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Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A debate over retail sales of alcohol on Sundays erupted during Monday's Atlanta City Council meeting.

The council voted Sept. 6 to put local-option legislation passed by the General Assembly on the November election ballot. If Atlanta residents vote yes, supermarkets, convenience stores and liquor stores would be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

At the time, council members believed the referendum could be put on the ballot at little or no cost to the city because there was going to be an election anyway.

But since then, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections has informed the city that its services in conducting the referendum won't be free.

Monday's debate was the second such incident in three weeks.

The council voted 9-1 to pay the county up to $17,050 for the Sunday sales vote, but not before Councilman C.T.

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11Alive is first local television station listed on GetGlue

ATLANTA -- 11Alive newscasts are becoming more interactive. Viewers can now check in to the live television broadcasts, thanks to a new, first-of-its kind relationship with GetGlue.

CHECK IN: 11Alive Newscasts on GetGlue

The social network gives its users the opportunity to check in to television shows, music, movies and books, much like Foursquare allows people to check in to physical locations. GetGlue's check-ins can be shared within the network's community and on Facebook and Twitter.

Not So Big House Principles Apply to Remodeling Projects of all Sizes

Free Educational Program on Oct. 15   The concept or movement of “Not So Big House” has entered the mainstream, but what is it and who started it? Well, what it is not about is tiny houses for everyone, or a creed of bad design in favor of tiny energy bills.   The No So Big House philosophy, in fact, embraces architectural style across the spectrum, and is a concept dedicated to homes of all … well, most sizes. It can be described as an anti-McMansion sort of trend, but it is much more positive than that.   This is a direction in home design and construction championed by Sarah Susanka, an architect by trade, that emphasizes the concept of home as haven, in scale and proportion to need, a welcoming, comfortable, usable place where space is used according to purpose, rooms flow together with subtle delineations -- well-built, light-filled and energy-efficient.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Moxie

ADOPT A PET: Meet Moxie

 ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Moxie is a one-year-old terrier mix who needs affection and is searching for a family. People commonly mistake Ms. Moxie for a “big and bad” dog but she’s pretty much, just an oversized lap dog. According to the Humane Society, Moxie enjoys physical affection and takes well to women.

Drive First - Great Hang Up Campaign

Drive First - Great Hang Up Campaign

ATLANTA -11Alive is committed to the Great Hang Up campaign which is why we continue to bring you new ideas to help keep you and your family safe on the road.

Sprint has released a new app for your smart phone that will disable the phone while you drive.

"Go to Sprint.com forward slash'Drive First'," Kristen Wallace of Sprint said, as she demonstrated how it works.

However, that wasn't good enough for us. We needed to put it to the test.

The app is supposed to disable the phone after you go over 10 miles per hour. It tracks your progress by tracking the phone from cell towers.

Also, if you make a phone call and then drive, the app will disconnect your call.

After a few start-up hiccups, on our test drive, it worked! You can disable the app or bypass it to call 911 while you're moving.