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Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include:

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Atlanta icon Herman Russell dies at 83


WXIA -- Herman Russell, a lifelong Atlantan and founder and former chief executive officer of H. J. Russell and Company, passed away Saturday afternoon.

Russell was 83 years old. He died after a brief illness, according to his family.

Some of the construction projects H. J. Russell and Company were a part of included Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, and Turner Field.

The firm is also involved in the building of the new, nearly $1.3 billion dollar Falcons stadium due to be completed in 2017.

Russell became the first black member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s, and later became only the second black president of the chamber.

He was considered instrumental in the 1973 election of Maynard Jackson as Atlanta's first black mayor.

Atlanta to host 2020 NCAA Final Four


(WXIA) – The NCAA announced the locations for five upcoming basketball Final Four tournaments, including Atlanta as host of the 2020 Final Four.

The committee selected five cities from among eight finalists. Atlanta's new stadium, now under construction in downtown Atlanta, will play host to the men's Final Four in 2020, -- marking the fifth time the national title game will be played in Atlanta. The 1977 Final Four was played in the Omni Stadium, while the 2002, 2007 and 2013 Final Four tournaments were played in te Georgia Dome.

The hosts for the 2015 and 2016 finals had been previously selected – Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will host the 2015 Final Four, while the 2016 Final Four will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County wants citizen review and comment on its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan requires local governments receiving federal funds directly from HUD, to determine strategies, community needs, long and short-term objectives, resources and proposed projects for submission as a combined planning and application document.

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Apple season in Georgia

Apple season in Georgia

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia apple season in here!  This means it’s time to make canned apples and make apple jellies and preserves. According to Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension, creating a delicious apple dish is a project the entire family will love.

To create your apple “masterpiece”, you must have the proper ratio of fruit, pectin (assists in gel creation), acid (needed for gel formation and flavor) and sugar (serves as the preservative for the product) or successful jellied products. Fruit low in acid or pectin may need additional acid or pectin added to ensure a proper gel formation.

According to Chester, the most common questions regarding how jellies, jams, fruit preserves, and fruit butters made have equally common responses:

Jelly is usually made by cooking fruit juice with sugar.

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.

Atlanta Police, Fire crews investigate white powder


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Atlanta Police and Fire crews responded to a report of a white powdery substance received by a man at 260 Peachtree Street Wednesday afternoon.

Atlanta HAZMAT crews were on hand as part of the investigation.

City officials later said the powder tested negative for any sort of hazardous substance.

No injuries were reported.

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