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Owners of Blighted, Foreclosed Homes in DeKalb County Face $1000 a Day Fines

DECATUR, Ga. -- The hammer's about to come down, hard, in DeKalb County on owners of foreclosed homes who let their properties deteriorate.

DeKalb is the first local government in Georgia to crack down like this; beginning October 25, owners of any blighted, foreclosed homes in DeKalb County will have to pay a fine of $1,000 a day until they fix them up and clean them up.

"Somebody's coming after them now," said Homeowner Brenda Pace Tuesday evening.

Her neighborhood's story is an old, sad one -- with, maybe, a new, happy ending.

Pace is President of the East Lake Terrace Neighborhood Association, off of Glenwood Ave. in DeKalb County.

Rooms to Go, Other Companies Seek Employees

ATLANTA -- Three job fairs promised to bring jobs for Georgia's unemployed, and there are still opportunities out there.  A range of companies were on hand at two job fairs, while another focused exclusively on hiring for the expanding Rooms to Go chain of furniture stores.

"Its been really, really tough," said job seeker Joyce Gambrel.

Gambrel is in a situation that a lot of Georgia job seekers are familiar with.  An accountant with 15 years of experience, she lost her job when the bank she worked for shut down.  Now, she's on the hunt, courting employers online and at a job fair at the Georgia World Congress Center Tuesday.  "I tell them that I am the best candidate for the job," she said.  "Whatever they have to offer in their company, I can do a great job."

Mychael Knight Shares His Style at Perimeter Mall

DUNWOODY, GA -- Do you have what it takes to be a fashion designer?

For some, putting together the perfect outfit, whether for everyday or for a special occasion, can be a major challenge. Macy's recently launched a new site, Macy's Fashion Director, that makes it easier to navigate all of the hottest trends.

On Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2:00 p.m., the Fashion Director will come to life at Perimeter Mall (4300 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30346), where a special fashion challenge, hosted by season three "Project Runway" runner-up Mychael Knight, will determine who has the best fashion sense in Atlanta.

Contestants in the challenge will style models based on scenarios (what to wear to a Madonna concert, for example) and send them onto the runway.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

"Wig Wearing Bandits" Drive Bank Robberies Up

ATLANTA -- You might think there have been a lot of bank robberies from watching news recently. The FBI says you're right. What is troubling them most is the nature of those robberies. Many of them are violent with customers and employees being terrorized inside the banks.

On Tuesday, a man wearing a porcelain mask jumped over the counter at the Chase Bank on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. He had a gun and cleared out the teller drawers.

On Thursday, two men wearing hoodies stormed a SunTrust Bank on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings shouting orders and brandishing a gun. The FBI calls them "Takeover Robberies". They are the kind that grabs media attention and yours.

Dunwoody Makes Sweet Music at Annual Festival

DUNWOODY, GA -- The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce announces the second annual Dunwoody Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Brook Run Park.

The festival will be a celebration of fall with local music, vendors and artisans representing the best of Dunwoody, along with a variety of food and activities for the whole family. On Saturday evening, there will also be fireworks and a special presentation of the city's new logo.

The Dunwoody Music Festival will feature 32 hours of music on two stages, representing a variety of genres -- rock, jazz, blues, folk, country, classical and more. Local band Banks & Shane will perform at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.