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South Fulton Citizens Can Take Advantage of Free Bulk Waste Disposal on Saturday, November 19

South Fulton Citizens Can Take Advantage of Free Bulk Waste Disposal on Saturday, November 19

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7 will once again
sponsor Bulk Waste Amnesty Day on Saturday November 19, 2011 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Residents can dispose of bulk trash at no cost.  Large items such as old refrigerators, furniture,
electronics, televisions, keyboards, monitors, printers and automotive tires (limit of four
un-mounted tires) will be accepted.  The drop-off locations will not accept paints, household chemicals, batteries, waste from construction or demolition debris.  Yard waste will be accepted at Merk Road only. 

Bulk Waste Amnesty Days are scheduled to encourage residents to remove large waste items that tarnish the beauty of South Fulton neighborhoods.

The Public Works Department has designated the following three drop off locations for discarded items:

Merk Road Transfer Station
3225 Merk Road
College Park, GA 30349
(404) 629-1700
8:30 a.m.

Free bulk waste disposal for South Fulton seniors

Free bulk waste disposal for South Fulton seniors

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards (District 7) will host a Bulk Waste Amnesty Day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

South Fulton residents can bring large trash items to three College Park locations at no cost.

Acceptable waste includes refrigerators, furniture, electronics and tires; items like paint, household chemicals, batteries and construction waste cannot be taken.

Senior citizens are encouraged to participate in Bulk Waste Amnesty Day. For assistance, call 404-612-7400 before Saturday.

Drop-off locations include:

* Creel Park (2775 Creel Road)
* Merk Road Transfer Station (3225 Merk Road)
* South Fulton Service Center (5601 Stonewall Tell Road)

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

Free Disposal of Bulk Waste on Saturday, August 13

Free Disposal of Bulk Waste on Saturday, August 13

College Park, GA --  Fulton County Commission Vice Chairman William “Bill” Edwards, District 7 will once again sponsor Bulk Waste Amnesty Day on

Saturday, August 13, 2011 between 8:00 a.m.

COLLEGE PARK: Airport weighs solar project

COLLEGE PARK: Airport weighs solar project

ATLANTA -- The nation's busiest airport is considering building solar panels to generate electricity.

Michael Cheyne with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport told Georgia utility regulators Thursday that the airport is considering building a solar farm if Georgia Power will pay enough for the electricity.

The facility would produce less than two percent of the electricity that the airport now uses. Airport officials could use that electricity to power their own facilities or sell it back to Georgia Power.

Georgia Power has promised the state's Public Service Commission that it will add 50 megawatts of solar energy to its system by 2015. Officials are still working out the pricing details.

Cheyne said the project is part of the city of Atlanta's goal to expand its use of renewable energy.

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

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.