Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 11 AM Reed Bingham State Park - Adel, GA   Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of paddling? We are holding a class to teach you about the equipment and how to properly use it. Pre-registration is required. $12 plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.       6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival 6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 25, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017  Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA   This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.       Paddle Under the Stars Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 5 PM to 7 PM Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, GA   Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. Register in advance. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.       Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA   This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. We will go inside the mill, as see in the 'Hunger Games' film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.       Introduction to Wilderness Survival Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA   This class covers basic and advanced survival techniques. For ages 12 and up. Learn general skill such as fire making, emergency shelters, and navigation. Registration is required. Space limited. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.       Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA   This hike follows Sweetwater Creek down to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. We will go inside the mill, as see in the 'Hunger Games' film, is situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike (total) down to the mill and back. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.     Sunday, November 26, 2017   Christmas Lights at A.H. Stephens Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA   On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, tour our 10-acre event field (located behind the office) and office area which has been beautifully decorated Christmas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.       Waterfall Hike Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Nov 26, 2017 until Dec 10, 2017  Black Rock Mountain State Park - Mountain City, GA   Bring the family and meet the Park Naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking area for a short hike to the Park's Hidden Gem, Greasy Creek Falls. Enjoy nature as the children splash in the cool, clear waters of the pool at the base of the falls. Bring snacks and drinks to make a day of it. Good walking shoes are necessary. $5 parking. 706-746-2141.       Edible Plant Hike Sunday 10 AM - 11 AM – Nov 26, 2017  Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA   Learn helpful tricks to identifying edible wild plants in Georgia! Enjoy a beautiful and scenic 3 mile hike with our park naturalist. We'll be searching for local plants that have medicinal properties, some used for tea, seasonings, and even ones that could be poisonous! Pets are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.       Indoor Basic Archery Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA   Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register. $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.         Guided Hikes Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area - Lumpkin, GA   Join our naturalist on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM for a guided tour of the canyon. Hikes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call and confirm dates and times of hikes prior to your arrival. $5 per person $5 parking. 229-838-6202.       6th Annual Tour of Lights Festival 6 PM - 10 PM from Nov 26, 2017 until Dec 26, 2017  Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, GA   This self-guided tour features 25+ festively-lighted sites, as well as, our large Christmas tree of lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Seminole. Free (donations accepted). 229-861-3137.       Native American Heritage Hike Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs, GA   Join us for a 2 and a half hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the 'Indian Cave'. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. 6 years and older. $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
  • A Georgia man touched by a restaurant employee’s kindness has shared the message with the world. Dallas Smith Jr., of Sylvester, was at Huddle House on S. Peterson Avenue in Douglas on Wednesday around lunchtime, when he saw a customer trying to eat his pancakes with one hand. He said the man who was dining with him moved his plate to reach out and help him, when a cook stepped in. “She was on the other side of the counter and she saw that he was trying to cut his pancakes and she said, ‘I’ll get it’,” Smith said. Smith said the employee put down what she had and walked over to the table, which is when he had the thought to start recording a video with his phone. “It was kind of a warm feeling in there anyway because everyone knows everybody,” Smith said. “It threw me so far off guard when she did it. For me, it was just a blessing to see.” TRENDING STORIES: Woman raises more than $200,000 for homeless veteran who gave her his last $20 Missionaries assemble 350,000 meals for needy Restaurant to open doors to ‘Thanksgiving orphans’ Smith said he posted the video on Facebook to share what he had witnessed with his friends and family. Since then, nearly 3,000 people have shared it.  “This day and time, when you see that, it gives you hope,” he said. “I’m a Christian and it’s the closest thing to Jesus I’ve seen in a long time.” Smith said a family dining beside him told Smith the man is a veteran. He said he is glad people are seeing the humble action the employee took, adding that we should help one another no matter race or age. 
