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Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

Community Meetings Planned for Unincorporated South Fulton County

Community Meetings Planned for Unincorporated South Fulton County

South Fulton County --  Fulton County will host a series of community meetings and listening sessions in June and July to discuss the 2030 Fulton County Comprehensive Plan and the 2011 Solid Waste Management Plan.  These meetings will allow the citizens of Unincorporated South Fulton County to provide direct input into these two important documents, including the Comprehensive Plan Map. 

The Community Wide Kick-off Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park. 

Fulton County uses the Comprehensive and Solid Waste Management Plans to guide choices about how they will invest in and develop the future of Unincorporated South Fulton County in these respective areas.  The plans provide direction, tools and strategies for a vibrant and thriving Unincorporated South Fulton County.

Businessman Cain enters 2012 GOP presidential race

Businessman Cain enters 2012 GOP presidential race

ATLANTA —  Herman Cain from Georgia officially enters the 2012 Presedential race.

Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He's never held elected office.

Now the tea party favorite wants to be president.

"In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear ... I'm running for president of the United States,

Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy



A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

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.

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. – In other interesting news, the Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a home in Georgia and its still standing. Now, Roosevelt’s Little White House is a historic site and it attracts visitors from all over the United States.

Roosevelt built the house while he was governor of New York, as a getaway of sorts. He first came to Warm Springs ten years previously looking for a cure for polio and found relief in the 88-degree spring waters of Warm Springs. Some say, the New Deal was developed based on his experiences in the town.

According to Georgia State Parks, “Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.”

The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.