🌱 Child in Stolen Car Safe + 600-Job Event Today + Yelp Winners

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Morning, people of Atlanta! Kathy Cioffi here with your Thursday edition of the Atlanta Daily.

First, today's weather:

Cooler with periods of rain. High: 49 Low: 30.

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Here are the top 5 stories today in Atlanta:

  1. When Atlanta police tracked a stolen vehicle with a 1-year-old child inside Monday in southwest Atlanta, a happy ending was in store for the toddler. The search for the stolen red Ford Focus began shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, with officers and the Atlanta Police Department's Air Unit finding the stolen car near University and Prior streets. The suspects attempted to get away but crashed into a stop sign, at which point the driver and passenger fled on foot. Using heat sense technology, officers found one of the suspects hiding inside a dumpster. The other suspect is still on the run. As for the happy ending, officers found the toddler unharmed at a nearby business. (FOX 5 Atlanta)

  2. State Farm Insurance is hiring more than 600 people in Atlanta during an online event today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The positions will be based out of the State Farm Atlanta Hub in Dunwoody and roles will be hybrid, meaning work-from-home and in-office work is flexible. Individuals interested in positions in claims, customer service, sales, and underwriting can register to attend the virtual New Year, New You in 2022 Career Fair online. Insurance experience is not necessary, according to the company. (11Alive.com WXIA)

  3. Yelp has released its Top 100 Places to Eat in 2022 in the U.S., and four Atlanta restaurants made the list. After asking its users to submit restaurants they can't wait to return to in 2022, Yelp's data science team then looked at ratings, numbers of reviews and volume of submissions to determine its Top 100 list. In addition to the four Atlanta restaurants serving Mediterranean, Asian, small plates and burgers, one restaurant in Augusta also made the list. (CBS46 News Atlanta)

  4. Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens announced his full transition committee, a 40-person team consisting of leaders from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds and industries. According to his office, the team is nearly split by race and gender, with three members of the LGBTQ community, five faith leaders, 10 corporate executives, eight small business owners, and 15 nonprofit leaders. (Free: 11Alive.com WXIA; Subscription: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

  5. Georgia State University has received University System of Georgia Board of Regents approval to offer a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Sciences degree. The first of its kind in the state of Georgia, the new degree program will educate future health researchers and educators, with concentrations in cardiopulmonary care, nutrition, occupational therapy and translational rehabilitation science. For more information and updates on the application process, visit the Lewis College website. (Georgia State University News)

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Today in Atlanta:

  • Jobs Bus (Mobile Career and Resource Center) at the DeKalb County Public Library (10:00 AM)

  • Blood Drive (In Café) at Little Five Points Center for Arts and Community (10:00 AM)

  • Decatur Short Docs Film Festival - Night 2 - at the DeKalb County Public Library (7:00 PM)

  • Dave Matthews Band Tribute - These Crowded Streets - at Venkman's (7:30 PM)

  • Trumpeter Milkshake | South City Jazz hosted by West Byrd at St. James Live (7:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Cascade Avenue/Road: "Looking for a job? - Regions Bank is expanding in Atlanta and hiring bankers! No bank experience necessary, just have a customer-focused mindset and experience in sales and meeting client needs. We can teach you how to be a banker! My branch is in Johns Creek, but we are hiring all over. Email a resume to matthew.quinn@regions.com or apply at http://www.regions.com/careers." (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Adams Park: "FREE AT HOME COVID TESTS - You can order free home COVID tests! Four (4) free per household www.covidtests.govYou can order them now! 🤗" (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Hunter Hills: "What can I say, I'm a sky gazer. - I had to pull off of AMB bridge to take this photo. And I wasn't the only one! A car pulled up right behind me to do the same exact thing. :) Anyone else see this breathtaking moon tonight?" (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Vinings and Paces Lake: "I just want to give a shout out to the fire station we have here in Vinings. - The personnel who work here are the most caring, professional, compassionate group of EMT's we could possibly be blessed with as a community. Since my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, we have had to call for their assistance numerous times for everything from a stroke, to pulmonary embolism to atrial fibrillation to a fall, you name it, we've needed their help for it. In this day and age where everyone is complaining justifiably about the length of time it can take to get help when calling 911, in the 5 times I've had to call them since May 2021, they have arrived promptly, remembered his medical history, used their knowledge and strength to keep him safe and stable until the ambulance arrives and comforted his worried wife with soft conversation and promises of prayer. In all the things we have to be thankful for in this yearlong journey through serious illness, the Vinings Fire Department EMT's are at the top of our list. We are very blessed as a community to have such dedicated, caring souls looking out for all of us and we cannot thank them enough for all they do for us." (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Barfield: "It was amazing to watch this Northern Red Cardinal eat on my new window bird feeder. - What a beautiful bird!" (Nextdoor)

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Kathy Cioffi

This article originally appeared on the Atlanta Patch

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