  • Voters still undecided about who to support in four Atlanta school board runoff elections can hear the candidates make their cases at an upcoming forum. All eight candidates have been invited to participate in the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 forum at Charles R. Drew Charter School, 301 East Lake Blvd.  Voters will decide the at-large district 7 race, which pits Kandis Wood Jackson against Patricia Crayton. Incumbent Byron Amos faces Keisha Carey in the central Atlanta District 2 race. Adzua Agyapon faces Michelle Olympiadis-Constantinides in the east Atlanta District 3 race. Raynard Johnson and Erika Yvette Mitchell are running for the west Atlanta District 5 seat.  The candidate forum is sponsored by Drew Charter School, Kipp Metro Atlanta Schools, and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. The runoff election is Dec. 5.
  • A local family's effort to help the less fortunate during Thanksgiving is growing so large, they needed two trailers to deliver it. Ron Mowen's family started handing out goods for the homeless five years ago after they realized there was a problem in downtown Atlanta. Since then, it's become a family affair to help others. Hundreds of homeless men and women, even some with children, congregated at Pryor and Memorial to get items for personal comfort this Thanksgiving.   TRENDING STORIES: Woman missing after traveling to daughter's home for Thanksgiving Thousands in need get free holiday feast thanks to volunteers Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning “The ground gets cold, so at night you kinda need something,” said Nate Akers, who’s been homeless for 10 years and lives under a highway bridge nearby. He came out to grab some clothes for both him and the other people who camp out beside him.  “I’m receiving a blessing,” he told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez. He isn’t the only person who feels like they received a blessing this holiday. Cherry Hall, who’s a Lyft driver and has been homeless on and off since 2005, was also grateful.  'It makes you smile and feel better. I think they’re great, God-loving people,” she said.  Mowen's family recruited their closest friends to help them help others with two trailers full of goods. “Anything we can do to make them feel comfortable. The folks out here just need a little help,” he said. “We do a lot of blankets, sleeping bags, coats, clothing, thermal underwear.”  They spent the day dedicated to sharing time with family, helping those who are less fortunate. In the process, their hope is that their young children learn a lesson in giving back. 'I want to install values in my children in hopes that they realize not everybody has it as well off as they do,' he said. The family told Jaquez they want to come back and host the same event for Christmas but need your help. If you'd like to donate to help them raise money for supplies, click here.  
  • A heartbroken mother is pleading for help in the search for the person or the people who killed her daughter. Investigators told Channel 2 Action News they think whoever did this will do it again. They told Channel 2's Liz Artz the streets will be safer when the killer is caught. 'She died that day and I did, too,' Mary Jones said.'She got a ride from somebody she trusted and they brought her to DeKalb and killed her.' TRENDING STORIES: Woman missing after traveling to daughter's home for Thanksgiving Thousands in need get free holiday feast thanks to volunteers Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning Jones' daughter, Tekeila Calloway, was found face down in a creek bed near the abandoned Hidden Hills Golf Course on June 28. Investigators collected a shell casing, but said it's unclear if she was shot off Fieldgreen Drive. 'I hope the person that done it does not sleep at night. I hope he don't sleep and I hope he wants peace and rest and he turns himself in,' Jones said. Police said whoever did this lured the 35-year-old woman from her home in Gainesville and took her 55 miles south to DeKalb County. Detective K.C. Payton is especially interested in witnesses who might remember seeing Calloway at a Gainesville gas station the same day she died. 'These are predators and they don't deserve to be on the street. If they did it to her, they'll do it to others,' Jones said. Payton told Artz he believes members of the Disciple Gang killed Calloway because of her ties to the Bloods. Police don't think she was directly involved, but say there is family history there. 'I wasn't there for her like I should have been and I let the streets get ahold of her,' Jones said through tears. 'She was looking for somewhere to fit in. She was looking for love and belonging, something she didn't get from me.' Prayer, she told us, is how she gets through the day. 'Pray, just pray,' she said. Payton told us his unit here has a long track record of solving crimes without jeopardizing the safety of witnesses. He said whoever comes forward will remain anonymous. You can call DeKalb police at (678) 406-7929.    
