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Georgia HS Playoffs: Rd. 3 Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- 11Alive takes a look at Georgia's high school playoff games and their predicted outcomes with Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net and Massey Matchups.

Class 5A

Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together. 

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 3A Preview

CLASS 3A

Favorite: Peach County

Predicted Final Four: Peach County, Sandy Creek, Cairo, Baldwin

Easiest Draw: Peach County. Assuming the defending 3A champs win their first three playoff games, the Trojans start things out with 6-4 Stockbridge, play either 8-2 Thomson or 6-4 Worth County in Round Two, and then face either White County or Grady in the quarterfinals.

Toughest Draw: In Round One, Carrollton plays 8-2 Stephens County. In Round Two, the Trojans would have to take on either 8-2 Allatoona or 8-2 St. Pius. Then, in the quarterfinals, Carrollton would probably have to play undefeated Cairo.

Best Round One Matchups:

Rounds of Storms Batter Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Rounds of severe weather struck all over metro Atlanta Wednesday, bringing the evening rush hour to a crawl, dropping trees on homes and yards in northern suburbs, and damaging a city hall.

Morning tornado warnings brought heavy rains over Carroll County, Douglas County, and south Fulton County. A tractor trailer jackknifed at I-285, Rains sept into the Whitesburg city hall, soaking the floors and doing minor damage. Sheets of water poured down the walls, leaving an inch of water on the floors and soaking computers.

But some residents complained the nearby storm siren didn't go off, despite being under tornado warning much of the morning.

"They test it periodically and I've heard it when they test it," one woman said. "It's extremely loud when they test it, and I never heard it go off."

All seemed clear by the noon hour. But then without warning, the tornado warnings returned in the afternoon, lasting into the evening.

Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.

Local Teacher Charged with Child Exploitation

CARROLLTON, GA -- He's been a teacher for more than two decades. Now Richard Lee DeLong is behind bars, accused of sexually exploitating a child.

Carroll County Sheriff's spokesman Shane Taylor said DeLong began sending inappropriate text messages and photos to a 17-year-old student about a week ago. The boy and his mother went to authorities, who monitored DeLong's messages until he tried to arrange a sexual tryst with the teen.

He was arrested early Wednesday morning.

DeLong had been with Carroll County Schools since 1988, most recently working with high schoolers in the internet learning lab at Crossroads Academy.

He is also a major figure in contemporary Sacred Harp singing, a style of choral music that became popular in the South in the 1800s. He was part of recording sessions for the Civil War movie "Cold Mountain" and performed at the Academy Awards.

School Bus Accident in Bowdon

CARROLLTON, GA -- Carroll County Schools reported a bus accident on Wednesday, Oct. 13 around 7:45 a.m. on Georgia Highway 166 at Simonton Mill Road.

The bus was transporting 24 students to Bowdon High School and Jonesville Middle School. There were no injuries to anyone on the bus. Following the incident, an alternate bus transported the students to school.

A small pick-up truck with three passengers collided with the driver's side of the bus. At this time, the accident is still under investigation with the Georgia State Patrol.

The bus driver was Karmen Mitchem, a 12-year veteran driver. Mrs. Mitchem is fully certified and carries a class B driver's license, CDL, with S (to transport students) and P (to transport passengers) endorsements. Mrs. Mitchem has been a Carroll County bus driver since 1998 and has had no prior accident history.