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The New Design of Mableton Elementary to be Unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 29th

Atlanta, GA--  Mableton Elementary will be showing its new design in a public Town Hall meeting this Wednesday from 6-7pm. 

Children Removed from Wretched Home

MABLETON, GA -- Neighbors didn't know what was going on inside the home off of Nickajack Road in Mableton. They saw trash piled in the backyard, grass overgrown, but what worried them the most were two little girls, ages 5 and 7, who lived there with their parents Ruth and Christian Swanson.

Kate Keib stands in the front yard of her Mableton home. Keib, an 11Alive employee, is a neighbor of the Swansons.

"I think the concerning thing about the kids is when you know children are there and you never see them," she said. "You see toys that don't move for a year."

Neighbors tell 11Alive News they are frustrated because they called DFACS three separate times asking for someone to investigate, to make sure the children were okay, but neighbors say DFACS officials told them they didn't have enough to investigate.

Halloween is Spookier Than Ever at Fright Fest

AUSTELL, GA -- Don't miss out on the Southeast's largest Halloween party, as Fright Fest opens at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 2.

To kick off the festivities, Six Flags is partnering with the American Red Cross for a "Give Blood, Get Thrills" blood drive on Friday, Oct. 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests who donate blood will receive a buy one, get one free coupon valid during select days in October. To sign up, visit the Red Cross website and enter the promo code 6flags.

This year's Fright Fest will feature the Last Ride, back by popular demand from last season. This 4D simulated ride to the grave has proven to be a guest favorite.

For Fright Fest dates, hour and activities, or to purchase tickets, visit the Six Flags Over Georgia website.

Cobb Patrol Cars Run On Propane, Save Money

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County has found a way to save money and keep providing the same public safety services. They're using stimulus money to change patrol cars from gas guzzlers to propane guzzlers. County officials say Police and Sheriff patrol cars will be able to travel as much as 300 more miles between fill ups.

For most Cobb County police officers their day starts at the gas pump. But that will change for many of them. They may only have to do it once every few days and they won't have to cut back on mileage or patrols.

Their patrol cars are turning over from gasoline to propane. Using a federal stimulus grant, the county is fitting propane tanks in the trunks of patrol cars. "It will still have a gasoline tank," said Virgil Moon of Cobb County Support Services. "It will run 75 percent of the time on propane and 25 percent on gasoline."

Preparedness Day Training Features Mobile Medical Surge Unit

Atlanta, GA-- You are invited to stop by and tour a Mobile Medical Surge Unit Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Cobb County Fire Supply Bldg front parking lot (next door to the Marietta Health Center).

In observance of National Preparedness Month,  the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, CDPH, is providing emergency preparedness training for their employees. In addition to education and information, the event will feature a Mobile Medical Surge Unit, which is a rapidly deployable asset provided by the Georgia Department of Community Health Division of Public Health.

Report: McKinley Talked of Suicide

ENGLEWOOD -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who is thought to have killed himself with a gunshot to the head, had made previous statements about committing suicide, according to a sheriff's investigative report released Tuesday.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's report quoted one investigator as saying McKinley had been depressed over a knee surgery he had a month ago.

"He had made statements while playing dominoes shortly after the surgery that he should just kill himself," the officer reported. "No one believed he was serious."

The report provided no explanation for the source of the investigator's information.

The report also said McKinley had made statements about not knowing what he would do without football. It said McKinley had flown to South Carolina 10 days earlier to see his young son and had brought him back with him to Denver on Sunday night.

Register for Metromix's Atlanta Cutest Dog Contest

Atlanta, GA--  Do you have the cutest dog in Atlanta?  Everyone thinks their pup is the cutest, but now it's time to put your pooch to the test!  Submit your dog’s photo for the Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest! Entries will be accepted until September 26, 2010.  Here’s the link to enter: www.atlanta.metromix.com/cutestdogcontest . 

Out of all the entries received, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.  The top two dogs in each group with the most votes will move on to the finals and compete for the grand prize.