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Georgia's Top One-Win High School Football Teams

 

Not every elite team finishes the season undefeated. The vast majority of teams lose at least one game and with so many teams playing tough non-region games early in the season, many teams take their lumps early.

A perfect example is Camden County's 2009 team. The Wildcats lost to a nationally-ranked Grayson team in Week One, beat a Florida team in Week Two, and lost to perennial powerhouse Hoover (AL) in Week Three. After a 1-2 start, many people wrote off Kingsland team. Three months and twelve consecutive wins later and the Camden County Wildcats were the 5A champs.

Camden County's 2009 path was atypical, but could easily be repeated.

Mayor Reed Names New City Attorney for Atlanta

ATLANTA --  Mayor Kasim Reed named Cathy Hampton as his pick for City Attorney on Friday.

Hampton most recently served as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary at RARE Hospitality International, a restaurant franchisor. Before that, the Spelman and Harvard grad served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Earthlink and Counsel at Turner Entertainment Group and the National Basketball Association. 

"Cathy Hampton brings an impressive breadth and depth of legal experience to the City of Atlanta," Reed said in a statement. "Her knowledge of government compliance issues, corporate law, negotiation and contract administration will be an invaluable asset to the City of Atlanta. She is a seasoned attorney who will make an important difference in the management and leadership of the City's Law Department."

LGBT Advisory Board to Meet Sept. 20th

The Atlanta Police Department’s newly re-formed Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Advisory Board will meet Monday, September 20th at 10 a.m. at Saint Mark United Methodist Church (781 Peachtree Street, NE). This meeting is open to the public.

                       

Georgia Hopes to Turn Blue and Gray into Green

ATLANTA -- Georgia is gearing up for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, expecting it to be the most significant heritage tourism opportunity in coming years.

The commemoration is being called "CW150" and will run from 2011 to 2015 to coincide with the war, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Over the next four years, the state will spend close to $3 million promoting Civil War tourism, including roughly $726,000 this year.

Events are planned at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the Atlanta Cyclorama, Stone Mountain Park and the Atlanta History Center.

Kennesaw Mountain, which already gets about 1.4 million visitors a year, could "easily see between 25 percent to 40 percent increase in visitation," said Superintendent Stanley Bond.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, just south of Chattanooga, expects to see increased attendance, said Sam Weddle, acting park superintendent.

11Alive Help Desk Wipes Out Double Fines for Parking Tickets

ATLANTA -- The 11Alive Help Desk made a unique request to the Atlanta Municipal Court, and it could save you a bundle.

It involves hundreds of people who got Atlanta parking tickets from mid-July to mid-September and now have to pay double the fines.

One of them was Katha Dewees.

She got her parking ticket at Hartsfield-Jackson as she waited at curbside.

She tried to pay the $25 fine but couldn't pay it either online or by phone.

Her fine doubled to $50.

"I called the number that was listed on the ticket. I put the citation number in. It said citation number not found. Then I tried to talk to a person. Every time I would take the option to talk to an operator it would disconnect me," Dewees said.

The Help Desk found that a computer virus had crippled the Atlanta Municipal Court touch tone and online system for much of the summer.

Repairman Shot in Front of School

ATLANTA -- A repairman was shot and sustained minor injuries outside an Atlanta elementary school Thursday.

Police arrived at Boyd Elementary School on Johnson road to reports of a person shot. Police found a 62-year-old white man shot in the leg.

The man told police he was making repairs when two black men asked him for his wallet at gunpoint. Before the man could respond, one of the suspects shot him, according to police.

The men fled the scene on foot. Little information was given on their descriptions except that both were wearing blue, and one had numbers on the back of his shirt.

The repairman's identity has not been released. He was taken to Grady Hospital for treatment. His wounds are not believed to be life threatening.

1st Annual Atlanta Field Day

On Saturday, September 18th, Westminster Presbyterian Church (1438 Sheridan Road Northeast, Atlanta,) will host CHRIS Kids, 1st Annual Atlanta Field Day.

The field, along with registration, starts at 8 a.m. Atlanta Field Day, will be a morning of friendly adult competition. Similar to field day in Elementary School, there are 15 races including The Sack Race, The Three Legged Race, The Relay Race, and activities like Tug-O-war and others.

Teams and individuals compete to win points and receive prizes. All proceeds go to local nonprofit organization CHRIS Kids and entry fees are tax deductible.