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Former Hall County fire chief lashes out at firefighters


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Final Thoughts as Chief. That's the title David Kimbrell gave to one of the last email messages he sent out as Chief of Hall County Fire Services.

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In the email he praised firefighters for their dedication to the job and urged them to embrace the new Chief, Jeff Hood. But some firefighters have expressed frustration with his use of the term "cancer" to criticize questions raised regarding the safety of a fire truck recently purchased by the county. The Sutphen truck malfunctioned in July, sending three firefighters to the hospital.

Hall County names new fire services chief


HALL COUNTY, Ga. – Jeff Hood was named the new acting chief of Hall County Fire Services on Monday.

The news comes only weeks after three firefighters fell more than 40 feet during a training accident.


11Alive uncovered the fire truck involved had a troubled history
-- something the county should have known when making the decision to purchase it.

Hall County to test alert systems

Hall County to test alert systems

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Central Communications will perform tests on two alert systems this Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The severe weather warning system will be tested at around 10 a.m. The test will last for about three minutes. It will be canceled if severe weather moves through the area.

Officials will also test the Hall County Citizens Alert System, which notifies residents of severe weather, in-process violent crimes and other potential dangers.

Visit alerts.hallcounty.org to sign up to receive such alerts. Messages can be sent via cell phone, landline, email and text message.

2 shot at Gainesville apartment complex


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Police said they responded to reports of two people shot at an apartment complex Friday afternoon.

Kevin Holbrook of the Gainesville Police Department said police received a call at about 2:47 p.m. The two shooting victims were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Gainesville Police are investigating the incident.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Students protest through prayer


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A small high school in Hall County is at the center of a controversy.

The American Humanist Association, a national atheists group, sent a letter to administrators at Chestatee High School claiming coach-led prayers prior to football games violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which states the government shall not favor one religion over another.

Thursday morning, students at Chestatee protested through prayer. Students organized a prayer on the football field as a way to show support for the football team.

Group: Hall County football team's prayers are unconstitutional


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The controversial issue of prayer is playing out on a local high school football field.

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter on Tuesday to school officials in Hall County objecting to what it calls "the unconstitutional infusion of religion into the high school football program."

The letter alleges that football coaches at Chestatee High School have led and participated in regular prayers with students. It also claims that official team documents, workout sheets and banners feature Biblical references. The group claims that those actions violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.