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Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council!

MARIETTA, GA -- Wanted: One hundred middle and high school students who are passionate about ending the destructive act of teenage binge drinking.

The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council is a movement, a youth-led movement. Never before has an issue required the guts and spirit of youth to move it forward; to shake the cages of communities everywhere; to make changes, rattle adults out of complacency, and rub the sleep out of politicians' eyes so they wake up to the problem of underage binge drinking, which affects thousands of young people every day.

The Take It Back Movement is about youth power, influence and brains -- multiplied! It's about imagining a better future, telling the truth, refusing censorship, staying on the edge, creating action and generating results.

Cobb CVB Plans Family Reunion Workshop

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The Cobb County Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a free Family Reunion Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta NW/Marietta (2055 South Park Place, Atlanta, 30339). The goal of the workshop is to show attendees how to plan a reunion from start to finish without breaking the bank.

The workshop includes a "How to Plan a Family Reunion" presentation by the CVB's family reunion service specialists, and a meet and greet with hospitality industry partners who specialize in family reunions. Participants will also receive a family reunion planning kit with tips and tricks for reserving hotels, selecting venues and planning itineraries.

Admission is free to anyone who is planning a family reunion in Cobb County, but seating is limited to two guests per reunion. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Kennesaw State Honors Local Leaders, Artists

KENNESAW, GA -- The Kennesaw State University College of the Arts will present its annual Flourish Awards at the third annual Flourish Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

More than 200 guests are expected to attend the luncheon, which is anticipated to raise more than $100,000 to benefit scholarship endowments and student-learning initiatives in the KSU College of the Arts. The event's theme, "Be Inspired," spotlights the role the arts play in reinvigorating people through creative activity and new ways of looking at the world.

"At this year's luncheon, we are really highlighting our students," said Joseph Meeks, who has served as the dean of the college since its inception in 1998. "Guests will be able to experience the talent and dedication of the students through displays, videos and live performances."

The Flourish Awards honor those who have helped the arts flourish in Georgia.

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.

Cobb Restaurant Week Participants Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Thirty-two restaurants are participating in Cobb County Restaurant Week, Sept.

A Look Back at Week Two's Prep Football Predictions

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Massey Matchups predicted some of Georgia's top games last week, including Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week.

Mountain View was predicted to beat Archer 35-27 last Friday, which was reasonable considering the Bears topped the Tigers twice last season. But this was a different year and ultimately a different result. Archer proved the computer wrong, beating Mountain View 17-14.

Jobs Survey: Hiring to Slow in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga.--A new jobs survey just out this morning shows employers are less confident about the economy than just a few months ago. Hiring for the end of 2010 will be slow.

Manpower Inc. is an employment agency that measures if and when employers plan on hiring. It's considered one indication of what will happen in the local economy over the next four months.