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FLOWERY BRANCH | Falcons name Koetter as offensive coordinator

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons have named Dirk Koetter their new offensive coordinator.

Coincidentally, Koetter spent the past five years as offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who just named former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as their new head coach.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith was the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars from 2003-07 before taking the Atlanta job and spent one season on the same staff with Koetter in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars were the lowest-ranked offense in the NFL this past season, due mostly in part to a poor passing offense with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the helm. They did rank 12th in rushing behind league leader Maurice Jones-Drew.

In Koetter's first season with the Jaguars, Smith's last with the team, the offense ranked seventh in the NFL and set franchise records for points (411, 25.7 avg.), touchdowns (50), touchdown passes (28) and yards per play (5.6).

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll


ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, Milton High School will host a Run for Cover 5K which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Run organizers are asking participants to bring new or gently used articles of winter clothing or some type of non-perishable food item to be donated to North Fulton County charities. Registration for the run costs $25 and registration will be held on site. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

BEST SPOTS: First Date Spots

BEST SPOTS: First Date Spots


ATLANTA – Tired of dinner and a movie? Looking to spice up your dating life in the New Year? Well, we’ve got some new ideas for you.  

Karaoke at Pal’s Lounge

Explore the Historic Sweet Auburn district of downtown Atlanta at Pal’s Lounge on Auburn Ave. According to some, the restaurant is the epitome of a “juke joint”; Pal’s is a dimly-lit, vintage storefront bar complete with “burglar bars”, a genuine spirit and a cute door lady. On Wednesday nights, the lounge hosts their popular, YO! Karaoke event which is well attended and a guaranteed good time. Pal’s boats a full bar and enough tunes to sing yourself into oblivion, take a date. They’re located at 254 Auburn Ave in O4W.  

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FLOWERY BRANCH | Blank says Falcons 'not where we need to be'

ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he is disappointed the team is "not where we need to be," but he says turnover on the coaching staff may help.

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Following a 10-6 regular season, Atlanta lost at the New York Giants on Sunday, 24-2. The lopsided loss left the Falcons 0-3 in the playoffs in four seasons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, who joined Blank in Wednesday's news conference.