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DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

City of Atlanta unsure of next step in case of Sunday sales

City of Atlanta unsure of next step in case of Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- With the Sunday alcohol sales, dubbed "Sunday sales", legislation on its way to the Governor's desk, local leaders have begun to discuss whether they will allow residents to purchase alcohol on Sundays within their cities.

According to the City of Atlanta Deputy Director of Communications, Reese McCranie, “It’s too early to know right now.  The City Council is on recess this week.  We’ll have a better idea of our path forward next week when they are in session.”

RELATED: Georgia Sunday alcohol sales bill heads to governor

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Teens kick off Teen Week 2011 at City Hall

Teens kick off Teen Week 2011 at City Hall

ATLANTA – Earlier today, select Atlanta youth had the opportunity to meet with city leaders during a lunch and learn session at 11 a.m.

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Would you like to see more retail districts, parks or pedestrian-friendly options in your community?  Would you like to give your input on how much industrial land is set aside where you live or work?  The City of Atlanta is inviting non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses to attend the March 2011 community meetings for the City of Atlanta Community Development Plan (CDP) that begins March 1. 

Nearly 200 attendees participated in the first round of 2011 CDP community meetings and had an opportunity to give input on the future plans for their Atlanta neighborhoods.  The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Office of Planning has announced it is hosting the second round of CDP community meetings. All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., with the exception of the March 10th meeting, which is from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Sam Massell, Former Mayor of Atlanta, to Speak at BBA Breakfast February 24th

Sam Massell, Former Mayor of Atlanta, to Speak at BBA Breakfast February 24th

ATLANTA – (BBA) On Thursday, February 24, Sam Massell, President of the Buckhead Coalition, will speak at the Buckhead Business Association’s weekly breakfast and networking meeting (www.buckheadbusiness.org). The event is held at the City Club of Buckhead and starts at 7:30 AM.

Mayor Sam Massell is the founding president of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic organization spearheaded by chief executive officers of major businesses in Buckhead. The Buckhead Coalition’s mission is to promote and nurture the quality of life and orderly growth of Buckhead.

“Mayor Massell’s annual address to the business men and women of Buckhead is an honor,” said Lolita B. Jackson, president of the BBA.