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357 dogs seized from Cherokee County home


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Animal Shelter is back open after taking in more than 350 dogs from a suspected puppy mill.

Joy Wise, the owner of Heavenly Kennels in Cherokee County, is charged with 264 counts of animal cruelty.

Officials say the dogs were being kept in unsanitary conditions, without adequate living space.

The shelter actually had to shut down on Wednesday to accommodate the large number of dogs and puppies.

The public wasn't allowed to see the dogs on Thursday, but that didn't stop them from flooding in with donations.

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Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries is offering two classes for customers who want to bring the outdoors into their homes.

On Saturday, July 19, Pike shoppers can attend a free terrarium and fairy garden class, where they will learn how to create and maintain glass gardens.

The class is free and will be held at every Pike Nurseries location at 9 a.m.

A similar class geared toward children will be hosted Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m., also at every Pike store. Children will make their own fairy gardens to take home. The class costs $14.99 per child.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest Pike.

Metro Atlanta firm using drones for business


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CUMMING, Ga. -- When you think of drones you probably think of images of wartime use. But more and more industries are using drones for everyday uses.

Last December, online retailer Amazon made shock waves when it announced it was exploring the use of drones for delivering packages. Last week Amazon asked the FAA for permission to test drones.

Closer to home, business is booming.

At Atlanta Hobby in Cumming, President Cliff Whitney says first customers need to realize there's a difference between drones used by the military and drones used by businesses.

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Forsyth County child molestation suspect arrested in Mexico

Forsyth County child molestation suspect arrested in Mexico

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A man wanted for drugging and assaulting teenage girls in Forsyth County has been arrested in Mexico.

Kenneth Dustin Grant was wanted by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and sexual exploitation of children.

According to police, in November 2008, Grant drugged his children's teenage babysitter, then took photos of himself molesting her while she was unconscious. Investigators also uncovered pictures of a similar assault on the victim's older sister, as well as photos of other girls, in Grant's possession.

Grant was indicted in October 2009 and posted $75,000 bond in January 2010. He had a scheduled court hearing in September 2010, but did not attend. Police said Grant cut off his ankle monitor and threw it in Lake Lanier, then left the country.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Race this weekend: Color Outside the Lines

Race this weekend: Color Outside the Lines

CUMMING, Ga. -- Help adoptive and foster children in Forsyth County by running a colorful 5K this weekend.

Color Outside the Lines 5K covers participants in colorful powder as they tear through the course. It is fun and safe for runners of all ages.

The race will be held Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Packet pick-up will be July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sports Authority in the Mansell Crossing shopping center near North Point Mall.

Race finishers will be treated to a celebration featuring music, food and a giant paint throw. All runners will receive technical T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group.