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Twin Brothers Open Chain of Popcorn Havens Newest Location at Mall of Ga

Twin Brothers Open Chain of Popcorn Havens Newest Location at Mall of Ga

 

According to DeRon Ragland who co-owns PopCorn Haven,  one snack that Americans consume more than any other is popcorn! Brothers DeRon and Deon Ragland of Chicago, opened their first store in Calhoun,Ga. in June of 2009. Deon had been laid off of his corporate job as a manager at a chemical company and decided to relocate in Georgia. DeRon decided on the move south in September 2010. Now they own four stores and expansion plans include seven more stores over the next two years. The Raglands  currently employ 18 people and plans to franchise Popcorn Haven are in the making. I was able to sit down with DeRon one of the entrepreneurial siblings and talked with him about the business concept, doubters and all that tasty flavored popcorn. They just opened a new location at Mall of Georgia. 

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

BRASELTON: Town pushes to keep Mayfield Dairy visitor center open

BRASELTON, Ga. -- City leaders in the northeast Georgia town of Braselton are asking Mayfield Dairy's parent company to reconsider its decision to close its visitor center.

Officials announced earlier this month that the dairy's visitor center, which has been toured by thousands of Georgia schoolchildren over the years, would close by Oct. 31.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that city officials want to work with the company to keep the center open. Councilman Richard Mayberry said it attracts tourists from many states.

Jamaison Schuler, a spokesman for Mayfield owner Dean Foods Co. of Dallas, said it was a difficult decision to close the visitor center but keeping it open had become economy unsustainable. Officials say the dairy is not closing, only the visitor center.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Georgia Lottery sales falling short

ATLANTA -- Turns out the budget for education expenses was richer than reality.

The Governor's Office says lottery revenues continue to fall short of expected revenue despite that fact that ticket sales are up in the first quarter of this year.

"We budgeted more revenue than we are now expecting to receive," said Governor Nathan Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson. "We budgeted $903 million in the fiscal year 2012 budget. Fiscal year 2011 lottery deposits to education were $846 million."

11Alive started digging into lottery revenue because of cuts to the Pre-K program. $54 million was cut to make up for falling lottery tickets sales in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June. That caused an exodus of experienced educators from the program.

So how did we get here?

Things started going in the wrong direction in the fiscal year of 2011: Total revenue: $3,597,222,000, down $48,175,000 from the year before, or 1 percent.

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

ATLANTA -- Georgia ranks 21st among the states for per capita income growth over the past 35 years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Peach State's annual PCI growth rate was 5.61 percent from 1975 to 2010. PCI was $5,157 in 1975, compared with $34,800 in 2010.

In terms of total personal income (TPI), Georgia's growth rate was 7.59 percent. The TPI in 1975 was $26 billion, compared with $338 billion in 2010.

PCI is the average amount of money earned by a single person in a given year, while TPI is the sum earned by all people.

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