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Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

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Kids Outdoor Festival at Clayton County International Park

Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a day of family fun on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Whether you participate in the Third Annual Lake Spivey Road Race, sign up for the BBQ Competition, or just enjoy a day of outdoor activities, Clayton County International Park is offering a plethora of activities from 8:00a.m. until 4:00p.m.

Franklin Mint Dolls at The Road to Tara Museum

The Road to Tara Museum (104 N. Main Street, Jonesboro) has acquired a new collection of hand painted Gone with the Wind inspired, Franklin Mint dolls. The exhibit is an addition to the museum’s vast collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia.

The Road to Tara Museum’s new exhibit contains twenty Franklin Mint dolls. The year that each doll was issued varies, with the majority of the dolls being issued in the late 1980’s to late 1990’s.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

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Local teacher wins "Heroes In the Classroom" Contest

Via the Daily View:

The fourth grade McGarrah Elementary teacher, Reeshard Scott, was surprised at a school faculty meeting by an entourage from the Atlanta Falcons, Suntrust Bank, and the Central Office Administration to announce that he was a winner of the Symetra “Heroes in the Classroom” Award.  

Arnold Elementary Teacher Wins National Award

Via the Daily View:

Six fourth grade students at Arnold Elementary this summer competed in the Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) National Basketball Tournament and emerged as a two-time winner, receiving accolades and an award for their prowess on the court and in the classroom.

Clayton County Gets New Police Chief

Recently, Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted to name Deputy Chief Gregory Porter as the county’s new Police Chief. Porter was officially installed as Clayton County’s new chief during a pinning ceremony, this morning; at 9:00am. Chief Porter was selected over two other finalists, Hogansville Assistant Police Chief John E. Pearson, Sr. and Clayton County Deputy Chief Timothy R. Robinson.