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No MARTA Bus Service Wednesday Morning After Atlanta Snow

No MARTA Bus Service Wednesday Morning After Atlanta Snow

ATLANTA - Commuters who rely on MARTA's bus service to get around will have to wait until late Wednesday morning to find out whether or not they'll have a ride.

MARTA bus service will not be in operation during Wednesday morning's rush hour. "MARTA staff will assess street conditions throughout the overnight hours and make a determination by 11 a.m. on January 12, 2011, if some very limited bus service can be reinstated," a new release said Tuesday night.

If MARTA is able to reinstate bus service, it won't be until around noon Wednesday. "Additionally, service will end by 5 p.m. when temperatures start to drop," the news release said.

Busses have been parked since Monday morning when a winter storm struck the city of Atlanta, dumping inches of snow and some freezing rain. By Tuesday morning, roadways were covered with a slick glaze of ice and slush, making travel difficult and dangerous at times.

Georgia DOT Commissioner Defends Snow Removal; Atlanta Mayor Hires Snow Removal Contractors

Georgia DOT Commissioner Defends Snow Removal; Atlanta Mayor Hires Snow Removal Contractors

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Tuesday afternoon, approaching 48 hours since Sunday night's storm caused snow and ice to clog roads across half of Georgia, Georgia's Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith said DOT workers are doing everything humanly possible to clear all the roadways.

"To motorists who think the roads should be clear by now, what do you say to them?" 11Alive News asked Smith.

"Be patient. There will always be a sunnier day than what we've had in the past couple of days."

Commissioner Smith said DOT crews had already spread 5,300 tons of salt and 7,000 tons of gravel on icy roads, and more salt and gravel has been ordered and is on the way.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

SBA Program Boosts Small Businesses And Small Banks.

SBA Program Boosts Small Businesses And Small Banks.

   It may be one of the best federal programs you've never heard of.

   More than half a billion dollars in federally backed money opened the floodgates for hundreds of Georgia small businesses last year, thanks to an aggressively generous Small Business Administration program that cut fees and increased loan guarantees to 90%. 

   The incentives were wildly successful, providing a boost for new startups and for the banks themselves.  Nationally, the SBA-backed loans totalled more than 10-billion dollars from October to December.  The Small Business Jobs Act allowed for that three-month extension of the funding rules.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Swearing-In Ceremony

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Swearing-In Ceremony

Atlanta, GA--  The Fulton County Board of Commissioners took their oath of office this morning at a ceremony that was open to the public at the Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall.

Fulton County is governed by a 7-member Board of Commissioners. Five commissioners are elected by geographic district and two are elected countywide, including the chair.

The board consists of:

John H. Eaves, Chairman, District 1 (at-large)

Robert L. “Robb” Pitts, District 2 (at-large)

Liz Hausmann, District 3

Tom Lowe, District 4

Emma I. Darnell, District 5

Joan P. Garner, District 6

William “Bill” Edwards, District 7

Metro Atlanta Home Values Sink to 2000 Levels

Metro Atlanta Home Values Sink to 2000 Levels

ATLANTA -- The S&P Case-Shiller Index, released last week, shows home sale prices in Metro Atlanta are where they were 10 years ago.

A trip to one in-town neighborhood highlights the slipping values.

A tidy, freshly painted craftsman style bungalow sits across the street from the Zoo Atlanta with a sweeping view of the park. It's prime real estate for Grant Park, but the value of this house, like many houses across Metro Atlanta, has been steadily falling. Owners bought the home in 2002 for $266,500 but Fulton County tax records appraise it today at just $230,000, an $80,000 drop in value from 2009.

Sliding home values have landed Metro Atlanta back where it was exactly a decade ago. Whatever you paid for your house then is hopefully what you can get for it now.

Repeal Of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Celebrated in Atlanta.

Repeal Of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Celebrated in Atlanta.

   Just a week ago, few people gave the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" a chance of passing this year.  But Wednesday, seemingly against the odds, President Barack Obama signed the controversial measure into law. 

   For gays in the military it is an historic victory.

   Wednesday night at Manuel's Tavern in Poncey-Highland an enthusiastic crowd turned out to celebrate a political victory that will forever change the nation's military.