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Here's why you should trust Thomas Dimitroff drafting for Falcons

Has Thomas Dimitroff redeemed himself?

Eleven drafts into his gig, the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager -- the son of a former coach and longtime scout, the former kid who cut grass and lined the field as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ grounds crew -- has certainly come a long way.

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Before the 2018 NFL Draft begins, the Falcons exec sat down with Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein and AJC columnist Jeff Schultz on their “We Never Played the Game” podcast to talk about his past picks, the reality of today’s Falcons and his relationship with head coach Dan Quinn.

CLICK HERE to download and listen to the podcast.

Georgia's own Caleb Hutchinson makes it into Top 10 on 'American Idol'

On this week's episodes of American Idol, the top 14 contestants performed solo, and for the first time this season, America had a hand in placing at least a portion of the contenders through to the next round. 

Viewers were instructed to vote online, in the American Idol app or via text, where they could vote 10 times per contestant, per method. The top six moved on based on America’s vote and the remaining eight artists performed once more on Monday, with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan deciding which four were added to the top 10.  

[READ: Atlanta, meet your hometown 'American Idol' contenders!]

Among those contestants going through to the next round was Georgia's own  Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

Make sure to tune in every Sunday and Monday night at 8 p.m. to watch Hutchinson's journey to stardom on American Idol on Channel 2. 

People across the metro have been following Hutchinson’s journey from Dallas, Georgia, all the way to Hollywood, California, where he has made it into the Top 10 artists on American Idol. 

Huge congrats @CalebLeeMusic. Pumped to see ya in the Top 10 #AmericanIdol — Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 24, 2018 He may be singing about getting home, but @calebleemusic is staying put for now! #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/GvO6E2PWer — American Idol (@AmericanIdol) April 24, 2018 America voted to keep the country boy in Hollywood! @calebleemusic is going to the Top 10! #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/JNyn3m390p — American Idol (@AmericanIdol) April 24, 2018

On Monday, Hutchinson kicked things off, singing and picking banjo on “Midnight Train to Memphis" by The Steeldrivers.

Perry was “blown away” by the performance, praising his growth, while also noting that she sensed some nerves.

However, Bryan wasn’t crazy about the song choice and Lionel wanted to see more of Hutchinson's personality.

Tree topples onto house, trapping family inside

Channel 2 Action News is getting a first look in the daylight where a large tree fell onto a house, trapping a family inside.  

Their struggle to escape in the middle of the night, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. 

The tree crushed the siding and gutters of the home on Capri Drive in DeKalb County. It also landed on some cars that were parked in the driveway. 

According to a neighbor who spoke to Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach, the family had to escape through a front window when the tree fell around 3 a.m. 

The family is OK, but has yet to return to the house.

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Georgia Power officials reported Tuesday morning outages across metro Atlanta because of the overnight storms.

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said the city beat a 135-year-old record when it got 4.16 inches of rain on Monday. The previous record, set in 1883, was 2.4 inches. 

Tree topples onto house, trapping family inside

Channel 2 Action News is getting a first look in the daylight where a large tree fell onto a house, trapping a family inside.  

Their struggle to escape in the middle of the night, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. 

The tree crushed the siding and gutters of the home on Capri Drive in DeKalb County. It also landed on some cars that were parked in the driveway. 

According to a neighbor who spoke to Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach, the family had to escape through a front window when the tree fell around 3 a.m. 

The family is OK, but has yet to return to the house.

[Download the free Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

Georgia Power officials reported Tuesday morning outages across metro Atlanta because of the overnight storms.

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said the city beat a 135-year-old record when it got 4.16 inches of rain on Monday. The previous record, set in 1883, was 2.4 inches. 

Official reprimanded for 'racist pig' comments wants to take case to high court

A Gwinnett County commissioner who was reprimanded after making derogatory comments about Congressman John Lewis wants to take his case to the state supreme court.

Lawyers for Commissioner Tommy Hunter want the high court to rule on a lawsuit he filed against the county's ethics board.

Channel 2's Berndt Petersen was in the courtroom as lawyers from both sides pleaded their case.

"The issue is...does this court have jurisdiction?" asked Dwight Thomas, Hunter's attorney. 

Lawyers for Hunter and the county commission argued over which court should rule on his lawsuit.  

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It all dates back to early 2017 when Hunter took to Facebook and called civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis a 'racist pig.'

The comment led to a public reprimand from his fellow commissioners. Hunter then sued the county’s ethics board that recommended the reprimand.

But when a superior court judge dismissed the suit, Hunter's legal team appealed, demanding the case be sent to the state supreme court.   

As it turns out, the county commission's attorney said the record of the case was sent to the high court by accident.

"It is our position that the transmission of the record was in error, and this court continues to have jurisdiction to rule on this issue," said county attorney, Ken Jarrard. 

Hunter's lawyer insists the justices on the high court are the ones who should settle this once and for all.

"The record is physically there. It makes sense. This is not within your jurisdiction. That record is down there. You can't interfere with that,” said Thomas.

Commissioner Tommy Hunter did not attend the hearing. Superior Court Judge Randy Rich said he'll rule on Hunter's appeal by Friday.

