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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief is suspended without pay after publishing a book calling homosexuality "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar", and "inappropriate".

The book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? is on sale at Amazon.com. It was authored by Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. The summary of the book refers to God's words to Adam in the Bible:

From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!

MODA Floors & Interiors partners with Agape

MODA Floors & Interiors partners with Agape

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- For the fourth consecutive year, MODA Floors & Interiors and Agape Youth and Family Center, a non-profit organization, continued their "Extreme Bedroom Makeover" partnership. During the one-day event, MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for three boys in the Bolton Road community in northwest Atlanta.

Rooms To Go provided new beds for the project, and Rosing Paint Center donated paint and supplies. MODA team members accessorized the rooms with window coverings, comforters, pillows and wall decals that reflected the children's interests.

Paula Deen Live coming to Atlanta

Paula Deen Live coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Come see Paula's live show at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Sunday, Nov. 16 and get a heaping helping of Paula's recipes, some good old-fashioned fun and lots of laughter.

Join Paula as she demonstrates how to make her favorite seasonal dishes, shares family stories and plays cooking games with her fans. Some lucky audience members will even get to join Paula on stage!

Want to win two tickets? Head to the Bluebird Patch to enter

'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Taste of Atlanta makes its gourmet return to Midtown at Tech Square on Oct. 24-26, and it’s serving up more than just phenomenal food.

Local and nationally-acclaimed chefs -- including Kristen Kish, season 10 winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef"; restaurateur Ron Eyester of The Family Dog, Rosebud and Diner; Jay Swift of 4th & Swift; Shaun Whitmer of The Albert; and Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar Brewpub -- will roll up their sleeves and spill the beans behind their culinary master minds.

On Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, The Chef’s Table and The Kitchen Workshop cooking stages will offer attendees the chance to take epicurean arts into their own hands with direction from none other than the pros! With more than a dozen interactive demos and seminars spread throughout the weekend, attendees of all ages will be whipping up five star recipes like master chefs in no time!

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

ATLANTA -- It’s been almost four years since we’ve heard any new music from Keri Hilson, but she doesn’t seem to be making any apologies for taking her time to create a new album.

Instead she teases her Keri Krew on Instagram by posting a photo of a song she recorded on her iPhone voice memo, titled "I Can’t Love You (No More)." In between working on a new album Keri seems to be enjoying life with her boyfriend, NBA player, Serge Ibaka; hanging out with friends; and cooking.

There’s no doubt we want Miss Keri to hit us with a new catchy song, but we love how she always lives out her pretty girl empowerment anthem, showing the world she’s more than a pretty face–she’s got skills.

Read the full story at Tastemakermag.com.

French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

ATLANTA -- Caroline Haffner, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, will give a recital at the Woodruff Arts Center next month.

Haffner, born Imperial Princess Caroline Murat in Paris, will perform Chopin and Liszt pieces on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

"I am delighted to be returning to the United States to play concerts again," Princess Caroline said in a release. "It has been too long, and I am very pleased that the concerts are being supported by my friends in Georgia."

A direct descendent of French Revolution cavalry chief Marechal Joachim Murat, Princess Caroline began playing the piano as a very young child. She is one of the last students of legendary French pianist Alfred Cortot and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in the U.S.

Her stage name comes from another ancestor -- Sigmund Haffner, mayor of Salzburg, Austria, and friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.