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Cobb County's Mules Moving to Canada

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Jack and Jill ran up a bill for the taxpayers of Cobb County.

After more than a year, they and their gear have amounted to quite a bounty.

A $78,000 bill to be exact.

That's what Cobb County taxpayers have spent thus far to buy, house and feed this rustic pair of mules since August of 2009.

The mules were supposed to become the centerpieces of a living history experience for school children on the old Hyde Farm property. The county also bought off Lower Roswell Road in East Cobb County; but 14 months later, the joint deal between Cobb County and the National Park Service has yet to become a reality and could be at least another year away.

Cobb County will keep the farm property, which is being used by scouting and other groups, but Jack and Jill were being stabled clear across the county on some land near Powder Springs at a cost of about $1,200 a month.

Top Deals: Kids Eat Free & 60% off Marietta Museum of History

ATLANTA -- You can cash in on two kids eat free deals on Mondays in Metro Atlanta, see Secretariat and get a soft drink for $5, save more than half on pet apparel and get a will prepared for $99.

You can also snag a deal to save 60 percent off the price of admission to the Marietta Museum of History.  Check out those deals and more in the top deals of the day on Atlanta.Momslikeme.com

Court Won't Move Trial in Auburn Student's Slaying

OPELIKA, AL -- The Alabama Supreme Court has denied a motion to move the capital murder trial for Courtney L. Lockhart in the slaying of Auburn University student Lauren Burk out of Lee County.

The justices filed an order Thursday, denying a defense motion to move the trial.

The 25-year-old Lockhart, of Smiths Station, faces trial for capital murder during a kidnapping, capital murder during an attempted rape and capital murder during a robbery for the death of Burk, of Marietta, Ga., on March 4, 2008.

Defense lawyers say extensive media attention over the slaying of the Auburn freshman has tainted the jury pool, denying their client a fair trial in Lee County.

Barnes' Daughter, Granddaughters in Crash

MARIETTA, GA -- Gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes' daughter and two grandchildren were hospitalized after a serious traffic accident Sunday afternoon.

According to Cobb County police, Allison Barnes Salter was driving her family in a minivan northbound on Old Mountain Road. Police say 17-year-old Mario Zuniga was driving his Porsche Boxster in the opposite direction. According to the incident report, Zuniga crossed into the northbound lanes while trying to take a curve and collided with Salter's van head-on just after noon.

Police say he was going faster than the posted 30 m.p.h speed limit.

Zuniga had to be extricated from his 2002 Boxster and was airlifted in critical condition to Atlanta Medical Center. A 16-year-old passenger, who's a student at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for injuries described as non-life-threatening. Zuniga is a former student from Mount Paran.

Kaiser Permanente Kicks Off Fall Influenza Campaign

Atlanta, GA (Kaiser Permanente of Georgia) -- On October 9th, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia will kick off its fall influenza campaign by offering flu shots at no charge to its members in metro Atlanta on Flu Shot Saturday.

The flu shots will be given on a first come, first served basis at select Kaiser Permanente locations from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Non-members who are caregivers to Kaiser Permanente members can also receive a flu shot for $25. However, the member must be present at the time the non-member requests the vaccine.

Start! Walking for Better Heart Health

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb residents will take steps to improve their heart health on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they participate in the American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk.

The signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association since 1994, the Start! Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. Last year, more than one million walkers raised over $106 million in 425 Start! Heart Walks across the country.

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers in the country, respectively. Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease; that's an average of one death every 37 seconds.

A leading risk for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has also found that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.

Cobb County's Start! Heart Walk will take place at Marietta Square.

Marietta Burn Ban Lifted

MARIETTA, GA -- Time to dust off that rake and get to work on those fallen leaves: the 2010-2011 burn season has begun.

The City of Marietta offers some rules and tips for burning yard debris:

* Consider wind and weather conditions before burning

* With the exception of recreational burns, only twigs, leaves and pine straw should be burned

* The burn must be 50 feet from a structure

* There must be a water hose by the fire

* The fire must be attended by an adult at all times

* Debris cannot be burned before 10:00 a.m., and all fires must be extinguished one hour before sunset

* Each day prior to burning, contact Marietta Fire Prevention at 770-794-5466 for a new permit number; if you don't know on Friday that you will burn over the weekend, call and leave a message saying that you intend to burn

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