Sheriff's department wins big at olympics

GAINESVILLE - The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department won a gold medal in flag football at Georgia's Police and Fire Olympics.

The department competed among six teams, beating the Gwinnett Police Department in the finals.

Rotary names officer, firefighter of year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Firefighter Jim Collis and Gwinnett County Police Officer J.P. Saverance were named 2007 Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year by the Gwinnett Rotary Club.

The Gwinnett Rotary Club bestows this honor each year to show gratitude and appreciation for the work firefighters and police officers do.

Collins was described as a role model to his community, going out of his way to help others out. Lt. Royce Horton, who nominated him for the award, described him as being valued by his department and coworkers, supporting goals and objectives set by his supervisors, as well as the objectives set out by his department for many years.

Saverance was introduced as an asset to his community, showing courage and bravery in the line of duty. Police Chief Charles M. Walters described him as being an example for other officers.

The club recognized both Collis and Saverance with a plaque and a $500 check.

Commuters asked to give car a day off

ATLANTA - The Clean Air Campaign and News/Talk 750 WSB are joining forces and asking metro Atlantans to give their cars a day off for just one day before the end of the week.

Commuters are encouraged to keep some extra cash in their pockets by carpooling, teleworking, taking transit, biking or walking to work.

Commuters can register now through Friday. Register online at

If everyone in the region would give their car a day off one day a week there would be a 20 percent reduction in traffic.

Teacher honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gerald Arnold, social studies Teacher from Peachtree Ridge High School, was awarded Teacher of the Year by Wal-Mart/Sam's Club for 2007.

Arnold received a plaque, gift card and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year shirt. Peachtree Ridge High School received a check for $1,000 on behalf of this award.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.