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Several roads to close Sunday for Publix Ga. Marathon

Several roads to close Sunday for Publix Ga. Marathon

ATLANTA -- A number of Atlanta roads will be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday because of the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.

Get a full list of road closures.

Both the marathon and the half marathon begin and end in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The race course winds through several of Atlanta's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods, including Decatur, Druid Hills, Inman Park, Midtown, Sweet Auburn and Virginia-Highland.

Atlanta, Athens hit record high temperatures

Atlanta, Athens hit record high temperatures

ATLANTA -- Forecasters say a few areas in Georgia broke decades-old weather records as a heat wave continues in the state.

WIZOMETER | 7 day forecast | Hour by hour temperatures

The National Weather Service says Atlanta, Columbus and Athens had record highs on Thursday. Macon reached 86 degrees to tie a previous record set in 1977.

Atlanta had a high of 82 degrees, barely eclipsing the mark of 81 degrees that was set in 1973. Columbus and Athens each had highs of 85 degrees.

Columbus beat a previous high of 83 degrees in 1989, and Athens ended a 91-year record of 84 degrees in 1921.

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.

Fulton County Presents Two More Tax Exemption Information Workshops for Seniors

Fulton County Presents Two More Tax Exemption Information Workshops for Seniors

Workshops will be held on March 20 and 27

The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department’s Office of Housing and Community Development and the Fulton County Tax Assessors Office will host “Home Sweet Home” Important Tax Exemption Information for Seniors on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The Workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive; Sandy Springs, GA  30328.

The second workshop will be held from 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility located at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., SE Atlanta, GA  30312

The workshops cover the following topics:

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

First and foremost we have strong storms across N Georgia tonight. As of 1am nothing is severe, but don't be surprised if another warning pops up tonight..... That last storm in Forsyth and Hall was on its way down when the NWS issued the warning, I doubt there will be any reports of damage from it. We can expect storms to continue to propagate towards the south tonight, but the main source of energy is now gone.... Which is what this blog is all about.

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Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Strong storms continue across parts of N Georgia. Right now the strongest storms are located in Paulding and Douglas counties. There is also a strong storm that just popped up in N Fulton county by Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The only reports we have been getting have been from some small hail and heavy rain. Other than that the only  other threat from these storms will be lightning. Motion is towards the SE at around 25 mph and shold start to wind down once the sun starts to go down.

 

We will continue to monitor the storms this afternoon and let you know through the blog what is going on. For more updates follow me on facebook and twitter:

Fulton County Youth to Promote Healthy Lifestyles during Healthy Habits Fair

Fulton County Youth to Promote Healthy Lifestyles during Healthy Habits Fair

Event to feature fitness demonstrations, healthy cooking demonstrations and promotion of Urban Gardening

The Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy for Boys (YLAB) will host a Healthy Habits Fair on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  The event will be held from noon until 3:00 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road; College Park, GA 30349. 

The goals of the Healthy Habits Fair are:
• Increase health awareness of Fulton County residents by providing health screenings, education materials and demonstrations.
• Introduce the Healthy Habits DVD created by the Fulton County YLAB “Leadership Fellows,” which helps youth understand the benefits of healthy habits and the connection between individual behavior and environmental influences on health and wellness.
• Motivate Fulton County residents to make positive behavior changes related to maintaining good health.