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Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

(WXIA) -- Road projects are scheduled to take place on Interstates 285 and 20 this weekend.

All work is weather permitting, but drivers should still look out for road crews and plan for possible delays.

Among the scheduled projects:

Cobb County
* Intermittent pacing will take place on I-285 at Atlanta Road from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Nightly sign construction will close two lanes in each direction of I-285 between I-75 and New Northside Drive

Douglas County
* Two westbound lanes of I-20 between Bill Arp and Liberty roads will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Fulton County
* Three eastbound lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and the Glenwood Connector will be closed nightly

Arrest man in MARTA assault caught on camera


ATLANTA -- Police have arrested a suspect in the assault of a 68-year-old man on a MARTA train that was caught on camera.

MARTA police said Loren Hooks, 43, is charged with simple battery in connection with the June 7 incident that took place at the East Lake rail station. Video shows the older man being forcibly thrown from the train.

Hooks has been transported to the DeKalb County Jail.

DeKalb schools join Jobs for Georgia's Graduates

DeKalb schools join Jobs for Georgia's Graduates

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- AT&T and Jobs for America's Graduates have teamed up to curb the dropout rate at five DeKalb County high schools.

Clarkston, Cross Keys, Lithonia, McNair and Towers high schools will participate in the Jobs for Georgia's Graduates program, which helps students in underserved communities through tutoring, mentoring and other social services.

"I want to bring the JGG program to our schools in DeKalb County to share (the) opportunity for success with our high school students that need it the most," DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond said.

AT&T recently gave Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) a $1 million grant; some of that money will benefit DeKalb students.

JAG has helped nearly 1 million disadvantaged students go to college and secure good jobs. In 2012, the organization reported a 93 percent high school graduation rate among its participants, compared to 78.2 percent nationwide.

Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will team up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for a tour this weekend.

The 7th annual Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour will be held Saturday, June 14. Staggered rides through the BeltLine's 45 neighborhoods will begin at 9 a.m. from the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.

Riders have a choice of two tours: the full BeltLine, which is 27 miles long; and the East Meets West route -- 16 miles of some of the trail's most beautiful parks.

Advance registration is $30 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and $35 for the general public. On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. and is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Visit atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com for more information.

The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is located at 830 Willoughby Way NE.

5 local burgers listed among best burgers in America

5 local burgers listed among best burgers in America

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Food lovers' blog The Daily Meal has included five metro Atlanta burgers on its annual list of the 101 best burgers in America.

The double cheeseburger from Buckhead's Holeman and Finch Public House was number seven on the list, and was also named best burger in the Southeast.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."