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U.S. 10K Classic Draws Thousands to Cobb


COBB COUNTY, GA -- The sun came up on a perfect racing morning on Labor Day as more than 11,000 people gathered at the starting line of the 17th annual U.S. 10K Classic.

It was cool for the start of the race, which combines four different sports in one event.

Cyclists, inline skaters, wheelchair racers, runners and walkers started their races about five minutes apart, beginning at 7:15 a.m.

"I just get excited by the bikes and inline skates," said Carol Lewis. "The wheelchairs are what overwhelm me the most, seeing what those guys can do."

Over the past 17 years, the race has raised more than $5 million for 28 children's charities, including the World Children's Center, which will be ready to open in Haralson County next year.

Coca Cola Enterprises Headquarters to Stay in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The good news for Atlanta is the headquarters for the new Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is staying put.

The not-so-good news is that once it completes its $13 billion transaction with The Coca-Cola Co., CCE will go from 70,000 employees to 13,000 employees. And CCE's workforce in Atlanta will go from 3,500 employees to about 100.

The other 3,400 employees will join Coca-Cola. About 10 CCE employees will be transferred to CCE's European headquarters near London.

Expected to close in the fourth quarter, the transaction will mean CCE will go from being the world's largest Coca-Cola bottler to becoming the world's third-largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products.

Atlanta Braces for Big Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA -- A weekend off is about to go on the books in big numbers. Labor Day Weekend has become one of Atlanta's busiest holidays. Several big events will bring in thousands of visitors and more than $60 million. Here's a rundown of this weekend's biggest events:

DragonCon events run Friday through Monday, including a parade down Peachtree on Saturday at 10 a.m. A Georgia State University study showed the event brought in $25 million in 2008. About 30,000 people are expected to attend this year.

Lawrenceville Match-Up Tops Game of the Week Voting

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- There are plenty of great games this weekend, but one contest was a runaway winner for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week. Fans chose Archer at Mountain View with 57.8 percent of the vote.

Archer and Mountain View face off in a battle of new programs. Both schools are playing their first full varsity season. Mountain View went 4-0 against varsity competition last season and Archer finished 1-2.

Both teams are currently at 0-1. Archer lost to Duluth 21-17 and Mountain View lost to Central Gwinnett 24-17.

Marietta Man Arrested for Drug Possession

ACWORTH, GA -- A Cherokee Sheriff's deputy patrolling Bells Ferry Rd. near Hwy 92 Thursday night stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the deputy discovered multiple violations, which led to the arrest of the driver, Tony Clark, 40, of Texarkana, AR, and both passengers, David Dejerinett, 31, of Marietta, GA and Evelyn Fitts, 31, of Jefferson, TX.

In addition to locating small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine, deputies discovered numerous items in the vehicle, including substances used to manufacture meth. It is believed the suspects were transporting the items to a meth lab. CMANS agents were called to the scene to investigate the incident.

All three suspects are in custody without bond at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center. Clark was charged with Driving without a License, Unauthorized Use of a License Plate, No Tag Light, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

City of Marietta Will Purchase Much-Needed Fire Truck

MARIETTA, GA -- City Manager Bill Bruton has announced Marietta will be able to purchase a much-needed ladder truck for the Marietta Fire Department and praised city employees for their efforts that made this possible.

"The city budget has been extremely tight during the last three years as we all work to deal with the national recession. City departments have cut an average of 25 percent from their operating budgets, we have approximately 40 fewer employees, and our funding for vehicles and equipment has been reduced by 75 percent," Bruton said. "Despite this situation, we asked the departments to do everything they could to save additional dollars from their approved budgets so that we would be able to replace an aging 1984 aerial ladder fire truck, police protective vests and a sanitation truck."

Atlanta Bread Among Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Options

SMYRNA, GA -- In the recently released 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey, which included 136 national restaurant chains, Atlanta Bread received top five distinctions in two key categories.

The survey's more than 6,500 participants voted Atlanta Bread among the top five large chains (places with less than 5,000 locations) in the Healthy Options and Facilities categories. This is the second straight year that Atlanta Bread placed among the top five chains in these two categories.