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'Midnight in the Garden' author to hold discussion

'Midnight in the Garden' author to hold discussion

ATLANTA -- John Berendt, author of the bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, will hold a panel discussion at Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell House next week.

Berendt's nonfiction book, about a Savannah murder case, is still the New York Times' longest-running bestseller, more than two decades after it was published. The upcoming talk will reveal new ways fans can experience the story.

The panel will be Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and will be moderated by Atlanta Magazine columnist Rich Eldredge.

Visit atlantahistorycenter.com for more information.

The Margaret Mitchell House is located at 990 Peachtree Street NE.

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Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

The defense rested its case in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal trial on Tuesday.

Judge Jerry Baxter announced closing arguments will begin on March 19.

Jurors have listened to testimony for six months now. The trial began back in August 2014.

Twelve former APS educators are accused of cheating on standardized tests in 2009.

Paul Share promoted to Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

Paul Share promoted to Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

ATLANTA -- Turnaround professional Paul Share has been promoted to a Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie Inc. Based in the firm’s Atlanta office, he specializes in interim management and financial turnaround roles for private equity portfolio companies among a number of other industries.  This announcement was made by Van E. Conway, CEO and president of Conway MacKenzie Inc.

Arts Festival yields to Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

Arts Festival yields to Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- The conflict between two festivals over Piedmont Park is over – and the smaller festival, the Atlanta Arts Festival, has stepped aside to let Music Midtown have the date it wanted. Music Midtown will take place the weekend of September 19, 2015. The Arts Festival takes place the following weekend of September 26.

Music Midtown is the big money, high profile and high decibel music festival that sought a permit in January for Piedmont Park. But when it applied, it found that the Atlanta Arts Festival had applied in November for the same weekend – and a city ordinance suggested that the first applicant got first preference.

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Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.