Metro news for Monday

The Atlanta Children's Shelter has named Christie Smith as its new development director.

Smith has experience working on gubernatorial and presidential campaigns and has volunteered at the shelter. She assumes that post at a time of change for the organization. The downtown shelter is about to undergo a major renovation and the nonprofit plans to open a new shelter in Gwinnett County.

The  Atlanta Children's Shelter, which provides day care, support and an education curriculum for homeless children and social services for their families, will hold its annual Holiday House event from Dec. 12 through Dec. 16 at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree St. N.E.  At the event, parents can shop for warm clothing and gifts. SHELIA POOLE


More than 76,000 Georgians with Medicare coverage saved $39.7 million this year on prescription drugs and nearly 683,000 took advantage of free preventive coverage under the federal health care law, a new report shows.

Nationwide, 2.65 million seniors and disabled people with Medicare coverage saved more than $1.5 billion on prescriptions – averaging $569 per person – through discounts on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D donut hole coverage gap, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. MISTY WILLIAMS


Georgia Department of Driver Services visitors can donate toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation during customer service center hours through Dec. 16.

This marks the third year that the Department of Driver Services (DDS) has served as a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Most of the DDS centers operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and several centers also offer Saturday hours. For information:, or LAURIE HOFFMAN


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Take to Task

What's wrong in your neighborhood and who's in charge of getting it fixed? B4

Restaurant Inspections

Find out how your favorite restaurant rates with the county health inspector. B4