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Flood Watch for parts of metro Atlanta through Wed. morning

Flood Watch for parts of metro Atlanta through Wed. morning

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning for the northern portion of Georgia from Atlanta northward.

The watch area includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas and DeKalb counties; and includes the cities of Gainesville, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Carrollton, Douglasville, Rome, Dahlonega, East Point, Decatur, Cartersville and the city of Atlanta.

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Neighbors in John's Creek subdivision victims of border war?

JOHN'S CREEK -- Residents of the Concord Hall subdivision in John's Creek say they have two problems. The first, is trying to turn left out of their neighborhood during peak hours. The second, is the fact that the other half of their four-way intersection lies in Forsyth County.

Three years ago, neighbors say, Forsyth County conducted a traffic study to see if volume was high enough coming in and out of Concord Hall to warrant a traffic signal. It wasn't. 

But neighbors say traffic volume on the other side of the intersection did meet signal warrants, but contend Forsyth County refused to install a signal because their neighborhood has a Fulton County address.

Regardless, three years have passed and the neighborhood has grown. So, they contacted 11Alive to request another traffic study.

How to get a free smoke detector

ATLANTA -- By law, every Georgia home is required to have a working smoke detector, but many metro Atlantans can't afford them. 

If you can't afford a smoke detector, you can request one from your local fire department for free.  First Alert, working with the 11Alive Help Desk, has donated 5,000 of them to insure that every homeowner who needs a smoke alarm gets one.

"If you have a local station down the street, you can reach out to them, or you can call your city or county office and ask for the local fire department," said Glenn Allen, spokesman for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

If your fire department has a smoke detector available, they will come out and install it for you for free. If they do not have them, they will be sent the units for free.

Fulton County Elections Board chairman resigns

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Dr. Roderick Edmond, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections, resigned Friday.

"I am grateful for Dr. Edmond's leadership and service to the citizens of Fulton County. I know that he will continue to make positive contributions in our community," Fulton County Commission chairman John H. Eaves said in a statement.

Edmond's resignation is effective immediately. Eaves said the board has begun working to find a replacement chairman.

There was no immediate word on why Edmond resigned.


Johns Creek standout runner earns national honor

CHICAGO -- In its 28th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Allie Buchalski of Johns Creek High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Buchalski is the first Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Johns Creek High School.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

Atlanta, Ga -- The new USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll for this week is here. There are changes from top to bottom in the latest boys poll with a new face topping the chart.

The past two years have seen the Hillgrove Hawks get bounced from the state tournament in the first round. This week the Hawks soared from 3rd to 1st, passing a pair of defending state champions.

Columbia and Miller Grove are next, with North Gwinnett climbing from 8th to 4th, and Marist rising from 10th to 5th this week. North Cobb, Greater Atlanta Christian, Shiloh, Norcross, and Morrow round out the top 10.

Eagle's Landing moves from 21st to 13th, while Peachtree Ridge climbs from 23rd to 19th this week.

Morgan County, Grady, and Tucker are new this week, while Brookwood, Mill Creek, and Athens Christian fall out of the Super 25 poll. 

Isakson appointed to Senate Finance Committee

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was appointed Thursday to a committee that will play an important role in the next round of negotiations on federal spending and debt reduction.

Isakson will serve on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over key federal entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The panel also oversees the nation's welfare system.

"My No.-1 priority in the Senate is to rein in federal spending and restore fiscal soundness to our country," Isakson said in a prepared statement. "As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to finding meaningful solutions and working with anyone who will sit down at the table."

Earlier this week, Isakson voted for Senate legislation that allowed the nation to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that would have taken effect otherwise.