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Author Sarah Addison Allen to speak in Atlanta, Woodstock

Author Sarah Addison Allen to speak in Atlanta, Woodstock

(WXIA) -- New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen will hold two readings in the Atlanta area later this month.

Allen's latest novel, First Frost, features the characters from her popular book Garden Spells. Book Atlanta provided this summary of First Frost:

It's October in the small town of Bascom, N.C., home of the Waverley sisters who have become restless through the quirks of their mischievous apple tree ... and all the magic that spins around it. Each of the sisters is struggling with problems which are taking too much time and causing them to lose their balance and their belief in themselves. When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before and search for a way to hold their family together during this upsetting season of change.

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Emory names new CEOs for 2 hospitals

Emory names new CEOs for 2 hospitals

ATLANTA -- Emory Healthcare has hired new CEOs to run two of its top hospitals.

Marilyn Margolis has been named CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She began her Emory career more than 30 years ago, working as a nurse. She has led nursing teams in various areas throughout the Emory Healthcare system.

Margolis became CNO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2011, then was promoted in 2013 to CNO and vice president of operations. She became interim CEO last September.

Margolis received the Georgia Hospital Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Daniel Owens is the new CEO of Emory University Hospital Midtown. He began working for the health system in 1994 and has held numerous operations positions, including corporate controller for Emory's corporate finance department.

He became vice president of operations at the Midtown hospital in 2012, and was named interim CEO in September 2014.

Personal Safety Tips

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!