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Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

Paper shredding, shoe donations in Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Keep Cobb Beautiful will hold a free paper shredding event for county residents this weekend.

Household documents will be accepted Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. The event will only take paper products -- cardboard, plastic and other such items will not be accepted.

Attendees may also bring shoes to donate. Pairs of shoes should be bound or taped together.

Visit cobbcounty.org for more information about the event.

Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Cobb adds 8 electric car-charging stations

Cobb adds 8 electric car-charging stations

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Eight electric car-charging stations have been added at Cobb Community Transit stations.

The Marietta Transfer Center and the Busbee Park and Ride now feature four chargers each. The stations have been active for about two weeks and used six times, according to Darryl Howell, who works in transit operations for CCT and managed the project.

Tori Collay, an Internet sales representative at Auto Nation Nissan on Cobb Parkway, said that interest in the Nissan Leaf has grown with rising fuel costs.

"Since this year, we've probably sold about 60 to 70," Collay said. "It just seems like out of the blue they're a really hot item."

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Georgia companies take on Green Day Challenge

Georgia companies take on Green Day Challenge

(WXIA) -- Companies across Georgia are gearing up for the EarthShare of Georgia's Corporate Green Day Challenge, to be held Saturday, April 6 in various parks in the metro area.

Employees from local businesses form teams and complete projects in a good number of parks to help the environment. In 2012, over 1,000 volunteers took the challenge and went to work at 12 different locations. 

For 2013, EarthShare of Georgia expects over 12,000 to take part in the challenge. 

The projects will take place from 9:00 Saturday morning until noon. 

Teams signed up for 2013 come from companies including:

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is a Document Shredding Day and shoe collection coming up for Cobb residents.

On March 16, Keep Cobb Beautiful will work from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. That morning, workers will be on hand to take household documents and gently worn shoes. The documents will be shredded at no cost, and with no weight limits. However, they will not take large clips or binders. The shoes, which should be tied together, will be donated to those in need.

Iron Mountain, Shoe Box Recycling and Piedmont Church are partnering up for the event. 

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Volunteers of all ages are invited to help plant trees at Whitaker Park in Marietta on Saturday morning from 8:30 - 11:00.

According to a City of Marietta official, volunteers may arrive a bit early, as doughnuts and beverages will be provided. Tools will also be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own from home, as well as gloves.

Whitaker Park is located at 1540 Holcomb Lake Road, off Scufflegrit Road, south of Sandy Plains Road.

For more information, call (770) 424-4664.