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Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

Pool chemical maker cited by OSHA

Pool chemical maker cited by OSHA

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Conyers company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Biolab Inc. faces six safety violations and one repeat violation, as well as a $46,250 penalty.

The company manufactures pool chemical products. It was first cited by OSHA in September 2009 for exposing employees to chlorine above the ceiling limit. The repeat violation was imposed under similar circumstances and carries a $25,000 fine.

The remaining violations include exposing workers to electrical and fall hazards, failing to give proper training to truck drivers, and not providing eyewash stations for employees who work with corrosive materials. The remaining $21,250 in penalties stems from these violations.

Chamber to host Partners in Education event

Chamber to host Partners in Education event

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce has planned an event designed to highlight the many advantages of becoming a Partner in Education with county schools.

The event, I Can Do That!, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rockdale Career Academy auditorium.

I Can Do That! will showcase the opportunities available to local businesses interested in becoming Partners in Education. A free lunch will be served to attendees.

For more information and to register, visit conyers-rockdale.com.

Rockdale Career Academy is located at 1064 Culpepper Drive.

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- U-Haul International, Inc. ranks Atlanta No. 26 on its annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report released Friday that measures the nation's top growth areas for families that moved during the past year. 

Pittsburg takes the top spot with the highest percentage of growth, U-Haul said. 

"The report, reflective of growth patterns in the United States during 2012, was complied based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area," said John "J.T." Taylor, president, U-Haul International, Inc.

"Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each area," Taylor added.

The U-Haul 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report was compiled from more than 1.6 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions, the company said. 

10 businesses cited in underage drinking check

10 businesses cited in underage drinking check

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers Police Department recently conducted an underage alcohol sting throughout the county.

The department worked with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Department of Revenue to check 42 local businesses. Thirty citations were issued at 10 locations.

"I want to commend the 32 compliant restaurants and establishments that properly identified the minors that participated in our operation and thank them for working cooperatively with police to safely serve patrons," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said in a statement.

Restaurants and stores cited in the sting include: