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Tornadoes hit Haralson, Paulding, Cobb counties

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- National Weather Service officials said preliminary investigations of storm damage indicate an EF-3 tornado touched down in Paulding and Haralson counties, and an EF-1 touched down in Cobb County Friday night.

STORM PHOTOS | The aftermath 

In Haralson County, the twister touched down along Bethlehem Church Road, where a repair shop was destroyed and trees knocked down. Also on Bethlehem Church Road, a mobile home was pushed off of its foundation. A church steeple was blown off on Mount Zion East Road, and along U.S. 27 near Harpers Creek Road, numerous trees and telephone poles were knocked down.

Fewer Georgians voting early

Fewer Georgians voting early

ATLANTA -- Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots.

Early voting sites have now closed, although residents can continue to mail in absentee ballots until the close of polls on Tuesday.

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Early voting turnout is down about 31 percent from 2008. Those early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, making it impossible to say which Republican presidential candidate has a lead among early voters.

High School teams take viewers on Road Trips

ATLANTA -- Each week on HighSchoolSports.Net viewers were treated to a feature that allowed them to travel along with our area teams.  It's called "Road Trip."

With the metro Atlanta area becoming a big target for college recruiters, the profile of high school basketball teams has grown.  Many of the area's top teams are invited to play in some of the top national high school tournaments and showcases.

These trips allow the players to compete against some of the nation's top talent, but also allows them to bond as a team while visiting parts of the country they might not get to visit otherwise.

We asked some of the teams to take pictures while on these special trips and bring them back for our weekly "Road Trip" segment.  This is what they brought back.

Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

The dynamics in the atmosphere are starting to get a bit more organized in the western sections of the state where the potential for tornadoes is beginning to increase. The timing on the storms will be 8-9pm in the western sections of the state, and around 11-1 in the metro Atlanta area. The main threat for metro Atlanta will be damaging winds, possibly an isolated tornado as well.

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Falcons place franchise tag on cornerback Grimes

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons are placing the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes, assuring he will receive more than $10 million if he signs the tender. 

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Grimes, who led the team with 17 passes defensed in 2011, is one of the most important names in an unusually large class of 17 unrestricted free agents. Other top Atlanta free agents include linebacker Curtis Lofton, who led the team in tackles, safety Thomas DeCoud, who topped the Falcons with four interceptions, and defensive end John Abraham, who led with 9½ sacks.

Grimes had a combined 11 interceptions in 2009 and 2010. He was an alternate Pro Bowl pick in 2010.

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