  • A juvenile is facing murder charges after a domestic situation led to a fatal shooting on Thanksgiving. Forsyth County sheriff's officials said they were called to the 1200 block of Wondering Way in the Riverbrooke subdivision for a domestic issue, during which one teenager shot another inside the home. Family members at the home told sheriff's officials that they knew the shooter, and that he took a 2-week-old baby with him. He is believed to be the baby's father and police said the mother lived at the house.  'I think it's more like a friend of a friend they meet at this house. Whatever reason the gun comes out and the person was shot,' said Doug Rainwater with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.    TRENDING STORIES: Woman found after disappeared while traveling to daughter's home for Thanksgiving Thousands in need get free holiday feast thanks to volunteers Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning The 18-year-old victim was taken to the hospital and later died. The suspect was arrested a short time later on Grey Rock Way. Sheriff's officials said he is a juvenile. Police said they returned to the neighborhood Friday and found the handgun they believed was used in the shooting. 
  • Police are looking for the person who recorded himself stealing a police car and posted it on social media. 'We are driving a police car man,' the person can be heard saying into the camera. Now, Clayton County police are investigating.      Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes spoke to authorities who had no idea this ever happened. When Nestar Yankson watched the video, posted on Instagram, of a man recording himself while taking a Clayton County police car on a quick joyride, he said some people will do anything to get attention on social media, even break the law - and post the proof. TRENDING STORIES: Woman missing after traveling to daughter's home for Thanksgiving Thousands in need get free holiday feast thanks to volunteers Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning   'He’s just doing it for clout. Everybody wants clout these days,' he said. Police told us in July, the officer driving the car left it running while he jumped out and chased a suspect into a neighborhood. That’s when the man jumped in the cruiser and recorded it. The video just surfaced on Instagram and World Star last week. Now, police are hoping someone can identify the man and when they do, police are going to charge him for taking the car. 'He thinks he's hard now but he’s not gonna be hard when he’s in jail,' Yankson said. Investigators told Fernandes the officer never knew that his car was taken until someone posted the video because the joyrider brought the car back before the officer got back to the car. Police hope that people learn from this incident. 'Shocking video is not always good video, especially when the video can land you in jail.'  

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  • Atlanta police have been handing out the flyers across the city telling people that a permit is needed to give food to the homeless. The fliers are being used as a warning to those trying to help the homeless. Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon found one group who received more than a warning. Instead of getting praise for helping Atlanta’s homeless, Adele Maclean and Marlon Kautz say they’re getting punished for it. “We’re looking at a citation,” Maclean said. Channel 2 Action News’ cameras were there when police wrote the pair a ticket for handing out food to the homeless without a permit. “I mean outrageous, right? Of all the things to be punished for, giving free food to people who are hungry?” Maclean told Wilfon. TRENDING STORIES: Worker killed after woman drives onto sidewalk on busy road, police say There's a Christmas tree shortage in metro Atlanta Arrests made in violent robberies of Asian-owned businesses The pair said they give food to the homeless every Sunday in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park, and have never heard of needing a permit. “It seems ridiculous to me that they would be spending their time and resources on stopping people from feeding the homeless,” said Maclean said. Wilfon contacted the city to find out what was going on. A city representative said the Fulton and DeKalb County boards of health both require permits to give food to the homeless and the city of Atlanta enforces those requirements. While the requirements aren’t new, Atlanta police told Wilfon they recently started more strictly enforcing them for several reasons. The city believes there are better ways to help the homeless, like getting them into programs and shelters. They are also taking issue with the litter the food distributions leave behind. Ben Parks, who runs a nonprofit for the homeless, told Wilfon he can see the argument from both sides. “I understand where the city’s coming from. I understand when they see groups come in and leave a bunch of trash behind,' Parks said. While this ordinance is also on the books in DeKalb County, DeKalb police told Wilfon Wednesday that they are not using police to enforce it. They’re leaving that up to the health department.
