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2 Ga. schools named 'Top Schools for Construction Management'

2 Ga. schools named 'Top Schools for Construction Management'

ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta-area schools are named to a Top 10 list of "Top Schools for Construction Management Degrees" compiled by Rock & Dirt, a blog serving the construction equipment industry.

Rock & Dirt says it based the rankings on information compiled by the National Center for Educational Statistics, which compiles a database of information on colleges and universities across the country.

The schools are Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville at No. 7, and Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta at No. 9.

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Former Brookwood, S. Carolina RB Miles shot during robbery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A sheriff's spokesman says former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles was shot during a robbery in the parking lot of a business park and was in stable condition.

Richland County Sheriff's spokesman Curtis Wilson says Miles was shot once in the upper body Monday in suburban Columbia.

He says Miles is at a local hospital.

Miles was able to give investigators a description of the person who shot him, but no arrests have been made.

Miles spent most of his career with the Gamecocks backing up Marcus Lattimore. He ran for 1,341 yards on 315 carries.

Miles scored two touchdowns in South Carolina's 2011 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

The 23-year-old graduated with a degree in criminal justice. He attended high school at Brookwood High School in Snellville.

Gwinnett voters to consider SPLOST without a list of specific transportation projects

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to extend a penny sales tax, but they'll do it without a list of specific transportation projects to consider.

Some opponents of the Special Local Option Sales Tax say it's a reason to vote "no." The county says it's the way SPLOST votes have always been handled.

"What we've found is, (voters) need to know the categories and what each category will do," said Kim Conroy, Chief Engineer for Gwinnett County's Department of Transportation.

Last month, 11Alive's Commuter Dude introduced us to the Winking family, who have asked for a traffic light that would help them turn out of their neighborhood onto Suwanee Dam Road.

Improvements to that intersection is on a long list of potential projects, but the Winkings won't know if it will make the final cut until after Tuesday, if voters approve an extension of the tax.

Parents mark 6 year anniversary of son's disappearance

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Six years after Justin Gaines disappeared, his parents still dote over his many photos. There is not a day that his mother, Erika Wilson, doesn't take a moment to hold a picture of him.

"He would be 24 right now. I wonder what degree he would have graduated with and if he'd have a wife and kids," Wilson said.

Gaines was 18 when he disappeared in the early morning hours of November 2, 2007.

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He was last seen at the popular Duluth nightclub Wild Bill's. Surveillance video shows him leaving the club at around 2 a.m.

From there, the trail goes cold -- and has stayed cold.

High School and neighborhoods without water in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Mountain View High School and surrounding neighborhoods in Gwinnett County were without water this morning.

School leaders say it was because of a water main break across the street.

As of noon the area was still without water.

School leaders brought in two water trucks.  One to run the air conditioning unit and the other to run the bathrooms.

The school says they continued operations as usual.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Football Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Football Poll is here. As the teams make their late season playoff push, there are loads of changes but not at the top.

The Buford Wolves are still number 1, with Carrollton, Gainesville, Tucker,and Lovett in the top 5.

North Gwinnett slips to 6th after their first loss of the season. Norcross, and Lovejoy are 7 and 8. Unbeaten Creekside cracks the top 10 and number 9 this week, with Sandy Creek 10.

Eagle's Landing Christian moves up from 24 to 20 this week, and Calhoun raises from 25 to 23.

Collins Hill returns to the poll at number 12 after beating North Gwinnett. Woodward Academy appears in the Super 25 for the first time at 25.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and is produced by USA Today High School Sports exclusively for 11Alive News and 11 Alive.com

Professional Bull Riders' series returns to Arena at Gwinnett Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Professional Bull Riders' 2014 series will pass through the Arena at Gwinnett Center in January.

The 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series takes a two-day stop at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19. Over the course of the event, the top 35 bull riders in the world will face-off in two rounds of head-to-head 8-second battles, while riding massive bulls.

The riders will face one bull each during Round 1 on Saturday and Round 2 on Sunday. Following Round 2, the top 10 to 15 riders with the highest scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round that same day. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all three rounds of competition.