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Race this weekend: No Excuses 5/10K

Race this weekend: No Excuses 5/10K

ROME, Ga. -- The Rome Braves will host their second annual No Excuses 5K and 10K races this weekend.

Both runs will be held Saturday, Apr. 19 at the Braves Miracle Field of Rome, which is located next to State Mutual Stadium. The fun begins at 8 a.m.

Visit milb.com for more information.

Proceeds from the races will benefit Braves Miracle Field of Rome, which gives disabled kids and adults the opportunity to play baseball.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."

Doctors' building burns in downtown Rome

ROME, Ga. -- No one was hurt when a vacant building caught fire in downtown Rome Wednesday morning.

Rome Fire Chief Gordon Henderson said the blaze broke out at the Northwest Georgia Medical Clinic on North Fifth Avenue, a doctors' building that has been empty for several years.

The fire spread from the original building to an addition, which was also vacant, according to Henderson.

The building was completely destroyed. Henderson said officials will most likely tear down the heavily damaged addition.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.

Driver charged with killing Rome pastor

ROME, GA – "If I continue upon the teachings that he's taught me, then I will see my pastor again; I will see my pastor again," Yolunda Hambrick told 11 Alive News on Monday.

She and fellow church members comforted each other as they mourned the loss of the man who has been their spiritual shepherd for more than two decades.

When they said good-bye to Reverend Nim Russell on Sunday evening, they couldn't imagine he would never again walk through the doors of their more than 100-year-old church.

Sunday night the congregation of Rome's Thankful Baptist Church celebrated the 23rd anniversary of 55-year-old Russell being their pastor.

Woman charged in fatal wreck

Woman charged in fatal wreck

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- An Adairsville woman faces a number of charges in a crash that killed one person Sunday night.

Michele Blum, 47, has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving without headlights.

The Georgia State Patrol said the wreck happened on Highway 140 near the Bartow-Floyd county line.

Blum's 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 slammed head-on into a Mercedes-Benz E350, killing 55-year-old Nim Bernal Russell of Adairsville.

The GSP said Blum and two others -- one passenger in each vehicle -- were injured and taken to Floyd Medical Center. Blum is still in the hospital Monday afternoon.