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East Point water supply deemed safe

East Point water supply deemed safe

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The water in East Point is safe to drink, according to a report released by the city today.

Recent reports of hexavalent chromium, a common carcinogen, in the city water supply prompted officials to perform investigations.

After reviewing the assessment conducted by the Environment Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, city officials learned that the total amount of chromium in the water fell below the maximum contaminant level.

It is impossible for a level of hexavalent chromium to exceed the total chromium level in a water supply, according to Wayne Jackson with the EPD.

The water in East Point is compliant with the national standard of 100 parts per billion, as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Midnight Basketball, Spring Cleanup and Coin Collectors

WEEKEND EVENTS: Midnight Basketball, Spring Cleanup and Coin Collectors

PEACHTREE CITY, 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 Aberdeen Village Center on Saturday, May 7, for Opening Day of the Peachtree City Farmers Market. The market which was formally known as, Fresh South Market will open at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 2:00 p.m. Aberdeen Village is located at 202 Northlake Drive in Peachtree City.

The city of Peachtree City will host their Annual PTC Spring Cleanup at the Peachtree City Recycling Center. According to the Peachtree City Updates newsletter, “PTC residents can drop off unwanted appliances (Freon removed), furniture, and other junk at the Recycling Center on Rockaway Road. The Recycling Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. – In other interesting news, the Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a home in Georgia and its still standing. Now, Roosevelt’s Little White House is a historic site and it attracts visitors from all over the United States.

Roosevelt built the house while he was governor of New York, as a getaway of sorts. He first came to Warm Springs ten years previously looking for a cure for polio and found relief in the 88-degree spring waters of Warm Springs. Some say, the New Deal was developed based on his experiences in the town.

According to Georgia State Parks, “Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.”

The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Earth Day and Easter Eggs

WEEKEND EVENTS: Earth Day and Easter Eggs

SOUTH METRO AREA – 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.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Riverdale Town Centre from 5:00 to 9:00p p.m. on Friday, April 22. The event will showcase different local vendors and actives that will enhance the environment.

Join the Peactreee City Community for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23 at Shakerag Knoll on McIntosh Trail. Everyone will be admitted for free, to this event. Fire trucks will be on display and children will be able to partake in games, face painting and jumping in the moonwalk. Festivities began at 9:00 a.m.

The Main Street Academy in College Park will host their Spring Festival on Saturday, also. This outdoor festival includes karaoke, moonwalks, carnival games, food, a silent auction and prizes. Tickets to this event costs $10 and every ticket includes unlimited play.

South Fulton cities unite to squash litterbugs

South Fulton cities unite to squash litterbugs

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Students at Hapeville Elementary School are about to learn what happens when they don't pick up their trash.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day), mayors and local police chiefs will be waiting for them with citation booklets -- or maybe even handcuffs.

The "Cool Cats Don't Litter -- Trash it Properly or Get a Ticket" initiative is an educational partnership between the Fulton County School System's Teaching Museum South, Fulton County Government and six South Fulton cities -- College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto and Union City.

Aimed at teaching civic responsibility, the program will help students be aware of the environmental hazards of littering and the negative impact it has on the community.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.