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The Atlanta Metro Red Cross has begun mobilizing in support of Japan

The Atlanta Metro Red Cross has begun mobilizing in support of Japan

According to the Atlanta Metro Red Cross blog, they have beun to mobilize and send assets to the areas most affected by the tsunami. 

They said, "At this time the Red Cross in unable to accept inquiries to contact or locate family and friends in Japan. However, there are several resources available as follows.

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747  or 202 647-5225 "

A link is provided on the blog for help to locate individuals in Japan and affected areas.

The Google Person Finder site is available at: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en

Also, The Hawaii Red Cross is supporting tsunami warning and potential evacuation efforts.

Gwinnett Residents To Meet and Question the Commission Chairman Candidates Tonight

Gwinnett Residents To Meet and Question the Commission Chairman Candidates Tonight

Gwinnett County, GA--  Residents of Gwinnett have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the Gwinnett Commission Chairman candidates this evening.  The Council for Quality Growth and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum from 4-5:30pm today at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will include the 4 current candidates, Will Costa, Larry Gause, Duane Kissel, and Charlotte Nash. 

“Tonight’s Candidate Forum will offer the citizens of Gwinnett an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves in an impartial setting on issues affecting the success of our county,” said Michael Paris, president & CEO, Council for Quality Growth.

Meet the Atlanta Students Who Are Part of the 2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy

Meet the Atlanta Students Who Are Part of the 2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy

I had a great time chatting with lots of kids from all over the country that were selected to be apart of Disney’s Dreamers Academy 2011 with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine! The kids were full of excitement to be at Disneyworld! Over 4,000 kids entered but only 111 were picked. Wow, that must have been tough to pick the kids but I can tell from their smiles and personalities that they were honored to chosen.

I met several girls that were from Georgia and you know that I had to chat with them. I met Ms. Simone from Eastpoint, Taiya from Lawrenceville and Nautica from Atlanta. Ms.Nautica is a freshman at Centennial High School. She wants to be an actress and a singer. She was so sweet and shy but had the prettiest smile ever.

READ ALL ABOUT OUR ATLANTA STARS AND SEE THE PICS AT www.TalkingWithTami.com

Georgia Lottery players win big with Decades of Dollars; PowerBall up to $184M Now

Georgia Lottery players win big with Decades of Dollars; PowerBall up to $184M Now

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by GA Lottery) Georgians around the state are winning big in the new Georgia Lottery game Decades of Dollars. Four players won $10,000 each in Thursday’s drawing.

Since Decades of Dollars debuted Jan. 30, 16 players have won the game’s $10,000 second prize. Those lucky tickets were purchased in: Augusta, Jefferson (2), Lawrenceville (2), Lithonia, Macon (2), Marietta (2), Monroe, Newnan (2), Riverdale, West Point and Woodbine.

Decades of Dollars $10,000 winners to date include: Ibrahim Aboubaker of Doraville; Hughdown Austin of Riverdale; Weliton Borges of Marietta; Nathaniel Brooks of Augusta; Elizabeth Guilford of Yemassee, SC; Searcy Jackson of Newnan; Yvonne Pittman-Pearl of Stone Mountain; Barbara Ann Ridley of McDonough; Marsha Tinsley of Lawrenceville; and Jay Tyra of Jefferson.

Six $10,000 prizes remain unclaimed. Those tickets were purchased in: Jefferson, Marietta, Macon, Newnan, West Point and Woodbine.

Dekalb Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson Named to “100 Top Black Women of Influence" List

Dekalb Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson Named to “100 Top Black Women of Influence" List

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb County Schools) DeKalb County School System Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson has been named to the Atlanta Business League’s “100 Top Black Women of Influence.” Mrs. Tyson and other honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at the 16th Annual Women of Vision breakfast held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta- 265 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Metro Youth to Hear FirstHand Accounts from the Civil Rights Era

Metro Youth to Hear FirstHand Accounts from the Civil Rights Era

Lithonia, GA--  Ousley United Methodist Church Youth Ministry opens its doors on the third Friday of Black History Month, Friday, February 18, 2010, 6 p.m. to host presentations by Rev. Jane Gunter and Samuel L. Price, individuals for whom the highs and lows, tragedies and triumphs of the Civil Rights era constituted their daily lives.  Metro-Atlanta youth are invited to hear firsthand accounts of an historic time in American history.

In keeping with the theme for Black History Month 2011—“How We Got Over: Educating, Encouraging and Empowering for Change”—as the presenters share their personal experiences, young people will see and hear firsthand, the pivotal role played by young people in moving the Civil Rights Movement forward. This understanding could then be the catalyst empowering them to be agents of positive change in their generation.

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

DECATUR – (DeKalb County School System) DeKalb County School System’s Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present the annual DeKalb Schools’ State of the System Address on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Holiday Inn – Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Mrs. Tyson will be discussing the state of DeKalb County School System as well as future plans for the School District.

Refreshments will be available at 7:30 a.m. The annual program and Mrs. Tyson’s address will begin at 8:00 a.m. The event is free but registration and an RSVP is mandatory. For more information and to register please visit: http://dekalbsos.eventbrite.com/.

For more information and updates about the DeKalb County School System, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us