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Roswell Youth Day Tradition Going Stronger Than Ever

ROSWELL, GA -- In 1950, a group of caring Roswell parents decided to sponsor a parade and a day of activities to honor the city's youth.

In 1951, Roswell Mayor Ford Rucker proclaimed the second Saturday of October as Roswell Youth Day.

In 2010, Roswell families are preparing to celebrate the 60th annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

This year's parade will begin at First Baptist Church (710 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, 30075) and end at the Roswell Area Park football field (10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, 30075). At 9:45 a.m., immediately before the parade, the Roswell Runners Club will host its Roswell 5K Road Race, which will begin at Roswell United Methodist Church (814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, 30075) and end at the Roswell Area Park football field.

Roswell Reversible Lane System Undergoes Changes

ROSWELL, GA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation recently replaced the reversible lane signals on Atlanta Street (SR 9) between Riverside Road/Azalea Drive and Marietta Highway (SR 120).

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, the use and timing of the middle lane changed.

The Roswell Transportation Department changed the use of the center lane to red Xs in both directions to make it safer. The new timing sequence for the center lane is:

* 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. -- red Xs both directions; no travel
* 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. -- open southbound
* 11:00 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. -- red Xs both directions; no travel
* 11:05 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. -- open northbound

Using existing poles, all of the wiring and lane control signals were replaced, and new controllers were installed.

84 North Fulton Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The Fulton County School System has announced that 84 students are semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically-talented high school seniors now continue in the national competition for 8,400 scholarships, a value of approximately $36 million.

This is the first round of competition for students seeking the distinction of being named a National Merit Scholar and receiving the scholarship money associated with it. Finalists will be named in the winter and the scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

The students were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as juniors.

As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round.

EEOC Sues Roswell Company on Harassment Claim

ROSWELL, GA -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit accusing a Roswell company of racial harassment.

The EEOC said Tuesday Towersite Services LLC, which installs and tests cell phone towers, hired Granville Ritchie in January 2009.

The complaint says Ritchie was regularly subjected to racially derogatory comments, hostile gestures and threats from his foreman, who wore a swastika and said he liked killing blacks and Mexicans.

The lawsuit says Ritchie quit in fear for his safety.

David Long-Daniels, an attorney representing Towersite, describes it as a small company with two owners, one black and one white, and says Ritchie and the foreman were friends. He says he believes the case has no merit and will be litigated on that basis.

County Jobs for Fulton Residents

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the county’s first Job Source Policy, at its September 15 meeting.  By enacting this policy, the county will create a pool of employable Fulton county residents who would be eligible to fill jobs created by certain projects funded by the County.

“The Board of Commissioner feels that it is our responsibility to try and help the citizens of Fulton County as much as we can during these hard economic times. This policy will help to provide stable economic opportunities for families throughout the County” stated Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves.

This policy will apply to all contracts procured through the Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance valued in excess of $200,000.

Eat Good, Feel Good with Q for a Cause

ROSWELL, GA -- Can selling BBQ provide much-needed assistance to orphans in Kenya?

Jeff Mette and James Stickles, both of Roswell, Georgia, say yes it can, and they do.

The best friends and self-proclaimed "grill-meisters" wanted to make a difference and enjoy their hobby, so early in 2010, they created Q for a Cause, a professional BBQ operation offering good food for a good purpose.

As members of Roswell United Methodist Church's Builders Sunday School class, the pair knows all too well about Merciful Redeemer Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya. The class, along with other local efforts like Heart of Africa, has supported the orphanage for two years, helping to move the home out of the slums and secure land, bedding, fresh water and other essentials. But there is still much more work to do, and the two friends wanted to help.

Enter Q for a Cause.

Former Pro Makes It All the Way Home

ATLANTA -- Former pro Heath Honeycutt had some healing to do before returning to the sport he loves.

"It took me a long time to get back into baseball," Honeycutt said. "I was very dejected and upset that I did not really leave on my terms."

The Georgia Tech alum now lives and breathes baseball as owner of Ninth Inning Baseball in Chamblee, where he trains the next generation of athletes.

"I love every second of it," he said. "I love to see the guys with the same love and excitement in their attitude that I had when I was playing."

Honeycutt played for the Chattahoochee High School Cougars in Alpharetta and then went on to Tech, where he was the only player to start every game in 1998. He was named the Yellow Jackets MVP.