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Cobb County bus transit plan in jeopardy

Cobb County bus transit plan in jeopardy

MARIETTA, Ga. -– Since last November's stunning announcement that the Atlanta Braves would move to a new Cobb County stadium in 2017, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee has enjoyed near unanimous support for anything related to the project from his fellow commissioners.

Now a majority of them have broken with him over a transportation-related proposal.

The idea of a Bus Rapid Transit system from Atlanta to Kennesaw was one of several projects rejected by voters when they defeated an extra penny sales tax for specific transportation projects two years ago, known as the TSPLOST.

Now Lee wants the bus system resurrected, pointing out it will go right by the new Braves stadium location.

Newt and Callista Gingrich to appear at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Newt and Callista Gingrich to appear at FoxTale Book Shoppe

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is pleased to welcome Callista and Newt Gingrich on Friday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

"We're excited!" FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said. "Let's give them a hometown welcome that will keep them coming back!"

Callista's newest children's book, Yankee Doodle Dandy educates and entertains as Ellis the Elephant experiences the American Revolution. With beautiful illustrations and charming rhymes, Yankee Doodle Dandy is a must read for young and old alike who want to know how America became a free and independent nation.

"FoxTale will also have Sweet Land of Liberty and Land of the Pilgrims' Pride available for purchase and signing," Ward said.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

Romney: Overturning health care law 'right thing'

Romney: Overturning health care law 'right thing'

ATLANTA -- Mitt Romney says he hopes the Supreme Court does "the right thing" and strikes down President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells donors at a fundraising reception in Atlanta that the health care law hurts small businesses and costs too much.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the law's constitutionality later this month.

Romney said Monday that he hopes the justices, in his words, "do the right thing and turn this thing down."

As Massachusetts governor, Romney signed into law a measure that forces state residents to purchase health insurance. The so-called individual mandate is at the heart of the Supreme Court case.

The Romney campaign says it raised more than $3 million Monday night in Georgia.

Upcoming Cobb County town hall meetings aim to keep residents informed

Upcoming Cobb County town hall meetings aim to keep residents informed

Cobb County - Chairman Tim Lee will host a town hall meeting in each of the four commission districts within the next few months. Residents are invited to attend any, or all, of the meetings to hear firsthand about progress being made around the county.

Monday, Feb. 13, District One
West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs

Wednesday, March 21, District Two
Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna

Tuesday, April 10, District Three
Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

Monday, May 14, District Four
Lions Club Drive Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.