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News Nearby: Deputy Crashes Patrol Car Allegedly DUI; Lingerie Football Coming to GA

Top Patch headlines from around Cartersville, metro Atlanta and Georgia include a heated town hall on a ZIP code change and the return of an Olympic gold medalist.

Georgia State Patrol reports a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy's vehicle was involved in a wreck at 1:20 a.m. this morning on Georgia Highway 81 at Double Springs Road in Walton County.

According to the trooper, a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department vehicle ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned several times.  In a press release, GSP reported that nobody was around the vehicle when first responders arrived. Barrow Patch has the full story.

Residents Appear Mixed on Powder Springs ZIP Code Change

Residents of Powder Springs and unincorporated Cobb attending a packed town hall meeting Tuesday night appeared split on how they will vote on changing their ZIP code from Hiram’s 30141 to Powder Springs’ 30127.

Lasting an hour and change, the meeting at the Coach Ford Center’s Reception Hall had a much larger attendance than most other public meetings in the city. It became heated at points, with some citizens going back and forth with each other, county and city representatives, and a Postal Service employee about the possible pros and cons of the switch. West Cobb Patch has more the story.

Olympic Gold Medalist Returns to Wheeler

U.S. track and field star Aries Merritt will speak to students at his alma mater, Wheeler High School on Friday at 10 a.m.

Merritt will share his experiences winning the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games and breaking the world record last month at a meet in Belgium. Go to East Cobb Patch for more information and updates.

Lingerie Football League Coming to Gwinnett

The metro Atlanta area will soon become home to another sports team.

The Lingerie Football League announced yesterday Gwinnett County will be home to the league’s 12th team. The LFL is currently accepting name suggestions for the new team.

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