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WEEKEND EVENTS | More than St. Patricks Day --

ATLANTA -- The Empire City of the South is heating up and dwellers are crawling out from their winter hibernation. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and Atlantans all over the metro will be out soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city. 

Fernbank Museum is hosting their weekly 'Martinis and IMAX' event for the young and modern crowd. This weekly kickback claims to offer an alternative to the "so last year" bar scene, every Friday from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 404-929-6400. 

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.

Man arrested for child pornography

Man arrested for child pornography

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A Hall County man was arrested Monday for having child pornography on his computer.

Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 40-year-old Tim Carlton Quick after obtaining evidence of his peer-to-peer sharing of the child porn.

Members of the GBI's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force performed a forensic preview of Quick's computer at the suspect's home on Sundial Avenue in Flowery Branch. They located "multiple files of suspected child pornography," according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

Quick is charged with one count of child pornography. He is being held in the Hall County Jail.

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

First and foremost we have strong storms across N Georgia tonight. As of 1am nothing is severe, but don't be surprised if another warning pops up tonight..... That last storm in Forsyth and Hall was on its way down when the NWS issued the warning, I doubt there will be any reports of damage from it. We can expect storms to continue to propagate towards the south tonight, but the main source of energy is now gone.... Which is what this blog is all about.

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Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Strong storms continue across parts of N Georgia. Right now the strongest storms are located in Paulding and Douglas counties. There is also a strong storm that just popped up in N Fulton county by Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The only reports we have been getting have been from some small hail and heavy rain. Other than that the only  other threat from these storms will be lightning. Motion is towards the SE at around 25 mph and shold start to wind down once the sun starts to go down.

 

We will continue to monitor the storms this afternoon and let you know through the blog what is going on. For more updates follow me on facebook and twitter:

Atlanta Weather | Strong T-Storms this Afternoon

Atlanta Weather | Strong T-Storms this Afternoon

We had a few counties under a severe t-storm warning earlier this afternoon, since then it has expired. We will continue to see strong t-storms developing in the north sections of the state and move towards the SE at around 25mph. One strong cell is moving towards Gwinnett county that cold contain some small hail and gusty winds. Other areas of strong t-storms include west Cobb county, movement on that one is towards the SE at around 25mph. Any storms that pop up this afternoon could be severe, but the main threat will be only hail and wind.

We will continue to monitor the storms this afternoon and let you know through the blog what is going on. For more updates follow me on facebook and twitter:

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Positive rabies alert in South Hall

 

This is to advise that in the area of Winder Highway (Ga. 53) and JJ Lott Road in southeastern Hall there was contact between a skunk and two dogs on March 9. Jackson County Animal Control shipped the skunk to the Georgia Public Health Lab - Virology Section in Decatur. On March 15, Hall County Animal Services was advised that the skunk was positive for rabies. This is the seventh confirmed case of rabies for 2012.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830, or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Rd, Gainesville.