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Mark Your Calendars for the Marietta/Cobb Career Expo

MARIETTA, GA -- The eighth annual Marietta/Cobb Career Expo will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060).

More than 50 businesses, colleges and universities, and service organizations will be on hand to recruit during the free event.

For more information, call the Georgia Department of Labor at 770-528-6171.

Mold in Rental House Creates Concern

AUSTELL, GA --  When the 'For Rent' sign went up at 2912 Pavia Circle in Austell, neighbors were concerned.

"I don't think they really went in and did the strip out," Robert Ledbetter told the Center for Investigative Action. 

Many houses on the street remain gutted and neighbors are concerned that the house that is now up for rent may not be fit to live in. That's why we called the landlord, Kathy Edgerly, to take a look. She told us to go on in; the door was unlocked. We only told her our first name; she never asked for any more information about us.

Marietta Elementary Schools Host Kennesaw State Teaching Candidates

MARIETTA, GA -- Four Marietta City schools -- A.L. Burruss Elementary, Hickory Hills Elementary, Park Street Elementary and Sawyer Road Elementary -- are collaborating with Kennesaw State University to host a cohort of 27 teacher candidates.

53 Cobb Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Fifty-three seniors from nine Cobb County high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students now have the opportunity to compete for the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the Spring of 2011.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, a student must maintain high grades throughout high school, earn a high score on the SAT and receive a recommendation from his or her principal. Each semifinalist must meet with a school guidance counselor to complete an application that includes a written essay and details about the student's involvement in the school and the community.

Cobb's finalists are:

Allatoona High School, Acworth
Jason S. Johnston

Campbell High School, Smyrna
Joan K. Bedinger
Gabriel D. Denis
Connie M.

Free Bus Rides To/From Dobbins ARB Show

MARIETTA, GA -- Dobbins Air Reserve Base officials have finalized arrangements to provide transportation to the Wings Over Atlanta air show.

The base will fund transportation at no cost to spectators. Buses will be made available to transport all attendees to and from three locations: Cobb Galleria, Six Flags White Water and Lockheed Martin. Cobb County officials will provide support assistance at the parking lots, including comfort areas and law enforcement.

Dobbins ARB will host the open house/air show on Oct. 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. The event is free.

This year's headline flying acts are the world-famous Blue Angels, Canadian Snowbirds and the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team.

8th Annual Marietta Reads! Promotes Literacy in the Community

MARIETTA, GA -- Marietta Reads!, the Marietta City Schools (MCS) citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, celebrates its 8th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 25 in Glover Park on Marietta Square from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual Marietta Reads! event offers a variety of literacy activities -- a book fair, book costume characters, celebrity readers -- and family-friendly entertainment, including a performance by the A.L. Burruss Unity Drummers and other MCS drama, dance and chorus performances, plus a special appearance by Marietta Reads! mascot Mari-Etta.

"We are proud of the impact Marietta Reads! has had on school and community literacy," said Dr. Debra Pickett, MCS assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "Since its inception in 2003, Marietta Reads! has provided over 30,300 grade-levels books to students across the district."

Marietta Reads!

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, mobile, digital and promotion agency, this week launched an innovative Social Media Brand Ambassador practice designed to allow brands to actively engage customers, promote their products, and respond quickly to inquiries and complaints.  The agency will recruit ambassadors nationwide and engage them on behalf of clients to promote discussion and raise the level of social media conversation for specific brands.

Potential ambassadors will be chosen from a range of demographic groups, interest areas, and geographic regions.  Those interested in applying should go to www.mastermindmarketing.com.