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Four WellStar Hospitals Make Quality Honor Roll

MARIETTA, GA -- WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone and Paulding Hospitals in Austell, Douglasville, Marietta and Dallas, respectively, have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality Honor Roll. The WellStar practices are four of 51 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, which administers the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from April 2009 to March 2010.

"This is a great accomplishment for the WellStar Health System," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA.

I-20 Reopened After Fix of Six Flags Pkwy. Bridge

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is monitoring Interstate Highway 20 in Cobb County after failing joints created a hole in a bridge, causing a severe traffic backup. Traffic is reported flowing again.

DOT spokesman David Spear says the hole developed early Tuesday in the eastbound left lane on the bridge over Six Flags Parkway. Spear says the hole has been patched temporarily, and that the lane will be closed Tuesday night to install a better patch.

Cobb County police say about six vehicles hit the concrete debris at the site early Tuesday, and one driver says he blew two new tires.

Kenny McKinley Remembered in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. - Friends and family of Kenny McKinley remember him as a young man with endless athletic talent and an infectious smile.

Several hundred people gathered Monday at The Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell for McKinley's funeral. The 23-year-old attended worship services one day before taking his own life.

"He's the last person I would ever expect to do this," sais friend Josh Travis, who played Pee Wee football with McKinley when the two were children. "I never saw it from him."

McKinley died last week at his home near Broncos headquarters in  Denver. Authorities believe he shot himself in the head because he was depressed following his second straight season-ending knee surgery.

McKinley was a football standout at South Cobb High School in
Austell, where he played quarterback. He changed positions, starring as a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina.

Halloween is Spookier Than Ever at Fright Fest

AUSTELL, GA -- Don't miss out on the Southeast's largest Halloween party, as Fright Fest opens at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 2.

To kick off the festivities, Six Flags is partnering with the American Red Cross for a "Give Blood, Get Thrills" blood drive on Friday, Oct. 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests who donate blood will receive a buy one, get one free coupon valid during select days in October. To sign up, visit the Red Cross website and enter the promo code 6flags.

This year's Fright Fest will feature the Last Ride, back by popular demand from last season. This 4D simulated ride to the grave has proven to be a guest favorite.

For Fright Fest dates, hour and activities, or to purchase tickets, visit the Six Flags Over Georgia website.

Volunteers Bring Flooded Legion Park to Life

AUSTELL -- A year ago, Legion Park was completely underwater. Now more than 160 volunteers are building a beautiful garden and putting this park back together again.

As the City of Austell works to restore the park at a cost of almost $1 million and open it fully by spring, there was still something missing and no money to make it happen -- a landscaped garden and picnic area that families could enjoy for years to come.

The 11Alive Help Desk found a way to do it.

We asked home improvement giant Lowe's to make it happen.

The response was instantaneous.

"Thirty-three stores in Metro Atlanta -- 5 volunteers per store -- came to Austell in Legion Park as well as three private homes," said Randall Burks, Manager of Lowe's Alpharetta and coordinator of the project. It took a week and a half to get it all together and only a day and a half to get the project done. "It's amazing to me what we were able to accomplish."

Cobb Patrol Cars Run On Propane, Save Money

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County has found a way to save money and keep providing the same public safety services. They're using stimulus money to change patrol cars from gas guzzlers to propane guzzlers. County officials say Police and Sheriff patrol cars will be able to travel as much as 300 more miles between fill ups.

For most Cobb County police officers their day starts at the gas pump. But that will change for many of them. They may only have to do it once every few days and they won't have to cut back on mileage or patrols.

Their patrol cars are turning over from gasoline to propane. Using a federal stimulus grant, the county is fitting propane tanks in the trunks of patrol cars. "It will still have a gasoline tank," said Virgil Moon of Cobb County Support Services. "It will run 75 percent of the time on propane and 25 percent on gasoline."

Report: McKinley Talked of Suicide

ENGLEWOOD -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who is thought to have killed himself with a gunshot to the head, had made previous statements about committing suicide, according to a sheriff's investigative report released Tuesday.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's report quoted one investigator as saying McKinley had been depressed over a knee surgery he had a month ago.

"He had made statements while playing dominoes shortly after the surgery that he should just kill himself," the officer reported. "No one believed he was serious."

The report provided no explanation for the source of the investigator's information.

The report also said McKinley had made statements about not knowing what he would do without football. It said McKinley had flown to South Carolina 10 days earlier to see his young son and had brought him back with him to Denver on Sunday night.