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NEWNAN | Coweta family pleads for help with murder investigation

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The family of a murdered Coweta County teen is pleading with the public for any information that will help police find his killer.

Newnan Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information in the death of a Blake Tyler Chappell whose body was found last week.

Blake Chappell's partially clothed body was found in a creek near Summergrove Parkway on Dec. 19, more than two months after he was reported missing. An autopsy determined the 17-year-old Senoia resident died of a gunshot wound.

Investigators are currently looking for information that will lead to an arrest in Chappell's death.

Anyone who can help with this case is asked to call the Newnan Police Department tip line at 770-254-2350.

New Year's food: Your year is what you eat

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Across the nation, as people prepare to celebrate the new year, for some, special meals are being prepared. What you eat on New Year's Day is supposed to signify "good things" to come over the course of the year.

Lentils and black-eyed peas are supposed to signify coins and, more particularly, money and wealth. Hoppin' John is a prepared dish of black-eyed peas and rice very common across the South that is a regular staple of New Year's dinner tables. Other dishes prepped with black-eyed peas include Texas Caviar, which is usually prepared with corn and bell peppers, though some recipes go as far as to include black beans and celery.

It's no surprise that leafy green vegetables signify money. In the South, greens -- collards or mustards & turnips, take your pick -- are usually the vegetable of choice, though in other parts of the nation, cabbage or sauerkraut tend to be more common.

Reward offered in teen's death

Reward offered in teen's death

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Newnan Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information in the death of a teenager whose body was found last week.

Blake Chappell's partially clothed body was found in a creek near Summergrove Parkway on Dec. 19, more than two months after he was reported missing. An autopsy determined the 17-year-old Senoia resident died of a gunshot wound.

Investigators are currently looking for information that will lead to an arrest in Chappell's death.

Anyone who can help with this case is asked to call the Newnan Police Department tip line at 770-254-2350.

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Tornadoes confirmed in three Georgia counties

ROME, Ga. -- The violent storms that tore through North Georgia Thursday night spawned at least three tornadoes.

The National Weather Service on Friday confirmed an EF 2 in the Rome area of Floyd County. An EF 1 tornado hit the Moreland area of Newnan County. An EF 3 pounded the Calhoun area of Gordon County.

Winds in Gordon County reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and damage spanned between a quarter of a mile and a half a mile wide. 

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Gordon County declared a local state of emergency and enacted a curfew after winds whipped through Thursday night. One Calhoun home was ripped right off its foundation.

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.