  • A candidate for mayor says she has always wondered if the current mayor of Atlanta won his seat fair and square. Mary Norwood lost to current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in 2009. Make sure to tune in to WSB-TV as Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood go head-to-head in a live runoff debate moderated by Channel 2’s Justin Farmer, LIVE on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.  Norwood told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston that she never spoke publicly about the accusation because what she said she knew what happened wasn't significant enough to upset the entire system.  [WATCH: Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks on Channel 2 Action News This Morning] But our partners at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution got a copy of a transcript of a private June meeting where she brought up the 2009 election.  'I just want you to be who you say you are, live where you say you live and vote once,' Norwood told Huddleston.  [WATCH: Mary Norwood speaks on Channel 2 Action News This Morning] Norwood raised concerns about the 2009 election, which she lost to Reed by a couple of hundred votes.  TRENDING STORIES: Worker killed after woman drives onto sidewalk on busy road, police say There's a Christmas tree shortage in metro Atlanta Arrests made in violent robberies of Asian-owned businesses She told Huddleston that she always suspected there was voter fraud.  'I know there are instances where individuals were asked to vote in the election,' Norwood said.  She said individuals who didn’t live in Atlanta still voted in the mayor's race.   [SPECIAL SECTION: The Atlanta Mayor’s Race] Norwood said she's never talked publicly about the accusation, but privately has mentioned it to several groups, including last June, at a meeting that was recorded and leaked to the AJC. 'I have spoken privately to many groups, including last night to the NAACP, about the fact that I did not go public with some things I was concerned about with that election,' Norwood said.  ATLANTA MAYOR QUICK FACTS The city’s last five mayors have been African-American The last 27 have been Democrats There have only ever been two Republican mayors of Atlanta Shirley Franklin was the first female mayor of Atlanta. The next mayor will be the second Only four former Atlanta mayors were born in Atlanta Click here for more facts about Atlanta mayors Huddleston contacted Reed for a comment on this story Wednesday. His spokesperson responded and said in part: “If Mary Norwood had proof that the election results were invalid in 2009, she should have stepped forward and challenged the results then. She did not because she could not. She has no evidence to back up her claims. She has been a public official for the past four years and never raised any concerns about the integrity of our voting system.' Norwood said after the 2009 race, she joined the Fulton County Elections Board to get a new director on staff.  She told Huddleston that she's confident the Dec. 5 mayor's race will be fair, accurate and impartial.
  • Should companies hire more remote workers? Wooed by the appeal of waking up later and working in pajamas, many company employees would answer with an emphatic “yes.”  And some company leaders agree.  “The happiest and most productive companies are staffed by teams who work remotely,” says Brian de Haaff, CEO of product roadmap software Aha!. >> Read more trending news  De Haaff, who leads a team of remote workers, believes remote work gives employers access to a larger talent pool, while giving remote workers more freedom, better health, a bigger sense of accomplishment and more room to be productive. De Haaf, who says remote workers are outperforming office-bound employees, cites benefits for remote workers as follows: No need to settle for a job within driving distance of one’s home No need to rush home for family duties -- you’re already there No commute means more time for sleep and exercise Distance makes the heart grow fonder, not complacent, which means working remotely leads to more meaningful conversations with co-workers Fewer office distractions means more time to be productive “Remote work leads to happier and more productive teams. And when workers are happy and productive, they bring their best to each day -- which in turn leads to happier customers,” de Haaff wrote in a LinkedIn blog post. “In other words, everyone benefits.” But Richard Laermer, CEO of RLM Public Relations, believes otherwise.  “I think people have to be trusted,” Laermer told Bloomberg. “But the working-from-home thing has to be on a per-person basis, and it can’t be very often. It just doesn’t work.” Laermer, who once let his workers do their jobs remotely often, used to believe that “you can get your work done anywhere, as long as you actually get it done.” But he had a change of heart after employees took advantage of the perk by being unavailable online and refusing to go into the office for meetings. Other companies, including Yahoo, IBM and Best Buy, which once allowed more workers to do their jobs remotely, have rolled back at-home allowances, with some claiming remote workers are more likely to get distracted by non-work-related tasks. According to The New York Times, people employed in the fields of community and social services; science, engineering and architecture; and education, training and library, are less likely to work remotely. And that may be fair, The Atlantic reported, as jobs in those fields -- and others -- often require in-person interactions with clients and customers or “collaborative efficiency,” necessary for solving problems as a group. But many workers and studies show working remotely has benefits that can’t be denied. Bloomberg points out that more telecommuters means more savings for companies because they don’t have to pay fees and monthly costs to rent out large office buildings. “People do their best work when they are given the autonomy to work where they need to,” Michael Beach, a business adviser, wrote on a LinkedIn forum about remote work. “The ideal situation is allowing people to work at the office and at home and let them decide how best to deliver the results that you're counting on them to produce.” “Depends on the professional and the scope of work activities,” Lori Ann Reese, a brand manager and content specialist, wrote on the same forum. “Culture of the business, nature of the job duties, and strengths of the worker are all factors that decide whether it ‘works’ or does not.” Regardless of one’s view, remote work is growing. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, remote work has increased 20 percent in the last 20 years. And a Gallup report found that “flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job.”
