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Midget gets promoted at Georgia State

ATLANTA--Anthony Midget, who has served as Georgia State's secondary coach and special teams coordinator since 2008, has been elevated to defensive coordinator, head coach Bill Curry announced Friday.

 

Midget, a former all-American defensive back at Virginia Tech and an Atlanta Falcons draft pick, was a member of the original coaching staff that Curry put together when the program began in 2008. He replaces John Thompson, who left GSU two weeks ago for the defensive coordinator position at FBS program Arkansas State.

 

Midget, 34, will also coach safeties, and Curry will hire a position coach to round out the defensive staff. Spring practice will begin March 14 as scheduled.

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price skydiving

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price skydiving

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- Too scared to skydive? Don't be chicken -- this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal will put you in the care of an experienced skydiving instructor, and the dive will cost you much less than usual.

Gadzuk is offering an exclusive only for DealChicken members -- a $269 dive for $129. That's 52 percent off the chance to experience a 14,000-foot drop at 120 mph -- the ultimate extreme sport.

Still nervous? Get all the information you need at Gadzuk's website.

The company is located at 493 Airport Road in Cedartown, near the Polk County Airport.

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Atlanta Weather | A Perfect Weekend

Atlanta Weather | A Perfect Weekend

The weekend is finally here and it is going to be a beauty! It seems like it has been one continuous week since we had tornadoes until last Saturday morning... Thankfully we don't have any of that mess in store for us this weekend.

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Braves employee hits home run with lottery prize

Braves employee hits home run with lottery prize

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta Braves employee has scored big. Robert Smith won $200,300 in the Georgia Lottery's Fantasy 5 drawing on March 4.

The 43-year-old Hogansville man said he danced when he saw the draw results on the lottery's website.

"I did the James Brown with my computer chair," he said. "I pushed the chair away, then did a split in front of the computer ... I'm still sore. I may have to use some of that money to go to the back doctor."

Smith works in security for the Braves. He is married with three children.

When asked how to plans to spend the prize, Smith said, "I'm going to pay off my house and take a trip to New Jersey to see Whitney Houston's gravesite."

"I'm still in shock," he added. "It's a great feeling."

Gingrich wins Ga., Romney takes 6, Santorum lands 3

ATLANTA -- With a big win in his home state of Georgia, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich picks up at least 23 delegates. The remainder of Georgia's 76 delegates will be divided up under state party rules.

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Shortly after the announcement, Gingrich tweeted, "Thank you Georgia! It is gratifying to win my home state so decisively to launch our March Momentum. #MarchMo #250gas #SuperTuesday"

Top teams remain as the Final Four begins

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and the McEachern girls remain the top teams in the latest Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 poll for metro Atlanta, as the state basketball tournament heads for the Final Four.

Defending state champions Columbia and Miller Grove are 2 and 3 this week, with Westlake and Shiloh completing the boys top 5.

In the girls poll, defending state champions Wesleyan and Norcross are 2 and 3, with North Gwinnett and Hillgrove rounding out the top 5.

The Super25 polls for metro Atlanta are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11Alive.com.

Clean Commute Week continues today with "GA Walk to School Day"

Clean Commute Week continues today with "GA Walk to School Day"

Atlanta - This week (March 5-9) is officially Clean Commute Week, where the Clean Air Campaign challenges K-12 schools across the state to raise "awareness of clean commute options and to explore ways to reduce the number of idling cars in school zones."  
Monday - Ride the Bus
Tuesday- Bike or ride a scooter
Wednesday- Georgia Walk to School Day
Thursday- Carpool
Friday- Commute using any clean mode

 

The week is designed to provide Georgia schools with a platform to share the benefits of commute alternatives with their school communities and highlight clean transportation, including bus riding, biking, walking, carpooling and no idling.  These options help reduce smog-forming emissions that come from vehicle tailpipes. Schools can choose one or more green travel methods to promote throughout the week.