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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.

Sewer SPLOST passes in City of Atlanta

Voters in Atlanta said yes to water and sewer line improvements.

They voted overwhelmingly in favor of the SPLOST, or special purpose local option sales tax.

Yes votes totaled 35,469 or 85% and no votes were 6,064 or 15%.

That brings the sales tax in Atlanta to 8%

GRANT PARK | Braves holding auditions for emcee, Tomahawk Team

ATLANTA -- Be part of the action during the Atlanta Braves' 2012 season by auditioning to be a Pregame Emcee or a member of the Tomahawk Team.

The Tomahawk Team performs at all home games and other events throughout the community. To qualify, a person must be high-energy and engaged, with the ability to interact with fans and perform in front of large crowds.

The Pregame Emcee hosts events on game days and serves as an on-site reporter for the "Braves on Deck Show." Someone with broadcasting experience is preferred.

Both the emcees and the Tomahawk Team members must be available for every home game during the 2012 season.

To reserve an audition spot, email braves.entertainment@braves.com no later than Friday, Mar. 9. A resume and demo reel is required for anyone interested in becoming a Pregame Emcee.

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Polls are now open across the Peach State for the Super Tuesday primary.

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There's a lot on the line for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is looking to regain momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich represented Georgia for 20 years and has been leading in state polls over Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Georgia has the most delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Gingrich has focused extensively on Georgia, spending much of last week here rather than campaigning in the other Super Tuesday states. Rivals Romney and Santorum have also dedicated time and resources in the state.

MARTA to put security cameras on buses, trains

ATLANTA -- MARTA is installing security cameras on its buses and trains.

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority on Monday approved the awarding of a contract for the installation of the cameras.

The transit authority says the camera system is designed to enhance safety and security for customers and employees. They are meant to deter criminal activity and to serve as an investigative tool for the system's police force.

MARTA plans to conduct a comprehensive public outreach campaign to educate customers about the camera program.

Camera installation will begin on MARTA's buses. All vehicles are expected to be outfitted by 2014. The $17 million camera installation project is being funded through MARTA's capital budget.


Fulton Opens Springdale Place to Provide Families with Tools for Self Sufficiency

Fulton Opens Springdale Place to Provide Families with Tools for Self Sufficiency

24-hour facility offers life skills training and educational help to assist homeless mothers in gaining and maintaining stable employment

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Zachary Williams and Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department staff officially opened the Springdale Place Comprehensive Services Center for Homeless Women with Children on February 28, 2012. 

Springdale Place does not fit the traditional description of a homeless shelter.  The County is working with other community partners to provide education and life skills programs to help homeless mothers to reach housing stability and self-sufficiency.

Where to vote on Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a Republican candidate for president, among other municipal elections.

Polls are open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 6. Voters must show a valid photo ID to cast a vote. 

To find out where to vote, visit sos.georgia.gov/mvp and fill out the "My Voter Page" information. That link will also allow you to track an absentee ballot.