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10-year-old aims to feed families on Thanksgiving

10-year-old aims to feed families on Thanksgiving

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- It's really about a simple idea: you see someone in need, and you help them.

Here is a 10-year-old from Douglasville who's following through.

Beau Wilkins learned at a young age that not everyone has what he has.

"Every time we would drive under the bridges [in Atlanta], we would see the homeless people who live under there," said his mother, Allison. "He would always ask me, 'Why are they there?'"

"They have nowhere to live," said Beau. "They're just sitting there and … I just want to help them."

Last Thanksgiving, Beau says, "I asked my mom, 'Does everybody have turkey on Thanksgiving?' And she said, 'No'."

At that moment, says Beau's mother, Allison, "He literally wanted to take his meal, his plate, to someone, to feed it to them."

The Wilkins family decided to wait for this Thanksgiving ... and to feed far more than one family.

Search continues for suspect in Douglas Co. attacks


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga -- The search is continuing for a man suspected of attacking three women in three days in Douglas County.

Douglas County Sheriff investigators are warning women to be more aware of their surroundings when they go out to their cars. They also released a sketch of the suspect described by the three victims.

All three incident happened within walking distance of each other and all three victims were getting in or out of their cars when they were approached by the suspect.

"We want to make sure they're vigilant when they get out of their cars and when leaving their houses," said Sgt. John Sweat. "They just need to look around and always be aware of their immediate surroundings."

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Douglas County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Doctor sues Tanner Medical Center, alleges false billing

Doctor sues Tanner Medical Center, alleges false billing

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Psychiatrist Randy Warner has sued Tanner Medical Center Inc. of Villa Rica, Ga., alleging Tanner falsely billed Georgia Medicaid for professional services he performed.

The lawsuit details 534 alleged false billing instances, from 2009 to 2012 that involved 178 indigent patients Tanner billed Medicaid for services Warner rendered. Civil penalties and damages are estimated to exceed $5 million.

Warner claims Tanner billed Medicaid and got payments for services he rendered at its Willowbrooke facility, even though he was not a Tanner employee. The medical facility had no authority to bill Medicaid but its actions consequently caused Warner’s legitimate billings to Medicaid to be denied, the suit alleges.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A Villa Rica woman has been charged with reckless conduct and first-degree cruelty to children for leaving her two kids inside a hot car.

Witnesses spotted the children, ages 2 and 6, inside a car in the parking lot of a Villa Rica Walmart at around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Villa Rica Police Capt. K.L. Shaddix said investigators determined 39-year-old Ananya Lively arrived at the store at around 2:53 p.m. She unrolled the windows about 1 to 2 inches, but did not leave the car running when she entered the Walmart alone.

The witnesses determined one of the car's doors was unlocked. Shaddix said they opened the door to allow cooler air inside the vehicle. Both children were asleep in the backseat.

Paramedics evaluated the children and gave them some water to drink. They were hot, sweating and thirsty, but otherwise unharmed, and were released to a relative's custody, Shaddix said.