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Georgia 400 toll revenue to go to statewide transportation projects

Georgia 400 toll revenue to go to statewide transportation projects

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded more than $74 million in new construction contracts across the state.

One much-needed improvement for Metro Atlanta will be the construction of northbound ramps at the intersection of Georgia 400 and I-85 on the city's north side.

Work on the long-awaited ramps will begin this summer and is scheduled to conclude by January 2013. Archer Western Contractors, LTD, of Atlanta will perform the project, which is being funded by Georgia 400 toll revenues.

Once in operation, the new ramps will offer southbound Georgia 400 drivers direct access to northbound I-85, and similar access to northbound Georgia 400 from southbound I-85.

"This project will improve the functionality of both Georgia 400 and I-85," said transportation commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr.

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Cobb school board hires new superintendent

Cobb school board hires new superintendent

Cobb County, GA-- In a special called meeting Sunday afternoon, school board members unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Michael Hinojosa as the new superintendent.

Notably absent was boardmember David Banks who said he planned to vote against his peers' choice.  He said he was unable to attend Sunday's meeting because he only found out about it on Wednesday and was already scheduled to be out of town.

As boardmembers voted a small group of critics held protest signs and jeered the decision.

"We will vote you out of office for doing this.  You're doing this under the table without any feedback from the community," chided Cobb County resident Joyce Schumacher.  

Things to Avoid When Holding an Open House

This weekend was national open house weekend. I had the opportunity to see an open house go wrong in a million dollar neighborhood, so I'm going to share some pointers to help your open house go smoothly.

1. Ensure that there are no malfunctions with the home. A defective air conditioner ruins the experience for everyone including the agent. You do not want the agent to be in a bad mood!

2. Have an agent who will not push prizes, giveaways, or follow prospective buyers as they look at the house. The idea is to make everyone comfortable and the way to do that is by making all information readilly available and be available to answer questions.

3. Have drinks and/or snacks on hand, especially on a hot afternoon. At a minimum, bottles icewater and soda is a must.

Red Velvet Event Planners Launches in Atlanta

Red Velvet Event Planners Launches in Atlanta

Congratulations goes out to Helena Paschal for launching her new girly company called, Red Velvet Event Planners. I was invited out to Cobb Galleria yesterday where the festivities took place and it was too Pinkalicious! It was definitely a red carpet party!

Paschal looked gorg with her signature red dress and matching stilettos. She welcomed guest as they arrived and then directed them to browse around and see what the company has to offer. There were samplings,workshops, party favor ideas,photo booths, cake designers,floral designers,decorators, caterers and more at the event. My son and I had a fun time sampling all the small bites and desserts, oh my!

To red and see more pics: http://talkingwithtami.com/red-velvet-event-planners-launches-in-atlanta

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BEAT EARN POINT IN SCORELESS TIE ON THE ROAD

BEAT EARN POINT IN SCORELESS TIE ON THE ROAD

CHESTER, PA  - The Atlanta Beat (1-6-1) of Women's Professional Soccer earned a point on the road Saturday night when they tied the Philadelphia Independence 0-0 at Widener University.

 Atlanta Beat goalkeeper Allison Whitworth made her first start since the season opener and came up with a huge first half.  Not only did she save a strong shot from Philly's Tasha Kai in the ninth minute, but she also saved Lianne Sanderson's rocket in the 12th and penalty kick in the 45th.

 Offensively in the first half, Beat forward Meghan Lenczyk got a shot off in the third minute from 12 yards out and again in the 13th from the corner of the six yard box.

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is facing yet another day under a Code Orange smog alert on Sunday.

Under code orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged exposure during late afternoon or early evening hours when ozone concentrations are at their highest.

Motorists are advised to fill their tanks up early in the day, as later in the day, fill-ups can contribute to the additional ozone in the air. If you can at all avoid driving, you're advised to take mass transit to get to where you need to go, which will also lessen the smog in the air.

Temperatures in Metro Atlanta are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index figures approaching 100. Those conditions will continue to promote smoggy skies across the area through the weekend.

Charter school meeting slated for today

Charter school meeting slated for today

ATLANTA - The first meeting of the state Education and Youth Special Sub-Committee meets today to address the Georgia Supreme Court ruling striking down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

State Sen. Fran Millar (D-Dunwoody) will chair the meeting 10:00 a.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, in Room 450.

In a 5-4 decision last month, Georgia Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which has the authority to grant charter school petitions.

The decision put Commission-chartered schools in limbo. An estimated 15,000 children attend those schools.

"Okay. I really don't know where to start," said Art Teacher Sophia Alston as she walks into her empty classroom atImagine Marietta Charter School. Alston and everyone else at the school must now pack everything for good. The school is closing as of June 30 after five years in operation.