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Give Blood at Town Center Mall

KENNESAW, GA -- Town Center Mall (400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway NW, Kennesaw, 30144) will open its doors to the community as a host site for an American Red Cross Blood Drive during the week of Thanksgiving.

The drive will take place in the Upper Level JC Penney Wing. Participants can give blood on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Friday, Nov. 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

According to the Red Cross:

* Someone needs blood every two seconds in the U.S.

* Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives

* Type O is the most requested by hospitals

* More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day

* Approximately 60% of the U.S.

Jury Chosen for KSU Student in Immigration Debate

MARIETTA, GA -- Jury selection has been completed in a trial on traffic violation charges against a Georgia college student and illegal immigrant whose case has become a flashpoint in the national debate on immigration.

Jessica Colotl pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of impeding the flow of traffic and driving without a license.

Police stopped the 22-year-old student at Kennesaw State University for a traffic violation in March. Cobb authorities turned her over to federal immigration officials after learning she was in the country illegally. She was 11 when her parents crossed
the border with her from Mexico.

Immigration officials are allowing Colotl to stay in the country for a year so she can complete her studies.

Colotl's attorney said he hopes last-minute negotiations will allow the student to pay a fine and avoid a trial.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 3A Preview


Favorite: Peach County

Predicted Final Four: Peach County, Sandy Creek, Cairo, Baldwin

Easiest Draw: Peach County. Assuming the defending 3A champs win their first three playoff games, the Trojans start things out with 6-4 Stockbridge, play either 8-2 Thomson or 6-4 Worth County in Round Two, and then face either White County or Grady in the quarterfinals.

Toughest Draw: In Round One, Carrollton plays 8-2 Stephens County. In Round Two, the Trojans would have to take on either 8-2 Allatoona or 8-2 St. Pius. Then, in the quarterfinals, Carrollton would probably have to play undefeated Cairo.

Best Round One Matchups:

Mommy Blog-Off Planned at 11Alive Studios

ATLANTA -- A mommy blog-off that will put bloggers to the test in a friendly competition will take place Thursday at the 11Alive studios and will be streamed live on 11Alive.com.  The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in learning about blogging. 


The Mommy Blog-Off will be hosted by 11Alive's Values Reporter Valerie Hoff, who will help judge the event along with her fellow panelists: 11Alive reporter and liveapartmentfire.com blogger Doug Richards, renowned blogger & writer Ashley Hesseltine and Dr. Dina Geisler of the Atlanta Smiles Foundation.

Bloggers will compete for prizes, like a weekend getaway and a bloggers spotlight on Atlanta.Momslikeme.com

Kennesaw Offers Free Lunch to Veterans

KENNESAW, GA -- The City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members past and present with a free lunch on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center (2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, 30144).

"We want to take this opportunity to recognize the contribution of the men and women in uniform, especially those who saw combat," said Kennesaw City Councilman Tim Killingsworth, who is also a former US Marine. "Our military members serve to defend the freedoms we value, and this is one small way to thank them."

American Legion North Cobb Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials to host the lunch.

KSU Students to Vote on New Football Team

KENNESAW -- Kennesaw State University students will decide this week whether to raise fees to pay for a new football program.

KSU's 23,000 students have until Sunday to vote on increasing student fees by $100 per semester.

A university committee headed by legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley estimated earlier that a team would cost several million to start and as much as $5 million a year to run.

If approved, the team would compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division 1AA, and could kick off as soon as 2014.



Upcoming Public Information Houses on Proposed SPLOST

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb officials are hosting a second round of meetings to get the public's input on the proposed Cobb County 2011 Special Local Option Sales Tax for facilities, parks and transportation.

These public meetings will be held as open houses, and no formal presentations will be made. Residents are encouraged to attend one of the meetings to gather more information and contribute their thoughts and ideas on the county's needs.

Monday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068)

Monday, Nov. 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Threadmill Complex (5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road SW, Austell, 30106)

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Noonday Creek Baptist Church (4121 Canton Road, Marietta, 30066)

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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