Official reprimanded for 'racist pig' comments wants to take case to high court

A Gwinnett County commissioner who was reprimanded after making derogatory comments about Congressman John Lewis wants to take his case to the state supreme court.

Lawyers for Commissioner Tommy Hunter want the high court to rule on a lawsuit he filed against the county's ethics board.

Channel 2's Berndt Petersen was in the courtroom as lawyers from both sides pleaded their case.

"The issue is...does this court have jurisdiction?" asked Dwight Thomas, Hunter's attorney. 

Lawyers for Hunter and the county commission argued over which court should rule on his lawsuit.  

RELATED STORIES:

It all dates back to early 2017 when Hunter took to Facebook and called civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis a 'racist pig.'

The comment led to a public reprimand from his fellow commissioners. Hunter then sued the county’s ethics board that recommended the reprimand.

But when a superior court judge dismissed the suit, Hunter's legal team appealed, demanding the case be sent to the state supreme court.   

As it turns out, the county commission's attorney said the record of the case was sent to the high court by accident.

"It is our position that the transmission of the record was in error, and this court continues to have jurisdiction to rule on this issue," said county attorney, Ken Jarrard. 

Hunter's lawyer insists the justices on the high court are the ones who should settle this once and for all.

"The record is physically there. It makes sense. This is not within your jurisdiction. That record is down there. You can't interfere with that,” said Thomas.

Commissioner Tommy Hunter did not attend the hearing. Superior Court Judge Randy Rich said he'll rule on Hunter's appeal by Friday.

Downed tree leads to fire at Atlanta Civic Center

Firefighters are investigating a blaze at the Atlanta Civic Center that started early Tuesday after a tree fell on a power line near the facility, the spokesman for Atlanta Fire Rescue said.

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Video: Fire is out in underground electrical unit of #Atlanta Civic Center downtown -https://t.co/AvInxG5i1C pic.twitter.com/vMZajULz2P — John Spink (@johnjspink) April 24, 2018

The incident caused a surge in the aging performing arts hall on Piedmont Avenue, Sgt. Cortez Stafford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  A trash can caught fire.

Firefighters told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi they initially, thought they were dealing with a trash compactor fire.

They said then, they heard three big bangs and noticed they were standing in a foot of water. That is when they said it became a dangerous situation.

Firefighters had to back out and wait on Georgia Power to cut the electricity, which took nearly two hours.

Once the power was cut, firefighters went back in and quickly put out the fire in the electrical unit.  No one was hurt and any damage likely will not matter, since the property is under construction. 

Downed tree leads to fire at Atlanta Civic Center

Firefighters are investigating a blaze at the Atlanta Civic Center that started early Tuesday after a tree fell on a power line near the facility, the spokesman for Atlanta Fire Rescue said.

TRENDING STORIES:

Video: Fire is out in underground electrical unit of #Atlanta Civic Center downtown -https://t.co/AvInxG5i1C pic.twitter.com/vMZajULz2P — John Spink (@johnjspink) April 24, 2018

The incident caused a surge in the aging performing arts hall on Piedmont Avenue, Sgt. Cortez Stafford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  A trash can caught fire.

Firefighters told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi they initially, thought they were dealing with a trash compactor fire.

They said then, they heard three big bangs and noticed they were standing in a foot of water. That is when they said it became a dangerous situation.

Firefighters had to back out and wait on Georgia Power to cut the electricity, which took nearly two hours.

Once the power was cut, firefighters went back in and quickly put out the fire in the electrical unit.  No one was hurt and any damage likely will not matter, since the property is under construction. 

Atlanta breaks 135-year-old rainfall record -- and more is on the way

If the heavy rain Atlanta got Monday seemed abnormal, that’s because it was.

Severe Weather Team 2  confirmed the city beat a 135-year-old record when it got 4.16 inches of rain on April 23. The previous record, set in 1883, was 2.4 inches.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said the all-time daily rainfall record for Atlanta is 7.36 inches, set March 29, 1886. 

4.16" rainfall in Atlanta yesterday broke the record for rainfall on that date. The previous record was 2.4" set in 1883. The all-time daily rainfall record for Atlanta is 7.36", set March 29, 1886. Yesterday's 4.16" ranks 9th all-time.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) April 24, 2018

Another flood warning is in effect for north Fulton and Forsyth counties through late Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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The water level at Big Creek near Alpharetta was at 8.7 feet and rising as of 6 a.m. Tuesday. The flood stage is 7 feet.

“The weather system that gave us all that heavy rainfall has exited toward the east,” Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said. “There will be a few isolated showers on the backside of the system.”

The wet weather continues to wash away leftover pollen.

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Another cold front currently in the Midwest will bring more rain to the region on Thursday. 

“Its going to pick up as it heads toward the Gulf of Mexico,” Burns said.

Burns does not anticipate that system to bring any severe storms. 

With all the recent rain, the pollen count has dropped from 30 particles per cubic meter of air Monday to 24 Tuesday, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma.

That’s far short of this year’s season high of 5,354, last year’s season high of 3,559 or the 2016 season high of 4,106.

 

 

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