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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.

Coupon Class in Atlanta

Coupon Class in Atlanta

As the Atlanta Economy struggles to get back to its former economic greatness. People across Atlanta are struggling to put food on the table with the price of food rising 6% in the last month alone what use to be afforable is no longer affordable. The Coupon Diva is now holding coupon classes. In these classes you will learn rules for the following stores. Kroger, Publix, Walmart, Target, Rite aid, Walgreens, and CVS. You wil havea fun and informative class where you learn hot to keep not only food, cleaning supplies, and health and beauty products.

LOCAL PROFILE: Peachtrees of Atlanta, debunked

LOCAL PROFILE: Peachtrees of Atlanta, debunked

ATLANTA – In Georgia, the name Peachtree is pretty common, considering the state’s nickname, “The Peach State”. And, perhaps the most confusing thing, for out-of-towners, to learn is how to distinguish between the different ones.

Seemingly, everywhere one looks there is a Peachtree something. From schools, to streets, to stores the Peachtree is one of the most visible hallmarks in the metro area.

Even Native Atlantans get lost or confused about which Peachtree is which because a new Peachtree pops up every couple of years. So to help debunk their differences the “Where U Live” team has compiled a list of a couple.

Perhaps the most popular Peachtree of them all, Peachtree Street, is one of the most notable street names in the southern portion of the United States.  The street runs the entire span of Downtown Atlanta into the Buckhead neighborhood, where it turns into Peachtree Road.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ, Garden Tour and Greek Festival

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ, Garden Tour and Greek Festival

MARIETTA, Ga.  – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Come out to the Marietta Greek Festival for authentic homemade Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and Greek goods for sale. The festival will be held at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, which is considered “the South’s only Greek Amphitheater”. The church will provide free parking and a free shuttle. The church is located at 3431 Trickum Road in Marietta.

Come out to the Pioneer Days Festival at Tanglewood Farm. Watch live sheep-shearing during our month-long festival celebrating the spirit of the pioneers. Watch wool make the transition from sheep and alpacas to the spinning wheel. Check out the final products like sweaters and socks.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun (or in an aquatic center).

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Douglas County

Boundary Waters Aquatic Park is located in Douglas County and it offers year-round swimming in an “8-lane, 25-yard heated competition pool, and a 4-lane, heated therapeutic/teaching pool”. The park offers $3.00 daily passes and $4.00 passes for non-residents. It’s is located at 5000 Georgia Highway 92 in Douglasville.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools.

Joe's Crab Shack to donate proceeds to tornado victims

Joe's Crab Shack to donate proceeds to tornado victims

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A popular seafood restaurant chain has partnered with the Salvation Army to benefit the Georgia and Alabama families affected by the storms on Apr. 28.

RELATED: How you can help Georgia storm victims

On Thursday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., customers who dine at certain Joe's Crab Shack locations will have 10 percent of their checks donated to the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has been on the ground providing relief to the immediate needs of tornado survivors in Georgia and Alabama.