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Hollywood in Atlanta for T.I.'s New Movie Premiere

ATLANTA -- The roar in the crowd went up almost as soon as his pearl white luxury car rolled down the street.

There is no question that rapper T.I. is a superstar in music, but now with his new film "Takers", he's trying to move into the world of film as well, not just to expand his brand but to expand his craft as an actor and as a businessman.

"We enjoyed ourselves," said T.I. Harris. "Will Packer and Rainforest were gracious enough to embrace us and basically show us the ropes about what it takes to be film producers."

Several of the movie's other marquee actors showed up at the Atlantic Station Regal Cinema for the Atlanta premier, bringing with them the kind of stargazing hysteria usually reserved for Hollywood.

With more and more films being shot in Georgia, Atlanta is now on the map for film-makers.

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Reed: State Should Slim Down Workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says that the state should eliminate another 10 to 15 percent of its workforce over the next 36 months.

Reed on Wednesday told a panel weighing an overhaul to the Georgia's tax code that the recesssion-wracked state must continue to reduce the number of state jobs in "a drastic and politically painful fashion."

The Democrat made the remarks in front of Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue who noted that Georgia's workforce has shrunk to roughly the same size as it was in 1999.

Reed said the city of Atlanta has shed 25 percent of its workforce since 2008 and more cuts could be needed.

Reed urged the tax panel to consider eliminating may special interest tax exemptions, some of which he voted for as a state senator.

Midtown Castle Sells for $951,000 at Auction

ATLANTA -- Midtown's historic Castle building has been sold at auction.

New York investor Bryan Latham will pay $951,000 for the property across from the Woodruff Arts Center on 15th street, off Peachtree Street.

The price included a 10 percent buyer's premium. Latham is expected to close on the purchase Sept. 15.

Bull Realty partner Daniel Latshaw auctioned the 11,000-square-foot Castle building with Tranzon LLC on behalf of the building's lenders -- BB&T Corp. and Fairview Commercial, who foreclosed on the property earlier this summer.

The seller's reserve price was $690,000.

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NCAA Football Preview - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - 2009 SEASON IN REVIEW: After winning nine games in his first season at the helm at Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson gave quite an encore performance, as he not only led his Yellow Jackets to a school record 13th consecutive bowl game, but posted 11 victories overall (most since 1990 National Championship team) and took home the ACC title. The team's lone regular-season losses came at Miami early on and against rival Georgia late in the season, with an eight game win streak sandwiched in between, including a statement win over Virginia Tech (28-23) and a nailbiter against Wake Forest (30-27 in OT). Winning the Coastal Division certainly didn't come easy, but the Yellow Jackets made it to Tampa where they took on a Clemson team they snuck by at home in early September (30-27). In perhaps the most memorable and spirited ACC title game to date, Tech came out on top, in a 39-34 slugfest.

Tech #16, UGA #23 in AP Top 25 Football Poll

NEW YORK -- Both Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia rank among the top 25 college football teams in the nation, according to the newly released Associated Press preseason poll.

Alabama will start this season where it ended last season, on top.

Coach Nick Saban has the Crimson Tide rolling the way Bear Bryant did in his day, first in poll for the first time since 1978.

Alabama received 54 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,491 points to easily outdistance second-ranked Ohio State in the Top 25 released Saturday.

The Buckeyes, who have been ranked no lower than 11th in the last eight preseason polls, received three first-place votes.