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Register for Metromix's Atlanta Cutest Dog Contest

Atlanta, GA--  Do you have the cutest dog in Atlanta?  Everyone thinks their pup is the cutest, but now it's time to put your pooch to the test!  Submit your dog’s photo for the Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest! Entries will be accepted until September 26, 2010.  Here’s the link to enter: www.atlanta.metromix.com/cutestdogcontest . 

Out of all the entries received, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.  The top two dogs in each group with the most votes will move on to the finals and compete for the grand prize.

Free Educational Retirement Workshop, Thursday Sept. 23

Atlanta, GA--  Mark Lloyd, president and founder of Suwanee-based wealth management firm The Lloyd Group, Inc. is hosting a timely, free informational workshop for retirees and those approaching retirement.

WHAT:      With a report released this week saying the recession ended in June 2009, many local retirees are still feeling the pain and have many questions and concerns about their futures.

Residents Take Battle for Briscoe to Gwinnett Commission

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- There's a brewing battle over a small airport in Lawrenceville. Some envision the airport expanding to accommodate commercial traffic; others say "no way". Whether or not the expansion will take off remains to be seen.

"I don't want jets over the top of my head," Lawrenceville resident and Briscoe Field neighbor Barbara Firestine said Tuesday.

For Firestine, the mere suggestion that the historically quiet Briscoe Field be expanded to accommodate commercial airline traffic is a nightmare. For the past 15 years, she's lived within earshot of the buzzing propellers of most of Briscoe Field's traffic.

She moved here from Ft. Lauderdale, to escape the ever expanding airport there. Now, Firestine is faced with the proposition that the Briscoe could expand, too. "That's not what we signed up for when we bought in Gwinnett County," she said.

Feds Charge Georgia Woman with Nanny Scam

BUFORD, GA -- A Georgia woman is charged with trafficking young women from Nigeria, then swiping their identities and forcing them to work for her as nannies without pay.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Bidemi Bell is a Nigerian citizen who lived in Buford. She is accused of bringing one woman to the U.S. to work for her from 2001 until 2004, when the woman managed to escape, then getting a second woman to work for her between 2004 and 2006.

Authorities say Bello threatened and physically abused the women and swiped their passports and other identification to isolate them from their families.

Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, says that's pretty common in cases of human trafficking. "The victims are often traumatized through violence or intimidation and are often immigrants from other countries and, as such, unsure of who to turn to for help," he said.

Suwanee Native Stars in NBC's Chase

SUWANEE, GA -- A Metro Atlanta neighborhood will be eagerly watching one of NBC's newest primetime offerings starring one of their own Monday night.

Kelli Giddish plays U.S. Marshal Annie Frost in Jerry Bruckheimer's drama Chase. She's a graduate of Forsyth Central High School.

Giddish's parents, Charlie and Nita, said they already have a DVD of Chase's pilot episode, but have been waiting to watch it until a premiere party being hosted by a neighbor. Monday afternoon, they said they were proud of their daughter's accomplishments and hopeful that the show will be successful.

"It's really the ultimate in parenting," Kelli's father Charlie Giddish said. "You want your kid to be happy and successful, and so far that's what she's been. We couldn't be more pleased for her."

North Gwinnett Drops In Massey Ratings Despite Win


SUWANEE, GA -- Despite beating Region 7-5A rival Collins Hill 33-20, North Gwinnett dropped in the national Massey Ratings. They are now ranked 25th.

Two weeks ago, the Bulldogs held down the Number 26 spot in the Massey Ratings, but after a Bye Week, North Gwinnett jumped up to the Number 19 spot in the country. Now, after beating Collins Hill, the Bulldogs drop back again.

North Gwinnett's offense was once again ranked as the 153rd best in the country, while their defense improved one spot to 18th.

Massey Matchups Get Good Results in Week 4

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Massey Matchups predicted a Chattahoochee win in the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net Game of the Week, but the computer underestimated wide receiver Kane Whitehurst and the rest of Chattahoochee's team.

Chattahoochee was predicted to beat Creekview 30-21. But Whitehurst, who accounted for almost 200 receiving yards, and the Chattahoochee offense took care of the Grizzlies' defense. Creekview had only given up 30 points total in their first three games, but the Cougars were able to put 42 points on the scoreboard; Creekview was only able to manage seven points in return. Chattahoochee is now 3-0.

North Gwinnett was supposed to beat Collins Hill 34-14. The Bulldogs actually beat Collins Hill 33-20. The Eagles drop to 1-3 and North Gwinnett brings their undefeated start to 4-0.