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Voter education available for Fulton County residents

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Voter Education is an essential non-partisan comprehensive approach to providing the citizens of Fulton County with vital information and data to enhance the voter experience.

The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with civic, business and religious organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-7020 or by fax 404-730-7024.

Fulton County voter educators will be at the following community events:

September 13 – 8 a.m.

Community Engagement - Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta

September 16 – 5 p.m.

Big Bethel AME Church Get Out the Vote Summit, 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta

September 17 – 10 a.m.

Constitution Day

Herzig University, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1003, Atlanta

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Voter registration deadline is October 6

Voter registration deadline is October 6

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The deadline to register to vote in the November 4 General Election is Monday, October 6.

Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

“We have seen increased activity in new registrations," said Richard Barron, Director of Fulton county Registration and Elections. “We want to ensure that everyone that wishes to participate is given the opportunity to do so."

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

1) Fulton County Government Center (130 Peachtree Street, SW, Suite 2186 Atlanta)

Restaurant brokers to speak in Atlanta

Restaurant brokers to speak in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two restaurant industry experts are scheduled to speak at two Atlanta coffee shops this month.

Eric and Robin Gagnon are the authors of Appetite for Acquisition, a guide to buying existing restaurants.

According to the Gagnons' publisher, Tate Publishing, six out of every 10 startup restaurants fail. Appetite for Acquisition claims to provide wannabe restaurateurs with the tools that lead to more profit and a better return on investment.

The Gagnons will be at Inman Perk on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., and at Octane Coffee's west Midtown location on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1  p.m. to 3 p.m.

Inman Perk is located at 240 North Highland Avenue, while Octane's address is 1009 Marietta Street NW.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Parents urged to provide homework support

Parents urged to provide homework support

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As the school year moves into high gear, the Fulton County Office of Children and Youth urges parents to help children to transition successfully into their new school year by playing an active role in their children’s education.  The U.S. Department of Education reports that homework helps children to gain an edge by providing extra time for research, development of study skills and time management skills.

“Homework helps children to remember and master material that has already been presented in the classroom and assists them with preparation for future classroom activities,” said Melinda Pruitt, Division Manager for the Office of Children and Youth. Homework allows children to achieve the following skills:

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer: