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17 people killed on Ga. roads over holiday weekend

ATLANTA -- Seventeen people were killed in traffic accidents in Georgia over the holiday weekend, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Tuesday.

The Georgia State Patrol recorded 685 crashes during that period of time. About 300 people were injured, while 11 were killed, according to GSP records.

An additional six people were reported killed by other traffic agencies across Georgia.

RELATED | Fatal Christmas Eve crash blamed on fog

Only three people were reported killed during the same block of time in 2011, according to the GSP. Foggy weather may have contributed to this year's increase.

Fatal fire in Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- In Peachtree City, one man is dead after a fire Sunday.

It happened at a home on Adams Fall, near Panstone Drive.

So far no ID on that man and investigators aren't saying what sparked the fire.

Mitch Albom: Calvin Johnson shatters Rice's record, takes aim on 2,000 yards

"He's unreal. ... I'm just proud to be associated with him."

- Matthew Stafford, after Calvin Johnson's record-breaking performance -

The evening began as Lions vs. Falcons. But as the minutes passed, it became clear: a different game was being played Saturday night.

It was Calvin Johnson vs. History.

And unlike the Lions' season, this one had a chance to end gloriously.

Big Time to All Time. Johnson, already arguably the best receiver in the NFL, came into the night needing 182 yards to pass Jerry Rice for the single-season receiving yardage mark. That's a huge chunk to get in one night, and most folks figured it would come next week against the Bears.

But on the Lions' second drive, Johnson took a crossing route and sprinted full out, those long legs gulping up turf. He covered 49 yards, nearly half a football field.

And quickly you could hear the calculators humming at Ford Field.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Christmas saved for Peachtree City family

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- David Thomas has bad knees and sometimes uses a wheelchair.

Such was the case when he went to Walmart's layaway office to pick up his wife's Christmas present. He was counting the money out in his lap, when he got up to pay.

"When they asked me for the money, they pulled up my account, and I started looking for the money, but it was not there," Thomas said.

Niether was the man who had claimed it as his own. But this is about more than a Christmas gift.

"I was really worried that we wouldn't be able to pay the rent on time," Thomas' wife said.

Peachtree City police worked with Walmart for hours reviewing surveillance video. Thankfully, the man made a purchase and police were able to track him.

Police said the man willfully turned the money over.

American Family Insurance All Metro Atlanta Top 5 Performances

Atlanta, Ga. -- Each week American Family Insurance presents the All Metro Atlanta Top 5 Performances for the week.  It's our look at the top 5 plays from Friday Night Alive for Friday, November 7, 2012.

Number 5 comes from North Hall at St. Pius.  Ryan Braswell runs up the middle for the touchdown as the Golden Lions road into the finals 31-6.

Number 4 comes from Gainesville at Whitewater. Michael Byrd out runs evenybody 55 yards for the score as the Red Elephants stampede to the Dome with a 28-14 win.

Number 3 comes from Monroe Area at Sandy Creek.  Cole Garvin throws a 40 yard touchdown strike to Demarre Kitt as the Patriots win 35-0

Number 2 comes from North Cobb at Lovejoy.  Travis Custis takes it 63 yards touchdown as the Wildcats return to the Dome with 63-42 win.

Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll by USA Today

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Football Poll by USA Today is here.  With two weeks of post season play in the books, we are headed into the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.  This week's poll has plenty of movement throughout, but still no change at the top spot.

The Norcross Blue Devils beat South Gwinnett for the second time this season and remain the top team in the Super 25.  North Gwinnett is second after beating defending champion Grayson in the second round.  Sandy Creek, Grayson and Lovejoy complete the top 5.

South Gwinnett is 6th, with North Cobb, then Mill Creek.  Calhoun climbs from 13th to 9th, with M.L. King 10th.

Stephenson is back at 18th after an impressive road playoff win at East Paulding.  Stockbridge returns at 23rd, and Allatoona at 24th this week.

Carrollton, Archer and Kell fall out of the Super 25 this week.