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Former Pro Makes It All the Way Home

ATLANTA -- Former pro Heath Honeycutt had some healing to do before returning to the sport he loves.

"It took me a long time to get back into baseball," Honeycutt said. "I was very dejected and upset that I did not really leave on my terms."

The Georgia Tech alum now lives and breathes baseball as owner of Ninth Inning Baseball in Chamblee, where he trains the next generation of athletes.

"I love every second of it," he said. "I love to see the guys with the same love and excitement in their attitude that I had when I was playing."

Honeycutt played for the Chattahoochee High School Cougars in Alpharetta and then went on to Tech, where he was the only player to start every game in 1998. He was named the Yellow Jackets MVP.

Georgia Hopes to Turn Blue and Gray into Green

ATLANTA -- Georgia is gearing up for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, expecting it to be the most significant heritage tourism opportunity in coming years.

The commemoration is being called "CW150" and will run from 2011 to 2015 to coincide with the war, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Over the next four years, the state will spend close to $3 million promoting Civil War tourism, including roughly $726,000 this year.

Events are planned at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the Atlanta Cyclorama, Stone Mountain Park and the Atlanta History Center.

Kennesaw Mountain, which already gets about 1.4 million visitors a year, could "easily see between 25 percent to 40 percent increase in visitation," said Superintendent Stanley Bond.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, just south of Chattanooga, expects to see increased attendance, said Sam Weddle, acting park superintendent.

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, mobile, digital and promotion agency, this week launched an innovative Social Media Brand Ambassador practice designed to allow brands to actively engage customers, promote their products, and respond quickly to inquiries and complaints.  The agency will recruit ambassadors nationwide and engage them on behalf of clients to promote discussion and raise the level of social media conversation for specific brands.

Potential ambassadors will be chosen from a range of demographic groups, interest areas, and geographic regions.  Those interested in applying should go to www.mastermindmarketing.com.

World Cup In Atlanta? Maybe.

Atlanta, GA – Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of sports enthusiasts and community leaders gathered with international and national soccer officials in New York City on Monday to support the United States’ bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The group was also there to promote Atlanta as one of the potential 18 host cities.  Joining the Mayor in New York were Gary Stokan, Atlanta World Cup organizing committee chairman, Frank Poe, Georgia World Congress Center executive director and Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president. 

The U.S. Bid Committee hosted a reception in New York City to welcome the FIFA Inspection Delegation to the United States.  FIFA, the world soccer federation, visited New York City to examine America’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.  The United States is among 10 nations bidding for the World Cup.  The announcement is expected to come on Dec. 2, 2010.  If the U.S.

American Shingle and Siding Shuts Its Doors

Thousands of homeowners have been left in the lurch by an Atlanta based roofing company.
It abruptly closed its doors after taking large deposits from homeowners for roofing jobs and not finishing the work.
Now our center for investigative action has learned a criminal investigation is underway.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Department in Macon has launched an investigation after American Shingle and Siding closed its doors earlier this month after taking large deposits from homeowners for roofing work. Captain Mike Smallwood said,""There will be criminal charges." He believe the company will be charged with theft by conversion.

The owner of American Shingle, Carlton DeWayne Dunko, says he did not deposit those checks and plans to return them. However, he said he had gotten into financial difficulty has was using new deposits to pay creditors rather than using the money to do the specific jobs that the deposits were for.

Update: No Saving The Varsity Jr.

ATLANTA -- Varsity Jr. owner Gordon Muir told 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger, "There is no turning back, we will close August 22 at 10 p.m."

"We tried really hard," Muir added. "We've lost $100,000 trying to make it happen, $20,000 to have someone oversee our business license with the city." 

The 45-year landmark Atlanta restaurant has been at odds with the City of Atlanta over plans for a new building.

Talks broke off in April and have not been rescheduled.

Charletta Wilson-Jacks, Director of the Office of Housing for the City of Atlanta, told Hullinger: "We were suprised as well hearing the news about their intent to close as well. We are more than willing to work with them, to sit down, to review their proposal, to see how we can move toward resolution."

Gordon Muir is the son of Nancy Gordy Simms, the daughter of Frank Gordy, the founder of The Varsity.