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Tornadoes hit Haralson, Paulding, Cobb counties

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- National Weather Service officials said preliminary investigations of storm damage indicate an EF-3 tornado touched down in Paulding and Haralson counties, and an EF-1 touched down in Cobb County Friday night.

STORM PHOTOS | The aftermath 

In Haralson County, the twister touched down along Bethlehem Church Road, where a repair shop was destroyed and trees knocked down. Also on Bethlehem Church Road, a mobile home was pushed off of its foundation. A church steeple was blown off on Mount Zion East Road, and along U.S. 27 near Harpers Creek Road, numerous trees and telephone poles were knocked down.

Fewer Georgians voting early

Fewer Georgians voting early

ATLANTA -- Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots.

Early voting sites have now closed, although residents can continue to mail in absentee ballots until the close of polls on Tuesday.

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Early voting turnout is down about 31 percent from 2008. Those early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, making it impossible to say which Republican presidential candidate has a lead among early voters.

FOOD FIGHTERS | Tavern at Phipps & Twist

ATLANTA -- In this Food Fighters segment we take a look at two Buckhead hotspots.

The Tavern at Phipps and Twist are just steps from each other and in competition.

That's why we decided to take a look at their health inspection reports to see how they compare.

High School teams take viewers on Road Trips

ATLANTA -- Each week on HighSchoolSports.Net viewers were treated to a feature that allowed them to travel along with our area teams.  It's called "Road Trip."

With the metro Atlanta area becoming a big target for college recruiters, the profile of high school basketball teams has grown.  Many of the area's top teams are invited to play in some of the top national high school tournaments and showcases.

These trips allow the players to compete against some of the nation's top talent, but also allows them to bond as a team while visiting parts of the country they might not get to visit otherwise.

We asked some of the teams to take pictures while on these special trips and bring them back for our weekly "Road Trip" segment.  This is what they brought back.

Buckhead woman catches a thief

BUCKHEAD, Ga -- How far would you go to stop a criminal? Melissa DeFeis didn't think twice when she saw a man breaking into cars at her Buckhead condominium complex. Atlanta Police are thanking her for helping them catch a thief.

She was awakened by a car alarm early Thursday morning. "I jumped out of bed, came out to my patio, leaned over and looked over and I saw a guy walking down our little grassy dog walking area," DeFeis said. "The first thing I did was try to get a picture of him."

It was too dark to get a picture that would help police identify the man. She watched as he hopped a fence and started walking down Lenox Road. "I called police, I didn't want him to hear my voice before that and scare him off.

Photo Gallery: Pictures taken by DeFeis

2 Atlanta police officers in motorcycle wrecks minutes apart

ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta Police officers were hospitalized Friday after getting into separate motorcycle accidents, minutes apart.

They both happened shortly after 8 a.m.

Atlanta Police officer K.Y. Jones said one officer apparently hit a pothole on West Paces Ferry Road near Interstate 75.

Jones said the other officer was heading north on the Downtown Connector when traffic came to a sudden stop and the officer rear-ended another vehicle.

Both officers were taken to Grady Hospital with minor injuries. Their names have not been released and their accidents will be investigated internally by the police department.

Sweetwater Brewery drinking with NBC's 'The Office'

ATLANTA -- A local company is celebrating touching lips with celebrities. If you watch "The Office" on NBC, it was hard to miss.

On a recent episode, Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewery was everywhere. 11Alive's Julie Wolfe sat down with the man that calls himself the brewery's minister of propaganda to talk Hollywood, beer, and business.

Click on the video link to watch Julie's sit-down with Sweetwater's Steve Farace for a behind-the-scenes look at how they made it to prime time and what's next for the local brewery.