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Superintendent Hosts Coffee Talk at Burruss Elementary

MARIETTA, GA -- Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck will host Coffee Talk, a community dialogue, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at A.L. Burruss Elementary School (235 Manning Road, Marietta, 30064).

Coffee Talk provides parents and community members an opportunity for discussion about topics of interest and importance in the school system.

"The primary focus of these community dialogues is to provide our parents and guardians, and the community at large, with updates on school district accomplishments, strategic initiatives and our progress overall," said Dr. Lembeck. "Ongoing communication and dialogue with the community continues to be one of my goals."

For more upcoming Superintendent events, visit the MCS website.

Pinkberry Hosts Job Auditions in Marietta

MARIETTA, GA -- Pinkberry, a West Hollywood-based frozen yogurt shop, is searching for enthusiastic "Swirlers" for its newest location in East Cobb, which is set to open in mid-October.

To be hired, job seekers must attend one of Pinkberry's auditions. Audition dates include:

* Monday, Sept. 27 to Wednesday. Sept. 29 at 6:00 p.m. (please arrive at 5:45 p.m. to fill out paperwork)
* Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m. (please arrive at 1:45 p.m. to fill out paperwork)

Auditions are being held at the site of the new location at Merchants Walk (1281 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 108, Marietta, 30068).

Candidates must email their résumés and the audition date they plan to attend to the store.

Week 5 Massey Matchups Predictions

FAYETTEVILLE, GA -- Starr's Mill at Whitewater handily won Game of the Week with 65 percent of the vote, but will it turn out to be the closest contest? Massey Matchups lets us know.

 The Region 3-4A Division B matchup should have playoff implications for the undefeated Starr's Mill Panthers and the one-loss Wildcats. Both teams are undefeated in their region since Whitewater's lone loss came at the hands of defending 4A champ Sandy Creek, who is now in 3A.  

The two teams are expected to play to a 20-20 draw. But if the game were at Starr's Mill's place or on a neutral field, Massey Matchups gives Starr's Mill the edge.

Team Ford, Local Community Raise Up to $6,000 for Walton High School

MARIETTA, GA -- Ford Motor Company and Team Ford of Marietta are partnering to help raise money in support of Walton High School as part of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program.

Members of the local Marietta community will have the opportunity to raise up to $6,000 for the Auto Technology program by test driving a Ford vehicle at Walton High School (1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, 30062) on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For every person who test drives a 2011 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid or Sport, Mustang or Fiesta, Team Ford of Marietta will donate $20 to the school's program.

"We're excited to help raise money for Walton High School and, at the same time, introduce parents, teenagers and other drivers to the high quality lineup and innovative safe technologies," said Carl Yarber at Team Ford of Marietta.

Cobb Patrol Cars Run On Propane, Save Money

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County has found a way to save money and keep providing the same public safety services. They're using stimulus money to change patrol cars from gas guzzlers to propane guzzlers. County officials say Police and Sheriff patrol cars will be able to travel as much as 300 more miles between fill ups.

For most Cobb County police officers their day starts at the gas pump. But that will change for many of them. They may only have to do it once every few days and they won't have to cut back on mileage or patrols.

Their patrol cars are turning over from gasoline to propane. Using a federal stimulus grant, the county is fitting propane tanks in the trunks of patrol cars. "It will still have a gasoline tank," said Virgil Moon of Cobb County Support Services. "It will run 75 percent of the time on propane and 25 percent on gasoline."

Volunteers to Clean Sections of Chattahoochee River

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, Sept. 25, more than 300 volunteers will converge on the Chattahoochee River to participate in the world's largest one-day volunteer event: the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.

Associates from the Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Delta Airlines will join forces with Atlanta-area residents to remove trash and other debris from the Chattahoochee River at Columns Drive, Marietta; Johnson Ferry North, Marietta; Powers Island, Sandy Springs; and Sope Creek, Sandy Springs. The Coca-Cola Company has supported the ICC for the past 15 years; two years ago, Coca-Cola donated $1 million to the effort.

Last year, the ICC gathered about 7.4 million pounds of debris from more than 500,000 volunteers in 45 U.S. states and 108 countries.

The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m on Saturday and last until 1:00 p.m.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 5

GAINESVILLE, GA -- All of the Under Armour Athlete of the Week candidates played a huge part in their respective teams' wins. Whether it was complete domination or a last-minute score, this week's athletes had impressive performances.

A.J. Johnson dominated in Gainesville's 20-13 win over rival North Hall. Johnson, who committed to Tennessee just before the game, is always big on defense for the Red Elephants, but the linebacker also made a big impact from the unlikely quarterback position.

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller made the call to line Johnson up at quarterback and the senior player spent the game bulldozing players en route to 192 yards on 17 carries. Johnson also scored all three of the Red Elephants' touchdowns.