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Atlanta Increases Entertainment Footprint

Watch as we head to the Georgia Entertainment Association's annual holiday party to learn about what new things are happening in the entertainment field. Why is 2012 a great year to be in the entertainment industry in Atlanta? Watch and find out! For more great stories like this one head to http://www.conntv.com/

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.

Nurse donates kidney to patient she barely knew

DECATUR, Ga - An Emory nurse provided more than the usual care for a 23-year-old patient when she offered to donate her kidney.

Allison Batson spent two years on the transplant floor of Emory University Hospital before her encounter with Clay Taber, a recent Auburn University graduate who fell sick one day after his 22nd birthday.

"I was at sick one day at home and my mom was at the grocery store trying to find something I could eat," said Taber. "They called her from the hospital and said Clay needs to get to the Emergency Room, he's in kidney failure."

Although she wasn't his primary nurse, Batson felt an instant connection with the college grad.

"It really touched my heart because I have children that are his age," said Batson. "We really connected."

After it was determined that Taber's mother and others in his family couldn't qualify to donate their organs, Batson offered hers.

Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

 

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, Milton High School will host a Run for Cover 5K which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Run organizers are asking participants to bring new or gently used articles of winter clothing or some type of non-perishable food item to be donated to North Fulton County charities. Registration for the run costs $25 and registration will be held on site. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

DEKALB | Grand jury returns indictment against gang

DEKALB | Grand jury returns indictment against gang

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County grand jury has returned an indictment against eight members of a suspected gang.

The DeKalb County prosecutors' office said Thursday that 66 criminal charges were filed against Tiunta Battle, Diamond Brooks, Paul Cargile, Larry Little, Demario Middlebrooks, Eureon Phillips, Titus Seals and Monquavious Thomas.

Prosecutors said they were members of the "2100 Gang."

The charges include armed robbery, solicitation to commit murder, false imprisonment, cruelty to children and aggravated assault of elderly victims. Attorneys for the suspects could not immediately be located.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said the gang "terrorized the community at large with a malicious intent to rob, steal and kill in DeKalb County."