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County Commissioners Vote Down building of a Controversial Crematory in a Tucker Neighborhood

Atlanta, GA-- (AP) Earlier this month, dozens of neighborhood residents cheered the Gwinnett County planning commission's rejection of the proposed crematory. The Bill Head Funeral Home applied for a special-use permit that would allow the business to construct a 436-square-foot incinerator that would sit about 100 feet from several homes and within a half-mile of 17 subdivisions.


Residents told the panel that they were concerned about the potential odor and that they feared a crematory would negatively affect their property values and emit toxins. Some experts have said such fears are unfounded.

The county's planning department has also recommended denial of the application.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)




Hip Hop station Hot 107.9 will stop the music today from 7pm to 9pm to present “Bullying is Not Hot"

Atlanta, GA-- In the wake of terrible teen-on-teen violence that has shaken the Atlanta community, Hot 107.9 is tuening off the music and holding a forum on bullying and teen violence.  From 7pm -9pm the radio station wil stop playing music and will engage its audience in a conversation that is aimed at saving lives.

This effort to raise awareness on bullying will feature a panel of guests including; Atlanta Police Officer James Polite, local school guidance counselors, Monique Rivarde (mother of 18 yr old Bobby Tillman who was recently bullied to death) and several students who have been bullied by their peers.   Additionally national recording artists and celebrities including Neyo, Queen Latifah, Jazmine Sullivan, Jamie Foxx, Ray J and Diddy will all have a special message on the topic in hopes that students will understand the seriousness of this issue. 

Hot 107.9 “Bullying is not Hot”

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Keep America Beautiful(KAB) Celebrates 11/15 as America Recycles Day!

Atlanta,GA--  More than 2,500* local community-based events will be held November 15 this year across the nation. America Recycles Day activities include collection drives, educational presentations, employee awareness events, displays, tours contests and other recycling awareness activities.

Keep America Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. With a national network of nearly 1,000 local affiliates and participating organizations, KAB combines education with hands-on stewardship to address the needs of communities on an intensely local and effective level. www.kab.org

2 teen science superstars from Gwinnett County named Regional Winners of Siemens Competition

Atlanta, GA--  Sten Chen and Tim Wu, teen science superstars from Gwinnett County were just named Regional Winners of the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at Georgia Tech. They received a $6,000 scholarship and will move on to the Competition’s National Finals in Washington, DC where they can earn a $100K award. The team was selected for their cutting edge math research, which has the potential to expose security flaws in Internet financial transactions and may provide solutions to major open problems in number theory.

Students and Parents Encouraged to Attend College Fair on Tuition Assistance

Atlanta, GA--  Councilman Aaron Watson and School Board member, Yolanda Johnson have teamed up with The Scholarship Academy in an effort to help Atlanta students and parents secure funding for college.  The "I am College Material" Fair will take place on Wednesday 11/17 from 4pm-8pm at the Atrium in Atlanta City Hall.

The Federal Pell Grant and Georgia HOPE are both facing major shortages in the coming years, and the councilman want families to start planning now for their educational futures.

The Scholarship Academy is a local nonprofit scholarship preparatory program that has launched this "I am College Material" Scholarship Fair.  

The event will introduce “average students” to the private scholarship application process.

Visit the Green Products EXPO, in conjunction with One DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, on 11/17

Atlanta, GA--  The Green Commission of DeKalb County and Commissioner Kathie Gannon invite all citizens to join them at a Green Products EXPO, in conjunction with One DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, on Saturday, Nov 13, 2010, 9am – 12:00pm, at Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston campus.

The Green Expo is an opportunity for DeKalb County residents to learn the latest information about environmentally friendly products and services.  Twenty seven local companies and non-profit organizations that help consumers save energy, conserve natural resources and use recycled materials will demonstrate their products and services. There will also be a document shredder on site for the public.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts a Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition 11/30

Atlanta, GA--  As part of its December Green Holiday Program, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) will host a Sustainable Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. Designers (Kid designers and professionals welcome) will create environmentally-friendly houses out of edible materials that highlight sustainability and green building design. 

At least three sustainable building elements must be included in the design of the gingerbread house, such as solar panels, rain barrels, green roof, windmills, etc. Participants may use a traditional gingerbread recipe, a recipe for dog biscuits, bird seed cakes, or any other edible product. (Suggested recipes can be found on www.gwinnettEHC.org.) The structure can also include birdseed, pinecones, leaves, twigs… anything from nature.