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MIDTOWN | Atlanta tennis tourney slated for shopping center

ATLANTA (AP) - City officials say the Atlanta Tennis Championships will be played next summer on courts to be constructed at Atlantic Station, a residential and shopping district in the city's midtown area.

The tournament's stadium court, where the top matches are played, will be constructed in the district's Central Park, where a Christmas Tree is currently located.

Andy Roddick and former Georgia star John Isner have already committed to the event.

Bleachers seating 4,000 people will be temporarily constructed, closing two streets during the tournament, which will run July 14-22 and was won last year by Mardy Fish.

Trees and plants around Central Park will be moved and then replanted once the event is completed.

City officials say arborists have approved the plan.

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MIDTOWN | Suspicious package clogs AM commute

ATLANTA -- A suspicious package clogged morning rush hour traffic in Midtown.

According to Atlanta Police and Fire, an abandoned green Army duffel bag was found at Peachtree Place near Peachtree Street, across from Atlanta Gas Light headquarters, shortly before 7 a.m.

It turned out to be a bag of welding tools.

Peachtree Place at West Peachtree was shut down for the investigation. So was the Midtown MARTA station.

Both have since reopened.

Cynthia Bailey's Daughter Noelle Robinson Performs Live

Cynthia Bailey's Daughter Noelle Robinson Performs Live

Noelle Robinson, daughter of supermodel and RHOA star Cynthia Bailey and actor Leon Robinson, is growing up and showed off her talents Saturday afternoon as she performed for a crowd of tweens at Wal-mart for the DreamKids Hair Care holiday celebration.

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ADOPT A PET: Meet Brownie

ADOPT A PET: Meet Brownie

 

ATLANTA, Ga. – 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.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Hosted the 28th Annual UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball

Mayor Kasim Reed Hosted the 28th Annual UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball

The UNCF Mayor’s masked ball is the year’s most anticipated event in Atlanta that honors the scholastic endeavors of collegiate students and the the civic leaders, entertainers and companies who support them.

Audition for the Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project

Audition for the Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera is looking for singers to compete in its second annual 24-Hour Opera Project.

RELATED: Introducing the 24-Hour Opera Project

The 24-Hour Opera Project involves teams of singers, composers, lyricists and stage directors who have only one day to compose, stage, rehearse and perform a 10-minute opera.

The projects are scored by a panel of judges and members of the public, who can tune in via a live webcast. Prizes are awarded to the judges' choice production and the audience favorite.

Potential performers must apply no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

RELATED: Atlanta Opera announces 2011-2012 season

Chauncey Davis Gifts for the Holidays to Encourage a Winning, Healthy Lifestyle for Children

Chauncey Davis Gifts for the Holidays to Encourage a Winning, Healthy Lifestyle for Children

ATLANTA -- Chauncey Davis, Chicago Bear and former Atlanta Falcon, will donate new bikes for youth this holiday season to encourage exercise and a healthy lifestyle year round. 

“I’m dedicated to working with youth in Atlanta, Chicago and in my hometown of Auburndale, FL,” said Davis, who maintains his permanent residence in the Metro Atlanta area, “There is no better gift I can think of than the gift of life through promoting healthy lifestyles and exercise year round.” 

This is the third time Chauncey has carried out his Annual Chauncey Dave Bike for L.I.F.E. initiative. This year he will be providing 94 bikes to youth this Christmas as a part of an ongoing effort to encourage physical fitness and combat childhood obesity and diabetes. “Diabetes has totally changed my life and my mother’s life,” said Davis, “If I can expose young people to a different way of life, then their story may not have to be my mother’s story.”