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BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

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New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

ATLANTA -- The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to increase the number of students who finish college.

The board approved the "Complete College Georgia" initiative during a meeting Wednesday to address statistics showing that 42 percent of adults in the state have some kind of education past high school.

The plan calls for more cooperation between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. It also will focus on helping Georgia's public schools produce more college-ready graduates.

The plan must also be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia before it is presented to the governor's office. It is part of a $1 million grant Georgia received in August from the Complete College America Foundation.

ATLANTA: Voters say 'yes' to Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- Voters in the city of Atlanta have approved Sunday alcohol sales.

About 80 percent of the citizens who visited the polls Tuesday voted "yes" for the opportunity to buy alcohol on Sundays.

Fulton County's SPLOST, a penny sales tax that will go toward education initiatives, also passed with 64 percent of residents voting for it.

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Digital Atlanta: Free social media education for you

Digital Atlanta: Free social media education for you

Even though we're already about halfway through Digital Atlanta week, there is still an abundance of free social media and digital technology educational sessions available.  This week marked the second annual Digital Atlanta event, which is a weeklong series of free seminars, workshops, and presentations that cover a wide variety of new media and technology topics.  Whether you are a business owner, media professional, or simply a digital enthusiast, you will find something useful and interesting during Digital Atlanta.  There are also many opportunities to network and socialize with an array of individuals and companies who are passionate about digital media and who are on the cutting edge of new technologies and new media growth.

And for some extra fun and excitement, there is also the "Digital Apprentice" competition going on now where five finalist (including me) will be competing for an in-house apprenticeship at

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This Week In Cocktails, Fashion, Brunch, & Music!!

This Week In Cocktails, Fashion, Brunch, & Music!!

This week, Atlanta definitely has some interesting things going on around the city!!

So go ahead! Get into them! Click [HERE] for all things cocktails, fashion, brunch, & music this week!

89 Ga. cities vote Tuesday on Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 89 cities throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during this year's November general election.

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The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.

Food industry association president Kathy Kuzava commended city and county leaders for giving residents the option to vote on the issue.

The new law passed earlier this year allows local leaders to ask voters to decide whether to permit grocery and convenience stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

Georgia is currently one of only three states that prohibit Sunday retail alcohol sales.

The nearly 60 Metro Atlanta cities and counties holding Sunday sales referendums on Nov. 8 include:

* City of Atlanta

National Emergency Alert System Test to take place on Wednesday at 2pm

National Emergency Alert System Test to take place on Wednesday at 2pm


The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency would like to take this opportunity to inform the residents of Fulton County about the upcoming nationwide Emergency Alert System Test. 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern time.