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LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

New project gives residents the opportunity to help keep the Cobb County highways clean

New project gives residents the opportunity to help keep the Cobb County highways clean

Adopt A Gateway Program
During the past two years, Georgia’s economy has been hit hard with job losses, cut backs and layoffs. This has made an impact on our surroundings that we can see as we work, live and play in Cobb. With cuts in staff and increases in work load, priorities for the Cobb Department of Transportation roadway maintenance have been focused on safety. While that is certainly important, Keep Cobb Beautiful is partnering with Cobb DOT to assist with its’ beautification efforts.

KCB will accept applications from local landscaping companies and groups in Cobb to adopt a gateway to the County. This annual agreement will give each landscaper/group their own Gateway, a focal point to showcase their talents and landscape expertise, located in prominent areas of Cobb. This volunteer project to aid in KCB’s beautification efforts will also benefit the County and its residents.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

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.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

MABLETON, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Visit O’neal Plaza On May 7 for “Spring Concerts on the Plaza” which is being presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County. The concert will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. O’Neal Plaza is located at O’Neal Plaza and Church Street.

Neighbors can buy plants grown by master gardeners and receive growing advice at the Master Gardner Plant Sale in Carrollton. This event is one of the biggest events for the CCMGA and proceeds fund all of the diverse programs run by the association throughout the year. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Public can have documents shred for free at KCB event

Public can have documents shred for free at KCB event

Cobb County, GA--  KCB will also partner with Keep Marietta Beautiful and Keep Smyrna Beautiful to host a spring Document Shredding Day for the public 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 30.

This is an opportunity to have household papers securely shredded on site at no cost to participants. The event will be held at three locations: Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta; Wolfe Adult Recreation Center, 884 Church St., Smyrna; and City of Marietta, 591 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

Each car will be limited to 100 pounds of documents. Only paper products will be accepted. Plastics, CDs, floppy discs, electronics, cardboard and large binders with metal rings will not be accepted. For more information, visit cobbcounty.org/kcb

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Douglasville can take their furry children to the Deer Lick Park for some off-leash exercise. The park is fenced and smaller dogs and larger dogs have separate play areas. The park is located at 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville.

Burger Park in Smyrna is, also, an off-leash park and is moderately sized, for its type.