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Your commute could be getting brighter in metro Atlanta

Some local counties are making a change to brighter street lights. 

Neighborhoods across Cobb, Fulton, Paulding, Bartow and Cherokee counties will get LEDs that Cobb EMC spokesperson Leslie Thompson says will make seeing and driving around when it’s dark easier.

“With the new lights, they have a 10-year warranty, so you’re looking at much more span of time before they need any maintenance,” Thompson said.

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The idea came from the Cobb County EMC. The goal is to make the switch to LEDs and increase safety.

“The roads are brighter. It’s easier for people to see while they’re driving,” Thompson said.

Thompson said it is a small change with big benefits. “Some are larger lights in parking lots and ones you see on roadsides and as customers start driving, they’ll noticing roads and parking lots looking a bit brighter and it’s those new lights,” Thompson said.

“The new lights are able to communicate with our power control center, so, if a light goes out, it automatically alerts us,” Thompson added.

The plan is to switch out 60,000 streetlights to brighter and more efficient LED lights, over the next 5 years.

Your commute could be getting brighter in metro Atlanta

Some local counties are making a change to brighter street lights. 

Neighborhoods across Cobb, Fulton, Paulding, Bartow and Cherokee counties will get LEDs that Cobb EMC spokesperson Leslie Thompson says will make seeing and driving around when it’s dark easier.

“With the new lights, they have a 10-year warranty, so you’re looking at much more span of time before they need any maintenance,” Thompson said.

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The idea came from the Cobb County EMC. The goal is to make the switch to LEDs and increase safety.

“The roads are brighter. It’s easier for people to see while they’re driving,” Thompson said.

Thompson said it is a small change with big benefits. “Some are larger lights in parking lots and ones you see on roadsides and as customers start driving, they’ll noticing roads and parking lots looking a bit brighter and it’s those new lights,” Thompson said.

“The new lights are able to communicate with our power control center, so, if a light goes out, it automatically alerts us,” Thompson added.

The plan is to switch out 60,000 streetlights to brighter and more efficient LED lights, over the next 5 years.

Family with newborn rushed to escape Cobb County fire

Flames from an apartment sent residents running from a burning building, including a family with a newborn.

The fire happened around midnight at the Laurel Hill Reserves complex in Marietta.

Channel 2's Wendy Corona said that all of the residents were thankful to have escaped the fire

"I am glad that everyone got out safe and no one got hurt," said Jatavious Durden, a resident at the complex. "That was a good thing."

Michael Abraham, another resident, said he was grateful for his neighbors' quick thinking because the fire and smoke were not apparent until neighbors got out into a breezeway. 

"It was the guy above me," Abraham said. "He was making a lot of pounding noise and then he started screaming for everyone to get out and was knocking on everybody's door."

"He swung into action and did a good job of getting everybody out," Abraham said.

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Dominque Donahue said after getting out, she ran back up to the third floor to get some of her college engineering books, and she wasn't the only one.

"The guy with the newborn baby, he came back upstairs too because he had to get stuff for the baby," Donahue said. 

The water and smoke damage was apparent.

"The ceiling looks like it might be collapsing from all the water they put in there," Abraham said.

Neighbors, however, said in all the commotion of escaping, one thing was missing.

"The fire alarm did not go off and we actually didn't know until he came around banging on the doors to let us know," Durden said.

Apartment management did not give an exact number of damaged apartments. Investigators, however, did say the fire wall worked, which kept all the fire damage in one third-story apartment. 

Family with newborn rushed to escape Cobb County fire

Flames from an apartment sent residents running from a burning building, including a family with a newborn.

The fire happened around midnight at the Laurel Hill Reserves complex in Marietta.

Channel 2's Wendy Corona said that all of the residents were thankful to have escaped the fire

"I am glad that everyone got out safe and no one got hurt," said Jatavious Durden, a resident at the complex. "That was a good thing."

Michael Abraham, another resident, said he was grateful for his neighbors' quick thinking because the fire and smoke were not apparent until neighbors got out into a breezeway. 

"It was the guy above me," Abraham said. "He was making a lot of pounding noise and then he started screaming for everyone to get out and was knocking on everybody's door."

"He swung into action and did a good job of getting everybody out," Abraham said.

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Dominque Donahue said after getting out, she ran back up to the third floor to get some of her college engineering books, and she wasn't the only one.

"The guy with the newborn baby, he came back upstairs too because he had to get stuff for the baby," Donahue said. 

The water and smoke damage was apparent.

"The ceiling looks like it might be collapsing from all the water they put in there," Abraham said.

Neighbors, however, said in all the commotion of escaping, one thing was missing.

"The fire alarm did not go off and we actually didn't know until he came around banging on the doors to let us know," Durden said.

Apartment management did not give an exact number of damaged apartments. Investigators, however, did say the fire wall worked, which kept all the fire damage in one third-story apartment. 

Reward offered to find killer of man stopped at a red light

A mother whose son was shot and killed while on his way to a concert is speaking out for the first time.

Police said Rodney Ellis, 25, stopped at a red light in southwest Atlanta when the shooting happened.

“I'm wondering at that instant, what was his thought? Was he scared? Did he have time to be scared?” his mother Katrece Ellis said.

Every day, Katrece Ellis asks herself the same painful questions.

She wonders what her son was going through when he was repeatedly shot as he sat in his rental car. 

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"Even if I were there, would it be any different?" she told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez wiping away tears.

