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Google's expansion plans eye metro Atlanta

SAN FRANCISCO (USA Today) - Google unveiled big expansion plans for its fast Fiber Internet service on Wednesday, stepping up pressure on incumbent cable and Internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Google, the world's largest Internet search engine, identified nine urban areas encompassing up to 34 cities across the U.S. as possible sites for deployment.

"We aim to provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber," Google said on its blog. "Between now and then, we'll work closely with each city's leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face."

Google Fiber is about 100 times faster than what most Internet users live with today, according to the company.

South Fulton cityhood bill clears first hurdle

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County soon could become the first county in Georgia that's fully incorporated.

A committee of the state House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would let voters who live in unincorporated south Fulton County decide whether to form a city.

If approved during May's primary elections, the City of South Fulton would become the ninth largest in Georgia with a population of 87,478.

Because of the cityhood movement in metro Atlanta that began with Sandy Springs in 2005, every other portion of Fulton County other than the proposed boundaries of South Fulton already is part of a city.

Supporters of Sandy Springs and the cities in north Fulton that followed in its wake argued that city governments could provide services more efficiently than Fulton County while giving those cities' residents more control over their government.

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education will once again offer its Seamless Summer nutrition program when school lets out for the year.

Seamless Summer provides free meals to children under the age of 18. No registration or income verification is required to receive the food.

According to the GDOE, more than 77 percent of the 500,000 breakfasts and 1.1 million lunches it serves during the school year are provided for free or at a reduced price. Georgia ranks in the top five nationwide for states with children who participate in the School Breakfast Program and/or National School Lunch Program.

In the past, more than 2,200 locations across Georgia have served meals through the Seamless Summer program.

Learn more at fns.usda.gov.

Fake East Point cop pulls over driver on I-285

Fake East Point cop pulls over driver on I-285

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point police said someone is impersonating a member of the force, and they are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

The suspect pulled over a car on Interstate 285 south just before the Camp Creek Parkway exit on Feb. 2.

East Point Police Lt. Cliff Chandler said the suspect was driving a brown Ford Crown Victoria, possibly from the early 2000s. He tapped the back bumper of the victim's car while pulling it over.

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The suspect told the victim he was a police officer conducting a traffic stop. The victim suspected the man was not a cop and began asking questions. The suspect then ran back to the Crown Victoria and drove away.

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Fulton County Office of Aging encourages seniors to be ready for winter weather

Fulton County Office of Aging encourages seniors to be ready for winter weather

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Office of Aging and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) encourage seniors and their caregivers to be prepared for potential ice and snow.

Recommendations from Aging and AFCEMA include advising seniors to develop a network of neighbors, friends and relatives who can assist them in the event that local weather conditions include ice, snow and subfreezing temperatures.

Seniors should avoid extreme or inclement weather conditions. They should also keep handy a contact list of people and agencies that they can contact if they need emergency assistance.

Fulton County public facilities including Senior Multipurpose Facilities will be closed on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Senior citizens are advised to:

• Make prior arrangements with their physician or check with their oxygen supplier about emergency plans for those on respirators or other electric powered medical equipment.

Fulton County Emergency and Transitional Housing shelters to open their doors for emergency shelter

Fulton County Emergency and Transitional Housing shelters to open their doors for emergency shelter

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing (OETH) is prepared to provide shelter for homeless citizens during the predicted inclement weather of snow/ice.

In the event of ice, snow, and temperatures below 40, Jefferson Place Transitional House for men and Springdale Place Comprehensive Services Center for Homeless Women with Children will provide emergency beds for those without shelter. Jefferson Place has overflow space for 75 men, and rooms for women with children are open at Springdale place.

OETH is keeping the county’s community partners informed of the available spaces for men and women with children.

Citizens in need of shelter can call 404-613-0412 or email OETH Division Manager Leonard Westmoreland at leonard.westmoreland@fultoncountyga.gov . OETH is a division of the Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips for power outages

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips for power outages

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- In the event that power goes out for an extended period of time in your neighborhood, Fulton County Cooperative Extension and the food preservation specialists and food safety specialists at the University of Georgia want you to know that the food in your refrigerator and freezer may be saved if you take special care during the outage.

“There are several steps a family can take to protect the food they have stored in their freezer,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Being careful to follow the recommendations from UGA should help in keeping your family safe.”

First, unplug the freezer and refrigerator, as well as other appliances, to protect them from electricity surges when power returns. Also make sure everyone in your household knows not to open the refrigerator or freezer doors; keeping the doors closed will keep the food cold for a longer period of time.