  • The suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper in East Texas during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop was charged Friday with capital murder of a law enforcement officer.Dabrett Black, 32, was being held in the Brazos County jail in Bryan, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Houston. He is accused in the shooting death of Trooper Damon Allen on Thursday.The Texas Department of Public Safety said in social media posts late Thursday that Allen initiated a traffic stop shortly before 4 p.m. on Interstate 45 near Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Dallas. DPS said Black shot Allen with a rifle after the trooper walked back to his vehicle.Allen died at the scene, DPS officials said. He had been with the department since 2002 and was married with three children.DPS said Black, of Lindale, Texas, fled the scene in a car and was spotted about three hours later more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Fairfield, in Waller County. Waller County sheriff's officers posted on Facebook that deputies were attempting to take Black into custody when shots were fired. It was not clear from the statement who opened fire.Black fled on foot and was taken into custody after being found in a nearby field. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.No bond had been set as of early Friday afternoon, but officials said a bond hearing would likely be held later in the day.According to court and jail records, Black has a history of evading arrest and violent run-ins with law enforcement officers.Smith County court records show Black was indicted last month after he led police on a chase and rammed his car into a police cruiser in July. Court records show he was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. Jail records show that he was out on bond on those charges and that the bond had been recalled as insufficient due to the new charges.Smith County court records also show Black was charged in 2015 with assault on a public servant and attempting to take a weapon from an officer. Those charges were dismissed in 2016, but records didn't explain why.Brazos County jail records also showed Black was facing a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle in Anderson County, east of where the shooting occurred Thursday. Details of the charges, including the date of the alleged offense, were unclear from those records that said his bond had been forfeited. A call to Anderson County court officials was not immediately returned Friday.A call to a court-appointed attorney representing Black in the Smith County charges was also not immediately returned Friday. It was unclear from Brazos County records whether Black has an attorney representing him in the capital murder case.Several Texas officials reacted to Allen's death. In a tweet, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz offered 'prayers for the family and loved ones' of the trooper.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Allen's shooting death a 'heinous crime' in a statement Thursday. Abbott also expressed his 'most sincere condolences' to the trooper's family.
  • A young local cancer patient got the trip of lifetime this Thanksgiving. Teryn Buster, a 10-year-old who lives in Lithonia, has suffered from sickle-cell anemia since she was 3 months old. Earlier this year, she developed germ cell cancer. Teryn had a tumor removed recently and is undergoing therapy at the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta. She got a break from her treatments with a special trip to New York City. TRENDING STORIES: Woman found after disappeared while traveling to daughter's home for Thanksgiving Thousands in need get free holiday feast thanks to volunteers Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning Teryn, her mother, Tiffany, and her grandmother, Linda, visited New York for the first time. They went on a carriage ride, to a candy store, the Disney store and on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Macy’s Parade studio. Teryn also go to help unveil the Aflac Duck “Balloonicle” for the parade. “It was just awesome. I loved it,” Teryn said.  
  • Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in 'Die Hard.'That's the conclusion of The Chicago Project on Security and Threats, which analyzed some 1,400 videos released by IS between 2013 and 2016. Researchers who watched and catalogued them all said there is more to the recruitment effort than just sophisticated videography, and it's not necessarily all about Islam.Instead, Robert Pape, who directs the security center, said the extremist group is targeting Westerners — especially recent Muslim converts — with videos that follow, nearly step-by-step, a screenwriter's standard blueprint for heroic storytelling.'It's the heroic screenplay journey, the same thing that's in Wonder Woman, where you have someone who is learning his or her own powers through the course of their reluctant journey to be hero,' Pape said.The project at the University of Chicago separately has assembled a database of people who have been indicted in the United States for activities related to IS. Thirty-six percent were recent converts to Islam and did not come from established Muslim communities, according to the project. Eighty-three percent watched IS videos, the project said.The group's success in using heroic storytelling is prompting copycats, Pape said. The research shows al-Qaida's Syria affiliate has been mimicking IS' heroic narrative approach in its own recruitment films. 'We have a pattern that's emerging,' Pape said.Intelligence and law enforcement officials aren't sure the approach is all that new. They say IS has been using any method that works to recruit Westerners. Other terrorism researchers think IS' message is still firmly rooted in religious extremism.Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks messaging by militant groups, agrees that IS makes strong, visual appeals resembling Hollywood movies and video games, making its media operation more successful than al-Qaida's. And IS videos can attract hero wannabes, she said.'However, these features of IS media are only assets to a core message it uses to recruit,' Katz said. 'At the foundation of IS recruitment propaganda is not so much the promise to be a Hollywood-esque hero, but a religious hero. There is a big difference between the two.'When a fighter sits in front of a camera and calls for attacks, Katz said, he will likely frame it as revenge for Muslims killed or oppressed somewhere in the world. The message is designed to depict any terror attack in that nation as justified and allow the attacker to die as a martyr, she said.The promise of religious martyrdom is powerful to anybody regardless of whether they are rich or poor, happy or unhappy, steeped in religion or not at all, she said.Pape said he knows he's challenging conventional wisdom when he says Westerners are being coaxed to join IS ranks not because of religious beliefs, but because of the group's message of personal empowerment and Western concepts of individualism.How else can one explain Western attackers' loose connections to Islam, or their scarce knowledge of IS's strict, conservative Sharia law, he asked. IS is embracing, not rejecting, Western culture and ideals, to mobilize Americans, he said.'This is a journey like Clint Eastwood,' Pape said, recalling Eastwood's 1970s performance in 'High Plains Drifter' about a stranger who doles out justice in a corrupt mining town. 'When Clint Eastwood goes in to save the town, he's not doing it because he loves them. He even has contempt for the people he's saving. He's saving it because he's superior,' Pape said.'That's Bruce Willis in 'Die Hard.' That's Wonder Woman. ... Hollywood has figured out that's what puts hundreds of millions in theater seats,' Pape said. 'IS has figured out that's how to get Westerners.'Pape said the narrative in the recruitment videos targeting westerners closely tracks Chris Vogler's 12-step guide titled 'The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers.' The book is based on a narrative identified by scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama and other storytelling.Step No. 1 in Vogler's guide is portraying a character in his 'ordinary world.'An example is a March 25, 2016, video released by al-Qaida's Syria branch about a young British man with roots in the Indian community. It starts: 'Let us tell you the story of a real man... Abu Basir, as we knew him, came from central London. He was a graduate of law and a teacher by profession.'Vogler's ninth step is about how the hero survives death, emerging from battle to begin a transformation, sometimes with a prize.In the al-Qaida video, the Brit runs through sniper fire in battle. He then lays down his weapon and picks up a pen to start his new vocation blogging and posting Twitter messages for the cause.Matthew Levitt, a terrorism expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says it doesn't surprise him that IS would capitalize on what he dubs the 'zero to hero' strategy because the organization is very pragmatic and accepts recruits regardless of their commitment to Islamic extremism.Heroic aspirations are only one reason for joining the ranks of IS, he said. Criminals also seek the cover of IS to commit crimes. Others sign up because they want to belong to something.'I've never seen a case of radicalization that was 100 percent one way or the other,' Levitt said.