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Fulton County Rededicates Fire Station #7

The Fulton County Fire and Rescue Department invites the public to the rededication of the newly renovated Fire Station #7 (5965 Buffington Road, College Park Ga. 30349), on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

 “We encourage our citizens to come out and visit their newly renovated fire station.  We also want them to be aware of the services and programs we offer as well to know that their fire department truly believes in community-based fire protection,” said Fire Chief Larry Few.  

 The renovations to Fire Station # 7 included: new kitchen counters, a new commercial refrigerator, an HVAC upgrade, new siding and stonework on the exterior of the building. The approximate cost of the work was $400,000. 

 The rededication of Fire Station #7 also serves as the department’s kick-off event for Fire Prevention Week.

Union City Hosted the HBCU National Tennis Championship

Atlanta, GA--  19 HBCU's participated in the HBCU Tennis Championship event this past weekend at South Fulton Tennis Center. The SWAC was well represented with Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Southern and Prairie View A&M all taking part, along with other HBCUs from across the nation.

The FAMU team from Florida came out to dominate the Men's Division. They were able to sweep all 3 men's single heats and the 2 doubles heats. On the women's side, North Carolina Central took home the trophy.

The team events ended up as:

Men's Team Results: 1. Florida A&M 2. Hampton 3. Xavier  

Women's Team Results: 1. Southern 2. North Carolina Central 3. Alcorn State  

Atlanta Politicians, Educators and Community Leaders To Confront High School Dropout Crisis

Atlanta, GA--  The Choice Initiative, led by the Atlanta Urban League, kicks off two-week tour of Atlanta schools on September 29 to warn students of the consequences of dropping out.

Thousands of metro Atlanta students will soon face a poignant message about the consequences of dropping out and witness firsthand testimonials through the two-week, experiential Choice Initiative that begins in select Atlanta schools this Wednesday, September 29 to confront the local high school dropout crisis.

The initiative will launch with a press conference and tour of the nationally-renowned Choice Bus at KIPP WAYS Academy in Atlanta.

16th Annual Gospel Choice Awards is Tonight at GA World Congress Center

Atlanta, GA--  Atlanta is known for its rich history of all genres of music.  However, when it comes to Gospel, the Southern City stands out from the rest.  This year, Hotlanta plays host to one of the top musical tributes of its kind- the 16th Annual Gospel Choice Awards, to be held Monday, September 27th at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Red Carpet is at 5:00pm, invitation only Chosen Pastors Reception is at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm and the Awards Program at 8:00pm.

The black-tie celebration honors the best in Gospel music—from Christian Rock, traditional, Caribbean Gospel to Gospel Jazz.

Taking the stage: Gospel Choice Award winner Canton Jones

Four-time Grammy-winning R&B songstress Regina Belle

John Kendall (St.

Fulton County Safe Kids Participate in Operation Pill Drop

Atlanta, GA--  The Fulton County Safe Kids, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Safe Kids Georgia, along with the Fulton County Police Department will participate in a statewide prescription medication take-back program called Operation Pill Drop* to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse and misuse. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, a statewide Operation Pill Drop blitz will take place to take-back medicine.

In Fulton County, residents can drop-off expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers at the Walmart Shopping Center parking lot located at 5149 Old National Highway in College Park, Georgia from 10:00 a.m.

MARTA Prepares to Serve Weekend Events – Customers Advised to Plan Ahead

Atlanta, GA--  Due to the implementation of service changes this Saturday, MARTA is advising customers traveling on the system this weekend to plan ahead. MARTA is prepared to provide convenient service to the Midtown Festival of the Arts, football games and other activities; however, customers should be aware of several changes that could affect their trips.  Weekend rail service will now begin at 6 a.m. rather than 4:45 a.m., and trains will operate every 20 minutes on all lines.

In addition, due to employee layoffs as a result of the budget cuts this fiscal year, fewer station agents will be available to assist customers. Patrons are encouraged to visit www.itsmarta.com or call 404-848-5000 to plan their trip prior to arriving at a station.

Atlanta Police Officers to Box for Charity and to Support the Police Athletic League

ATLANTA -- Crime isn't the only thing Atlanta police officers are fighting.

Next month, two of the city's finest will climb into the ring for a cause close to their hearts, the Atlanta Police Athletic League, a non-profit program that uses sports, education and recreation to connect police and local youth.

Atlanta police officers Jaidon Codrington (19-2) and Josue Blocus (15-2) will open the "Protect and Serve" Live Boxing series on Oct.