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Atlanta Band Drivin' n Cryin' Looking for Stolen Gear. Some Shows up in Chamblee Pawn Shop

Atlanta, GA-- (AP) A trailer packed with rock band Drivin' N Cryin's vintage music equipment was swiped from a north Macon hotel parking lot after a weekend show.

Rooms to Go, Other Companies Seek Employees

ATLANTA -- Three job fairs promised to bring jobs for Georgia's unemployed, and there are still opportunities out there.  A range of companies were on hand at two job fairs, while another focused exclusively on hiring for the expanding Rooms to Go chain of furniture stores.

"Its been really, really tough," said job seeker Joyce Gambrel.

Gambrel is in a situation that a lot of Georgia job seekers are familiar with.  An accountant with 15 years of experience, she lost her job when the bank she worked for shut down.  Now, she's on the hunt, courting employers online and at a job fair at the Georgia World Congress Center Tuesday.  "I tell them that I am the best candidate for the job," she said.  "Whatever they have to offer in their company, I can do a great job."

Violent Crime Dips in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Violent crimes in Atlanta hit a five-year low in 2009, a new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows.

Violent crimes were down 14 percent to 6,359 even as the city's population rose to 552,901. Broken down, the violent crimes in 2009 included 80 murders, 2,725 robberies, 135 forcible rapes and 3,419 aggravated assaults.

Violent crimes numbered 7,403 in 2008, 8,075 in 2007, 7,548 in 2006 and 7,213 in 2005.

Property crimes dropped about 12 percent to 34,349. These included 19,511 larceny-thefts, 9,112 burglaries, 5,726 motor vehicle thefts and 157 cases of arson.

Property crimes numbered 38,978 in 2008, 36,232 in 2007, 32,231 in 2006 and 31,397 in 2005.

The metro area's worst crime areas for 2009 were College Park, East Point, Chamblee, Atlanta, Forest Park, Cumming, Fairburn, Lilburn, Norcross and Doraville.

Register Early for Hands On Atlanta Day and Win a Chance to Work with Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta, GA--  Registration for 20th Annual Hands On Atlanta Day, one of the largest single-day volunteer efforts in the country, is now open to individuals, families and groups. As many as 10,000 volunteers will participate in service projects throughout metro-Atlanta, renovating public schools, taking part in environmental projects, making much needed repairs to seniors’ homes, and much more. This year’s Hands On Atlanta Day is presented by GE.

Registration is $5 for adults and is free for youths under 18 years of age.  Event proceeds support Hands On Atlanta’s volunteer programs.

Registrants who sign up by September 17 and are at least 18 years old will be entered in a drawing from which 25 lucky participants will be randomly selected to participate in an additional service day with the Atlanta Falcons this spring.

In addition, two of the winning 25 will each receive two round-trip, coach tickets to anywhere AirTran flies.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Learn Tips for Growing Herbs at the Dekalb Master Gardener Association Meeting

Atlanta, GA--  Jessica Groleau, Senior Horticulturust at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will share "Tips for Growing Herbs in the Landscape and in Patio Containers" at the the next Dekalb Master Gardener Association (DMGA) meeting Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30pm. 

According to the DMGA website, "growing herbs in Georgia can be challenging but rewarding."

The meeting begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 28th ath the NorthlakeBranch of the Dekalb County Public Library, located at 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084

The event is free, so they invite you to come out and hear Jessicas's advice about growing methods and herb varieties that have proven success here in Atlanta.