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New program targets childhood obesity in Georgia

CLEVELAND, Ga. -- "Georgia has one of the worst rates of childhood obesity in the nation," Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday as he launched a new program targeting the problem.

"More than one in five Georgia kids ages 10 to 17 are obese. Among low-income kids ages 2 to 4, about one in eight are already obese," he added in a statement. "We face a health care crisis in Georgia resulting from poor diets and lack of exercise, and if current trends continue, we may be raising the first generation of children in our state who are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents."

The state will work to curb that trend through a public-private partnership called the Georgia Student Health and Physical Education Program (SHAPE). The partnership was created from legistation passed in 2009. Partners include the Arthur Blank Foundation, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves.

Cicadas bring back the buzz

(GANNETT NEWS SERVICE) -- They're loud, they're ugly and for the next four to five weeks, they'll be in your face.

Cicadas: They're back, and although they don't cause any real harm - except perhaps to some younger trees and the stomachs of pets who will eat them like popcorn - they'll be getting on the nerves of most Middle Tennesseans.

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People in north Macon, Jones County, and some other areas say the bugs' high-pitched buzzing is causing a racket around the region.

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Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Wednesday

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Metro Atlanta for Wednesday, May 11.

Under Code Orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart of lung diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

Code orange smog alert issued

Code orange smog alert issued

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Environmental Protection Division says the Air Quality Index for Metro Atlanta is 101 on Monday. 


The EPD says the figure means Atlanta's air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, and it's issued an orange smog alert for the area.


The agency says children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.


High temperatures are expected to be in the 80s on Monday and approaching 90 on Tuesday.

Flowery Branch leaders discuss Sun. alcohol sales

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The North Georgia town of Flowery
Branch is considering a vote that would allow residents to decide
whether alcohol can be sold in the community on Sundays.

City council members discussed the idea Thursday night with the city attorney.

Councilman Kris Yardley, who was serving as acting mayor, said he thinks council members want to put the issue on the ballot but need to decide how it is done. Council members said they planned to discuss the matter further at a future public meeting.

The Georgia Legislature this year approved allowing local voters to decide whether they want alcohol sales in their communities on Sundays. Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed the bill into law.

Other cities and counties have been considering holding their own votes.

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Animal Control has announced that a rabid raccoon made contact with two dogs in the Lanier Boulevard area of southern Hall County earlier this week.

On May 6, officials with the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed that the raccoon had rabies. This is the seventh official rabies case of 2011.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located.

Hall County residents are advised to call Animal Control at 770-531-6830 if they see an animal acting strangely.

Pet owners are also encouraged to vaccinate their cats and dogs for rabies. Vaccines are available for $10 at the Hall County Animal Shelter (1688 Barber Road, Gainesville, 30507) Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.