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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

'Footloose' Production Casting Extras, Movie Crews Abound

ATLANTA -- Hollywood is continuing its move eastward. As you drive around town, it's not unusual to see movie crews in action. You might have even spotted a movie star or two in your local supermarket. Now there's an opportunity for you to get on the big screen.

The movie industry is becoming big business in Georgia. During the fiscal year of 2010, the industry's impact in Georgia came in at $1.33 billion, the Georgia Department of Economic Development said. Get this, 70 percent of that money gets spent in the immediate area where production is actually happening.

But everyday people are getting in on the "fun" part of movie-making, too. This week, there's an opportunity to do some star-spotting and be an extra in the upcoming re-make of Footloose. The re-make stars Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid.

Homelessness Advocate to Begin Journey at KSU Campus

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University's annual Homelessness Awareness Week begins Oct. 4. This year, documentary filmmaker Diane Nilan will host a rally on campus to help draw attention to the plight of people who are without a permanent home.

Nilan is the founder and president of HEAR US, a national advocacy group for homeless children. In 2005, she sold her car and house in suburban Chicago, bought an RV and drove more than 20,000 miles through 34 states to interview and film homeless families. She produced the award-winning documentary series My Own Four Walls and is the author of Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness, an autobiographical book about homeless people she encountered during her nearly 20 years as a shelter director.

This year's HAW will kick off with a conference on Monday, Oct. 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the KSU Student Center University Rooms.

Join the Cast of Footloose!

ATLANTA -- Paramount Pictures would like to invite all of Atlanta to be part of the remake of the classic 1984 film Footloose.

Extras are needed for two big scenes that are being filmed in metro Atlanta. No acting experience is required.

Friday, Oct. 1: A major scene will be filmed at New Senoia Raceway (171 Brown Road, Senoia, 30276). All ages are welcome to participate.

Monday, Oct. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 12: People 18+ are invited to attend filming at Cowboy's nightclub (1750 North Roberts Road, Kennesaw, 30144).

Senoia participants will each receive a raffle ticket when they arrive.

Cobb Patrol Cars Run On Propane, Save Money

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County has found a way to save money and keep providing the same public safety services. They're using stimulus money to change patrol cars from gas guzzlers to propane guzzlers. County officials say Police and Sheriff patrol cars will be able to travel as much as 300 more miles between fill ups.

For most Cobb County police officers their day starts at the gas pump. But that will change for many of them. They may only have to do it once every few days and they won't have to cut back on mileage or patrols.

Their patrol cars are turning over from gasoline to propane. Using a federal stimulus grant, the county is fitting propane tanks in the trunks of patrol cars. "It will still have a gasoline tank," said Virgil Moon of Cobb County Support Services. "It will run 75 percent of the time on propane and 25 percent on gasoline."

Fight the Flu While You Shop

ATLANTA -- There's no need to avoid the mall for fear of getting sick this flu season -- not when you can get a flu shot while you shop.

Every weekend from Sept. 24 to Oct. 24, pop-up flu clinics will be set up in local Simon malls, where nurses and educators will be on-hand to administer flu shots and answer questions about the vaccine.

The cost for a shot is $28; cash, credit and debit cards and Simon mall gift cards are accepted. Government-issued Medicare is also accepted with no out-of-pocket costs.

To reserve a spot and avoid the line, register a time with WellCheck and pay for your shot early. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The participating Simon malls are:

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 30096)
Upper Level Guest Services
Friday/Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.

Town Center Mall to Host Probe College Fair

KENNESAW, GA -- High school students and their families are invited to the annual Probe College Fair at Town Center at Cobb (400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw, 30144) on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The fair is designed to help students get the ball rolling on college planning by providing information and representatives from over 100 colleges and universities nationwide, including:

* Auburn University
* Clemson University
* Emory University
* Louisiana State University
* Savannah College of Art and Design
* University of Alabama
* University of Florida
* University of Mississippi
* University of North Carolina
* Vanderbilt University
* Virginia Tech

The fair is free and no registration is required. For more information, visit the Probe College Fair website.