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Earthquake rattles northwest Georgia residents

Earthquake rattles northwest Georgia residents

DALTON, Ga. -- A small earthquake rattled buildings and stunned residents in northwest Georgia during lunch time on Wednesday.

The epicenter of the magnitude 2.7 quake, which occurred at 11:44 a.m., was centered one mile west of Dalton or 77 miles north of Atlanta, states the U.S. Geological Survey.

"These relatively small earthquakes are not that rare, but they are exciting when they do occur," said Julian Gray, Curator of the Tellus Science Museum in nearby Cartersville.

No inital reports of damage had been reported by early afternoon.

"I left the coffee shop and the next thing I know is I nearly lost my balance," states Sherm Johnson of nearby South Dixie Road in Dalton. "I thought it was a low flying jet's engines."

"This area has periodic minor earthquakes such as this one" every five to ten years, Gray added.

This quake originated 3.2 miles below the ground's surface.

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West Forsyth High School creates film "Are You Aware" and leads an Autism Awareness campaign

West Forsyth High School creates film "Are You Aware" and leads an Autism Awareness campaign

 

Forsyth - “Are You Aware?” a film written and directed by Kaden Ochocki and Trevor White, seniors at West Forsyth High School, under the direction of broadcast instructor John White, will had its world premier at the ReelAbilities ALT Disabilities Film Festival closing event on October 6, 2011.

“Are You Aware?” promotes autism awareness for “typical” students who encounter students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the school environment. The documentary is designed to provide a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs facing students living with ASD.

"We are very excited to showcase talented young filmmakers who have taken on the challenging issues around autism in their school and created an inspiring and motivating film," stated Judy Marx, director of ReelAbilities ATL.

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

ATLANTA -- Applebee's expects to serve more than one million free meals to veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day.

This is the third year in a row that the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain restaurant has held its Thank You Movement to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country.

And part of that movement includes allowing members of the military to eat for free on Friday, Nov. 11.

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Active duty military members and veterans can receive their free food from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Metro Atlanta Applebee's locations include:

Athens
* 2226 West Broad Street

FORSYTH CO.: Man held ex hostage

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An hours-long standoff has ended near Lake Lanier.

Forsyth County Sheriff Capt. Tim House said a woman called 911 early Tuesday to report that her ex, Matthew Scott Whelchel, had beaten her up. She said he was holding her hostage at a home on the 5700 block of Burruss Mill Road.

Negotiators spent hours trying to get Whelchel to come outside. They eventually entered the home at about 10 a.m., tased him and took him into custody. Whelchel was booked into the Forsyth County Detention Center.

His ex-girlfiend was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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Asteroid moves toward a close encounter with earth tonight

Asteroid moves toward a close encounter with earth tonight

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The cross hairs of several earth based NASA telescopes will be trained on a wayward asteroid which will pass to within 202,000 miles of our planet tonight.

The 1300-foot wide dark gray rock, known as Asteroid 2005 YU55, is speeding toward earth's orbital plane and will pass closer than that of our moon's closest distance.

"The solar system is like a big shooting gallery, and this asteroid will miss earth and speed away," Chief Astronomer David Dundee of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville said.

Dundee points out that NASA scientists and astronomers will use data collected during this flyby to learn about it's orbit around the sun, and to better forecast future asteroid flyby's of our fragile oasis.

Amateur astronomers across north Georgia will have their own telescopes trained on the asteroid during tonight's pass.

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Has it been months since you've seen the surface of your dining room table? Can the kids find their homework? Do you have boxes and bags filled with things you need to return, but can't find the receipt?

ADOPT A PET: Meet Benson

ADOPT A PET: Meet Benson

ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a companion for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

According to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Benson is a German Shepherd mix and he has a happy sweet temperament.  Benson is about four months old, so, he is very active and loves to play. He isn’t housetrained or declawed. But he’s eager to be trained and have a loving family of his own.