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Digital Bookmobile Coming to Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The Digital Bookmobile is coming to metro Atlanta. Its first stop is the Ocee Library (5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30005) on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Digital Bookmobile, developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, is a high-tech update of the traditional Bookmobile that has served communities for decades. This one-of-a-kind community outreach vehicle creates an engaging download experience with the host library's "Virtual Branch" download website and digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks and more.

Johns Creek Student Wins Statewide Contest

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- A fifth-grade student from Johns Creek placed second in the 2010 Ready Georgia kids contest held during National Preparedness Month.

Parker Lefton, who attends Johns Creek Elementary School, took home the prize in the art category.

More than 400 fifth-graders from across the state competed to rank among the top six winners in the second annual National Preparedness Month Art and Essay Contest in September.

Participants submitted original work incorporating the theme "Ready, Set, Go!" They were encouraged to draw their inspiration from the steps that they and their families take to prepare for emergencies.

"It's rewarding to see how students apply the information they've learned about emergency preparedness and translate it into art and essay form," said Charley English, director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and one of the three judges for the contest.

Attention Johns Creek Residents

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Johns Creek Public Works Department crews are performing an emergency signal repair.

A traffic signal pole is being replaced at Old Alabama and Brumbelow Roads today (Friday, Oct. 22).

Some lanes may be temporarily closed from about 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Motorists should expect delays.

Saturday Voting in North Fulton

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Fulton County residents will have the opportunity to cast their ballots early on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Voting will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at three locations in North Fulton County:

* North Fulton Annex
7741 Roswell Road NE, Suite 234, Sandy Springs, 30328

* Ocee Library
5090 Abbots Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30005

* Roswell Library
115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 30076

In addition, Oct. 23 will be Family Voting Day. Children who accompany their parents to the polls will receive the opportunity to cast a ballot in a mock election for their favorite cartoon character.

Additional information and a sample ballot can be found on the Fulton County website.

School Board Announces October Community Meetings

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting that is open to all members of the community.

These sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for October of 2010:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Mimosa Elementary School (1550 Warsaw Road, Roswell, 30076)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Manning Oaks Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
North Springs Charter High School (7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 30328)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Oct.

North Fulton Ready to Host Film, TV Productions

ATLANTA -- The best time to stoke the flames is when the fire is burning hot.

And that's exactly what North Fulton County is doing.

North Fulton joins 15 other communities across the state in being the first to earn the special designation of "camera ready" by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Being named camera ready means that a county has a program that provides film and television production companies with easier, faster and better access to local resources and location information.

2009 was a banner year for filming in Georgia, with more than 348 productions bringing an estimated $770 million to the state's economy, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Productions were shot in 50 Georgia counties over the course of the year, impacting local communities throughout the state.

Accelerate the Cure Diabetes Walk This Weekend

ATLANTA -- Over 10,000 Georgians will walk this weekend to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The Accelerate the Cure Walk to Cure Diabetes, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), will hold two Atlanta-area walks:

Saturday, Oct. 16
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, 30313)

Sunday, Oct. 17
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Technology Park/Johns Creek (12000 Findley Road, Johns Creek, 30097)

On average, 38 Georgia children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each month.