Katrece Ellis said she still thinks of her only son as “her baby boy.”

Rodney Ellis was found shot inside of a car on Jan. 23 around 9:30 p.m.

Homicide detectives said the shooter approached him along Pryor Street and opened fire. 

Rodney Ellis was hit once in the head and once in the arm before medics arrived and rushed him to the hospital. 

"Seeing your innocent child in that state. Of course, reality hit," Katrece Ellis said.

Reality set in three days later when he took his last breath. 

Now, his mother is aching at the idea that her sweet, free-spirited and fun-loving son won’t get to achieve his dreams. 

Rodney composed music, loved fashion and was a skateboarder, Katrece Ellis said.  

"Why him? Was it his car? Was it road rage? Was it a random act of just violence, you know? Even with all those questions, you still want to know who did this?" she said.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital.

Carter, 90, had surgery on Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine, The Carter Center said in a statement. The surgery was successful. The scar tissue, the statement said, developed after a cyst was removed many years ago.

Carter is expected to remain hospitalized for several days, where she will rest and recover, the statement said.

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The former first lady married President Jimmy Carter on July 7, 1946, in Plains, Georgia, and emerged as a driving force for mental health during his presidential administration.

She became honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health, which resulted in passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980, and has worked on mental health, human rights and other issues through her work at The Carter Center, the private, nonprofit institution the Carters founded in 1982.

Rosalynn Carter is often seen at Maranatha Baptist Church, President Carter's hometown church, where the former president teaches Sunday school. The Carter Center in January said the former president planned to limit his duties at the church, but planned to continue to attend and greet visitors with the former first lady.

Police: Uber Eats delivery flees after customer shot, killed in Buckhead

A 30-year-old man died of injuries after a shooting in Buckhead that police believe involved an Uber Eats driver.

Witnesses told Atlanta police the man ordered food via a smartphone app to be delivered to the 2800 block of Pharr Court South Saturday night.

One of the people Channel 2's Lauren Pozen spoke with lives close to where the incident happened. The person, who didn't want to be identified, said he heard five gunshots go off outside his apartment. He said by the time he was dressed, the victim was dead. 

"Something needs to be done to further the safety of Uber Eats and make us feel safe,” he said.

If you’ve never heard of Uber Eats, it’s an app that many people use to order take out from your phone.

Saturday night, a late night order in Buckhead took a deadly turn. 

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Police say Ryan Thornton, 30, ordered food from the app to be delivered to the Concorde condominium complex on Pharr Court South. 

By 11:30 p.m., Thornton received his order and walked away from the delivery car, police said. 

Police said words may have been exchanged and that's when shots were fired from the delivery car. The driver took off in a white Volkswagen. 

“I just don’t expect it. I really feel safe here on a normal basis and it really makes me feel unsafe," said Buckhead resident Julia Bird.

Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

We checked and Uber has a "no weapons" policy for its drivers. 

“They are not supposed to have weapons in the car company policy. The fact that he did probably breaking company policy,” said resident Whitney Searles.

As the search for the driver continues, this shooting has those who use the app a little hesitant to continue to do so. 

Uber said in a statement they are shocked and saddened by the news and they are working with the Atlanta Police Department. 

I am trying to learn more about the victim in the @UberEats incident, 30 year old Ryan Thornton from Atlanta. @Atlanta_Police are still looking for the driver. They tell me the driver drives a white Volkswagen.— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) February 18, 2018

Police: Uber Eats delivery flees after customer shot, killed in Buckhead

A 30-year-old man died of injuries after a shooting in Buckhead that police believe involved an Uber Eats driver.

Witnesses told Atlanta police the man ordered food via a smartphone app to be delivered to the 2800 block of Pharr Court South Saturday night.

One of the people Channel 2's Lauren Pozen spoke with lives close to where the incident happened. The person, who didn't want to be identified, said he heard five gunshots go off outside his apartment. He said by the time he was dressed, the victim was dead. 

"Something needs to be done to further the safety of Uber Eats and make us feel safe,” he said.

If you’ve never heard of Uber Eats, it’s an app that many people use to order take out from your phone.

Saturday night, a late night order in Buckhead took a deadly turn. 

TRENDING STORIES:

American Express is hiring and you can work from home Reward offered to find killer of man stopped at a red light Missing Florida girl, 11, found with abductor at Georgia hotel, deputies say

Police say Ryan Thornton, 30, ordered food from the app to be delivered to the Concorde condominium complex on Pharr Court South. 

By 11:30 p.m., Thornton received his order and walked away from the delivery car, police said. 

Police said words may have been exchanged and that's when shots were fired from the delivery car. The driver took off in a white Volkswagen. 

“I just don’t expect it. I really feel safe here on a normal basis and it really makes me feel unsafe," said Buckhead resident Julia Bird.

Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

We checked and Uber has a "no weapons" policy for its drivers. 

“They are not supposed to have weapons in the car company policy. The fact that he did probably breaking company policy,” said resident Whitney Searles.

As the search for the driver continues, this shooting has those who use the app a little hesitant to continue to do so. 

Uber said in a statement they are shocked and saddened by the news and they are working with the Atlanta Police Department. 

I am trying to learn more about the victim in the @UberEats incident, 30 year old Ryan Thornton from Atlanta. @Atlanta_Police are still looking for the driver. They tell me the driver drives a white Volkswagen.— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) February 18, 2018
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