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Fulton, DeKalb Offer Flu Vaccines

ATLANTA -- Flu season is on the way, and for the first time ever, the CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of six months get vaccinated.

Most people will need only one dose this year. But children may still need two, and older adults might consider getting a super potent vaccine.

On Monday morning, the Fulton County Health Department and the DeKalb County Health Department began offering the vaccine at several different health centers.

This year's flu season will be dramatically different from last year's season.

This time last year, the swine flu season was in full swing, and the vaccine for H1N1 was not available. It didn't come out until October, and even then it was really tough to find.

This year, there is one vaccine out now that's designed to guard against the regular flu and H1N1, and there is plenty of it to go around.

In fact, drug stores started offering the vaccine last month.

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Important Information about Forclosure

DECATUR – As DeKalb County prepares to launch its Foreclosure Registry, a public information session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Fulton County Awarded over $3 Million from HUD to Help Stabilize Neighborhoods and Help Home Buyers

Atlanta, GA-- In Atlanta, like many cities, there are entire neighborhoods underwater and in foreclosure. For some of them, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program has literally been a lifeline. Georgia just received $50 million for its third installment of the funds.

"All of the recipients of NSP1 money in the state of Georgia have obligated 100 percent their money," said Edward Jennings, the Southeast Administrator for Housing and Urban Development.

On Wednesday, Atlanta city officials announced that they're getting nearly $5 million as part of the new infusion of HUD money. It will give even more people access to homes that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

"Giving people hope for the future," said Rep. Hank Johnson. "It's a classic shift from Wall Street to Main Street.

Thomasville Heights Elementary to Receive KaBOOM Playground on Sept. 11th

Atlanta, GA-- Thomasville Heights Elementary will receive a new playground this Saturday thanks to more than 200 volunteers, including teachers, students and the KaBOOM organization.

The kickoff ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11 with the 3,600 square foot community playground expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new playground is scheduled between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.

The playground is sponsored by Foresters, a life insurance company, and KaBOOM, a national non-profit organization that works with local communities and schools to provide safe places to play for children and their families.

Thomasville Heights is located at 1820 Henry Thomas Dr., Atlanta 30315. 

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Councilman Kwanza Hall will be Showcasing the Old 4th Ward on Public Broadcasting, Tonight at 7pm

Atlanta, GA-- Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall will join residents of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood for the premier of BlockHeads – a new show featuring neighborhoods that are improving themselves one property and block at a time.

 “The Old Fourth Ward is on a roll,” said Hall. “It’s great to see our residents and businesses acknowledged for the part they are playing in the block-by-block progress of one of intown Atlanta’s most dynamic neighborhoods.”

The show will debut tonight Wednesday September 8th at 7 pm.

Old Fourth Ward residents will gather for a viewing party at Noni's Deli and Bar on Edgewood Avenue for the 7 p.m. premier.

The show’s name denotes the singular commitment of urban dwellers to their neighbors and the revitalization and sustainability of their neighborhoods.

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.