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The Miss Georgia Pole Dance Fitness Competition comes to Hapeville Oct. 22nd

Atlanta, GA--  Pole Dance as a women's fitness tool has been gaining in popularity over the past couple of years and instructional studios can be found in almost every section of town.  All this popularity has now led to an Olympic style competition to crown the best fitness pole dancers.

Vertical Joe's, a studio in Hapeville, along with MC Healthcare are hosting  the Vertical Health and Fitness Expo and the Miss Georgia Pole Dance Fitness Competition from October 22nd-26th.  The purpose of this event according to MC Healthcare, is to encourage people to become more active so to reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity , and other major health problems.  In addition, MC Healthcare intends to collect 10,000 additional signatures in support of their petition to make pole dancing an official olympic sport.

If pole dancing is to become a future sport in the Olympics, this Miss Georgia Competition will be a good time for sp

State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.

 

Fulton Health Services Offers Help for Depression

Atlanta, GA--  The Fulton County Health Services Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities offers services to assist residents dealing with depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days.

Popular Teams = Bad Traffic

ATLANTA -- It all comes down to the last game of the year for the Atlanta Braves. And if you want to witness history at Turner Field Sunday you better be ready to spend what may seem like extra innings on the highway.

It has been a busy event weekend in Atlanta and traffic downtown won't get any easier Sunday. Over 50,000 fans filled Turner Field for a baseball game to honor a legendary manager. As if that wasn't enough, the BET Hip Hop Awards are in Atlanta along with several festivals and a college football game.

At Turner Field fans tried to get to the game early for a tribute to Bobby Cox, but many missed it because of traffic. Fans were still entering the stadium an hour after the game got under way. "It was really bad, we've been circling for an hour and thirty five minutes," said Steve Hunt.

"It took us about 45 minutes to get through about five miles," said Theresa Zimmerman.

Flash Mob Startles and Entertains at the Atlanta Airport for Marriott's "Get Connected"

Atlanta, GA--  Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were surprised today by a pop-up performance from a 40-member singing, dancing flash mob promoting the grand opening of the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, which is connected to the airport via the new ATL SkyTrain.

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSdjIrCPKUI

Travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were surprised today by a pop-up performance from a 40-member singing, dancing flash mob promoting the grand opening of the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, which is connected to the airport via the new ATL SkyTrain.

Part of the vibrant Atlanta Gateway complex, the new Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway is an eco and tech savvy meeting destination connected by a covered walkway to the adjacent 300,000 square foot Georgia International Convention Center. 

The flash mob was appluded by unaware passeng

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Fulton County Announces Early and Advance Voting Locations

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Fulton County voters can cast their ballots for the November 2, 2010 General Election at several new sites until October 29th. Voters in Georgia do not have to provide a reason to vote prior to Election Day either by mail or in person.

 The three additional voting locations are available beginning Monday, October 18, 2010 through Friday, October 29, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

  • Adamsville Natatorium, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr.