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Kennesaw State Honors Local Leaders, Artists

KENNESAW, GA -- The Kennesaw State University College of the Arts will present its annual Flourish Awards at the third annual Flourish Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

More than 200 guests are expected to attend the luncheon, which is anticipated to raise more than $100,000 to benefit scholarship endowments and student-learning initiatives in the KSU College of the Arts. The event's theme, "Be Inspired," spotlights the role the arts play in reinvigorating people through creative activity and new ways of looking at the world.

"At this year's luncheon, we are really highlighting our students," said Joseph Meeks, who has served as the dean of the college since its inception in 1998. "Guests will be able to experience the talent and dedication of the students through displays, videos and live performances."

The Flourish Awards honor those who have helped the arts flourish in Georgia.

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.

Cobb Restaurant Week Participants Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Thirty-two restaurants are participating in Cobb County Restaurant Week, Sept.

U.S. 10K Classic Draws Thousands to Cobb

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The sun came up on a perfect racing morning on Labor Day as more than 11,000 people gathered at the starting line of the 17th annual U.S. 10K Classic.

It was cool for the start of the race, which combines four different sports in one event.

Cyclists, inline skaters, wheelchair racers, runners and walkers started their races about five minutes apart, beginning at 7:15 a.m.

"I just get excited by the bikes and inline skates," said Carol Lewis. "The wheelchairs are what overwhelm me the most, seeing what those guys can do."

Over the past 17 years, the race has raised more than $5 million for 28 children's charities, including the World Children's Center, which will be ready to open in Haralson County next year.

Kennesaw State Students Want Fees Trimmed

KENNESAW, GA -- Students at Kennesaw State University are trying to figure out why they're paying campus and activity fees for a 2-week spring or summer course that often matches what they pay for a full 4-month semester.

Brian Prince is a senior at Kennesaw State on a Hope Scholarship. He says he can't figure out why he's paying so much for student fees. He's not alone. Other students are paying the same thing, whether for a short course or for a full semester.

"It was around $1,000 and I really did not understand why. I was really confused because it was only a 2 week course and it should not have cost the same as a full semester," Prince said.

Kennesaw State First-Year Program Recognized Among Best

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University's first-year experience program was recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best in the country in its 2011 Best Colleges issue. This marks the eighth consecutive year that KSU's first-year experience program has been recognized in the prestigious annual college rankings.

U.S.News also ranked KSU 32rd among regional public universities in the South and 69th among all regional universities in the South.

"It is an honor for Kennesaw State to be recognized once again for the excellence of our first-year program," said KSU President Daniel Papp.

Atlanta Bread Among Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Options

SMYRNA, GA -- In the recently released 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey, which included 136 national restaurant chains, Atlanta Bread received top five distinctions in two key categories.

The survey's more than 6,500 participants voted Atlanta Bread among the top five large chains (places with less than 5,000 locations) in the Healthy Options and Facilities categories. This is the second straight year that Atlanta Bread placed among the top five chains in these two categories.